NEWS FROM THE U.S.A.
LOUIS MEYER AWARDED A.A.A. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THIRD TIME . . . AL GORDON SEEMS ASSURED OF PACIFIC SOUTH-WEST SEC TIONAL TITLE . . . OTHER NEWS
THE postponement to February 22nd of the California road races, originally scheduled for December 10th, automatically gave the 1933 A.A.A. National Championship to Louis Meyer, 29-year old South Gate, California, veteran driver. It marked Meyer's third winning of the greatest annual honour in American racing circles, a feat that has been duplicated only by the great Earl Cooper, who took the Championship in 1913, 1915 and 1917. Meyer's title years were 1928, 1929 and 1933.
The car Meyer used in winning the Championship this year is a straight 8 Miller Special, rear-wheel-drive, called the Tydol Special after a popular brand of petrol in the States. It has a piston displacement of 230-cubic inches, and is independently sprung. The machine is exceptionally fast, being capable of nearly 170 m.p.h., non-supercharged.
Lou Moore, 30-year old Los Angeles crack, finished in second position in the National ratings. Moore is a veteran driver of proved ability, and has been ranked with the front runners for five years. Moore used a 255-cubic inch 4-cylinder Miller engine, mounted in a Duesenberg chassis. Wilbur Shaw, another old-time star, was third in the ratings, also using a 4-cylinder Miller on the Championship circuit.
The smallest number of Championship races in history detracted largely from the interest in the titular contest this year, only three big events being held. Meyer competed in only two, Indianapolis and Detroit, finishing first and tenth respectively, giving him barely enough points to nose out Lou Moore, who was placed in all three races, Indianapolis, Detroit, Syracuse.
"Wild Bill" Cummings, after failing to place at Indian apolis, won the Syracuse and Detroit 100-mile races, receiving 240 points and finishing seventh in the ratings.
By Our American Correspondent T. MERIWETHER-SMITH
The sensational duel for the Pacific Southwest Championship had not been settled at this writing, two more events being on the schedule before the end of the season. Al Gordon, the Jewish star, after scoring three successive triumphs at Ascot and Oakland, in California, wrested the lead from Rex Mays and now seems assured of winning the title for that section of the States. Gordon is using a 220-cubic inch Miller 4-cylinder job, and recently shattered the American record for 100miles on a dirt track, and also the 150lap record at the Ascot course. He leads Mays and Ernie Triplett at this time by about 60 points.
The Eastern sectional Championship has already been awarded to Bob Sall, the expert New Jersey pilot.
It now seems certain that there will be no American attack on the one mile world record this spring. The rumoured cars at the Harry Miller plant have evidently been mere rumour, for no news of their construction has been given out. Miller is said to be handicapped by financial inability to proceed with the car.
It is reported from reliable sources that a 16-cylinder front-drive car will soon attack 24-hour records on the salt lake beds in Utah, scene of the much-discussed Ab Jenkins' trials.