AUSTRALIAN AUSTIN SUCCESSES IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY RALLY

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AUSTRALIAN AUSTIN SUCCESSES IN THE SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CENTENARY RALLY

We learn by cable from Australia that In the recent South Australian Centenary Rally the Austin Seven achieved exceptional success.

This rally, which attracted 102 competitors, starting from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, was won outright by A. G. Melrose, driving a 1929 Austin Seven tourer from Perth to Adelaide, a distance of 1,776′ miles, much of it over primitive unmade tracks.

This performance, achieved with a seven-year-old car, won the 1100 Gold Cup and the first prize in class A, for cars starting from Perth.

Another Austin Seven, a 1935 tourer driven by A. W. Franklin, of Glenelg, won first prize in class A for all routes and second prize in the same class for the Perth route. In addition Professor H. W. Davies, driving a 1985 Seven tourer 986 miles

from Sydney, won first prize in class A for the Sydney route, and Miss H. Thomas, with a 1082 Seven saloon, secured third prize for all routes in the Ladies Section.

So, altogether, the Seven appears to have put up an outstanding performance in this important event.

Also from Australia comes news that W. Conoulty with his supercharged Austin Seven has secured the Blue Itiband of motoring in New South W ales, by winning the Castrol Trophy.

To qualify for this award, which is for cars of up to 2,500 c.c., ten events have to be competed in during the year, these including hill climbing, speed, acceleration and reliability tests. he aggregate points secured by the four most successful drivers were as follows :

W. Cm-guilty (Supercharged Seven ) 64.472. T. Peters (Supercharged Bugatti) 64.442. J. Fagan (M.G. Magnetic) 56.25.

H. Bartlett (Q model M.G.) 32.25.