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‘ THE current issue of the ” Gazette ” issued by the N.W. London Club contains among other interesting news, advance details of the Annual Dinner, This function will take place at the Criterion Restaurant, and as last year, all arrangements are in the capable hands of Mr. Harold Davies.

The Annual General Meeting will be held at the Talbot Restaurant, London Wall, E.C.2, on Thursday, 26th January, 1933 at 8 p.m. Any member who wishes to include an item on the agenda must send same to the Hon. Secretary, Mr. J. C. Lowe, at ” Elmleigh,” Tenterden Grove, Hendon, N.W.4, before Wednesday, January 18th 1933.

The Club is going stronger than ever. The London-Gloucester Trial entries were astonishingly heavy, and many had to be turned away, in order to avoid congestion at the foot of the hills.


While Clubs are sometimes open to criticism in that their activities are principally confined to the social order, this complaint cannot be made of the Sporting Owner Drivers’ Club. The aim

of the Club is to provide facilities for those interested in the sport of motoring, whether it be with old or new cars, sports models or ancient family vehicles, to compete in Trials and to this end a series of Half Day Trials are arranged throughout the year.

But the most important event of the year is the annual Night Trial. Starting on a Saturday evening, or late afternoon, in the Summer, several hills are “taken in” before dark, when the second half of the Trial begins. This consists of a run down to some really famous gradient, which is climbed in the dark, and after this, all the competitors have a kind of picnic breakfast somewhere in the vicinity before starting the run back to a real breakfast at the finish. The 1932 Night Trial was run to Nailsworth Ladder near Stroud under really wonderful weather conditions, and produced an amazingly enthusiastic entry.

The Secretary, Mr. J. C. Thorowgood, The Wood, Crowthorne, Berks, or the Trials Secretary, Mr. D. B. Payne, 150, Friar Street, Reading, will be very pleased to forward any particulars concerning the Club, which may be required by anyone who is really keen and enthusiastic about motoring, and who wishes to meet and compete against others of the same mind.


Mr. H. V. Warren, who has so ably managed the affairs of the Club for some time, has once again been re-elected to the Secretaryship. Anyone who has attended the efficiently run Speed Trials held by the Club at Lewes will agree that it would be impossible to find anyone more suited to fill the post.

The awards gained by members during the past year have now been posted, and we are informed that the usual Speed Trials on the Race Hill, Lewes, will take place next year on the following dates : May 13th, June 24th, September 9th.


The annual Dinner and Dance took place last month at the Kings Arms Hotel, Berkhampstead, and was attended by 130 members and guests. Professor A. M. Low was in the chair, and the toast of The Club was proposed by Mr. P. R. Clarke, the Vice Chairman of the Berkhampstead Club. Mr. A. Pane, joint Hon. Sec., replied on behalf of the Club. After speeches had been made by various people well known in the motoring world, the prizes were presented by Mrs. Armand Blackley.

Dancing followed until 2 a.m.