MOTOR BOATING NEWS. THE THIRD B.M.C. RACE MEETING AT HENDON. SUCCESSFUL MEETING IN ROUGH WEATHER.
At the third race meeting for outboard craft organised by the British Motor Boat Club, at the Welsh Harp, Hendon, and held on Saturday, June 9th, it was at once apparent that the Club has made great strides in its organising ability.
The course was the usual one for these meetings, triangular, three laps to be covered in each race, amounting to three miles. The events were run to time, the starts were, on the whole, good, and the big starting dial was in perfect working order. The band had been dispossessed to advantage by gramophone broadcasting, similar to the Brooklands system, but installed by Peto-Scott and Co., in conjunction with S. G. Brown, Ltd. The resultant music was excellent and audible.
The . afternoon was free from rain but windy, the Harp being very rough, especially at the two top turns of the triangular course. It was obviously going to be an exciting afternoon.
Event I was for amateurs, B class motors, and seven starters got away at the gun. The craft bucked and bounced in a hair-raising manner, and S. Yano was promptly flung out of ” Bullet ” (347 c.c. Watermota), his hull being blown ashore, the race being eventually won by C. Livesey in ” Buckoh ” (347 c.c. Watermota) in 8 mins. 45 sees., which is a fraction over 20 m.p.h.
Event 2 for B class motors was won by Colin D. Fair on British Maid II, after a remarkable ” all-but” at the start. His speed was 22.9 m.p.h.
The third event was for lady drivers, and was won by the slowest boat in the race, owing to Miss Livesey’s ” Buckho ” being holed by Miss Downes-Martin’s ” Bug ” at the top bend. “Zip,” driven by Mrs. A. G. Burton, was blown ashore, leaving the race to Miss Shillan’s ” Wow ” (322 C.C. Elto), who averaged 9.6 m.p.h.
Event 4—amateurs, C Class—was interesting in that George Newman, of Brooklands fame, shot ahead, but overturned on the home turn, as did Joan Spicer’s “Flash,” and K. Morrice in ” Bunkie,” one after the other as they came round. F. W. Bontor’s “Miss Chief” eventually won, averaging 22.5 m.p.h. in spite of the strong wind.
The fifth race, for C Class motors, was won in convincing fashion by R. 0. Clark’s ” Ace ” (486 c.c. Evinrude) who, in the rough water, averaged 21.9 m.p.h.
The last race was open to unlimited class motors, and again ” Ace ” came home first. Early in the race, ” Hush ” (644 c.c. Elto) turned over and Mr. C. H. Harrison got wet.