A.J.S. SUCCESSES IN AFRICA.
Riding a 23/4 h.p. A.J.S. camshaft machine in the recent Durban-Johannesburg Race, Grant Lind came in first in the record time of 8 hours, 8 minutes, 19 seconds, breaking all previous records by 38 minutes, and maintaining an average speed of 49-43 m.p.h. Second place was secured by C. Juys, also riding a 23/4 h.p. A. J.S. camshaft machine, his time being 8 hours, 44 minutes. Other A. J.S. riders secured eighth, ninth and thirteenth places.
The popularity of the race may be judged from the fact that over 20,000 spectators turned out to witness it.
J. H. SIMPSON.
Probably the most marked of all road racing motorcyclists is the redoubtable Jimmy Simpson, who has made innumerable record laps in the Isle of Man, but who has yet to win his first race. Simpson, so far, has been dogged by bad luck, but with a change of
stables —he is now riding Nortons—his luck may change too.
On his new mount he opened the season well at Southport recently. In the 100 mile races there, he won both the 600 c.c. and the unlimited classes on a 490 c.c. machine—a really remarkable performance when it is considered that in the big class the second man, on a machine of over double the size, was two miles behind. The lap measured 2.6 miles, and included two sharp turns. Until he established a handsome lead, Simpson lapped regularly in 2 min. 5 sec. —a speed of approximately 75 miles per hour. On the same day Stanley Woods, another famous Norton exponent, won the Athy 75 –a handicap
race run off annually in Ireland. Starting from scratch, Woods ran through the big field of 47 riders and won by 38 seconds. His speed, over a tricky and dusty course, was 70 miles per hour.