ANOTHER NEW ROVER.
ANEW sports saloon, with striking lines and embodying several unique features, has been announced by the Rover Co. Ltd. It is known as the ” Ultimax “—a combination of the words “ultimate ” and ” maximum “—and may be obtained on three different chassis, one of 16 h.p. and two of 20 h.p. Streamlining of the bodywork has been carefully carried out, and smoothness of exterior characterizes the whole car. The bonnet is very long, extending from the radiator to the windscreen and thus dispensing with the scuttle. The spare wheel is concealed in the rear of the
body, which is low swept and of graceful appearance. A single panel sloping screen is used, whilst the rear window is divided ; the rear quarter lights conform to the curve of the roof. There are no external nooks and crannies, so that the car is particularly easy to clean. Although the ” Ultimax ” is of sporting appearance there is ample accommodation for persons of any height. Comfort, indeed, is the interior key-note and in addition to luxurious upholstery and central arm rests, front and rear, there are side arm rests in both compartments, those in front being embodied in the doors. The additional corn
fort thus provided for the driver is marked.
The specification includes a sliding roof, dual electric screen wipers, interior lamps, one of which lights when either rear door is opened, direction indicators concealed in the front door pillars, and a detachable luggage grid.
On the 16 h.p. chassis, the Ultimax costs £495 and on the standard 20 h.p. chassis £525. When the speed model ” Gazelle ” chassis is used the price is £635, and in this form the car, it is claimed, is capable of approximately 90 miles per hour. The first two types have speeds of some 70 and 80 m.p.h. respectively.
AMONG many services rendered. by The Automobile Association to motorists, not the least interesting is that which simplifies the journey through London for the owner driver unaccustomed to heavy traffic.
By request an A.A. pilot meets the member at an appointed rendezvous on the outskirts of the Metropolis, and directs him to any point desired, either in London or beyond.
That this service is appreciated, is indicated by the many demands received for A.A. pilots.
Similar service is also rendered to motorists wishing to pass through large provincial cities.
Out of the 50 World’s Records extant, 35 are held by Voisin.
The speed for the 500 mi’es record, held by the Voisin at 117.72 m.p.h. was actually exceeded by the winning Bentley in the 1931 500 Miles Race, but the latter car’s speed of 118.39 m.p.h. does not count as a record.
Note the disparity between the world’s records for 5 and 10 miles, the speeds being 211.5 m.p.h. and 137.21 m.p.h. respectively.
Mrs. Stewart is the only woman driver to hold world’s records.
In class A. the records for the standing kilometre and mile made by the old 12 cylinder Sunbeam in the hands of ” IC.L.G.” at Brooklands in 1922, have yet to be beaten.
Really remarkable efforts are those records held by standard production models (in some cases fitted with saloon bodies) such as Studebaker, Delage, Hotchkiss, Invicta, Citroen, Singer, Riley and others.
One of the most notable records ever made is the flying mile at 164.000 m.p.h. with a 1,500 c.c. Miller, made by the late Frank Lockhart at Murock. Many years will elapse before this figure will be exceeded.