RACING MOTORISTS MEET.

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RACING MOTORISTS MEET.

THE dinner and dance of the British Racing Drivers’ Club serves as a time of reunion before the season’s racing and a large gathering of drivers and their friends gathered together at the Park Lane Hotel on February 16th. The Earl Howe was in the chair, and after the loyal toasts had been drunk, Sir Henry Piggott, who was the guest of honour, rose to propose the toast of The Sport. In an amusing speech Sir Henry’, who is the Chairman of the Civil Service Motoring Association said that although the club members who number some 13,000 could not claim to travel faster than those of the B.R.b.C., at any rate they had the distinction of a lower insurance rate. At the same time the

Ministry of Transport did recognise their skill, and members, amongst whom of course was Lord Howe, were being asked their advice as to the best way of reducing accidents.

Earl Howe then replied, welcoming Sir Henry and the other distinguished guests, amongst whom were numbered Col. Lindsay Lloyd, Sir Algernon and K. Lee Guiness, M. Robert Letorey, the Clerk of the course of Moiatlhery Track had honoured them with his presence, and the most famous woman driver in the world, Mrs. G. M. Stewart, whose lap speed of 145.9 m.p.h. at Montlneiy was one of the finest performances there or elsewhere. Turning then to the awards for the races

promoted by the Club, Lord Howe expressed their gratitude to Lord Wakefield and Lord Nuffield for their generosity in presenting the first prizes for the 500 Miles Race. 1 he entrants and drivers then came forward for their awards and E. R. Hall did particularly well, being almost overcome by a bronze object d’art with a marble base which was the Class award.

The track-racing star was also won by E. R. Hall, while Lord Howe amid great applause received the road-racing award.

The floor was then cleared for dancing, the band being suitably clothed in racing overalls and goggles, while the bar, tastefully disguised as a series of racing pits, was also well patronised.