Recent A.J.S. Overseas Successes.
Cables just received by Messrs. A. J. Stevens & Co. (1914) Ltd., announce that at the Warragul Easter Carnival, Victoria (N.S.W.), the A. J.S. machines achieved their greatest success at one meeting in Australia, every event practically falling to them. The meeting included Championship Races for solo and sidecar machines, hill climb, etc. ; and the A. J.S. carried off nine First Places which included eight Victorian Championships, seven Second places, and five Thirds ; and all Grass-Track Sidecar Championships up to 600 c.c. A new grass-track record was also set up for 350 c.c. and 600 c.c. classes. Further, every hill-climb Championship, both solo and sidecar, was secured ; also the 350 c.c. Flying Mile. On Easter Sunday Mr. Jack Moyle brought off another big event by winning the South Australian Solo Championship for 500 c.c., 750 c.c. and All-power classes.
A South African cable just to hand states that at the Salisbury (Rhodesia) M.C.C. Hill Climb on April 24th, the Flying Half-Mile was won both on time and handicap by a 3.49 h.p. A. J.S. ridden by Mr. T. H. Hines, his average speed being 72.16 m.p.h. A. J.S. machines also obtained second place on time, and third and fourth places on handicap.
An Efficient Silencer.
It is interesting to note that the Howarth silencer which attained the highest award—a gold medal—in the A.C.U. silencer test was designed and manufactured by the Scott Motor Cycle Company and was primarily intended for use on Scott machines. In view, however, of the great urgency for an efficient silencer for other motor-cycles, it was entered in the A.C.U. test by Mr. Howarth, manager of the Scott Leeds Depot, and was actually used on four-stroke machines. It has thus proved itself to be equally efficient on both types.
The A.C.U. test has proved that it is efficient ; nor is the price of it outside the means of most motor-cyclists, for it is listed at the moderate figure of 15s.
Motor Race from Rome to Copenhagen. Novel International Competition.
The Danish Motor Club and the Royal Danish Automobile Club have arranged for the holding of a novel international motor race through Europe, from Rome to Copenhagen, in June. Its main purpose is to show the supremacy of the modern motor conveyance as a means of transport over long distances. It will be a question of attaining the highest speed in the shortest time from Rome to Copenhagen, all the time observing the limitations to speed enforced in the different countries.
The competitors, according to “The Monitor,” may choose what route they like, excepting that they must go via one given town. The Italian authorities have taken great interest in the undertaking, and have promised to facilitate the venture in every way. It is probable that a representative for the Italian Government will join the judging committee. The shortest distance will be about 2,100 kilometres.
Nortons Get Going Early.
On 2nd inst., the day following his successful recordbreaking attempt in Class F., A. Denly, riding for R.M.N. Spring broke two world’s records in Class D. on a 5.88 h.p. Norton. These were the Flying Five Mile and the Flying Five Kilometre records, Denly’s speed being 105.77 and 105.91 m.p.h. respectively. These records previously stood to the credit of H. Le Vack on a 4.98 h.p. H.R.D. Le Vack’s records, of course, still stand in Class C. Denly’s speed, incidentally, is the fastest ever attained on a single cylinder machine and it is a credit to the Norton-Spring-Denly combination that it was maintained for a comparatively long distance and not over the flying kilometre only.
At Magilligan Sands, again, C. M. McLean on a 4.90 h.p. Norton won the 50 mile championship of Ireland and of Ulster, whilst J. W. Shaw on a similar machine was second. McLean also won the 10-mile handicap, Shaw being second in the latter and winning the 5-mile Scratch Race.