VETERANS IN IRELAND
We take the following from the current issue of the Ulster A.C. Gazette
” As had been thought, the suggestion of a veteran car run in Ulster has aroused tremendous interest, and, at the moment, quite a large selection of cars suitable have been discovered. These range from ones constructed prior to 1900 to fresh young things of 1912, and as objects of interest they would be hard to better.
“The finish is to be Lame, and the date is the 7th August, 1937. “Some of the cars that have been unearthed are extraordinarily interesting, and would well repay an inspection, as they show only too plainly the enormous progress that has taken place since
the early days. How some of these cars were used as they Were defeats the imagination, but no doubt when the run takes place everyone will have an opportunity of seeing under what difficulties the tarty motorists laboured.
“The pick of the collection at the moment is an 1896-1899 Clement. This is a single-cylinder with tremblt,r coil ignition (it Originally had tube ignition), and apparently it has four speeds. The steering is reminiscent of that found on carts as the Ackermann princille had not been applied to this model, and the radiator resembles more than anything else a large wasp’s nest. ” Another car is an M.M.C., of 1903 vintage, and according to the owner it has only two speeds, stop and go. It is also said that under the most favourable conditions bicycles simply go whiz
zing past. Other cars include a 1006 Rover, two 190643 Chambers, a 1908 Star, two 191.1 Renaults, a 1911 Mors, and an early steam car.
” There are also various Calthorpes of 1904-8 vintage, a 1902 Vauxhall, a rather doubtful starter as it is in very bad condition ; a 1904 Riley, which originally was a three-wheeler, and two Renaults of about 1901.
“There have also been some enquiries from the Vintage Car Club in England, and, all things considered, there is not the slightest doubt that the run is going to be a tremendous success.”
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