SPORTING EVENTS OF
the cars ; the runner up being Raymond Mays on a Vauxhall T.T., in 28,* secs.
The American Hill Climb.
The Camberley and District Motor Club organised what is called an American Hill Climb oh Saturday, the 18th ult. There was a large attendance of spectators, and though possibly on this particular occasion the event did not quite come up to expectations, nevertheless it is perfectly obvious that it is a type which is likely to become very popular.
The hill chosen for the event was called, for the occasion, Odsbodikins, and the whole of its surface was heather covered. As a matter of fact, it rather seemed as though it was the resistance offered by this heather which caused the failures, which amounted to approximately two-thirds of the entry, rather than the steepness of the hill. The best performance of the day was put up by C. Harman on a 349 Zenith-Bradshaw, and he had obviously made careful provision beforehand to meet the sort of conditions that were likely to prevail in what is called an American Hill Climb, and had wound his rear tyre with short lengths of transmission chain. He won the 350 c.c., the 600 c.c. and unlimited classes in 7* secs., 7* secs., and 61 secs. respectively. The runner up was G. Barnwell and with a 349 B.S.A. and without the assistance, effective or otherwise, rendered by chains, was second in the 500 c.c. class by 9 secs, and in the unlimited class by 8* secs. Only one other rider succeeded in climbing the hill after several attempts and that was G. Richardson (348 Raleigh), and he took Io secs. on each occasion. Other notable performances were made by R. L. Richardson (976 Matchless) and J. S. Waklin (Harley-Davidson), Gus Kuhn circumvented the traction difficulty by taking off his tyre and fitting the rear wheel with special spuds. Unfortunately this threw too much strain on his driving chain, which simply broke every time he attempted the hill.
West Kent Motor Club.
The Club’s Annual Motor Cycle Race Meeting was held at Brooklands on the i8th ult. Having in mind the fact that there were several other club events of importance in and around London, including the Essex Club’s Kop Hill Climb and the Camberley Club’s American Hill Climb, the meeting was very well attended indeed. The outstanding performance was that put up by C. Staniland, who, riding a 490 Norton, won no fewer than four of the five races in which he started. The results were as follows :—
HANDICAP FOR PASSENGER MACHINES.—Capacity unlimited, 8+ miles.—D. F. C. Fitzgerald (Zenith J.A.P.), 21 sec. start, i ; L. P. Driscoll (Norton), 45 sec., 2. Speed, 75.23 m.p.h.
SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—Capacity not exceeding 350 c.c., 2+ miles (expert barred).—J. H. Evans (0.E.C.-Blackburne), ; M. O’Reilly (Henley), 2; H. Field (Henley), 3. Speed, 70.74 m.p.h.
HANDICAP RACE FOR NORTON MACHINE5.-8+ miles.— W. Le Gard (490 C.C. Norton), 40 sec.’ x; C. Staniland (490 C.C. Norton), 12 sec., 2; N. F. St. Pier (490 C.C. Norton) (driver, A. Leeding), I min.., 3. Speed, 80.07 m.p.h.
” MATHERS ” CUP RAM—Handicap for members of the Sunbeam M.C.C., 8+ miles.—L. A. Williams (499 c.c. Sunbeam), I min. 45 sec., ; A. G. Williams (493 c.c. Sunbeam), scratch, 2; G. C. Cobbold (493 c.c. Sunbeam), 18 sec., 3. Speed, 67.30 m.p.h.
SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—Capacity not exceeding 350 C.C. 51 miles (experts).—J. Wright (Zenith J.A.P.), ; J. S. Worters (Toronda-Blackburne), 2; R. H. Hopkins (Chater-Lea), 3. Won by a half length at 80.2 m.p.h.
SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—Capacity rot exceeding 500 C.C. 2f miles (experts barred).—C. Staniland (Norton), ; R. G. Maurice (Norton), 2 ; A. W. Nicklin. (Sunbeam), 3. Speed, 81.64 m.p.h.
TEAM RACE BETWEEN NORTON M.C.C. AND SUNBEAM M.C.C. (amateurs only).—Distance about ix miles).— C. Staniland (Norton), ; A. G. Williams (Sunbeam), 2 ; P. M. Walters (Sunbeam), 3. Norton M.C.C. provided next three to finish and won by 45 points to 27 points. Speed, 86.73 m.p.h. SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—CapaCity tinlimited: 51 miles (experts).—F. Mighell (Zenith J .A.P.)
; H. J. Knight (Zenith J.A.P.), 2; H. A. Johnston (Zenith J.A.P.), 3; J. Wright (Zenith J .A .P.), 4. Speed, 85.87 m.p.h.
Novick’s’ S01,0 HANDICAP RACE.—Capacity unlimited : 51 miles.—N. F. St. Pier (Norton), 15 sec., I ; W. Le Gard (Norton), scratch, 2 ; J. H. Evans (O. E. C. Blackburne), 18 sec., 3. Speed, 73.89 m.p.h.
SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—Capacity not exceeding 500 c.c. : 51 miles (experts).—C. Staniland (Norton), ; A. G. Williams (Sunbeam), 2 ; J. Wright (Zenith J.A.P.), 3. Speed, 86.02 m.p.h.
HANDICAP RACE FOR SOLO AND PASSENGER MACHINES. —Capacity unlimited : 8+ miles (confined to members of the West Kent M.C.).—D. S. Richardson (348 C.C. O.E.C. Blackburne), 2 min. 55 sec., ; G. Ivey (347 C.C. Enfield), 3 min.,_2 ; G. H. Bull (349 c.c. Dot Bradshaw), 3 min, 3; Speed, 61.33 m.p.h.
SCRATCH RACE FOR SOLO MACHINES.—Capacity unlimited: 2f miles (experts barred).—C. Staniland (Norton), ; H. G. Webb (Indian), 2 ; V. H. Stephens (Norton), 3. Speed, 81.24 m.p.h.
The Hon. Secretary is F. Wilson Smith, 32, Hammelton Road, Bromley, Kent.