DIFFICULT CONDITIONS AT SOUTHPORT.

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So bad was the rain on the morning of September 29th that the first part of the programme had to be held over until the afternoon. Fortunately the entry was only a small one, and the organisers managed to condense the whole programme into the afternoon session. By that time the weather cleared up a good deal, and conditions were not so bad as they might have been.’

The Timed Flying Kilometre runs produced some good performances, but only one competitor was fast enough to win a 100 m.p.h. gold badge. This shining light was G. J. jackson, whose old Sunbeam roared along the sands at 107.55 mp.h. Second fastest was j. Walker’s 1,500 c.c. Bugatti, at 99.86 m.p.h. Fred Allen obtained a creditable 91.68 m.p.h. out of his Midget, beating Simister’s 88.77 m.p.h. on a like car. The fastest bike was C. P. Wood’s Douglas at 106.52 m.p.h. A big bunch of cars was sent away for the One Mile event, which was won by Jackson’s Sunbeam, ahead of Jack Field’s Bugatti. The M.G. Car Club then took the sands for a 4-mile race, which was won by P. E. Johnson. The next race was over 8 miles, open to any car up to 1,100 c.c., and unsupercharged 1,500 c.c. machines. The result was an interesting win for Simister, with Allen second, and

T. K. Humber’s Bugatti third. Then followed an 8-mile race for M.G. owners, which provided another victory for P. E. Johnson.

Faster cars turned out for the event, an 8-mile affair run in two classes. Those old rivals, Jackson, Field and Selby, waged their battle anew, and this time Jackson won, followed by the two in the order named. In the subsequent sports car race over two laps, four miles, first place in both classes taken by G. A. Mangoletsi with his LeaFrancis.

The programme closed with two races. The first was a 12-mile handicap, and went to Simister’s green M.G. Midget, with Stephenson (Austin) second, Berry (Singer) third. Finally, the 20 time handicap race was run, but by this time several motors were beginning tire. Simister and Field were two prominent retirements, and it was levt to T. K.

Humber’s reliable 11–litre Bugatti to gain the race after a stern tussle with Mangoletsi’s Lea-Francis.

RESULTS.

Flying Kilometre.— 100 m.p.h. badge : G. J. Jackson (Sunbeam), 107.55 m.p.h.

Straight Mile Races.-850 c.c., 1,100 c.c. and 1,500c.c —T. Simister (M.G.), 2,000 c.c. ; J. K. Humber (Bugatti), 3,000 c.c. and unlimited, G. J. Jackson (Sunbeam). Sports Cars, 1,500 c.c., and unlimited, G. A. Mangoletsi (Lea Francis).

4-mile Race for M.G. Club.-850 c.c. : 1, P. E. Johnson ; 2, R. E. Baines ; 3, W. L. Grayson.

8-mile Race up to 1,500 c.c.-1, T. Simister (M.G.) ; 2, F. Allen (M.G.) ; 3, T. K. Humber (Bugatti).

8-mile Race for M.G. Club.-1, P. E. Johnson ; 2, R. E. Baines; 3, W. L. Grayson.

8-mile Race up to 2,000 c.c.-1, T. V. G. Selby (13iigatti), 2, T. Simister (M.G. ; 3, H. Hodgson (Riley). 8-mile Race, Unlimited.—1, G. J. Jackson (Sunbeam);

2, J. Field (Bugatti). 4-mile Race, Sporb Cars, 1,500 c.c.-1, G. A. Mangoletsi (Lea Francis) ; 2, H. Hodgson (Riley) ;

3, E. S. Berry (Singer).

4-mile Race, Unlimited Sports.-1, G. A. Mangoletsi (Lea Francis) ; 2, R. D. Tong (Lagonda) ; 3. H. Hodgson (Singer).

12-mile Handicap.-1, T . Sirnister (M.G.) ; 2, P. Stephenson (Austin) ; 3, E. S. Berry (Singer).

20-mile Handicap.-1, T. K. Humber (Bugatti) 2. G. A. Mangoletsi (Lea Francis) ; 3, T. V. G. Selby (Bugatti).

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