m.p.h., 0.7 sec. ahead of Rhiando’s golden Cooper, with Dryden 10 sec. behind the American and John Cooper a bare second behind “Curly,” then Coward’s Cowlan 3 sec. further back. Brandon caught Smith at Woodcote, the A.S.A. was motoring .slowly round making weird noises on the overrun and the Fairley sounded healthy and looked very vintage-American-board-track, as its driver wore a motor-cycle crash hat at a rakish angle.
Trouble was rife and Ken Hutchison waited for customers at the pits, his job being to record competitors’ misfortunes. The push-stick was rushed across country to the Grose, the Underwood gave best to its oiled plugs, Saunders’ Cooper broke a chain at Abbey Curve, but Rhiando went round at the record speed of 68.22 m.p.h., taking the lead sensationally when Moss was reported missing. The latter walked unconcernedly in as Father Moss calmly lit his pipe—alas, the engine sprocket had worked loose. Smith stopped at Maggott’s Corner, the Moretti, with a broken magneto bracket, at Copse, and Fry pushed off and retired. After six laps Rhiando led at 61.25 m.p.h. by 82 sec. from John Cooper, with the Cowlan 8 sec. behind in third place, Coldham fourth, Smith fifth. Haze was seen to be issuing from the engine