CURLEY FREDERICKS ESTABLISHES NEW WORLD’S RECORD.
U.S.A. Youth makes 120 miles Per Hour for One and One-Quarter Mile Track at Rockingham Speedway, Salem, N.H. Curley Fredericks, a young Denver, Colo., motorcycle racer, established a new world’s record last Saturday, August 21st, at the Rockingham Speedway, Salem, N.H., when he rode an Indian around the one and onequarter mile track in the time of 37 2-5th seconds which is at the rate of 120.3 miles per hour. This is the fastest time in history that a motorcycle has ever attained a speed of better than two miles a minute on a circular track.
Eight timers held watches while Fredericks circled the broad track oval on his breath-taking ride and all their times checked accurately so there is no question as to the soundness of this record, which is officially sanctioned by the American Motor-cycle Association. The old record of 117.4 miles per hour was officially smashed on the previous day by Jim Davis of Columbus, Ohio, also on an Indian. Davis made the time of 118 miles per hour and was hailed as a sure record smasher. However, Fredericks’ performance on Saturday superseded the Ohio boy’s record.
Fredericks not only established a new record but also took first places in both the 25 Mile Races, his best time being 14 minutes and 29 seconds at an average speed of 104 miles per hour.
The Stelvio Pass as a Race Course.
A hill climb was held recently up the famous Stelvio pass, from Spondigna to the top of the serpentine pass. The favourite was Morel on an Amilcar, but he was unfortunately disqualified as the ballast which he had to carry in accordance with the regulations became disconnected. The best time was made by Montarini on a 1500 c.c. Bugatti in 31m. 30s. Piacci was the winner in the 1100 c.c. class and Rosa (0.M.) in the 1500 c.c. touring class. The two-litre touring class was won by Puccini (0.M.) and the unlimited class by Strazza on a Lancia. It is considered that this hill-climb is one of the most sporting that has ever taken place as the gradient is very stiff and the number of turns make ascent difficult.
The Reappearance of the A.B.C.
Motor cycle readers will learn with great interest that that very efficient machine, the A.B.C. is shortly to make its reappearance in a still further improved form, for according to latest information Messrs. Phelon & Moore, Ltd., of “Panther” fame, have secured the rights for its manufacture. The new model is to have a 60 degree engine of 250 c.c. set across the frame, with a unit gearbox and the weight will be under 200 lbs. The price, it is understood, will not exceed £60 and though the production will not be on a large scale for some time, deliveries may be expected in the NewYear,