Round the Clubs, October 1926

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Round the Clubs

HONORARY DISTRICT AGENTS.

If touch with local events in all parts of the country, and with their already appointed. Through these Honorary Agents we keep in onorary District Agents are appointed by ” Motor Sport” to further the interest in the sporting side of motoring and motor cycling. We give on this page a list of the Honorary District Agents

co-operation we hope to increase the popularity of motor and motor cycle sport. Honorary District Agents will be pleased, whenever possible, to give assistance to motorists and motor cyclists, desirous of taking part in local events.

If you have any difficulty in obtaining ” Motor Sport ” in your neighbourhood, the nearest Honorary District Agent will inform you how you may obtain it.

Bradford and District M.C.

The freak hill-climb held at Hepolite Scar on September 4th attracted a very large crowd who were given a fine entertainment by the competing cars. Some very fine performances were made although the surface of the hill was extremely loose on both the ” Rodeo” and ordinary tracks. A handicap for novices was the first event, in which J. Hepworth, driving a ” hotted-up” Jowett with a very smart aluminium sports body, made a fairly slow, but very sure climb in 70 seconds. E. Bentley (G.N.) made a fine get-away and reached the top section with ease where he got into difficulties and had to be pushed. G. Hepworth (super sports Alvis) completed the ascent in 52 seconds. A good ascent was also made by H. R. Humphries on a G.N. N. Whitehead was going very well on his 30-98 Vauxhall when a chain came off and wheel-spin supervened. The same cars took part in the open handicap event. The big Vauxhall was more fortunate here and completed the climb in 43 seconds nett. The Alvis ran in second making the climb in 43 4-5th seconds and Humphries was third with 58 seconds nett.

The rodeo class only attracted three entires. The execrable last portion accounted for the failure of the brothers Hepworth. Humphries made the only clean climb on his G.N. which now seemed to be in splendid form.

Langford and District L.C.C.

The above club held their Second Trial of the Summer on Saturday, August 28th. The course led from the start at Winscombe, over 108 miles of hilly and second class roads making it difficult for Competitors to keep to a 20 m.p.h. schedule. The first obstacle to be encountered was a broad water splash at Bury where a secret check also was held. The course then led to Exton Hill where a stop and Restart test was held, here many failures were registered, but conspicuous performances were made by Steadman (Riley), Langford-Sainsbury (G.N.), and the Fraser-Nash team. The tea check at Raleigh’s Cross Hotel caught many competitors behind their time. From there the course led to Crowcombe Hill which was a non-stop climb. Here wheel-spin accounted for 50% failures. Hush (Fraser Nash) made the best climb, good climbs also being made by Taylor and Seldon (Fraser-Nash’s) whilst T. D. Corpe (11.9 G.N.) once again delighted us by his spectacular display

on the corner. Another secret check was taken at Cannington and only 11 cars succeeded in checking in at Winscombe. Mention must be made of the exceptionally fine performance put up by the three Fraser-Nash’s who went through the trial without the loss of a single mark. The results are as follows :—Silver Cups :G. S. Bush, G. H. Seldon and P. C. Taylor (FraserNash’s). Silver Medal :—H. W. Langford-Sainsbury (11.9 G.N.). Bronze Medal :—J. B. Steadman (Riley).

Redditch Motor Cycle and Car Club.

The ballot for the 3.49 h.p. B.S.A. motor cycle held in connection with the recent Charity Gymkhana organised by the above was made on the 25th of August, and the winning number was ” 4021″ in the name of Mr. J. Bourdeaux. The machine was handed to the winner at the office of the local B.S.A. Agents, Messrs. Pitts & Son, on the 30th. The Chairman of the Committee, Mr. N. F. Cave, presided over the quite informal proceedings, and was supported by Mr. M. Dybeck, Mr. N. A. Person, Mr. C. E. Spooner, Mr. S. B. Homming, Mr. D. L. Waugh, and the General and Trials Secretaries. The winner of the ballot after receiving the machine very generously handed to Mr. Waugh his cheque for £5 to be allocated to the Hospital Saturday Fund.

Newcastle and Northern Motor Club.

The last Reliability Trial of the above Club was held in glorious weather. The entries were quite up to stan

dard. The route was by Kirkwhelpington, Scots Gap, Rothbury, Hepple, Otterburn, Ridsdale, Ryall, Stamfordham and home.

The first check at Kirkwhelpington found all the competitors on time except one or two, who misjudged the steep little hill over the bridge leading up to the Temperance Hotel. The going after leaving Kirkwhelpington to Rothbury was exceptionally rough, especially after Scots Gap, but good time was kept, and at Hepple check there were only two not on time.

The route between Hepple and Otterburn was also exceptionally rough, and it took the competitors all their time to keep within the average. There was one or two out at Otterburn, but Wright with his” Morris” had kept free from any loss. After leaving Otterburn a secret check was made between two miles beyond Otter-burn and the Five Lane Ends, nine miles away. The check was taken this time away from a mile post at a measured distance.

The competitors, however, kept their average up wonderfully well, and the best performance was that of Mr. A. Wright with 4 secs. out and Mr. A. Pawson with 8 secs. out.

The other checks at Stamfordham and the final gave no great difficulty, and in the end it was found that Mr. A. Wright was first with an error of only 4 secs., Mr. A. Pawson second with an error of 13 secs., he also taking the special cyclist’s prize, and Mr. E. Willan was third with an error of 54 secs. These results of course, are provisional and subject to confirmation.

The Brighton and Hove Motor Club : An Important Development.

Messrs. Garages (Hove) Ltd., in conjunction with the above Club are proposing to construct a Motor Car and

Motor Cycle Speedway. This Speedway will be within 6 miles of Brighton and will be constructed so as to give a one mile straight, wide enough for two cars to run at one time, and will also contain a “hairpin hill section,” the lay out being superintended by one of the best known motor race drivers.

The scheme is well on its way to maturity and it is hoped that operations will be in full swing during the winter months, employing unskilled (and at present unemployed) local labour, so that arrangements for speed events may be made for next Season. This proposed speedway is not intended in any way to compete with Brooklands, but is to be more as a venue for any Club who wishes to have a speed event or hill climb at a small cost, and as a means of entertaining their Club members, and admission to the Public will be probably fixed at a moderate charge of is., with possibly a small additional charge for certain vantage points, but it is hoped that the course will be so arranged that the Public can view events from any point.

Further details will be published in our columns as soon as they are available and as the arrangements mature.

The Junior Car Club South Western Centre.

The sixth annual Southampton Exeter trial of the Junior Car Club South Western Centre was held on Saturday, 4th of September, there were only four non-starters. The competitors were credited with 100 marks, six marks being deducted for every stop in a non-stop section and one mark for every minute early or late at the checks. The route included Porlock, Lynton, and Beggar’s Roost. Three competitors failed to arrive at Beggar’s Roost, they were E. R. Goffe (G.W.K.), Miss K. M. Nippierd (Lea Francis) and A. G. Williams (Rhode). The best ascents were made by H. Jefferies (Frazer Nash), R. A. F. Clark (12-40 A.B.C.), E. Hancock (Frazer Nash), and F. Finch, (0.M.) The route then continued through Simonsbath, Dulverton, Bampton, Tiverton to the final check at Stoke Cannon, where the competitors proceeded to the Rougemont Hotel and very much enjoyed the dinner and dance held there. The following are the results :—

THE PERRINS TROPHY: E. Hancock (Frazer Nash). THE G.F.S. Cup: J. S. Gorst (10 Salmson).

FIRST CLASS AWARDS: H. Jefferies (Frazer Nash), J. S. Gorst (10 Salmson), C. C. Clayton (8.50 Amilcar), E. J. Sleep (12-50 Alvis), D. Duncan (8.7 G.N.), R.A F. Clark (12-40 A.B.C.), E. Hancock (11.9 Frazer Nash), H. D. Scowcroft (10.4 Riley), G. Hendy (11.9 Lea Francis) and R. H. Cooper (10.8 Riley).

SECOND CLASS AWARDS: C. M. Anthony (8.2 Senechal), S. Clark (11 Alvis), C. B. Moss-Blundell (7 Austin), L. G. Ward (11.4 Standard).

THIRD CLASS AWARD: C. Finch (11.9 0.M.).

The following retired : Miss K. M. Nippierd (11.8 Lea Francis), and Captain A. G. R. Williams (11 Rhode).

Belfast and District M.C.C. and North Down M.C.

The Club recently held some combined reliability trials run on unusual lines. The trial for the Coates Cup was over the whole course, that for the McDowell Cup (confined to Belfast members), over the first half and that for the McMullan Cup (North Down members) over the second portion. Sixteen members started and two retired. The following are the results :—

COATES CUP AND REPLICA: 1, S. Q. Osborne (499 Rudge Whitworth) ; 2, T. Stewart (348 Douglas) ; 3, J. Jirkwood (498 A.J.S. sc.).

COATES SILVER MEDAL: S. Wallace (980 Brough Superior).

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