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Tbe side car trial to Akaroa from Gbria&ohuroh and back under tbt nuipices of the Canterbury Mote Ojoliste' Olab was held on Anniver i»rj Day. The waather was atrocious. I* might poeeibly have been wnrap. Wnf. Hnh ißiiob. and con3l'd ria? a'! tbe:

,circutnßtances, tbe trial pcorad ■,ho modern motor cyo'p, evei the aroaller 8| h.p. typa, with the three jpeed gear, is capable of going prao ically any where with a passeagar. The route outwards was by way of ■Juranor to Lyttelton, and on through Governor's Bay, Teddington, to Ge.b bie's Valley, thenoe to Little Bive> tnd Akaroa. The return jonrnej wap from Akaroa dire;fc, through Littlt River, Birdling's Flat, Tai Tapu, Hal swell to Cbristcburch, and the total distance would be about 120 to 180 miles, which had to be covered in hours. There were twenty entrants, and every one turned up at the rendez voua in Worcester street well to time, and the officials of the club cent them iway at three minute iuivhlh, Ti. , ■umner the roada were good, but oiatacking the hill the road was found f,o be rather rough, and this, comhiotd with the slippery surface caused by the heavy rain which commenced to fall, caused some failure?, though everyone got up eventually. A few miles this side of Lyttelton 0. Mallard (6 b.p. Enfiela) was seen stopptd, and later on he stopped near Teddington, with, it was said, water in tbe carburetter. F, Cordery (4-| h.p. Singer) was also said to be in trouble with a broken valve, and neither of theae two men turned up at Akaroa. The other competitors arrived well on , time, although everyone was very wet nod cold. The machines were gar arged, and alien luuch » srari «>•. made to ie«fili tntik- {('•< tbe naiM'

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m 'flns, a can of petrol became flud tbo bolder of it, to cave damage t) tbe garage full of valuable machinehurled the flaming can out tbrougb the door into the yard, Some few machine J, ready to start, were standing bere, and 0. 0. Moffatt and A. B. Smith (5 6 b.p. Clynos) bad to hustle 'o get out of danger, A bjstaoder was unhappy enough to get bia trouser leg douched with burning petrol, but he succeeded in smothering the flames before getting butned

Ve-'y heavy rain tell afc the start, and, in fact, all through the return journey. The hill roads were in a deplorable state, and pools and rivulets of water were all over the place. This proved a decided nuisance to the belt driven machine?, and belt slip was a common occurrence. However, the course ivas conquered in good slyle, and tbe only man who failed to get in to time was 0. L. Timbrell (5 b.p, King Dick), who at 5,30 p.m. was passed by the last competitor, appa' rently stranded on the roadeide near Tfti Tapu, with his passenger,

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MOTOR CYCLING., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4358, 19 December 1913

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MOTOR CYCLING. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4358, 19 December 1913

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