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n / ' ■ , -.; .'; ~ > flawing to tho rain on Tnoreday evenine-, the motor rettability trial, wa* reversed, the /.', '"oars travelling io. Kakaiajfon' Friday, to '' , Akaroa on paturday. Thif'meant that, the '■ cms and their occopanta did not upand Fri day nignl here as untioiapafed. The follow lot extract from a description oi the, trail in ■ the "L>tielton Times" are ofUnterest:—' •■ "Th° wisdom of abandonlhl tha hill rcafa oa Friday in favour of t,fie flat road to' Bakaia was evident as soon as the oars started far akaroa on Sa*u_day. The roads had. dried,'but as tbey had a;jjclay, surface for matt of the way it was certaii that on Friday th-> would have been un&Rßroachable owing to the rain. As it was tb West was probable ' th; most severe that has been Bet fr/r oars^in New It was a left not only of the ,' car but of tbe driver. As <Sne motorist re,- ---" * '- 'nurksd, this was tbe day to make "bloomers" md every driver bad his judgement taxed at every tourn of the roacK 'The route lay ' through Governor* Bay by way;-Dyers Pass, Furau, Port Levy, Holmes Bay,-Pigeon Bay, Little Akaloa, Stoney Bay, Okain'f.Bay, the Summit Boad, past Le Bon's Bay, .and the Long Bay Road down into Akaroa. *$he re turn was made by the coach road to Little liiver and straight on to town. '. Holmes Bay, Pigeon Bay, Stony. Bay, all Deemed to be passed in a few minutes. The hills oalled for the most careful driving nnrl .frequent changes of gears. The road out-, of Stony Bay was moat abrupt. So was Okain's Bay, where tbo annual speed climb takes place on Anniversary Day, but on this occa- '. sion tha cars were not out for recoids, and the climb was taken leisurely. T|fe valley 11 above La Bon's Bay waß a magrnnceiot patio ■ ' rama. The Long Bay road into iikaroa was. tbe steepest gradient met with, and at one pinch,-where the surface was simply wet! . clay, the cars had to sledge down with, driv. *■ inp wheel? locked at times. >•' i . At Akaroa the men first in were surpf / sed to find Mocten in. He bad missed thejtoad. and taken athortcut into Akaroa wpf the. presiding Dr bimpson, who was observer, j Walktr did not turn up either, and the I Buick wai late. The Oolthor was g'nen up for lost, and nobody knew Storey'frfate nnt'l hewßß discovered at theGeiman Bay smithy. He bad worked an engine bearing out ru_m> ihg downhil on his low gear and while ho was able to get tbe car to go there was lit >c power in her." ; i

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MOTOR CAR TRIAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4377, 10 March 1914

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MOTOR CAR TRIAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4377, 10 March 1914