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The North Canterbury Motor Cyolists Club held a side car reliability trial to Akaroa on Wednesday, and those taking part were called upon to face the southerly gale that sprang up about 11 am. and continued throughout the day.

The course was similar to the one under; taken by the Canterbury Automobile Club, and totalled approximately 130 or 140 miles, | about 100 miles of which was over some, of the severest hills on the Peninsula. A start was made from Suckling's garage, Worcester street, a few minutes after 8 a.m. and the competitors were sent off at two minutes intervals by Mr P, H. Powell, the president of the club. The course was through Sumner, Lyttelton, Purau, Port Levy, Pigeon Bay. on to the Summit road, thence to Duvauchetle and Akaroa. Barring the Zig-Zag the poing was comparatively easy until past Teddington, where the bad road surfaces and severe gradients were met with, Before Charteris Bay was reached some County Council officials took the nuaiber of those competitors wno were alleged to have failed to blow their horns before rounding corners, and possibly prosecutions will follow. The terrific pulls out of Purau and Port Levy were gamely tackled by the side can, and it was fortunate that the • surface was practically dry all the way, except in patches on the hills, or otherwise the task set the competitors would have been too stiff altogether. 'About 11 am, it started to rain a little, later coming down heaviiy, After luncheon at Akaroa things looked decidedly bad, and a heavy coating of bail was seen on the bill tops.

The start back was made at 2 p.m. in torrents of rain, and when the higher levels were reached, turned to stinging hail and snow. The roads were a couple of inches deep in snow, and the cold and the howling gale combined to make tbe lot of the unfortunate riders and observers anything bnt pleasant, Several claims for non-stop runs were made, but the definite and final results will not be known for a day or two.

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MOTOR CYCLE TRIALS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 5 June 1914

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MOTOR CYCLE TRIALS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4399, 5 June 1914

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