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CYCLING AND MOTORING

I When the history of the war. from Eng- ; land's side, is written the importance and values of th , . > duties assigned to anrl accomplished by motor vehicles will show in the clearest manner possible that motor traction has- simplified at. least one of the most tangled problems of th-2 strategist— I the mobilisation and transport of men and 1 material. Its first chapter will deal with the manner in which the English Expedi ; Horary Corps—-admittedly the greatest, as iit the finest. < rniy ever launched from the i shores of that four try in one operation—j «;i6 landed in Eranre, with a fleet- of fast i motor cars for general and staff officers, j hundreds of motor cycles for scouting and ! despatch-carrying, a pack of motor lorries i and motor vans running' well up to a | thousand vehicles, and including motor ! ambulances, special aeroplane transport, I wireless sisnailinc outfits, at id repair shops ' for all arms. Whether or not the rnobili- ; sal ion in such a short, spy or of time of i f.ucli aii army could ever havo been accomf plished had tho motor car be-en absent from i the scheme its. idle to conjecture, writes a j well-known J'itiglish motorist, hut surely : itts j)resence ha« erabled the transport to be done with a. smoothness and celerity 1 thii'. mav Have the most vital bearing Oi: ! the campaign. Time is of such prime ,'m- ! portance, particularly in tho opening stages j of a war, that it, may well be that tho j apr.enra-nce of a British army in the fight I ing lino 200 mile 3 from its shores inside I a fortnight of the official rupture of friendly | relations will prove a decisive and decidj ing factor. Hut invaluable aa has been the i assistance, of the motor vehicle, in this, we look to ev2n more important effects when our army is in aetual grips and the tide of war ebbs and flows—the collection .and maintenance of supplies of food and material from bases far in the rear. No matter hew long the campaign or how difficult the country covered by the troops, we can maintain such a motor supply corps as must make the British the most notable and best fed and tended army that has ever operated in war. The motor resources of France are cecond only to our own, and so the great difficulty of the strategist in war —the maintenance of prompt supplies—cannot hamper tho allied; arm*. The Eighth Annual 100-Mile Victorian Cycle. Traders' Eoad Race was decided on Saturday week over a triangular course embracing North Essendon, Lance-field, Woodend, and back to starting point. The winner was H. C. Clark, who was in receipt of 32min start, and negotiated the "century" in 5h 31min 41sec; L. Thompson (27min) was second, and J. Shepherd (32min) third. The fastest time was recorded by A. M'Donne.H (smin), in 5h 7min 37sec. He put up a fine performance by finishing up sixth. The first 12 men" to finish rode Dunlops. The field was a good one, the Tecently-re-turned Australian team from France, comprising D. Kirkham, I. R. Munro, C. Snell, and G. W. Bell, all competing from the scratch mark, but without success, which was hardly to be expected after their recent return from England. Kirkham had a bad fall, damaging his machine. A big field of 70 started, out of which some 38 riders finished within the time limit of 6j- hours. The event, irhich. since tho -withdrawal of the,

" Warrnambool," is now the leading Victorian road race, was in every way a success. A well-known American racing motorist, in E. Tetzlaff, recently established a new straight-away half-mile flying-start motor car record by covering 880 yards in 12 3-ssee, which is equal to a speed of 142.8 miles per hour. Tetzlaff'.l performance was accomplished on a 300 tup. car on tlie Salduro Salt Beds in Utah. The track record for this distance is Msec, standing to the credit of V. Homery. on Brooklands. in November. 1909. A French cyclist writes that bicycles are playing an important part in the French army. In addition to the regular corps, provided with the regulation army folding bicycle, the military authorities have equipped thousands of men with ordinary bicycles. In the eastern frontier towns every available bicycle was requisitioned. In Paris the authorities bought up all the available stock. During the height of the mobilisation 3,000 bicycles were delivered by one firm in three days. When stocks are seized the proprietor is given a credit note on the Treasury, payable after the war, the value of the machines being decided according to a tariff drawn up in time of peace. In many cases, particularly in the eastern towns, the outbreak of war has enabled agents to clear out their whole stock in one day, and although they do not obtain cash payment, they go away with the satisfaction of having nothing more to lose if the town should be invaded by the enemy. 1 -

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CYCLING AND MOTORING, Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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CYCLING AND MOTORING Issue 15635, 28 October 1914

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