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CYCLING AND MOTORING

Motor tyre prices in America, which jumped from 10 to 15 per cent, when war broke out, have now gone nearly to normal again. Spencer W'ishart, ones of the bestknown motor-racing men in America-, was killed whilst taking part in an important road contest at Elgin. Two events were he Id on .successive days over a course <:: 301 miles, and both were won liy i.)o J/alma, his respective tiir.es being --li oinm and 41i liuim. Writing of the work done by cyclists in the war, an English war oorrespouuent. at tile froiu stuto.a that ttiey

" may he. almost said to have scored « triumph." Ho adds ihc.t "' the commander of a force that embodies one or more cyclist battalions has an enormous advantage in possession of the quickest known striking weapon.'' Of the English, Belgian, and French cyclists lie speaks in the highest terms, hut- the Germans he considers '• typically Teutonic," and of less value than loot soldiers. lie maintains tout tin! cyclists have rendered cavalry more efficient by relieving thom oi .t, host of tedious duties involving a t-'irihlo wastage of horseJlc.shi " The rpirii oi military cycling," ]••'. rtys. '• is essentially a twentiethontury development, it is the personification of a perfect mechanical machine, capable oi working continuously .at. high, speed, wliiJe allowing: every man t ;) reiain bis individuality. The, old spirit of the light cavalry —the quick-mo; iug troops ior raiding, and the unexpected seizure of strategic) points; the swift descent on lines of communication : or a. destructive rearguard action, causing the enemy to deploy and lo&e time capturing position after position, only to find that the* defending troops have retreated to teko un_ another hue position further back, winch will necessitate the same measures being taken over again—that, is now all part of the work of a cyclist battalion."

Some interesting particulars are supplied by ,tu English motorist, who followed along the ionic from Boulogne taken by tho motor transport of the English army in France:—" Upon overtaking tho motor transport wo visited their camp, and found a collection of ''■•■oior vehicles probably unique in tho history of motordom. Imagine a broad ii'.ciun;, mora than n mile in length, with a central roadway of unusual width, two eidi; rows, .six rows of trees.

.■':i'l four paths. The central road was left ireo for the movement of tho lorries. Tiie broad, grassy space between it ami the .side roads was used as a parking ground, tho thick trees giving welcome protection for the men. Every type of motor vehicle, from traction engine, to motor cycle, was represented, and th-~y were from every town in England. A certain number of the vehicles were manufacturers' stocks; tho majority had been requisitioned from owners, and had come away with nil their advertisement matter on them. They wore from Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Perth, Leeds, Keswick, Newcastle. Conway, Edinburgh, Kingston, Nottingham, and Bradford. We cannot say how many motor, vehicles have. been sent cut with the British Expeditionary Army, hut at this centre almm there were hundreds, and the total certainly runs into s'vcral thousands. Ah one examined ibis fleet one could n-~r, hut be impressed with the magnitude of the tusk of sending an armed force abroad. We had plenty of opportunities of examining the detail work of the Army service Corps, to which these motor lorries natmally belong, arid one can only say tlmt ii is admirable. The men are. magiiiticent, their equipment. is excellent, and the general organisation shows a wcii-ihov.gut-out schema executed to the letter. It was a strange scene in that avenue on the outskirts of the < :';: city. Mechanic*; were lubricating their vehicles, cleaning out rnrbi.ivUe! •, examining plugs.

making ruljn.iti'.iciiLs. in ojio of the side avenue:- :i sooit' of traction engines were lined >;p. A litilc further mi three uei!-.-.j;;:' L :-r '.i travelling motor workshops wer.. h\a-iiy engaged in repairing the. vehiek■? which had hoov towed homo vie prerion.s evening. The workshops are !>:-. high-wliec-lnd wagons, cither open <>r closed at will, containii ;r a l.'Hi)i', haed-.-,aws, iorge, :utd tools, the power bahig generated by a snujle-cyHm: t iinti;:' phoed under ti"-o waggon and havi" ' Veil, connection 11 a dynamo nr to A few y.t-('?i away .-tood a aneni of Douglas motor cycles in (haree 01 a MTg<-int. They are used as e-coits to the motor cii'!voys numim: buck-ward? and forwardalong the him. keening in touch with the icad.-rs aed wit p. the laggard*. The motor v.'hict'r, '.'frc shipped at variola ports in I'> .'jar' l and ■-<\n to different points on the f-rr-r.rii coast. Fr-mi these t'r.vii' i!i'-v unveiled .-•afitward ;o T-lio ;,, idee, irt'-rs iowiif. from which llii-v m.e.-c f'irv.'ai<l regularly -with - >npiunit >•"■;> :-v.>\ food for ihf fightir.g ":■. . '*,■■•■ 'Pi'-" !'■'■<•■" has b. t,l brought with the army. The motor ', ■. ;,ii :■ .■, h::\> iif'!!-).lll pr-llul ailll nil :n|i-!.. ouV- indep'iidi'iit of that have their own food supply. Liv 3 catth' iee.i i."■ .1 earned through on lhmiiirvy i;:.i.r-: --hip* witli frown neat |i- in tiii- van oils porif, and are ivpl.tf• (I !..■ fresh vessel? as Kion as tiio fi.iei: ha- t cut' exhausted."

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CYCLING AND MOTORING, Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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CYCLING AND MOTORING Issue 15642, 5 November 1914

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