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OYCLING AND MOTORING

Some interesting particulars are to hand of a pioneer trip on a Halford motor lorry along the trans-Australian railway route. The machine was landed at Mucin" on the border of W.A. and S.A., the nearest point on the coast to the surveyed route of the transcontinental line, and "was then driven a distance of 240 miles to a chain of artesian bores that are being sunk on the tableland along the Hampton Range. With a load of three tons on, the lorry averaged 8j miles an hour. Arrangements had been piade to ha-ve a camel team in readiness to assist the loyry on to the tableland on top of this range. The going was so 3teep and loose that it took 14 camels in addition to the engine power to surmount the difficulty. The journey inland was continued next day, the camp being reached without the .slightest trouble. Up to the. present the lorry has covered over 3,C00 miles on an average of 5.2 miles per gallon of Seavy benzine, which is a low consumption considering the amount of low-gear work. As the future of this countrv practically depends on some reliable means of traction being found, and this cannot possibly be undertaken by teams, owing to the scarcity of grass and water, there is little doubt that the motor lorrv is destined to play an important irart in opening up this portion of the continent, cspcciallv in the direction of acting as feeders to the transcontinental railway line where completed. Over 3,000 drivers and conductors employed bv the London General Omnibus Coi'npanv" are now engaged driving motor vehicles'with the British Expeditionary Forces in France and Belgium. It appears that in the early stage of the war. during the retreat of the British and French forces from Mons down to Amiens, upwards of ICO British motor lorries and contents had to be destroyed to prevent their falling into the hands of the enomv. Drastic as such a course was, it was 'better than makiirg the Germans a present of such a large number of valuable vehicles and munitions of war The wastage has wince been made g oo j_j n fact, many of the leading English motor manufacturers are now working day and night making lorries for Russia anil France. C. A. Piercey. who was a member ot the Australian 'Dunlop road racing team which went to France, subsequently journeying across to Amevica on the outbreak of" the war. sends some interesting particulars of the recent successes of Australian riders at the Newark Track (U.S.A.). As tho world's cycling championship meeting this year at Copenhagen was brought to an abrupt conclusion by the outbreak of the European war before the professional events could be completed, some of tho races decided at Newark were regarded by the Americans as world's champion events. A. Goullet, who, it will be remembered, wae in a team with P. Hehir in the six days' races held at Melbourne and Sydney three vears ago, whon tho Victorians won both events.' defeated C. Moretti, the Italian crack rider, in two straight heats. Encouraged by his success, Goullot was induced to challenge Frank Kramer, the

American sprint champion. The American waa riding woll up to form, uid had previously carried off, for the elevenw year in succession, an event advertised as the World's Cycling Derby, in which Goullet could not*get nearer than third. There was keen interest in the match between Goullet and Kramer, and 15,000 witnessed the match. The event was d«cided in three heats. Kramer won the first rather easily. The second test, however, was won by the Australian, who put up a. clever exhibition of generalship. In the final, the American was again oulgeneralk'd. When the result was" announced the crowd was astonished, aod could ha.rdlv realise that the champion was defeated. A. T. Grcnda (Tas.j beat Oscar Egg (.Switzerland)— one of the greatest unpaced truck riders in the world —in an unlimited pursuit race, catching and passing Egg in less than thres miles. The Tasrnanian also won a half-mile open event. Ivor Lawson (America), once world's champion, was second, ar.d 11. Spears (Australia) third. E. Spears ".made good" after his defeat in tihe Derby by winning the- championship "revenge " event, among the starters being A. J. Clark (Australia). F. Kramer (America), TUoretti (Tt-aly), end W. Butt (Germany). Piercey was successful in a two-mile' handicap 'from 190 yds in 3min 30sec. Grcnda and Gordon Walker, both of Australia, won the one-mile, tandem championship, A. .1. Clark and W. Puttbeing runners-up. A special motor tax is to be imposed in New .South Wales on similar lines to that now in operation in Victoria, o.nly with one important difference. In the latter State the. larjje amount collected is set aside for road making and improvement, whilst in tho mother State the money proposed to be raised by the Holman Administration will not be earmarked likf the Victorian tax, but simply imposed for revenue purposes.

It is reported that all the motor car factories in Germany ar-o now under the control of the military authoriteis of that country. It is announced that the annual Tasrnanian motor reliability contest has been abandoned owing to insufficient support having been Criticism has been levelled at several of the sporting committees of tho automobile clubs of the eastern States in deciding against holding long-distance reliability tests this season, owing to the effect of the war. but the experience of the Tasrnanian Club (which only received five, entries in the car class) is evidence of what would also have happened had either the New South Wales or Victorian clubs gono on with ihoir Jong-distance trials. Jiut because the lons-distance events have 'been abandoned, it does not follow that inexpensive contests such as hill-climbs, efficiency tests, etc.. should also be dropped. A. Goullet, the well-known Australian racing cyclist, has scored in another sixdays' race in America. According to a cablegram to hand Goullet, partnered with F. Hill, of America, won the Boston sixdays' race. M'Xamara, another Australian rider, ran second. Tho mileage was not mentioned.

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OYCLING AND MOTORING, Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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OYCLING AND MOTORING Issue 15654, 19 November 1914

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