The monthly meeting of the Otago Motor Club was held last evening. Mr A. E '■ Ellongall presiding over a good attendance. J he secretary oi the Wairarapa Automobile Association wrote, stating that his association were holding a motor e.y-. Ic ra.ee meeting on February 4, and proposed including irk the list of events a. New Zealand championship (10 miles), the stake to be £n.o. with a Rigs cup. He invited the support of the Otago Club. —Received. Mr G. Moody wrote drawing attention to the. had state of the North road (Upper Junction!, which, he stated, was, in his opinion, in need of top-dressing. As the cost of cartage would he very great, he suggested that the club should write to the" council suggesting that they should purchase material from CaJder’s quarry and the club members agree to do their share of the cartage.—Referred to the Roads Committee. Mr A. E. Grigg wrote, suggesting that the club should use their efforts and endeavor to get a. portion of the Wie.kliffc Bay road, which the hoard had recently closed to motorists, opened.—Referred to the executive. The Clerk to the Taieri County Council wrote stating that the complaint from the association regarding the. number of unlighted cycles and motor cycles and also of’ stray horses that were t-o he found on the county roads at night had been given every attention.—Received. —Roads Committee.— The Roads Committee reported having passed the following resolutions; That th© attention of the local authority be drawn to the amount of clay used on both sides of the Saddle Hill road, also the Waikouaiti Council bo written to re the material (sods) used on Mount Cargill road. 'That an offer of a. road drag be made to the Taieri Council for use on a suitable road, and a trial arranged by them on Brighton to Taieri Mouth road. That the Waihemo and M-aniototo Councils be communicated with re the state of their bridges. That a reward of £5 be offered for the conviction of any person damaging or destroying the, chib’s road signs. The Committee reported that a deputation had, waited upon the Mayor with reference to the congestion of traffic on the upper left-hand side of the Octagon near the express stand, the blocking of traffic causing a liability of accidents occurring. They received favorable attention, the Mayor promising to have the matter considered. The committee drew attention to the splendid condition of the Leith ValleyWaitati road, an enjoyable run being obtainable from Dunedin to the top. They suggested that a club run be arranged over this road. The report 3C.as adopted.
—Motor Ambulance.— The editor of the ‘Otago Daily Times' wrote, drawing attention to the. fact that ho had opened a fund with the object oi providing an Otago motor ambulance for use at the front, and ho ventured to ex press the hope that the. association would see their way to support the movement. Mi' Cooper suggested that, the elub should give a donation. He. did not think they could do enough in regard to helping the. various movements afoot in connection with the war. Mr Watson Munro suggested that, as the did) had a balance, of something like £lll, they should give £25 immediately. Mr Stuart Wilson supported this suggestion, and further expressed the opinion that a. gymkana might be held later cm. the proceeds to be. devoted for patriotic purposes. The donation of £25 was agreed to, and it was decided further, on the motion of Mr Wilson, to make a, thorough canvass of all motorists in Otago for donations to the fund. It was explained that there was already a movement in the direction of holding a gymkana in aid of another fund, —General. — Messrs A. E. Usherwood wrote, offering to donate a trophv for the mile record for cycle cars and light cars up to 1,100 c.c.— Received with thanks. It was decided to endeavor to arrange a cricket match at Portobcllo on February 6 with the Hui Mai Club. The conditions of the Warrington speed trials were considered and slightly revised. It was explained, for the information of those usiiig the Portobcllo road, that so long as a motor is in motion the rule of the road must be observed, but in the event of a motorist being required to do so by traffic coming : n the opposite direction he must bring his motor to a standstill on the water side of the mad and remain stationary until such traffic has passed him. Eighta n new members were elected. HER STRAIGHT TIP. “ I was speaking with your father last night.” he said at last, somewhat inanely. "Oh, were you?” answered the sweet young thing, lowering her eyes. “ Er—what were you—er —talking about?” “About the war. Your father said that he hoped the fighting would, soon he over.” The sweet young thing smiled. “Yes,” she remarked. “I know he’s ven’ much opposed to long engagements.” —‘Cleveland Leader.’ “The coolest thing I -ewer saw in action was that of a big Highlander, who milked a cow under rifle, fire, and shell fire to get something for his wounded mates to drink when the water ran out,” says Private Clarke, of the King's Royal Rifles, in a letter home.
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MOTOR CLUB, Evening Star, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915