Last y 7 ear the Dunlop Rubber Co. substituted bronze and enamel time modal lions in place of the usual certificate previously given to riders that covered the Dunlop Road Race course from Warrnambool to Melbourne wit.bin the set time limit, an innovation that proved most popular with the contestants, albeit an expensive one for the Dunlop Rubber Co., for out of the 206 starters 149 medals w T 'ere won and presented to the successful riders. This 1 year medallions w-ill again be presented, the same design being used, with a different coloured ring of enamel. The big Australian Road Race -will be held on Saturday-, September 281 h, the League of Victorian Wheelmen having granted that date. The American automobile manufacturers arc adopting a novel means of introducing the American-built motoi car into Europe. A reliability trial extending over 60 day 7 s is to be hold in June and July-, over a distance of 4,000 miles, for a cup valued at £6OO. The route will lay through France, Spain, Italy 7, Austria, Germany, Belgium, and England, the only restriction being that Americanmade cars are to be used. The entrance fee is £2OOO, which amount covers the w 7 hole expenses of the tour.
It is stated that a fairly large contingent of Australian racing cyclists intended leaving for America by the Sonoma. Those spoken of as likely to pay a racing visit to the United States are Messrs Horder, Brook, Hagney, Plunket, Palmer, and Bested. It is understood that the majority of the riders named are receiving special inducements to race at Salt Lake City, the home of indoor racing in America.
lit is reported that the output of cycles in Great Britain for the year 1906 totalled a million machines. No wonder the principal English, cycle manufacturing concerns are making big profits.
At a meeting of the Automobile Club of New South Wales held recently it was decided to support the proposal of the Dunlop Rubber Co. that an Inter-State Motor Contest be held from Brisbane to Adelaide next November. The Club has generously decided to expend a sum of twenty-five pounds towards furthering the contest.
An English rubber manufacturer states that during the last 15 years the demand for rubber has more than doubled in quantity and nearly trebled in value, while there is every probability that the demand will continue to increase at a proportionately faster rate than the supply. Rubber plantations have been ruthlessly destroyed in the haste to secure a large quantity of the precious product, and until the rubber-culti-vating areas in Ceylon and elsewhere are yielding their full quota to the world’s supply, it will be difficult to keep pace with the present demand. If the raw material increases any further in price as seems not improbable, cyclists and motorists will be faced with the prospect of either dearer tyres or the far more serious alternative of tyres containing a smaller quantity of rubber.
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Cycling Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907
Cycling Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 6, 11 May 1907
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