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1901 Dashwood Hill Trial (May)

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Another consumption trial took place on May 2, 1901, at Dashwood Hill, combined with a hill-climbing trial and a non-stop run of 31 miles each way between London and the foot of the hill. The hill was ascended seven times by each car, these representing a distance of four miles in all and a rise of 1,470 feet.

The most economical consumption record was that of a 7-hp. New Orleans with 1.03 gallon for the outward journey, 0.33 gallon on the hill, and 0.875 gallon in returning to town. As regards the ascent, the Hon. J. Scott Montagu's 24-hp. car and Mr. J. R. Hargreaves's 19-hp. Daimler were up to the legal limit, while the 7-hp. New Orleans did 10.36 miles per hour.

Non-stop runs were made on both journeys by the Decauville, 7-hp New Orleans, 6-hp. Daimler, 5-h.. Wolseley, and 3-hp. Ariel quadricycle.

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