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1906 Four Thousand Mile Trials

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1906 February. 'The following is the complete list of entries:— In the tyre section, the Collier Company has entered two complete sets, while a third experimental set has been entered through the same firm. The Hartridge Tyre Syndicate has entered a set of solid rubber block tyres, which will be fitted to a motor omnibus loaded to its full weight. Tail lamps are entered by Messrs. Worsnop and Company, the Ryta and Hoult Trading Company, and the Metallic Mirrors Company; acetylene head lights by Messrs. Worsnop and Company; and paraffin head lights by Messrs. G. Polkey (Limited). The speedometer entries include practically every known device on the market, the list consisting of the Vulcan two, Staunton, Elliott, Jones, Gratze, Wehner, Coweys, and an experimental apparatus by Mr. W. B. Kirby.'[1]

1906 April. 'The four thousand mile trials of the Automobile Club were brought to conclusion on the 31st ult, when the Rolls Royce car made a non-stop ran over ninety miles of the Oxford Road. The Collier tyres and Elliott speedometer made non-stops, and the Ryta Hoult tail lamp burnt well. The Daimler car, with Collier tyres, Kirby speedometer, and metallic mirrors tail lamp on the 30th ult., and the Dennis car which made a non-stop record of 4,006 miles fitted with Collier tyres, Stanton speedometer, Cowey recorder, and Worsnop headlights, finished its trial the 28th ult. In the week the 36 inch Collier tyres had to run five days, and made non stops on four days. The 34 inch Colliers had to run four days, and made two non-steps. The 815 mm. Colliers had to run six hours and made four non-stops; the Staunton speedometer ran four days, with two non-stops; the Cowey recorder four days, three non-stops; Kirby speedometer five days, five non-stops; and the Elliott speedometer six days, six non-stops. The Ryta and Hoult tail lamp burnt well on all six days, and the metallic mirrors tail lamp burnt well all of its five days.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. Globe - Wednesday 14 February 1906
  2. Belfast News-Letter - Monday 02 April 1906