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1911 Gordon Bennett Cup

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1911. The arrangement, are now practically complete for the Gordon Bennett Cup Race - the blue ribbon of tbs aviation world - which will be competed for tomorrow at Eastchurch in the Isle Sheppey The race takes place at the Royal Aero Club Aerodrome over a distance of 150 kilometers, roughly 94 miles, and will be run on a circuit of about three four miles. With the exception of Germany and Austria, the list of entries which are not yet available, the nations to be represented in the race have forwarded to the organising committee specifications of the machines and the names of the pilots. The list stands at present as follows; America: C. T. Weymann - Nieuport. France: A. Leblanc - Bleriot; E. Nieuport - Nieuport; M. Chevalier - Nieuport. Probale French Reserves: Aubrun - Deperdussin; Garron - Bleriot; Gilbert - R. E. P. Great Britain: Alec Ogilvie - Baby Wright; Gustav Hamel - Bleriot; D. Graham Gilmour - Bristol Monoplane. British Reserves: O. C. Norison. James Radley and James Valentine. Mr. Alec Ogilvie has considerably improved his “Baby Wright" and the all-British N.E.C. motor he is using is one of the lightest and most reliable flight engines known. Mr. Hamel will pilot a 100-h.p. Gnome-engined Bleriot while Mr. Gilmour will drive the newly-designed monoplane coming from the Bristol company's works. Of the foreign competitors, Leblanc, the French crack flyer, is the best known. Like Hamel, he will pilot one of the newest types of Bleriot monoplanes. M. E. Nieuport is the designer of the remarkably fast machines that bear his name. We give hereunder a table the previous winners of the Gordon Bennett Cups with particulars of machines and engines; 1909. America: Glenn Curtiss, on a Curtiss biplane fitted with 25-h.p. motor. 20 kilom. in l5min. 30 2-5sec. at Rheims. 1910. Great Britain: Graham White. Bleriot monoplane fitted with 100-h.p. Gnome motor. 100 kilom. in 60min. 3-5sec. at Belmont Bark, Now York.[1]

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  1. London Daily News - Friday 30 June 1911