Motorcycle speed trials at Hoo

Mootorcycle trial at Hoo 1919

[Beds & Herts Tuesday Telegraph: September 16th, 1919]

With the formation of the Luton and South Beds Automobile Club, unusual and interesting events will be introduce to the town. On Saturday, the club held a meeting at Luton Hoo Park, kindly lent for the occasion by Lady Wernher, and it consisted of open speed trials for motorcycles.

The meeting resulted in 120 entries, and introduced to Luton expert motorcyclists who hold first place in competitions all over the country. They came from Newark, Brooklands, London, Bristol and other places.

The prestige of the Luton Club has been at once established, and it is gratifying to know that the able honorary trials secretary, Mr J. Simpson, was congratulated by the leading racers on the fact that the Luton event was the best organised which they have attended this year. The system employed was up-to-date and finished in every way, and at the next meeting Mr Simpson intends to have engravers on the field so that the medals can be presented right away.

The competition were held under A.C.U. Rules and divided into 19 events, catering for all types of machine from the little scooter and the two-stroke which has become so popular of late, up to the big Harley Davidson and Zenith machines and the Henderson four-cylinder.

Some of the events attracted as many as 13 competitors, and the three-wheel cycle car classes were the only one which brought forward but one entrant for each class.

The course was a half-kilometre length on the Luton side of the Hoo Estate, with 150 yards allowed for a flying start, and 300 yards for a finish. Boy Scouts were employed at the tapes with red and white signal flags, and the officials had a field telephone set in operation, with the result that the times were quickly on the board.

The course was slightly uphill and there was a fair wind, which facts told against any new records, but the riders were generally pleased with the track. One man did 68 miles an hour.

There were several notable winners, including Mr Martin who has over 250 first prizes to his credit in competitions open to the world. He holds records on most tracks in Great Britain. The Duzmo cycle was a new introduction which cause great interest amongst the large crowd, and in a collection of motoring vehicles of all kinds the ' scooters' were objects of special notice.

Mr Simpson expressed the committee's thanks to Lady Wernher, who had nominated the charity to which the receipts should be given. It is hoped to hand over about £30 to the Children's Home.