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1912 Holly Lane, Ambergate Hill Climb – 22 nd June Map Key 7 Woods chose to attend the Sheffield and District Automobile Club hill climb in preference to Shelsley Walsh, being some 100 miles apart both events could be held on the same day. The course which is rough and winding, with narrow sections has a gradient varying from 1 in 4 or 5 to 1 in 10. Out of an entry of 27 cars 25 started. Class III Results; H. Beesley 25hp Talbot 2min 43-3/5secs H.B. Galimore 12hp Talbot 2min 15-2/5secs E. Genna 12.16 hp Sunbeam 1min 9-2/5secs Ben Hind 8hp Clememnt Baynard 2min 41-2/5secs H. Morton 11.9 Arrol Johnson 2min 32-2/5secs H.D. Orr 12.16hp Sunbeam 2min 4-3/5sces S. Slater 15 hp Star 1min 19-3/5secs W.H. Trubody 12.16hp Fanfnir 5mins 21-2/5secs W.H. Trubody 20 hp Maudslay 2min 12-2/5secs P.J. Watson 12hp Talbot 1min 48-1/5secs G.H. Woods 20hp Crossley 1min 2 Secs Mr Woods time of 1min 2 seconds was considerably the fastest in the competition. Sheffield Daily Telegraph Monday 24th June. A.M. Spender on the 15 hp Talbot gained fastest in Class A, with Woods and the 20 hp Crossley Fastest in Class B and Fastest time of the day. `

1912 Weston Hill Climb, Bath - 29 th June Map Key 8 At the Bristol and Gloucestershire and Somerset Automobile Club’s Annual hill climbing tests on Saturday last, the Sunbeam car gave another demonstration of it’s speed, reliability, and hill climbing propensities. The placing of cars was determined on the following formula: - Total weight of the car and load in lbs, divided by the time in seconds, multiplied by the h.p. of the car. The course commenced at a point 50 yards from the “Globe”, and finished at a tree half way between the top of Weston Hill and the main road – a total distance of one mile and 17 yards. This was a severe test, for the average gradient of the hill was about 9 feet in every 100 feet. The steepest point was some 500 feet from the top of the hill, where the gradient was on in 5.6. The whole of the course was macadamised and, with the showery weather which wet the surface considerably the speeds of the cars were slightly affected. No car which had competed in an open competition for racing cars in the years 1909-12 was eligible to take part in the meeting. Difficulties of the Course It was the opinion of all the competitors that the club had found a “regular teaser of a hill.” Many difficulties were experienced, such as slipping of gears, and the choking of jets. Of course, the state of the road made a vast deal of difference, especially when cars had not studded tyres. Those cars doing the hill for the first hour of the competition and after three o’clock were fortunate, for they had not a greasy road to contend with. At half past twelve there was a deluge, and competitors who were unfortunate enough to be sent on their journey uphill at that time and for the next hour were severely handicapped. Some idea of the excellent all-round performance of the victorious Sunbeams may be gathered from the following awards which they gained at this meeting; Standard 12-16 h.p. Sunbeam Cars, first and second. Standard 25hp 6-cylinder Sunbeam first on formula and Fastest Time of the Day Bath Chronical and Weekly Gazette Saturday 6 th July Mr G.H. Woods - Crossley 20 recorded the Fastest Time of the Day for 4-cylinder cars. This class was very well attended. Woods achievement was overshadowed by the 6- cylinder duel between Sunbeam and Napier, Sunbeam came out on top which was extensively reported in the press. `

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