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1897 The Engineer Horseless Carriage Competition

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This was a competition run by the proprietors of The Engineer, held at the Crystal Palace. The judges were Sir Frederick Bramwell, John Aspinall and Dr. John Hopkinson. [1]

Route published. Crystal Palace to Birmingham and back. 263 miles.[2]

Cancelled.[3] Images and information. Judge was H. Graham Harris[4]

CLASS A. For the best mechanically-propelled vehicle constructed to carry, including the driver, four or more persons, the total weight, when fully loaded, not exceeding two tons, a prize of 350 guineas will be given.

CLASS B. For the best mechanically-propelled vehicle constructed to carry either one or two or three persons, the total weight, when fully loaded, not exceeding one ton, a prize of 250 guineas will be given.

CLASS C. For the best mechanically-propelled vehicle constructed to carry, in addition to the driver, not more than one ton of goods or parcels, the total weight, when fully loaded, not exceeding two tons, a prize of 250 guineas will be given.

CLASS D. For the best mechanically-propelled vehicle constructed to carry, in addition to the driver, five hundredweight of goods or parcels, the weight, when fully loaded, not exceeding one ton, a prize of 150 guineas will be given.

CLASS SUPPLEMENTAL. For the Vehicle, whether passengers or goods, propelled solely by a motor actuated by the vapour of oil or spirit, having a lower specific gravity than 0.8, or a flashing point lower than 73° Fall., Abel’s test, and constructed to satisfy the requirements of any Act of Parliament, and the rules to be made thereunder for the time being respectively in force, which, in the opinion of the judges, best satisfies the purpose for which it is built, a prize of 100 guineas will be given.

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