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1899 Crystal Palace Motor Races

From Graces Guide



1899 November 22nd - Wednesday.[1]

Great interest was taken in the motor racing at the Crystal Palace yesterday, and when the five miles race was started the visitors to the National Show were in full force round the cycle track. No doubt the rivalry amongst the many exhibitors was the cause of the big attendance, and, as some special prizes were offered, the entrants to the two events were the first-class motorists.

In both events C. G. Wridgway arriving first on an Ariel motor tricycle, Wridgway’s time in the ten miles handicap being returned as a record ride.

Mr. F. W. Baily officiated as judge and timekeeper, and a number of well-known cyclists acted as lap scorers.

Results appended;—

Five Miles Handicap.— C. G. Wridgway (Ariel. 2.25 h.p.), scratch, first: Harvey Du Cros (Ariel, 2.25 h.p.), half lap start, second: F. F. Wellington (Phebus Aster, 2.25 h.p.), 2, third; M. Moyle, 3, 0; J. Leonard (motor bicycle), 2. 0: R. R. Marks. 2, 0 ; J. M'Cormac, 0.5, 0; C. Jarrott, scratch, 0. Won by fifty yards; half a lap between second and third. Time, 8 min, 46 sec.

Ten Miles Scratch Race.— C. G. Wridgway (Ariel, 2.25 h.p.). first: C. Jarrott (De Dion Bouton. 2.25 h.p,). second: C. Sangster (Ariel. 2.25 h.p.). third. Twelve competed. Wridgway went ahead from the start, and covering five miles in 8 min. 15 sec., and the ten miles in 16 min. 28 sec. (the latter time being announced as a motor tricycle record), won easily.



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Sources of Information

  1. Sporting Life - Thursday 23 November 1899