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1901 Dashwood Hill Trial (July)

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Another hill-climbing trial, open to all corners, was held at Dashwood Hill on July 6, 1901. Each vehicle was required to ascend three times, with a full load of passengers weighing not less than 10.5 stones each. The following cars ascended up to the legal limit:- 50-hp Napier, 16-hp Daimler, and 12-hp Chainless in the petrol-driven class, and the Locomobile and Weston steam-cars also. On the premise, however, that the best vehicle is the one which at the lowest purchase price can convey the greatest number of passengers at the highest speed, the Trials Committee awarded the Chainless the highest marks, a 7-hp Panhard coming second, and a 4.5-hp Renault third, the times of the latter two being 10 and 6.3 miles per hour respectively. In the steam class the Locomobile was placed first.


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