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1907 R.A.C. Industrial Vehicle Trials

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Many of the entrants and officials concerned with the R.A.C. Commercial Vehicle Trials, which started from Messrs. Thornycroft and Co.'s establishment at Chiswick on Monday morning last, met and dined together at the Trocadero on the previous Saturday evening under the chairmanship of Mr. C. D. Rose, M.P., chairman of the R.A.C. Amongst those present were:

and many others.

The vice-chair was occupied by Mr. J. W. Orde (secretary R.A.C:), and the toast list, which was confined to three toasts, was spoken to by the Chairman, Mr. E. Manville, Mr. Worby Beaumont, Mr. J. D. Siddeley, Mr. E. Shrapnell Smith, and Mr. H. M. Wyatt.

Punctually at 7.30 on Monday morning last the first vehicle of Class H, with a thirty-five miles journey before it, was despatched, followed by some fifty odd vehicles at minute intervals. But for a little crowd of interested spectators and a sprinkling of perpetual out of works, the public interest in the start of these much postponed trials did not appear to arouse much local interest, probably for the reason that with Thornycrofts so long in their midst, motor cars and motor lorries spick and span, as were all those that turned out on Monday, had no enthralling novelty for them.

It has come to the knowledge of the committee that some firms, who have not entered for the trials nevertheless intend to follow the vehicles to gain publicity without having entered their vehicles in the regular way. The committee has therefore unanimously decided, in fairness to the competitors, to recommend to the Club that, should non-competing commercial vehicles follow the trials in this irregular way, the firm or firms owning such vehicles shall be dealt with under the terms of the following competition rule, which was adopted by the committee of the Club on 7th November, 1906: "Any owner, manufacturer, dealer, agent, or driver taking part in or directly connected with any trial or competition, otherwise than under regulations made by the Club, and obtaining extensive advertisement there from, should be deemed to be guilty of a breach of these rules."

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Sources of Information

The Autocar Magazine of 14th September 1907