BIRMINGHAM'S EIGHTH C.M.U.A. PARADE.
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Outstanding Features of a Successful Event and a Full List of Prize-winners in All Classes.
THE outstanding feature of this • year's parade organized by the West Midlands Division of the Commercial Motor Users Association was the fact that after four years Ansells " Brewery, Ltd., regained the Dunlop 100guinea Challenge Trophy by providing the cham• pion team. It will be recalled that for several years running this company held the championship and then sportingly refrained from entering, so that other entrants might be given a chance of securing premier honours. That was in 1025, when the award went to S.P.D., Ltd. Last year the electric team of the Birmingham City Salvage Department carried off the coveted trophy, this being the first time in the history of all parades in this country that a fleet of eleetrics had successfully challenged steam and petrol vehicles. This year the salvage department won the special prize for providing the "next best."
The date originally fixed for this
year's parade was July 25th, about the usual date for the Birmingham event. The divisional secretary, however, was acting as one of the two joint honorary secretaries for the Birmingham Air Pageant which the Air Ministry fixed for that date. Hence the postponement and the explanation of the reduction in the number of entries this year.
The system of collating the marks awarded by the judges, which was adopted at Birmingham for the 1926 and 1927 parades, makes an early distrPlution of the prizes possible. Briefly, .2..aeh judge doing one job only records his marks on. a scoring card, hia Stewart:. passing this to the auditors when 15 7ebicles have been inspected. Thos the marks for each group of 15 vehicles reach the auditors from the judges practically at the same time. These marks are transferred to a "total marks card" for each vehicle and are then sorted into classes to arrive at the final result. It is understood that another innovation next year will still further reduce the time occupied in auditing by at least half-anhour.
The West Midlands Division is boldly tackling the problem of next year's parade by inviting the drivers of
this year's competing vehicles a n others to attend a special "Talk on the Parade," which is to be held at the Crown Hotel, Birmingham, on October 11th, at 7.15 p.m...
The whole of the regulations are to be revised, particularly with regard to the owners of three or fewer vehicles, .and an invitation may be given to in unicipalities, brewers and petrol companies to compete in a division separated from others less fortunately placed.
The following is the list of prizewinners, the names given after the makes of vehicle being those of the drivers of the successful machines : Dunlop Challenge Trophy for the best team of three vehicles of any type or age :—(1) Ansells Brewery, Ltd. (Leylands), L. Brookes, W. Neil and P. Price ; (2) Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd. (Libertys), J. W. Thomas, A. C. Harris and C. Bostock ; (3) Birmingham City Salvage Department (Edisons), T. Stocks, G. Lewis and A. Pritchard ; (4) British Petroleum Co., Ltd. (Guys), A. Bacon, F. Simpson, G. Troman ; (Special Extra Prize), Birmingham City Salvage Department (Edison, Garrett and Clayton), H. Skeet, W. Ricketts and W. Stocks.
The best vehicle. of a capacity of between 1 ton and 11 tons :—(1) British Petroleum Co.,. Ltd. (Vulcan), A. Sheldon; (2) Birmingham City Salvage Department (Morris), C. Griffiths ; (3).: Lunt and Co., Ltd. . (Ford), J. Beet.
The best vehicle of a capicity of over 1-1 tons, but not exceeding 3 tons :(1) Anglo-American Oil 'Co., Ltd. (Pierce-Arrow), W. C. Kettlebirch 42) Shell-Met, Ltd. (Leyland), W. II. Hunt; (3) Ansells Brewery, Ltd. (Leyland), A. Lines.
The best vehicle of a capacity of over 3 tons, but not exceeding 4 tons :— (1) Premier Motor Co. (Pierce-Arrow),
• T. Gore ; (2) Birmingham City Salvage Department (Halley), G. Thomson ; (3) Shell-Mex, Ltd. (Leyland), R. Rea. The best vehicle of a capacity exceeding 4 tons :—(1) J. T. Underwood (Commer), F. Peedle; (2) Birmingham City Public Works Department (Aveling and Porter), W. Dumbleton ; (3) Ansells Brewery, Ltd. (Leyland), -J. Whitehouse.
Oldest vehicle (petrol, steam or eIeetric)—chassis built before .1919 :— (1) 3. T. Underwood (Commer), F. Peedle; (2) Anglo-American Oil Co., Ltd. (Liberty), J. W. Thomas ; (3) Birmingham City Public Works Department (Foden), J. North.
• Best vehicle of any type (petrol, steam or electric) entered by a nonmember :—J. and W. Baldwin (Aston), Ltd. (Leyland), F. J. Green.