Commercial Motors at Reading.
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A Meet under the Auspices of the Commercial Motor Users' Association.
We are now able to publish full particulars of the arrangements for the first provincial meet of commercial motors. The necessary steps have been completed by a committee, which is composed as follows :—Mr. E. Shrapnel] Smith (Chairman); Capt. H. K. Bagnall-Wild, R.E. (War Office); Messrs. F. A. Bonsor (Darracq-Serpollet Ltd.); Frank Churchill (Durham, Churchill and Co.); F. C. A. Coventry (Great Western Rly. Co.); J. de Solla (Fiat Motors, Ltd.); Frank Gcxxlchild (Lacre Motor Car Co., Ltd.); Julian A. Halford (Commercial Cars, Ltd.); Allan C. Instone (Arrol-Johnston Agency, Ltd.); W. Rees Jeffreys (Sec„ Corn. Motor Users' Assoc.); Arthur. Paterson (Carter, Paterson and Co., Ltd.); L. R. L. Squire (Sidney Straker and Squire, Ltd.); H. Thomson-Lyon (Westminster City Council and Metropolitan Asylums Board); R. Warrifler (Thames Iron 'Works); and Chas. Wheeler (G.P.O. Stores Dept.). The honorary secretary is Mr. Leo. Harris, and the office of the committee is at 379, Strand, W.C.
This committee of users and manufacturers has acted throughout in conjunction with the Reading local com! tnittee under the chairmanship of the mayor of that town, and the undernoted regulations, which have been circulated to the principal constructors of utility vehicles, will apply.
Mr. W. S. Clutterbuck, the Town Clerk of Reading, has been.acting in the capacity of Hon. Secretary for the local committee, and all who will participate in the meet on the 17th instant are much indebted to his labours for the satisfactory arrangements that have been made : these include a reception by the Mayor at Tr o'clock on the morning of the meet. He has been able, also, to obtain the co-operation Of the leading members of the Town Council, and of representatives of various industrial undertakings in the district, as will be gathered from the list of names which appears on. page 350 of this issue. An interesting feature of the local intentions is the promise of the Reading Borough Surveyor, Mr. John Bowen, A.M.Inst.C.E., Mr. Iltid Witherington, and Mr. F. Soundy, to send their steam wagons to take part in the procession. Other local users are invited to do the same with their machines. Regulations.
(a) No entrant may send more than two vehicles. (b) The vehicles shall take part without loads.
(c) The entry fee for each vehicle, which shall be paid in advance, is one guinea : this charge is made to cover the expenses of organisation, and it includes the free supply of (A) one card of admission to the official hutchc.on at the Reading Town Hall, (a) an official ideritifi cation flag (hearing the arms of the Corporation of Reading) which alone will be recognised by the police and other authorities on the day of the meet, and (c) an official number card.
(d) The vehicles will assemble in the Market Place,.
Reading, at ii o'clock on Monday, the t7th June, and drivers must take up 'their positions according to the directions of the police, who will follow the committee's instructions. Any vehicle which arrives at the Market Place later than 11.30 a.m. will be liable to lose its position.
(e) The order of running in the procession will be deter
mined by ballot at a meeting of the committee to be held on the Wednesday preceding the meet, and this order must be observed throughout (except as is provided in case of a late arrival at Reading) : passenger vehicles as a class will take precedence of goods vehicles as a class. The vehicles will move off at 12 noon, and will be conducted through the principal thoroughfares, in processional order, and at approximate intervals pf to
yards, with the Niayor of Reading and members of the local committee at their head.
(f) Luncheon wilt be served in the Town Hall at the conclusion of the procession (about 1.15 p.m.), when the
chair will be taken by Mr. E. Shrapnel! Smith. The Mayor of Reading, and the members of the local committee, will be the principal guests. (g) Additional tickets for the luncheon may be had, price one guinea each, including wines, provided that instructions and rernittanees are in the hands of the hon.. secretary not later than the 14th instant, but the entry form must be received on or before the ith instant.