Otago Daily Times
THE Otago Motor Club conducted a most successful motorcycle reliability trial during the Labour Day weekend. The route was up to Clyde via Palmerston and St Bathans, and return via Roxburgh and Milton.
Three days were taken over the trip, the up journey being completed on Saturday and home again on Monday. Checks were located at various places en route and competitors had to be at these places to the exact minute, and it says much for the reliability of the
modern motorcycle that most competitors checked in to the nearest second, some to the correct time. The road as far as Palmerston, the Main North road, was perhaps the roughest experienced, but from there on to Dunback was ideal.
The Pigroot was a bit rough in patches and the Swinburn crossing caused competitors a little trouble. There was a 40 minute stop at Wedderburn, and from there to Clyde the road was good, although occasional stretches of loose gravel had to be carefully negotiated.
On the return journey the road from Clyde to Roxburgh was fairly rough in places, but luckily there was no rain, and the clay surface was safe. Roxburgh to Beaumont was very good, but the road through the Manuka Gorge to Milton was rough and potholey.