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The Gordon Bennett Motor Race 1903 - Leinster Leader May 1903

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Leinster Leader, Saturday 9 May 1903 – Page 8
NAAS UNION

WEDNESDAY.

DISTRICT COUNCIL.
Mr. J. S. O’Grady, J.P., chairman, presided.

THE SPEED OF MOTOR CARS.
The Chairman said complaints had been made to him as to the reckless driving of motor cars on the roads in the district. A man named Brien of Kilcullen, who travelled a sire along the road, was amongst those who complained. Mr. O’Brien was driving and his man was leading the sire. A motor car, driven not by an Englishman or an Irishman, but by a foreigner, was coming along the road at a great speed. Mr. O’Brien put up his hand, but the motorist took no notice, and the consequence was that the horse reared up against a wall and was badly cut. He proposed:- “The we desire to condemn the practice of motorists running their cars at a greater speed than that allowed by the regulations: we also consider that when a motorist is requested to slow up when passing a restive horse, he should slow up, and not flash by as they do at present: and that the Local Government Board be requested to require owners to have their cars numbered for the purpose of identification.” - The resolution was carried unanimously.

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THE MOTOR RACE.
AMERICAN COMPETITOR BREAKS RECORDS.

Mr. A. Winton, who will drive a Winton Car in the Gordon-Bennett Cup race, starting off the mark “No. 3” has beaten the mile record. On Thursday, with a petrol car, he accomplished the mile – standing start – in 1 min. 20 secs., which is a second faster than the previous best. The track was a circular one.