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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 31, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Dec. 31, 1921

EXPECT MOTOR RACERS TO REACH MEDFORD NEW YEARS, 9 A.M.

A motorcycle endurance run from Eugene to Medford and return, has been staged by the Eugene Motorcycle club. The riders leave Eugene at midnight on December 31, at five-minute intervals and are due to arrive at Medford New Year’s morning during the peril beginning at nine o’clock.

Checking stands along the road will control the speed of the riders, which is not allowed to exceed and average of 25 miles per hour. The Grants Pass check station is at the Fashion garage and Deputy Sheriff Millard of Medford will have charge of the checking at that point. The station at Medford is to be at the Gaylord Cycle shop where the riders will have about a three hours interval, to thaw out and assimilate some hot coffee and sandwiches, before tackling the return trip.

Well Bennett of Los Angeles, who has been riding motorcycle races for 16 years, will be in the run, and he called at the Gaylord shop on Friday morning on his way back to Eugene from a view off the road. He said that it will be a pretty stiff race.

“There can’t be much high speed stuff on this race,” he said. “It goes over too many mountains, and there is almost sure to be fog and rain. When you go fifteen miles an hour in a fog it seems like forty — and you always meet a Ford or a wagon without any lights at the sharp turns. Safety first for it.”

About twenty riders are entered for the race, from Eugene, and neighboring points, as well was from Portland and other more distant cities.

Considerable interest among Jackson County motorcyclists is centering about the new race track in the fair grounds, and there is likely to be a tuning up of old motors and breaking in of new ones during the coming months in preparation for possible racing events. Attention of the whole west coast will be centered at Medford when these races are announced.

MUST HAVE PROOF OF 1922 LICENSE

Sheriff C. E. Terrill has received the following communication from Secretary of State Sam Kozer, relative to the 1922 auto licenses:

“In order that a uniform understanding may be had by all peace officers it is requested that the use of the 1921 license plates be permitted, until such times as the 1922 licenses are received from the secretary of state; provided, however, that in all such cases the operator of such motor vehicle produces sufficient proof of having submitted an application for the 1922 license.”

The above extract from the letter will govern the local authorities in handling the local situation after January 1.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com