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Auckland to Wellington reliability run, 1906

Auckland to Wellington reliability run, 1906

The Auckland Automobile Association organised the 1906 six-day 'reliability run' between Auckland and Wellington to test the strength and reliability of cars under the very poor road conditions of the time. Competing vehicles were graded into three classes and required to run at top speeds of 12, 14 and 16 miles per hour (19.3, 22.5 and 25.7 kilometres per hour) . The only woman driver, a Mrs Crozier, drove a 10-horsepower Cadillac. The eventual winner was W. B. Leyland in this 15-horsepower Darracq.

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Jim Webber, 'Motor sport - Earliest motor sports', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/39904/auckland-to-wellington-reliability-run-1906 (accessed 20 September 2020)

Story by Jim Webber, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Apr 2016