Competitors in the Caltex fuel economy test for cars of the various makes sold on the European market finished their five-day run when they arrived in Copenhagen on Friday, 20th March.
Competitors in the Caltex fuel economy test for cars of the various makes sold on the European market finished their five-day run when they arrived in Copenhagen on Friday, 20th March. They started from Frendenstadt, Germany on Monday, 16th March and their route took them through Rancy, Knokke, Aruhem, Travelinde and Reshilde Ring to Copenhagen, where Visnews filmed some of them as they came in.
The test was organised with the help of the automobile Clubs of Germany, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark and was hold under International Sporting Code rules. Its purpose was to test the patrol consumption of each participating car in ton/kilometres per litre.
Only normal series production cars and "Grand Touring" series production cars were admitted. They were divided into 10 classes, with engine capacities running upwards fro under 500 c.c. to over 1600 c.c. The minimum and maximum permitted average speeds were 40 and 60 k.p.h. for the smaller cars and 50 and 60 k.p.h. for the larger ones. Some 80 cars took part in the test.
The over-all winning car, with the best economy figure of any achieved in the test, was a Panhard entered by A. Peryre, France. Panhards also took the next three places -- their drivers and placings were : J. Favieres (France), 2: F. Hebrard (France), 3; and C. Courbe (France), 4. A Pensult Dauphine, driven by H.M.J. Bouvy, The Netherlands, was 5th.