On Saturday a late start was made, by which time the weather conditions were perfect. Guthrie led from the outset on the Norton, with Woods second for most of the time, and at the end of the sixth lap the rider of the English machine had a comfortable margin in hand, while the Italian mount was scheduled to stop for replenishment. Guthrie, therefore, had no special reason for putting forward the last ounce, but what actually happened was that Woods did not stop for fuel and put up a record lap, at 86.53 m.p.h. Thus he beat Guthrie by four seconds; it is commonly believed that Woods had really never any intention of stopping, and, if that was the case, it was of course, a perfectly legitimate piece of bluff. Even when it was seen that Woods was chancing his final lap without refilling (a thing that landed him in trouble on a former occasion) nobody thought he could pass Guthrie, even if the juice held out. Guthrie finished first (having started No. 1) and very unfortunately the officials actually announced him as the winner, neglecting the possibility of Wood’s picking up the seconds required. The mistake was very quickly realized and rectified-but it was a thoroughly awkward sort of incident, and ought, of course, never to have happened.