Ladies' Reliability Trials, Australia, 1 June 1936, State Library of New South Wales, ON 388/Box 063/Item 239https://collection.sl.nsw.gov.au/record/93QX3qN1
The ‘Reliability Trials’ were car races run on largely unmade roads. The word reliability referred to the fact the cars were unmodified showroom models and breakdowns, rollovers, fires and other mishaps were not uncommon. From the early years of the trials there was a strong female interest, and in 1905, Florence Thomson was the first female driver to enter the Dunlop Reliability Motor Contest. This started in Sydney and finished in Melbourne and Florence was one of only 17 to finish the race. By 1936 there were enough women interested in testing their metal that a separate ‘Ladies Reliability Trial’ had been set up.
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