United Kingdom, 1900s
Rare old unbranded british game. Unfortunately, some previous owner glued the game onto a wooden panel.
In fact, I am not really sure that the game is british, but I do know that this particular copy changed hands in London in 1973, since it is written onto the wooden panel onto which the game has been glued. On the other hand the game is quite similar in structure to a game like Wheeling. The board (once foldable) is composed of 4 panels of 34.5 x 21 cms (for a total of 34.5 x 84 cms) and on the back of the panel is a label that was probably once on the back of the board.
Whatever used to come with this board is a mistery, but I can guess there was a small box with at least some metal riders (or maybe just some wooden tokens), a die or two, and of course the rules.
Of course, the rules of such a game cannot be too complicated, considerig the game's age. However, All I can say so far is that the game is composed of 80 numbered squares (plus a starting square; square 80 is the Finish line).
Seven squares (apart from the starting and finish squares) bear drawings. Some of the drawings (squares 11, 31, 47, 70) display negative race incidents like punctures or accidents, even a fight between two riders. At least two of the drawings (squares 38 and 56) represent racing riders who do nort suffer any incident. Square 19 features a rider on a dusty road, which might represent a negative race incident, but I am not sure about that.
On the other hand, we have 20 coloured squares with an odd distribution on the board (six red squares: 6, 18, 33, 51, 66, 78; seven blue squares: 8, 14, 26, 35, 45, 62, 72 and seven green squares: 10, 21, 31, 42, 54, 64, 75). These, of course, had some special meaning but it is quite difficult to guess it without the rules.
I have provisionally classified this game under "games of goose", though I would love that someone proves me wrong.
This label is glued to the back of the wooden panel.
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