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Prediction that Cars will cause Obesity 1923

Posted July 12, 2014 by admin with Comments Off on Prediction that Cars will cause Obesity 1923 in Automobiles

DO MOTOR CARS MAKE US LAZY? THERE CAN BE NO QUESTION about the usefulness of automobiles, says a writer in The Medical Review of Reviews (New York), nor about the desire for leisure which makes up the large number of people who drive, not because they are in a hurry or have to cover long distances, but because they are lazy and so drive everywhere instead of walking. He asks, “Are we going to become a physically lazy nation, and, through lack of exercise, a people of pendulous abdomens and small legs?” To quote from his article: “Walking is one of the best forms of exercise, and one of the best means of keeping healthy. It will often prevent obesity, …

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U.S. Motor Vehicle Registrations 1930

Posted July 1, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

MOTOR vehicles registered in the United States on January 1 numbered 26,562,713 compared with 24,479,648 on January 1, 1929, an increase of 2,083,065, or 8.5 per cent. The gain was 53 per cent larger than in the previous year when it was 1,359,883, or 5.9 per cent over 1927. The passenger car total was 23,262,843, a gain of 1,883,718, or 8.8 per cent. The total of trucks was 3,299,870, an increase of 199,347, or 6.1 per cent. Contrary to expectations, the number of cars scrapped was smaller than in 1928 when 2,080,000 or 66 per cent of all those sold in the domestic market disappeared. This compared with only about 1,866,000 or 50 per cent of domestic sales last year. …

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Automotive Advances for 1929

Posted June 25, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

AUTOMOBILE ACHIEVEMENTS 1929 by ALFRED REEVES General Manager, National Automobile Chamber of Commerce WHILE the motor production for the year just concluded was climbing well above the five-million mark, and sales abroad were in the neighborhood of one million vehicles, scientific advances were underwriting stability for the motor industry. In short, we cannot divorce the study of this industry from its engineering aspects. There has never been in motor history a car at the Ford price which would travel at the Ford’s speed and deliver the same pick-up. In the Ford and Whippet Four the public found engineering jobs of a quality never before available for the value. Similarly, Chevrolet for the first time offered a six-cylinder machine in its …

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Road Improvement in America 1916

Posted June 10, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

BY J. B. STONE-KING, M. E. THERE is such a heavy increase of traffic on all roads in this country, more especially on the main trunk highways between cities and towns of importance and the roads leading from the more populous country districts into the markets, that a very necessary and radical change has been forced in road building and improvement methods. Not many years ago plain graveled and water-bound macadamized roads stood the wear and tear of the then comparatively light and slow-moving vehicles. Light surfacing was the rule and materials which would stand up under that traffic were found to be inadequate when subjected to the abrasion and hard pounding of our heavier and rapid-moving vehicles of the …

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Timber plank road through desert paved 1926

Posted April 9, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

THROUGH THE HEART of the great American desert, the sand-dune country between Arizona and Southern California which forms a barrier on one of the chief transcontinental highway routes, a paved road has just been completed. This is characterized by N. M. Harkins, of Los Angeles, writing in Good Roads (Chicago), as “one of the most unusual feats ever accomplished in highway construction work in the United States,” making easily accessible to the motor traveler a picturesque and curious section of the desert land. Mr. Harkins writes: “Aside from representing a spectacular project in road-building, this link of paving closes the last gap in the surfaced road between Yuma, Arizona, and El Centro, California, where it connects with paved highways that …

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World Car Market 1927

Posted March 17, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

THOSE who are worrying about the automobile business ought to keep in mind the fact that this American industry occupies the commanding position in the world market and that, even so, our export trade in motor-cars is at the very beginning of its development.  In a recent bulletin the Stock Exchange house of Dominick and Dominick calls attention to this point, adding that the foreign trade in American cars “has apparently developed a romance which, unlike most romances, is likely to be profitable and of very great economic significance.” At the recent international automobile exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, twenty-four makes of American cars were represented. Last year we exported almost as many cars as were produced in …

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Hybrid Petrol-Electric Car 1929

Posted March 14, 2014 by admin with 1 Comment in Automobiles

The Toyota Prius is claimed to be the world’s first commercially mass-produced and marketed hybrid vehicle. It was first sold in Japan in 1997 and then world-wide in 2001. However, hybrid vehicles were experimented with back in the 1920’s. Electric powered vehicles were quite common in the twenties but were limited in their range by the capacity of the storage batteries – nothing much has changed in that respect over the last 85 years! In 1929 General Electric produced a hybid gas electric car designed to capitalize on the best features of both systems. Colonel Green of Massachusetts was so impressed he ordered 3. Reading about this 1929 hybrid car makes you realize that there is nothing new about many …

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1930 Indianapolis 500 Rules

Posted February 20, 2014 by admin with No Comments in Automobiles

YOUNG America is interested in the 500-mile race at Indianapolis, next Memorial Day. Interested, because in a measure the bars have been let down. This year it will not be necessary to spend the large sum for a mount which regulations since the War have required. The youth can take the roadster his father gave him or buy a new one and, without a large investment, have a car for the world’s greatest race. This news has started a flood of correspondence toward T. E. (“Pop”) Myers, vice-president and general manager of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Some inquiries about the 18th annual race come from the boys who have been racing on the “big time” but they only seek entry …

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