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BIG INCREASE III MOTfiH
' VEHICLES DURING 192G
Number Huns l'p 22 I'er Cent.
Over One Hundred Million
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Total of 0,211,21)5 Automobiles
Are llenlstered During Year In
?18 Slates and District of Colum
bia, According to Figure*.
A total of 9.211,293 motor cars in
cluding commercial vehicles, r* -
registered last year In the forty-eight
States ami District of Columbia, ac
cording to figures compllnl by the
Bureau of Public Bonds, of tin* United
States Department of Agriculture, in
it study of revenue available for road -
building purposes. There were also
registered a total of 238,HA motor
cycles. The registration and license
fees, including those for chauffeurs,
operators ami dealers amounted to
*102,034,10R.2C. As compared with
1919, the data for 192ti represent^ an
increase of 22 per cent, or l,ti4?..Slt?
motor ears. This increase alone lacks
l>ut 4 per cent of being oqua,l to the
total registrations of the United
States six years ago.
Ill 1920. la the State of New York
alone, the number of motor cars ro
istered, including commercial vehi
cle*. exceeded the total cars regis
trcd in the whole of the United Stat, h
In 1910. Furthermore, the revenues
derived from registration in the Si.ite
nf New York in 192<i wi re'about equal
to the entire registration revenues
?>T the United States for 1913.
The use made of the revenues has
changed with the pausing of years.
In 190U, the total registrations were
approximately iK.ooo cars. paying a
gross revenue of about ir.C.ljoO. (Ari
zona In 1920 paid approximately this
amount.) In 190u the jjroK.i registra
tlon reveniiim were equal to less tliari
three-tenths of 1 per cent of the totai
rural road and bridge expenditures for
that year. ?
The Teg I st rat ion revenues In 1920
were equal to about 2*. per cent of
the total rural road bridge expendi
tures for the calendar year 1919. In
1900. practically none "of the motor
vehicles' rev? mien was applied to
roatl ~4naliitenam'e or construction,
while in 1 '.'JO. !)?', per cent, or a total
of $97,997.100.CO was used for this
purpose. The remaining 4 per cent
not applied to road work, was ?x
petided very largely for number
plates and in carrying out the pro
visions of the motor vehicle regis
tration laws in the several. States,
? >f the total amount applied to road
work. ~'.i per cut. or l77,fi31.*>S2..r>7,
was expended under the control or
supervision of the several State high
way ilepsi rt ments.
liifrefiMlnis Amount Spent f?,r Work.
For a 'number of years tin- Rem rni
tendency toward devoting an ever
increasing portion of the motor-Y>i
lii-le revenues to road work under
the control and rtect *upervision of
the State Highway Departmcnt has
been very noticeable. Prior to 1912.
only a very small portion of tlic mo
tor-vehicle registration was devoted
to this purpose in i;?20. 70 per cent
of the revenue, of J77,r.31.r.S2.r?7, was
applied to road work under the di
rect supervision of the State High
y-?y Departments, and In addition.
120.40.#..'>7S.04 was applied to road
work by counties or other local super
vision, but with llttfe or no direct
supervision from the State Highway
Its most State* the motor-vehicle
revenue.-! are devoted to maintenance
and repair of the State roads or other
Improved highways. These States
seem to have solved fairly well the
dilll.nit problem <,f securing funds for
this maintenance of the :nor<* import
ant r? ads under the ever-Increasing
trafb.- re?|uirements. As both 'the
trallic and the revenues ln*-re.'ise with
the number of pars, tli'*r?* apparently
e* sts a possibility of so adjusting
the registration rates as to keep p:i.-,?
with tin; ever-growing maintenance
A number of the Suites having in
gen< ral but a srna!) mileage of .im
proved roads have rcccntlv adopt.d
the plan ,,f capltallxIriK the motor
vehicle revenues and .1. voting these
funds to road const ruction. The
Mates doing i!ii? are 11111vi . Maine
..Minnesota. Missouri. Nevada Utah
and Wyoming. I-i them bonds have
l#e.-n voted or Issued for road con
st ruction and the principal, in some
instances, also the Interest. Is to l.?*
paid entirely from the motor-vehicle
I'lmll I.oaiI of Motor Trucks.
At the beginning of 1921 there were
.*1111 seven State* In which motor
trucks registered at the same rate
as passenger cars. but In recent vears
there has been a very decided ten
dency in'most States to increase the
fees required for motor trucks over
and above those required for passen
ger cars. This increase js usually
based on the weight of the truck anil
its carrying capacity, its horsepower
or a combination of these factor/?.'
I ho most gencrnl practice seems to
Vc toward dellnltely limiting the
maximum total road weight of the
vehicle and basing the registration
fee on the capacity of the truck.
Some few States have adopted a scale
it fees, which, in actual practice,
s.-rves to make the operation of vcrv
heavy truck Impracticable.
In Colorado. New Mexico and Ore
gon. i:i addition to the registration
fees, a State tax on gasoline or other
products used for the propulsion of
motor vahides is also levied In some
States motor cars are taxed as per
I Property in addition to the re
quired registration fees. In Alabama.
Delaware, Idaho, Iowa. Michigan.
New Hampshire New York, North
Dakota, Oklahoma. Oregon, South
a?. IVa" I'ennsylvanla. Tennessee
and \ ermont the registration fees
arc in lieu of till personal property
^XPECT MOTOR TRUCKS TO
l.ook for (?asiillup-Propelleil Device*
to I'rovc Tlielr I llllciency on
The Winchester and Western Rail
road has recently installed a passen
ger service, which is unique, and it
Is predicted by competent persons
that i< may revolutionize the passen
ger service on short-line railroads.
This railroad is now operating from
Winchester to Wardonsvllle, W. Va.
The car is a powerful gasoline motor
truck. It is equipped witli-a commo
dious body which scnts thirty-four
passengers coinfortnbl.v, is well heat
ed and electrically lighted.
This hoily Is mounted on a two and
one-half-ton Service motor truck,
manufactured by the Service Motor
Truck Company. Wabash, Tni\, The
wheels are tlie same as on regular
Service trucks, but instead of rubber
tires, flangcxl iron tires are used,
which are the same as those used for
the pony wheels of the largest lo
comotives. The rims are about one
The truck runs on schedule time, I
and is hauling almost capacity loads.
It arrives at Winchester nt 9:55'A.
M., and leaves at 3 P. M* Passengers
arc most enthusiastic over the new
car, and prefer it to n regular pas
senger coach; there is no smoke, no
dust, no cinders, nnd but very little
The "Winchester nnd "Western Tlail
road already has announced "theater
special" runs for the truck every
Wednesday nnd Saturday evenings, i
arid the car' will be available for;
?special trips to town on any special
oecnslon which may warrant It.
National Tire and IUibher, located
at 425-427 West Broad Street, open
ing ten* brnnches In Virginia, havo
given out plans for a fine building to
be erectcd 1ij Lynchburg. Va,
Vclie Model 18 Touring, sol?I by National Motor t'o.
Seems to lie IIi'itiliiiK Definitely To
ward Normal Condition*, Ac
cording tu Monte Stone.
The automobile Industry is rapid
ly coming out of tho buslncHH de
pression of the last winter and SfcmM
to Id: heading definitely back toward
normal condition*. Sales art- Increas
ing steadily and there is every indl
I cation that unless some unexpected
obstacle appears. the sale of auto- i
| mobiles will shortly rrtacli almost, if
not quite. Its normal luvel. In faet.
the recovery of tho market has been
| so rapid that it is entirely likely that
j before hot weather comes, there will
| be sliortaKOH of some of the most de
I slrable cars.
I This Is the summary of the situa
i tlon made by Monte Stone, of Monte
Stone, Inc., local distributors of Paclt
ard cars, as a result of advices be
has just received from the factory.
"The business barometer of the
Packard factory." he said, "shows
clearly that the ^torm is passing a"nd |
that fair weather Is not only ahead,
but actually on hand. In February J
.sales oxcettf/cd expectations by a con- j
slclerable |i*r cent and were actually j
better than they were Un February. |
10'jn. The factory is steadily increas
ing its working force and is plan- !
ning 'o exceed the output originally j
planned for the new Single-Six cars,
"which have made a bin hit.
"In view of the pessimistic stories \
that have been floating around, this
excellent new ii of general interest
It shows that business is very far j
i .. ... i>cihk dead and that many of j
! tiie fears which dome of us have held !
| in the last few weeks are not point; i
j to tie Justified by events. The auto-!
Ii mobile industry was one of the lir.'it I
to suffi r when tiouble came last year
and It is one of the llrft to recover.
The fact that It is already on the up
grade Is clear evidence that other
lines of business can be expected to
follow very shortly."
Sparks From Motorland
C. H. Davis, formerly with Cohurn
Motor Sales Corporation, Is now wflh
Alsop Motor Company.
Uaynes fifty, handled by Mnrmon
ilnynes Corporation, was much ad
mired and talked of at tiie Auto
Show. This ear is a newcomer in
the automobile colony.
George \V. Howard. Kaalcrn sales
manager. Hupp Motor Car Corpora
tion, was a visitor to the Auto Show.
K It Gilchrist. general Bales rnan
tiger. Westcott Motor Car Company,
was a guest of the Forbes' Motor
Company during the Auto Show.
Joseph Garth and !?' ,1 Marsden of
} t h e Max well ?< 'halmers factory,
were visitor- to the Auto Show.
i;. t\ Anderton, president of An
d< rton_ Auto Company, distributors
Hupmohile. reports gooil business at
Auto Show, and suv.s there's no rea
son for any one talking depression
in the auto business.
The Frank Baptist Auto Painting,
located at 210" West Broad Street,
have enlarged their business in ad
dition to paint, they are doing
spring work, trimming, seat covers
and general bl^cksmithing. The
trimming department is in charge of
George i-;. Jones.
Anderson Motor SalcA Co.. Inc..
distributors for the Anderso;j six.
have opened a salesroom and service
station at 721 West Broad Street.
Colonel Frank K. Smith, vice-presi
dent and general manager of the Re
public! Motor Truck Company. Inc.
ennouncea the retention of II. V.
Grnssl as director of service of the
Kepubllc Truck Saler. Corporation, in
charge of tho administration of the
company's comprehensive service sys-*
TALKS TO AIRPLANES
rt'lrrlrxx Telephone Spenk* Krom
Klylnfs i'rnfl to A Irilrmur, n(
?JOn Mile DlKlniirr.
I .ON DON, March l'J ? Wireless tel<>
>'1ione talks front airplanes to air
Jronies 200 miles distant are reported
jy tli> air ministry.
Kr<1nn<l now has six radio-tele
ihonlcc stations, France two and
lielnium one. Conversations are re
stricted to hearings, weather and
landing conditions and unforeseen
i n n n sa ? ? ? d ? s ? ?
I Our Free Repair ii
? Service on Our i
" National Tire ?
? and Rubber Co. a
2| Largest Tire Dealers In the
Slate tif Virginia B
425-127 \Y. HKOAII ST. '
? I K B B ? 3 B B H B
EXPECT MUCH OF MR
COOLED MOTOR IN1921
Subject Now Very Much in I'ublltt
Kje?War Partly Ke
(By H. H. Franklin, President. Krank
lin Automobile <"o.. Syracuse.
X. V )
The whole pri'Siiit day trend of
motor car design Is centered around
the theory that a car should he made
as nearly as possible fool-proof, that
It should recjulre little attention, that
It should he free from needless com
plication, that it shoulil at all' times
Practically all motor e:irs today
perform fairly well. There is. how
ever. a wide variation in their eo>- ;
noiny. their ease i>f handlintc, their
simplicity, and' their freedom from
trouble. It Is in these essentials of
motoring satisfaction that the air
et>oled ear will, I believe, by its ?>*
ample have its elfect on the automo
The whole subject "T air cooling is
now very much In the public eye. The
war had somethinc to do with this.
for the experiments conducted with
the air-cooled motor in aviation
called attention to the ctilofency of
a!r cooling under severe*service con
ditions. its "<?e In aircraft produc
tion will without doubt be much ex
tended aa time ?oos on. The amount
of space boltiK given to the subject
in the technical magazine* both in
this country and abroad emphasizes
its importance, and would seem to
throw fonio light upon the future
trend of motor design.
The example of gasoline economy
in the <-ase of the air-cooled car has
been so marked that today with gaso
line selling at a comparatively high
price almost every motor car manu
facturer is seeking ways and means
to cut down fuel consumption and to
make his motor deliver the utmost
of energy for every drop of gasoline
poured into the tank. In the early
days, with gasoline selling arouno
12 or 15 cents a gallon, economy
meant but little. Today the question
looms large in the mind of the aver
age car buyer.
The motor car is now regarded,
and rightly so. as a daily necessity
in the life of the business man. as a
utility vehicle, as a quick, comfort
able. sure means of transportation.
That car. therefore, will serve the
public best which Is mechanical lj
simple and which needs but little
routine attention. Most car manu
facturers are (loins' their best to give
I the imhlie that sort of car.
( The Industry as> a whole may or
may not turn to air cooling in its
WAS ONE OF Till: MOST TALKED-OF
CARS AT THE SHOW
The Chassis showed the construction which was
Look it over and get a demonstration.
Prentiss Motor Co.
Randolph 410 " 310 West BroUd Street
1IKM.* THE SUFFERING IN IKELAjND?-MAHC11 14 TO 28
Emblem of Salujcdton
Because of the material curtailment
of motor car production this winter,
the country faces a decided shortage
of quality cars this spring and sum
Consequently Buick dealers are ad
vising motorists to place their Buick
orders now because orders must bo
sent to factory months in advance of
The reason- why the demand for
Buick cars has always exceeded the
supply is more pronounced than
ever in the 1921 Buick. Coupled
with the noted Buick power and de
pendability are added riding com
fort, easier control and a beauty and
grace that fittingly express Buick
Authorized Buick Service insures
lull return on Buick investment.
Since January /, regular equipment
on all models includes Cord Tires
THE STOVE MOTOH COMPANY J
BROAD AT SHAFER ST.
WHEN BETTER AUTOMOBILES ARE BUILT, UUICK WILL DUILD THEM
. ? ?
Phone Randolph 2142
conscientious otTort to solve the
transportation problem for millions
of American motorists. Hut In any
event, It is certain Hint future de
velopment? , will not uo far afield
from Uio "basic principles of sim
plicity, casn of operation, depend
ability, and freedom from trouble.
All of these things h?ve been and are
fundamental with tin- air-cooled mo
tor, and it the air-cooled motor has
been a factor in Jjolntinu out the
desirability of these various essen
tials in any filial estimate of motor
imr satisfaction, a.s 1 believe it has.
it will have left, an imprint upon the
industry distinctly worth while.
AIRWAY IN CONGO
llelszian Scnpliint-H KMnlilNh 1,200
31 lie ttoutr Over Itlvcr
I.ON'DON', March 1*J.?A pioneer air
way above the Itiver ?'onjio for a dis
tance of 1,200 inlle? has been estab
lished by tin- Itelglans, seaplanes be
ing used. Goods arc now carried from
Kinshasa, 200 miles from the mouth
of the Congo as far Inland as Stan
Two seaplanes, dividing the cargo.
start ofr together on_ tho Journey, *<>
that IX *t mishap occur* to either ma
chine over Isolated portion* of tho
African Junglo It may be quickly re
ported tw one of the-base*.
The Easiest Hiding Car
in the World.
America's First Car.
206 West Broad Street.
COME TO NORFOLK AND THEN
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At the Tabernacle
March 21 st to 26th
The South's Greatest rwr?1*"'*'
Breezy # ADMISSION Grand
Cabaret , 75c Orchestra
That the lightness of the Business
Car i^ united to great strength
is proven by the splendid service
it is rendering everywhere under
widely varying conditions.
The lightness of the car keeps the
gas and oil costs down, and its
sound construction renders repairs
JONES MOTOR CAR CO., Inc.
ltl")!-,")!} \V. llrojul St. Iloulcvard 14G,