Newspaper Page Text
NEWS AND GOSSIP OF INTEREST TO THE A UTOMOBILISTS OF BIRMINGHAM I I
w_-------By EUJS C, HOLLIW8 J ‘ I JEWETT PREDICTS President of Paige-Detroit Company Talks on Conditions It in popularly supposed that the president of a tremendous manufactur ing organization like the Paige-Detroit Motor Car company sits in a very pri vate office and with impressive ser iousness directs the affairs of his com pany. But President H. M. Jewett has a different conception of what his duties Require. He believes In eternal watch fulness of business conditions and in Securing exact information of the situ ation from every part of the country. A few days ago he returned to De troit after an extended trip that has practically required the past four months and during which Mr. .lewett covered the country from the Atlantic lo the Pacific. Almost every large com mercial center in the country was vis ited and carefully studied. Mr. Jewett personally interviewed the best known end most reputable bankers. He talked with big business executives, with prominent politicians and everywhere lie secured complete reports of local conditions from Paige agents. Hun dreds of Paige owners in various sec tions of the country were also quizzed to ascertain the opinion of the average citizen on the present situation and prospects for the future. Upon his recent return to the factory Mr. Jewett gave a strong talk in which lie summed up the results of his in vestigating trip and put especially vigorous emphasis on his belief that the business of the country in general was sure to undergo a marked Increase and thut the automobile industry in particular will find 1915 a year of ac tivity and prosperity as has been un known in the past. From the fact that what Mr. Jewett said was the result of a personal and unusually thorough investigation, IPs remarks have added weight and should be very seriously considered by the ex ecutives of large industries ns well as tmaller business houses and retailers. “This pessimistic talk about general depression in all business fields is twaddle," said Mr. Jewett. "1 felt from the very beginning that the industries if this country were too well founded to suffer much or for long from any I taiise outside of its own boundaries. Hut now I am firmly convinced that the business prosperity of the l nited States will go on without let-up. “I have looked into the present con ditions with my own eyes: have dis cussed the possibilities of the l'ulun with some of the biggest and most in fluential financiers and executives in the country and 1 have secured veiy reliable reports from hundreds of our j.gents and distributors. Everything points to but one conclusion. Busi i ess is in splendid shape and constant ly improving. Fooled the Kutcher From the Cleveland Deader. Tiie smart young housewife went to market one morning to buy some geese and found five hanging outside the shop. “I am a boarding house keeper,” she re marked with a smile. "Will you pick out j for me the three of those geese that are toughest 7" The man laughed knowingly, and obeyed. "Thank you," said the woman, briskly. “Now, I'll take the other two." NONSTOP IS NEW FACTOR IN AUTOMOBILE RACING The motor racing season of 1913 has already developed a distinct novelty —the nonstop speed performanca of 300 miles or more. At Corona and at Venice, Barney Oldfield in a Maxwell car ran the en tire distance—301 and 306 miles, re spectively—without pausing for a sec ond in his mad career. The Corona course Oldfield covered at the terrific average of nearly 86 miles an hour. The Venice race was over a slower course but the nonstop feature en abled Oldfield to win from Billy Carl son, also in a Maxwell, but who spent a fewr seconds at his pit. Carlson also established a nonstop, i unning the 306 miles of the Point Dorris road i ace near San Diego with out hesitating at any Btage, losing first place by a matter of seconds only. These performances have been start ling to racing man and designers alike. They have tacitly served notice that the time is not far distant when no driver can hope for victory unless bis car is able to go through the whole distance of its race without a tire change, a replenishment of supplies or a stop for any mechanical trouble whatever. Such a feat would have been im possible to the speed demons of a year ago. Even now it is almost revolu tionary. That speed cars should be built to any other requisites than mere speed would have been esteemed hear say in former years. It must soon be come a creed. For the light, efficient, well-balanced, nonstop Maxwells ask no odds of any of their rivals in pure speed, adding to their ability to roll ■MtMMIMMtMHtttltMtMHMMtlttMCtMMHM** fast, a faculty to keep rolling which is almost fatal to opponents’ hopes. With, the heavy racing cars of earl ier years, economy of gasoline and oil was a minor consideration, due to the fact that frequent stops were nec essary on account of tire trouble. A pause at the pits for tire changing was thus made the occasion for tank replenishment, without additional loss of time. Present day racing cars are so much lighter that tire wear is less rapid. >o thoroughly has the problem of bal ance and lightness been rvorked oul in the Maxwells that in more than 8000 miles of travel at high speeds in prac tice and competition on the .coast cir cuit during the winter but one tire «hange was necessary at the i ace track. Economy in supplies which had been incorporated into the Maxwell design l y Chief Engineer Ray Harroun then became a tremendous asset. A 30-gel lon gasoline tank would, it was dis covered, carry ample fuel for 300 miles of racing. The cars, in fact, demon strated an ability to average from 12 to 16 miles to the gallon, even at a sustained spied of nearly 90 miles an hour. Rubricating oil was used in a similarly parsimonious way. Reserve water was unnecessary. And nonstop i uns began to be recorded Racing men roughly estimated that a car loses a mile by a full stop of merely momentary duration. Each min ute spent at the pits loses the car over a mile more. The race cars of the present are virtually of equal speed. For the first time, efficiency r.nd economy are playing a big part In determining the winner. .••••■•••■••••••••••••••••••••••••••••■■■•••••••••■•A LARGE DEMAND FOR SKID-PROOF TIRES The increase in demand for antiskid auto tires during the past few years has been a matter of considerable in terest 1o tire manufacturers. Only a few seasons back the antiskid tire was iegarded more or less of a fad and only used by a small percentage of the thousands of automobile owners in this country. As motorists discovered their many advantages, however, they became more and more popular until today the antiskid tire is as much used as the plain tread and many automo bile manufacturers furnish them in lheir regular equipment. Some interesting statements on this subject are furnished by li. A. Githens, vice president and sales manager of the Federal Rubber Manufacturing lompany. "We have noticed the change in the ratio of sales most particularly iluring the last year," said Mr. Gith r ns. "Right now the percentage of our rugged tread tires being shipped from the factory, as compared with the smooth tread, is three times as great hs it was a year ago. We have been continually increasing our equipment lor producing1 them, but the demand has been so gr- at that even with our present facilities we are unable to meet tiie requirements of our branches and distributors. The increase in the; sale of these tires is, of course, partly due to the fact that there lias been considerable reduction in the difference In cost between the smooth and rugged tires out. in my opinion, it has been principally a matter of education. "The nonskid tire not only ha.- the advantage of preventing skidding ai d aiding in quick stope, but it is also much less liable to puncture. The raised studs and the spaces between them afford great protection against stonr s. glass, nails, etc. Then, too, there is considerable more wear in lh« heavier and thicker tread than the i.mooth type. I belieye it will only I e a short time before they will be I ~~~ Packard Makes New Record Production On April 12 the Packard established a new record by shipping the largest number of motor vehicles turned out in any one day since the company started in business. The day's output, when loaded aboard freight cars, rep resented a value of $212,795. When some cr tne motor carriages were being slipped into the cars Vice President and General Manager Mac auley remarked: “They are all first class tickets for the See-America-First t xcursion.” Present reports indicate the April business for Packard will exceed any previous April in the number of Ve hicles shipped and, with good weatn cr, it will beat the largest month’s i ecord in the company s existence. A Dimmer for Any Law An ingenious arrangement makes it possible for purchasers of the new Detroiter “eight" to conform to any dimmer regulation, without being com pelled to invest in any of the more or less expensive apparatus made for the j purpose. The Detroiter dimmer consists I of an iron core around w hich the feed wire is wrapped. As these colls are unwrapped, the amount of current that reaches the single filament bulb is 1n < reased, it being possible to have any light from one candle power to the full IN candle power. For the full power of j the light for country driving a switch ! is provided which cuts out the dimmer and allows the full current to flow from the oattery. I used universally. Many motorist3 not , only use antiskid tires on the rear | wheels, but equip the front wheels with them also. The advantages are ob vious. They assist in holding the road, making steering more accurate, pre vent the wheels from sliding on sharp turns and are a great help in climb i ing out of ruts and car tracks.” The Light Six 7-Passenger Phaeton 3-Passenger Roadster The High Grade Car Is the Light Car Remember that. Lightness requires the highest skill in de signing. Ie requires much aluminum, special steels. To get strength without bulk is the acme in car building. Therefore the Hudson—the lightest 7-passenger Six—is a matchless ex ample of fine engineering. Not all Light Sixes are really light. Not one is as light as Hudson in this class.- Our rivals, of course, say their extra weight—perhaps hundreds of pounds—is essential. But it isn’t. No more than 4500 pounds which Sixes used to weigh. And to carry extra weight daily is a heavy tux, both on tires and fuel. Why Go Half Way? This is the day of light Sixes. Men have definitely decided never again to carry vast, crude, needless weight. All leading cars are built lighter. Overwhelming demand has compelled it. But many cars, in another year, will be lighter still. Cars of Hudson size must come to Hudson weight. In the meantime, is it wise to get a car which has only gone half way? Hudson Strength The strength of-the Hudson is be yond any question. Remember that 12,000 of these Light Hudsons are running. Many have run for two seasons. All of that driving, covering .‘10 million of miles, has failed to bring out a single weakness. There never was a sturdier car. Any extra pound would be useless— a weakness, not a strength. But It Took Four Years Hudson is the original Light Six. It took us four years to attain. Hun dreds of parts were re-designed by Howard E. Coffin, a genius in design ing. That is why Hudson weighs but 2870 pounds. That is why it shows u I tra-ref inement. It will be your first choice in the Light Six clais. But bear in mind that Hudsons are in tremendous demand in the spring. Decide on your car while we can make prompt delivery. 7-Pa«nenirer Phaeton or S-Panrafer Road. •ter, I15AO, f. o. b. Detroit. j HUDSON MOTORCAR CO.,Detroit,Mici. One of the greatest things we offer vou la the matchless Hudson service. Let us explain It to you. It keeps your car in trim. Saunders Motor Car Co. State Distributers PHONE M. 6688 , 2021 AVE. D, BIRMINGHAM, ALA. i f l INSTRUCTIONS ARE ISSUED TO TIRE MEN Goodyear Service Manager Tells Men All Over Country About Truck Tires R. S. Wilson, manager service depart ment, the Goodyear Tire and Rubber com pany, has issued instructions to Goodyear service men all over the country in con nection with the giant pneumatic tires being manufactured and sold by the com pany for use on motor-trucks. A larg<* number of these tires have been appear ing in service on motor trucks In the various cities of the country, and truck users are deeply interested in them and their possibilities, as Goodyear has pioneered this departure from solid truck tires under right .conditions. Says Mr. Wilson: “Pneumatic truck tires are built on exactly the same prin ciples as pncumotic automobile tires. The bead construtcion is the same, except that there are more wires in the bead, to hold the greater pressure and give the larger tire perfect seating on the rim. The fabric is the same except that there are more plies, and the tread is the same except that it is thicker, so in the I Giant pneumatics for trucks we have put ! all the care and material and workman | ship that enter our tires for pleasure cars, plus a big allowance for the heavier j weights to be carried and the greater I strains to be endured. “Pneumotic truck tires are sold under 'our regular guarantee. They must have reasonable care, of course, to insure ade quate mileage—and proper inflation is as important to their longevity as In any other type of pneumatic.” Goodyear specially recommends big pneumatic truck tires to replace dual pneumatic truck equipment in the sizes covered for the reason that it Is almost impossible to inflate dual tires equally, and one of a pair usually has to do more of the work than the other, and suffers accordingly. MOTORCYCLE NOTES Benjamin Levey, a newsboy of Chl (ago, saved enough money from the sale of his papers to buy himself a OVERLAND OUTPUT WILL BE DOUBLED, SAYS WILLYS Sis hundred Overland cars a dav will be the output of the big Toledo factory during its next fiscal year. This state ment was made by John N. Willys, pres ident of the Willys-Over land company, while in the west where he has been spending the winter. ‘‘By June 1 we will have finished addi tions to the Overland factory whichi wrill make It possible for'us to turn oiiw 600 cars a day,* says Mr. Willys. “This will be our dally output next year. “At the present time we are building 300 cars a day. The increase in this year's business is 30 per cent over that of last year, when we built 48.468 Over lands. I fully expect that 1916 will see 100 per cent Increase. 'Seine may think that this is optimism. It Is not. It is simply trying to meet the demand that already has been re ceived for future orders." Mr. Willys sees nothing ahead but big things for the automobile industry. He predicts that the companies which did the biggest business during the present season will rave little difficulty in in creasing the volume of their sales dur ing the coming year. “The automobile manufacturer has now reached a point where he finds the re newal trade quite a factor in his sales,'' continues Mr. Willys, in discussing the future of the industry. “Still, the gen eral prosperity of the country, the devel opment. of new land by the farming In terests and the establishment of new in dustries in the cities all tend to create a new’ field of buyers seeking their first car. “Five years ago I stated that the in dications were that it would be merely a matter of time before the building of the leading motor cars would be handled by five houses. Conditions today prove that this prediction was true. Out of nearly 100 motor car manufacturers, five supply at least 80 per cent of the entire American output. “These five companies have successfully held the public pufse and have built cars that have given service at a price in keeping writh the purse. Five years ago | there were over 400 automobile builders. Since then the number has become smaller, while the cars have become cheaper and better. Referring to the remarkable strides made by his own company Mr. Willys declared: “The Overland factory is to day the second largest producer of auto mobiles in the United States. In 1908 the total output of Overland cars w'as 465. Today in 36 hours, we do as much as we did during the w'liole year in 1908. “This statement is backed by the fact that the output of our factory has given us first choice of position at the New York automobile show for 1913. 1914 and 1915. This means that we had the second largest output during these years, the leading builder not being a member of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce. “Today the Toledo plant of the Willys* Overland company covers 99 acres of ground. Its capacity has been doubled In the last tw’o years. The new additions now in the course of construction will contain 17 acres of floor space, making a total floor area of 79 acres. ‘To build Overland cars, the company employs 12,000 men in its different plants.” motorcycle, and now he covers his route on the two-wheeler. The Northwest Auto Protective Asso ciation of Tacoma, Wash., hks a corps of five motorcycle detectives. “When I finished my trip my motor was singing: as sweetly as ever,” says D. Rosenbaum of Spokane, Wraslt., who has just completed a cross-coun try motorcycle trip. Eight hundred and eighty-five new memberships and renewals were rc 1 ceived by the F. A. M. during March, as against 797 during the same month last year. Alexandria, Minn., has a new motor cycle club of 16 members. On July 4 the Tucson tAriz.) Motor cycle club will stage a 171-mile road race. Detroit motorcyclists have made a bid for the 1916 convention of the Fed eration of American Motorcyclists. TWAY TELLS HOW TO “This proposition of dimming the head j lamps of automobiles in order to reduce ! the light for city driving or when the car is left standing seems to h£ a puzzle to most people.A declares Charles W. Tway, of the Haynes Auto company, local dis- ] tributor of the Haynes light, six. i “To make the matter clear, suppose that there are two tubs to be filled with water and that a separate pipe carries the water to each tub. The tubs will receive a certain amount of water within a given time. One of two methods may be used to reduce the amount of water flowing into the tubs. % “Both tubs may be filled from the same pipe and the other pipe turned off. In this method less water is used in the j same time that both pipes were flowing. The second method Is to allow' the water to flow into the tubs through the two *7 pipes and cut holes in the pipes so that part of the w’ater in each pipe may leak out. In either case the amount of water reaching the tubs will be less than in the first case. “Now'the electric current behaves In | the same manner. The head lamps are the tubs and the wires the pipes. Ths electric current Is the water flowing through the pipes. When the lamps are burning at the fifll intensity, current is * coming to each one through separate j wires. The only way to make an eleo- JJ trie lamp give less light Is to cut down ! the current flowing through it. The wires may be cut the same as holes were cut In the pipe, and resistances or coils of wire connected in to use up part of the current so that less current will reach the lamps. Obviously, more current is being used when the lights are dimmed by this method than were the lights burning brightly, but this system can still ba found on some cars. “The most economical way is to actual ly reduce the amount of ourrent going | to the lamp by switching both lamps into series the same as both tubs were filled V]| from the one pipe and the other pipe shut off entirely. In this method the electricity is saved by turning the dim- *? mer switch just as gas is saved in ai gas light when the gas is turned down low.” ■ ^ ■ . . . w *i i. &£ • BWD '5 .-u »* itt iBmim itTi i TnMiltififii fi ifrrmtUmta rtfvta-'i i . . ~ t. A'. . . - * ..