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NEWS AND GOSSIP OF INTEREST TO THE A UTOMOBILISTS OF BIRMINGHAM L
___By 151,1,IS <-■ HOI,I,VMS_______ WAR GIVES AMERICAN AUTO MANUFACTURERS BEST OF IT —E. E. I,EVERETT "The war will give American automo bile manufacturers a tremendous ad van- j tage over their foreign.competitors,” said j Ernest E. Leverett.‘managing director of t,he Long Acre Auto Car company. Ltd., of I^ondon. England, one of the biggest men in the English motor world, who is at present visiting this country. "The development of the motor car has practically come to a standstill in England and France because the war has stopped the manufacture of all cars ex cept those especially built for \ynr pur poses. Thousands of the best mechanic* and scores of expert automobile con struction men are at the front fighting lor England and France. Hundreds of them have already been slain and hun dreds more will nevr come back. This means that the best brains that hav** been devoted to the English and French automobile industries will he lost for all •»••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• I. _ Production for Season Will Reach 15,000—Huge New Building Although the Paige-Petroit M 'lor ('hi' company- has been occupying its new fac tory only a little more than a ear, the growth of its business has heen so fast and so great that increased facilities to keep pace with the demand ^r Paige Sixes have heroin. imperative. At a re cent meeting of the board of directors it was decided to start at once the erection of a large addition to the plant, which is already one of the largest jn the coun try devoted to the manufacture of high grade cars. \\ hen the new building is finished—and it will be rushed to com pletion as fast as men and money can accomplish it—the Paige production will be nearly doubled The new building will be about 500 feet long. fiO feet wide and three stories in height. It will form an addition to the present plant in the nature of a wing • nd will fit into the general arrangement of the factory as originally planned, as it was expected when the plant whs first erected that more -space would he needed, although no one Imagined thnt the looked for expansion would come so soon. The present capacity of the factory is about 80 cars a day and the plant is now and has been for sometime running uy to the maximum. With th*» ndditiona building the capacity will be about 154 cars a day and the Paige output wil reach 15,000 cars for the season. Thh will make the Paige company the largesi producers of medium priced sixes in tin world In addition to the extra floor span the now building will provide, the Paigi company will have n large equipmen of new machinery. Improved method, and systems of manufacture will be in trod lived to speed up production to th limit. For example, to facilitate the fina assembly of the'car a mechanical con veyor will be installed. This is the s.vs tern by which the integral parts of tlu car. beginning with the tear axle. ar« placed on a njovlng platform of the end less chain type and part by part addei as the embryo ear moves along from om group of workmen to another. What wn: originally only a rear axle thus emerges lime and that new men will have to be developed after the cessation of the pres ent conflict. And the markets that for merly were invaded by the manufacturers consequently Is lost to them for the tlm.* being "In America the automobile Industry I? flourishing today as it never did before. Your best workmen, your highest class engineers are "on the job" as you say. every day. The American automobile is being made better all the time because new ideas of motor construction are be ing worked out and put into execution. "There can only be one result of this condition of affairs. The American auto mobile is going to be the world's standard and they Will have every market In the world at their mercy." Mr. I.everett had booked a passage on th« Carpania and when her sailing was cancelled at the last moment, made u reservation on the Iaisitania for her ill fated trip, but was prevented at the last moment from going. at the other end of the mechanical con veyor a completed car ready to roll off under its own power. One of the principal reasons for the extraordinary growth of the Paige is the. success of the new Paige six. Since the first of the year this car has created a remarkable demand, reflected in the sale of more than a million dollars’ worth at the Chicago and New York shows and In the sale of an extra allotment of 15b in Chicago during the single month of April. The decision of the Paige directors to double the output of their new fac tory was simply made necessary by the demand for this car and by thus taking prompt action they expect to meet this demand in a manner that will give sat isfaction to their dealers as well as to the prospective Paige buyers. The Paige company is now in its fifth year and it has developed in that short time from an output of cars to its present dimensions by following out n rigid policy of putting the utmost value into Paige cars, a policy It has been able to follow' with success on account of its small capitalization and its freedom from bonded indebtedness or other interest drains. $2,423,000 WORTH OF PACKARDS SOLD More vehicles were shipped during the month of April by the Packard Motor Car company than in any olhei month of the concern's 14 years' exist once. The shipments represented a to tal value of $2,423,000. Simultaneously with this announce ment comes one to the effect that new buildings and extensions which arc now under construction will add 3 r. pci cent to the present 38 acres of flooi space. The enlargements extend fron the forge and foundry all through tin manufacturing division to the final as scnihly departments.-A six-story build ing is included among the additions. The building activities precede a re ported big inere*tse in Packard pruduc non for 1016. This, no doubt, mean: . that the Packard company is getliuf i ready for a largely increased volum< of business. i — ■ Answered > From the New York Sun. 1 Son—I say. pal Father—Well? Son—Is a vessel a boat? ■ Father— Yes. Son (after some thought—1 sa.v pa Father (impatiently)--What is it? Son—What kind of a boat is bloodvessel? Father (absently)—It’s a lifeboa Now run away to bed. LIVE GOSSIP OF THE NEXT RACE _FRESH FROM INDIANAPOLIS A new angle has Injected Itself into the Harroun-Burman feud, originated as the result of Harroun's move to disqual ify his Harroun special for the next In dianapolis 500-mile race, on the ground that It is really a Maxwell, and. there j fore, ineligible to compete, under th«i : Three-A rule that "no more than three I cafs of one make shall start In any contest.” Burman immediately saw in the move ment an attempt to eliminate his Burman special, alleged to be a Peugeot, of whi-ch make there were already three cars en tered. To clear all doubts as to the exact identity of his machine, he renamed It Burman-Peugeot, stating he had rebuilt t >.i himself until it was no longer a Peugeot, but a hybrid. Now It seems his move may prove a mistake, inasmuch as the addition of the v ord Peugeot to the name of the car may be construed as making it a fourth straight Peugeot, entry. Peugeot would certainly receive full credit, it is argued, if h" won, just as a " Harroun-Max well'1 victory would be credited to Maxwell, and, therefore, it is not fair to let him start under such title. He must make it Burman special or nothing. Exactly what Boh will do about the proposition, or. for that matter, how the whole thing will come out. is shrouded In deepest mystery, inasmuch as the case is without precedent or rule. The speed vnv Is keeping out of the tagle, leaving It for the A. A. A. to solve. JOE DAWSON AGAIN TO ENTER RACE Desipte the fact that he came within an ace of losing his life in last year s Indianapolis 500-mile race, being laid up for months as the result of Injuries when h’; car overturned. Joe Dawson, winner of the 1912 Hoosier cqfitest, has an nounced Ills intention of again competing in that event, and is now looking for a ca r. .T-'c’s selection. It is thought. Will be a Maxwell. Kay Harroun, manager of that outfit, an old racing pal of his. having held a berth open for him for -months. Ray says he would rather have Joe drive fo«- him than anyone else, because he wins hi*4 races before he starts, i. e.. has his cm hi such good shape that failure Is practically impossible. fNDIANAPOLIS SPEEDWAY “A BULLY TRACK** "A bully track.” exclaimed Dario Resta, after taking his first circuit of the In dianapolis motor speedway at 500-mile race speed. "The banking is not quite as steep as Brooklands. of eourse." he slated, "yet It is ample, and affords op portunity for some most spectacular driv ing. T think 1 shall make very good time on it.” CALVIN AND DASBACH BUT SLIGHTLY HURT Prank Galvin and R. G. Dasbach. mem bers of the Peugeot team in the next Indianapolis 500-mile rare. wh<^ over turned with their car in practice. Satur day. are but slightly injured, and will soon recover. Galvin is laid up with i ' broken collarbone, and contusions about | the head, while Dasbach has a broker ‘ j arm. l iii■ ear suffered but little damage, the J f»’,i!mp be ng bent slightly and the fron! axle stripped off. Roth injuries will bf j . aired and the car made ready for th« race, a new driver, who has not yet beer named, being negotiated for to take Gal vin's place. Stories as to the cause of the aceideiu : differ widely. The commonly accepter \-3rrion. however, is that the car skidde* i as the result of blowing a right rear tire and that Galvin, being inexperienced ii bundling machines at high speed, lost con trol. Galvin remembers nothing of th* " 7-Passenger Phaeton 3-Passsnger Roadster For Pride’s Sake Drive a Hudson This Year For pride of ownership, for this is the class car in the Light Six type. For pride in your judgment, because 12,000 owners have proved this car right. And for joy in motoring—that de pends on fine engineering, on freedom from trouble, on light ness, economy and beauty. A New High Mark No Shortage Now In this latest Hudson, Howard E. spring, thousands of men had (’offin has set a new high mark in ° weeks for this Hudson. There designing will be delays this spring for late comers. Thev cannot be avoided. In this car he created the Light Six But our output and trebled vp_the dominant type of today. In capacitv enabie prompt delivery now. this car lie has brought out the final YoPu can , the £ar want without refinement, ^ter four years of work. waiting. come whife this condition Here is the lightest 7-passenger lasts. Six. Here is the oar that stands out This year there are many Light — among all in its class for beauty, Sixes. Few are attempting to sell anv luxury, finish and equipment. thing else above $1100. But the de The Years at Stake n\and *or.th* Hudson is greater than when it stood alone. For Hudson was Remember the years at stake—the first. It has proved itself out. It is years you will drive your new car. a Howard E. Coffin model. And our Any extra weight means a constant rears to start have given us time to tax. Any mistake in designing, any bring out perfection in this type, weakness or shortcoming means eon- You will prefer it for a hundred slant trouble and expense. reasons which you can see yourself. You know the Hudson is right. Any AYe urge you to prove this now. owner can tell \OU. And 12,000 own- T-Paaaraerr Phaeton or 3-Pasicnger Road. ei s have driven this Light Six some ■*«*> •*««* *• «• b- »««*■»«• 30 million miles. This is the only HUDSON MOTOR CAR CO., Detroit, Mich. ■ J model of this Dew-day type which has Hudson service adds another Joy to motoring. It had time to prove itself faultless. wh“*ySSncom.V *atlafact,on- We U explaln “ g|:>. ■’ Saunders Motor Car Co. Stat* Distributer! 0 PHONE M. 6688 , ■ 2021 AVE. D, BIRMINGHAM, ALA. If .— 1 jgsyiH lljjTBMj Bt. i . n accident himself, save that the car slid <ienly got away from him. JOHNNY AITKEN TO DRIVE A STUTZ Johnny' Altken. veteran driver of Na tional cars, and for the past two years pit mauager^of the Peugeot team in the In dianapolis 500-mile race, has been named I as fourth member of the Stutz team iri j ti e next big Hoosier gasoline derby, along • With Earl Cooper, Howdy Wilcox and Gil Anderson, the old Stutz stand-bys. Aitken’s nomination gives Stutz one of the best rounded quartets of driving J talent ever put together. The National expert, familiar w ith evei^ trick of tho j trade, and intimate with the latest de , tails of racing car construction, provide. ■ the keystone of an arch that should stanl up under toe stronger competitive pres- j ture. RICKENBACHER MAKES GOOD RECORD E. V. Rickenbapher. sensational Max well driver, established a new .short dis tance record for the Indianapolis motor speedway by reeling off eight laps in j practice for the next Indianapolis nOO* j mile race at the rate of 94 miles an hour. His fastest trip around the track was made in 1.36, or slig“htly under 95 miles an hour. CALEB BRAGG MAKING L READY FOR RACE Caleb Bragg, the real millionaire of th«i automobile racing game, with $12,000,000 in cold, hard cash to his credit, has signed i to pilot Prank Galvin's Peugeot in th<« next Indianapolis 600-mile race, Galvin be ing laid up as the result of injuries re ceived when" his car overturned in prac tice recently. Bragg is one of the most famous in the game, having won the 1910 Grand Prize and numerous other contests. Why he should want to drive a racing car, in view of his tremendous wealth, is a mys tery. As Ralph De Palma puls it, “If I had as much money as that chap. I'd wrap myself up in cotton wool and never step off the sidewalk, instead of fooling around with a racing car.’1 The answer is that Bragg drives simply for the love of the sport, despite all he. has at stake, he takes chances with any of them, as he conclusively proved when during a dirt track race at Brighton Beach several years ago. he first shot through the fence and then back onto the track again, winning the rave. with splinters of fence rail and strands of 1 barbed wire coiled around ids radiator.! Bragg's addition to the Peugeot team j completes that outfit, with Resa apd j Babcock already nominated. The threei of them are considered the class of the; field, as far as team driving talent is! concerned. BARNEY OLDFIELD READY TO RUN Barney Oldfield, cigar chewing cham pion, has arrived in Indianapolis for the ne.vt Indianapolis 500-mile race with the German Bugatti he is to drive in that contest. Barney has had the car thoroughly ovei hauled in a factory at Cleveland, and says it is in shape to win any con flict. That it did not do better at the hands of Johnny Marquis on the coast, hr* says, wh/ due to the fact that Marquis was saving it for the Indianapolis race, and, therefore, gave it no fair chance The first time he drove It himself, he says, lit: tJItl lUC » BIIU.O 1-UUI3C • V. time. Harney predicts a lurid record for his machine. Made in a French part ol Germany, Alsace-Lorraine, by an Italian manufacturer, Ettore Rugatti, it is to be driven by an Irish-American. Some speed hash. ENGLISH DRIVERS REACH INDIANAPOLIS With the news that they had sailed hardly off the wire, J. Porporato and Percy Graham, drivers of English Sun beams in the next Indianapolis 500-mile race, arrived, and are now preparing for the contest. Jean Chassagne, originally scheduled to cross the pond with Porporato, was c - tained at tht la^t minute 'by an emer gency of warfare, and may not be able to get away alter all, though there is still some hope of his coming. If he Joes land, it will hardly be in time Tor the elimination trials on the 20th, 21st and 22d. Graham will handle the car in these. Graham, Njncldcntally, though little known on this side, is one of the classiest speed products Europe has ever turned out. He is what is known as a gentle man driver, having confined his efforts chiefly to private speed trials at Brook lands. OFFICIALS OF NEXT RACE ANNOUNCED Officiate for the next Indianapolis 500 mlle race have been announced as fol lows: Dave Beecroft and F. A. Crosel mire of New York A. A. A. representa tives; A. R. Pardington of Detroit, ref eree; F. D. Edwards, director of contests Chicago motor speedway, chairman tech nical committee, and Tom Hay of Chicago, starter. This staff comprises the most expert men at their respective lines of work to be found anywhere, Beecroft. Parding ton and Edwards having officiated at every speedway meet since the beginning of the institution. Hav and Croselmire are newcomers, with one season s experi ence, ho\vever. Hay is an ex-bike riding pal of Carl G. Fisher, the speedway presi dent. RESTA GROWS VERY UNCOMM UNICATIVE Dario Rosta. star driver on the Peugeot racing team in th" next 500-mile race, has grown remarkably uncommunicative, as the result of what he “styles misquota tion at the hands of American newspaper reporters. ft seems that after Rosta won the Van derbilt and Grand Prize races at Sail Francisco,, he pointed out what seemed to him several defects in American meth ods of race driving. These were seizor by the press with avidity, ho alleges, anr so distorted in their translation, that, hi has gotten In bad with all his America? friends. Now he is keeping Ins head shui to keep out of trouble In the future. Positive Proof From the Kansas City Star. Little 4-year-old Harry was not feelinj well, and his father suggested that h< might be taking the chicken pox, thei prevalent. 1 Tarry went to bed laughing at the ides but early next morning ho tame down stairs looking very serious, and said: “Yon's right, papa, it is chicken pox 'cos I'8 found a fewer in the bed,’” ■ > ~HiUi ITMB1■ Nobby Reff. U. & Tat Office A 8,000 Miles 10.000 Miles 12.000 Miles Thousands upon thousands of “Nobby Tread* users are averaging 8,000,10,000, and 12,000 miles. This wonderful anti-skid tire properly inflated is constantly giving these enormous excess mileages over and above its extraordinary adjustment basis of 5,000 Miles. We^would be glad to consult with any “Nobby Tread” users who are not securing these excess mileages. Today through sheer merit alone, “Nobby Tread” Tires are the largest selling high-grade anti-skid tires in the world. Birmingham Branch: United States Tire Company 423 South 20th Street t,NobbyTread ” Tires-are sold by Loading Reliable Dealers. Do not accept substitutes _l Maxwell In Remarkable Test ,-r--,- ■- ------, All New England Is still talking of the remarkable feat ] ” id by a 1915 Max well In Boston Thirteen men weighing a total of 2075 pounds, were carried up Boston’s most famous climb—Corey Hill—In one minute. 27 seconds. The distance covered was 1000 yards, and the grade over 20 per rent. The sturdy Maxwell never faltered on its trip which was witnessed by thou ... , sands of show visitors, and officiate ? timed by newspaper men. After tlie ascent the car with a load of 225 pounds greater than Its own weight, was headed down the hill and a wonder ful exhibition of braking power was given. The test was considered so re markable that newspaper photographers swarmed the Hcene and motion pictures! were made for a famous motion pictur#i weekly. iSTUTZ NOMINATES DRIVERSFOR RACE Places Galaxy of Speed Artists in Indianapolis Test > The Stutz Motor Tar company has named the drivers who will be at the wheel of Stutz cars in the 500-mile speed way race to be held on May 29, 1915, and the names have been given the speedway management. They are Gil Anderson, Earl Cooper, Howard (Howdy) Wilcox and Johnny Aitken, and a better lot of drivers could htirdiy be gotten together to pilot any car to victory. All of them are well known and tried in many a gruelling con test and they are looked to to give a good account of themselves and their car in the coming contest. Gil Anderson is known the country over , as a careful, steady driver, the winner of the Elgin national trophy in 1913, at f which time he drove a most phenomenal iace, and would have won the same race in 1911 except lor bad luck in losing bis . extra wheels from the rear of his car, thus losing him seven minutes. Even with , this handicap he finished only a few sec onds behind the winner, and can be de pended on to give a good account of himself. Earl Cooper Is too well known to need extended mention. He holds the road racing championship for 1913 and is con* sldered by those who know him best an absolutely dependable, conservative and heady driver, and a man who must b« reckoned with in any contest in which j he engages. Howard (Howdy) Wilcox is & new driver ! for the Stutz organization, whioh does not by any means indicate that he is un ! known. He is an experienced and steady driver of racing cars, and his driving at ^ San Fransico in the grand prize and Van derbilt races. In both of which he finished 1 in second place, is sufficient evidence that he will be a considerable factor in the coming contest. And last, but by no means least, Johnny Aitken. Aitken i,s an institution in the racing business. Racing to him is neither a pleasure, pastime or sport, but a busi ness, and there are few men. If any, In the industry today who are better quali fied in, or who have a greater knowledge of the fine points of racing than he. With his extended experience he will be of great help to the Stutz team. In addi- * lion to his intimate knowledge of car i construction, as applied to racing, he is a driver of no mean ability. It is fully expected that the Stutz team will show speed and form this year and will be a factor to reckon with. It is said that in the trials already made Stutz i cars have shown high speed and other qualifications of winners, and H. C. Stutz. the president of the company, and other experienced racing enthusiasts have ex pressed themselves as thoroughly satisfied with their performance. TWs Is the first year in the history of the Stutz organi zation that they Wave built and entered a strictly racing <\r. all the -cars here tofore raced having been worked-ovef slock models.