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PART 111
Racing Enthusiasts of This Vicinity
Promised Royal Sport by Build.
ers of New Saucer
IF the residents of this city. and
vicinity think they have seen
automobile raring in the past they
-will have their eyes opened within the
next sixty days. About that time the
great motordrome being- constructed
by Jack Prince, the greatest of ail
track builders, will bo completed and
he and his follow manager, F. TZ. Mos
covlci, are already arranging lor the
first meet to be held on that track on
which miles will be pulled off in 30
seconds and with stock ears in 40 sec
onds or better.
Mr. Moscovics has just returned
from New York, and while there lie
arranged for the great Plat racing
team to come to this city in March
or April to open the great automo
bile racing track. The following let
ter was addressed to Mr. Moseovics
while in New York city, from the Fiat
Automobile company.
New York, Dec. 11.
Mr. F. EL Moscovics, City—Dear
Sir: Having duly considered your
proposals with regard to the open
ing of the new board track you arc;
constructing at Lob Angeles, we
shall be very glad to accept your
proposition to send the Flat track
racing team to participate in the
early spring for the inauguration
of the races you are to conduct.
We will probably be able to send
K. \Y. ('. Arnold"s record holding
200-horsepower car, which holds all
the circular track records of the
world, made on the Brooklands
track in England, where it attained
the speed of 122 miles an hour,
which surpasses any circular track
record ever made; also the Flat
Cyclone, which holds all world's
records for a mile track for all
distances from one to twenty-five
miles, inclusive. This car will be
driven „y our RaJph de Palma, and
we shall also send one of our
* sixty-horsepower at >ek ears, similar
to the one with which George Rob
ertson broke all stock records at
Atlanta, having made fifty miles in
forty minutes, and various other
record! with which you are no
doubt familiar.
However, we 'Would add, if the
meet is run as contemplated, either
in March or April, we can now
foresee nothing to prevent the par
ticipation of the entire team.
Wishing you every success in
your new venture, we are
Yours very truly,
By E. JR. Hollander, Vice President.
Strang May Come
In addition to this letter, which gives
assurances of the coming of the great
est automobile racing team ever
gathered together, the following letter
Talk About Service
The First Automobile Turned Out by the
Factory made in the year 1902, is still in service right here in Los
Angeles has been run more than 100,000 miles, and the only reason
we cannot sell the owner a new car is that the old one runs so well
he does not want to part with it; runs better every year, he say: .
Will bo pleased to give you the name of this owner.
(an you beat it?
No STUDEBAIvER-CiARFORD has ever been worn out, although
they are among the oldest manufacturers In the business.
If you want ABSOLUTE RELIABILITY and greatest EFFI
CIENCY coupled with elegance and luxurious appointments, we will
take pleasure in showing you this car, which is the highest type of
Automobile. Engineering to date.
Lord Motor Car Company
1032 South Olive Street, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Sunday Herald
to Mr. MoKc-ovics from one ot the great
est of all great drivers tells ita
own story:/
My Dear Mr. Moscovlcs: Will be
awfully glad to run out to L.os An
geles and race on the mile board
track you lire interested in.
] b;tve never been Lo California,
and from your enthusiastic descrip
tion! of the country and the charm
ing people you lmve met, I know
I will more than enjoy my visit
with you this spring. Broin your
description of the track I ran al
most ieel the blp 180-horsepower
Fliit enrryin^ me over tlio lOU-milo
mark right now.
1 will try and plan to leave a
littlo early, so we can do a little
touring In the surrounding country
(Jive my kindest regards to all our
mutual friends. Very sincerely,
Imagine, if you can, seeing cars of
twice the size of Barney Oldfleld's Bena
tearing around at almost the rate of
two mile* a minute! Fifty miles in
thirty minutes or Ich3, and no dust on
th<s krack, no rutH, no tirea torn off, aa
they will always he, running directly on
their own centers. Won't it ,be the
affair as great as aviation?
In addition to this Mr. MoßOOVlcs has
wired to P. J. Wayne of New York
authority to offer a purse of $2500 for a
race between the 200-horsepowc- BetlZ
and the 200-horsepower Fiat for a series
of sprint races on the opening of the
new track, the winner to take all, and
forwarded hia check yesterday for $1000
to bind the bargain, so the managers
of the new track are giving evidences
of what may be expected In automo
bile racing lines in this city within the
next sixty days.
Victor Declares at No Time Was He
Hard Pushed or Compelled
to Tax Auto
J. A. Nikrent of the Los Angeles
branch of the Howard Automobile com
pany is in San Francisco lor ii few
days renewing old acquaintances.
"Nick," who Is well known here, will
bo remembered as one of the Nikrent
brothers who drove a Bulck Forty to a
brilliunt victory in that grilling Los
Angeles-to-Phoenix trans-desert race
and who later won the 50-mile free-for
all at Ascot park, Los Angeles, with
the same car.
Asked concerning his greatest achieve
ment, the Los-Angeles-to-Phoenix vic
tory, Nikrent said:
"Without the slightest doubt I could
have reduced materially the time in
that contest if it had been necessary
to do so to win. There was never a
point of the entire course where I was
compelled to tax my car to its utmost,
and never a tune that I did not have
power and speed in reserve, but I
figured I had the race won and that it
was the part of wisdom to he content
to hold my sure lead of four hours and
take no chances whatever. Eleven
hours and twenty-three minutes is a
large enough slice to clip off any record
at one time."
The Howard Automobile company,
agents and distributors for Buiek au
tomobiles, this week closed the only
unsigned territory, San Bernardino,
with Herbert C Castle. Mr. Caatle
formerly sold Buicks in the middle
west, but lately gave it up in prefer
ence for the California market. He
has taken a model ten surrey as a
demonstrator and expects to fill his
contract for fifteen cars in short order.
Two of World's Greatest Racing Drivers
Who Will Be Seen on New Motordorme
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Top—Lewis Strang at the wheel of E. W. C. Arnold's 190-horse power Fiat, the fastest car in the world,
caught while going 110 miles an hour at Atlanta and made the world's records at Brooklands, England, when the
big Fiat tore off the gait at 122 miles per hour driven by Nazzaro.
Bottom—Ralph De Palma, champion track driver of the world, holder of the world's record for one mile
at 504.5 seconds, and all records to twenty=five miles. This is probably the most sensational picture ever
caught. De Palma will be seen on the new motordrome with his famous Fiat Cyclone, also the Fiat stock car,
and in Calez Bragg's 90-horse power grand prix Fiat in March or April.
Noted Amateur Pilot Orders Racing
Machines Sent Here in Time
for Opening of Motor.
"Jimmy" Ryall, tiie man who has
been in more automobile accidents
than any man alive, has taken a house
at Glendala and will remain in this
city ready to participate in the big
racing events which "ill be pro
grammed on the great motordrome
track being built by Prince and Mos
covlca at Playa del Key.
Ryall, known throughout the auto
mobile world as the most spectacular
driver alive because of his reckless
disregard for himself and his sensa
tional stunts while at the wheel of a
racing machine, Is infatuated with Los
Angeles, and will remain a member
of the local auto colony until after the
on's end.
Ryall is an amateur driver and has
never competed in any race lor a
cash prize t>r otherwise violated tin
laws of the amateur. Yet he. stands
out as the most luminous figure in
the automobile world because of his
Intrepid and much talked of lapses
intu the sensational. Since he has
been racing he has been in more ac
cidents than any man alive and has
looked the grim reaper straight into
the eyes more times than any auto
ist ever born. Withal, lie is a modest
young fellow and does not believe one
tiundredtti of all the newspapers tell
of the dangers ho has faced and the
nerve he haa exhibited.
Will Bring Racers Here
Kyall is arranging to haVe his rac
ing cars here by the time the motor
drtune is opened, and it will be one of
the fastest that can lie put on wheels.
Just what ear it will he, he is not
yet ready i" announce, but young
Ryall wiii drive his machine in nil
the events lor which he and Tlhl car
are eligible. Thla i r or ears
will be. built alter his own plans and
upon his specific orders, and it lias un
limited sped, It lias shown two miles
a minute on a straightaway and ll
regarded as one of the fastest., cars
ever turned out in America,
Three years ago Ryall began driv
ing racing cars. Previously lie had
been gripped by the auto fever anil
had spent a small fortune on differ
ent cars. Before he had been driving
a month he was in an accident, anil
since his first others have come so last
that lie can hardly realize how Ii"
manages to pass a month without
siuiie mishap.
Ryall is a rich young fellow from
Newark, N. J. He has raced on many
tracks and in several road races. 10
say nothing of hundreds of Individual
brushes with friends. He has been
through a dozen smasluips and h>-.m>
•scars galore, yet he is more of an en
thusiast today than ever. He is
Known as the world's most spectacular
driver and the foolhardy daring which
won that ti tic has kept, him from win
ning that of the world's greatest
driver. Ryall is really more of a sen
sational than great pilot.
Driving a Sensation
In all his racing history probably
the most sensational driving ever dona
by Uyail was In the twenty-four-hour
race run at Brighton Beach in Au
gust of 1907. At that time he was
driving a new and powerful ninety
horse power Matheson. Two days be
fore the race he suffered a serious ac
cident by plunging his car into a deep
ditch. His knee-cap was broken and
he was put on crutches with his knee
In a plaster of paris cast. Yet he de
termined to drive in the twenty-four
hour'i"ace and against all advice hob
bled to-his car on his crutches and
did so. •
But in order to drive and protect
himself against any further accident
to his knee Ryall had to be strapped
to thG Beat of his car with his leg
in one position and so strapped that
he could not move It.. In this manner
ho drove nineteen hours of the race,
and then quit only, because the police
officers refused to allow him to con
tinue because of a law against an
athlete competing in any event more
than that number of hours. -In fact,
they permitted Ryall to get by i^ith
seven hours, as the law is for twelve
hours' continuous effort. >
All autolsts are familiar with the
sensational work of Ryall in the Van
derbilt cup races last fall. He drove
his Matheson in such thrilling: and
spectacular manner that -he set his
watchers wild with a arm belief that
he 1 would 1 win.' Yet fates "stepped In
and'^topped . him.' His CM caught
aftro while going HO miles an hour,
and before he could stop, Hi,' t machine
the flames had playea havoc .with it.
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Secretary S. G. Carkhuff Makes Ar.
rangements for Erection of Two.
Story Structure to Be Occu>
pied by Local Branch
Stacey G. <'ark-huff, iecretary of the
Firestone Tire and Rubber company of
Akron, Ohio, has been in Los Angeles
for the past week making arrangements
with Bryan ft Bradford tor the erection
of a two-rtory building with basement
on South Olive street, just north of
Pieo, for the purpose of housing the
local branch of the company.
The building will be 43x1."i5 feet, with
plate glass front on both the lower and
upper floors, and will be finished in
white glazed pressed brick.
"We are immensely pleased with the
outlook on the Pacific coast, especially
so in Loa Angeles and vicinity," said
Mr. Carkhuff. -and to show our confi
dence in the future growth of your city
we have dec hied to locate here perma
nently. We have, our own buildings in
such cities as New York, Chicago, Phil
adelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh St. Louis,
Detroit Cleveland and Buffalo, our
company has the distinction of being
the tlrst rubber tire company to erect
its own building in Los Angeles. We
have in the course of construction at
\kron an immense new factory, having
lons since outgrown our present one.
When this factory la completed, winch
will be within a few months, we will
furnish employment tor over 3000 peo
ple With our increased facilities wo
will be in a position to supply our
branches and agencies much more
The Wreston* Tire and Rubber e.nn
,,,„,. W as organised in 1900 and has
had a phenomenal growth, now being
the largest exclusive rubber tiie factory
in the world. Tl I present officers an-:
H S Firestone, president: Will Chris
ty vice, president: S. i. CarkhufT, sec
retary, and 1.. I-:. Sisler. treasurer.
The locil branch |s now in temporary
quarters a( 867 South Main street, witli
J. F. Lemmon us manager.
Franklin Torpedo to Be Star of Pos
sibly Seven En.
Ralph Hainlin has decided to exhibit
six cars In the forthcoming licensed
show and possibly seven. His star will
be the Franklin Torpedo, the first of
this type which was built in America.
which will be rushed here by express
from the Chicago show. This car has
attracted much attention at the New
York show, and William Kling'T, who
attended the show, writes that it is
one of the striking car» on exhibition
In addition to the Torpedo there will
be the six-cylinder touring car, the
model G touring car and roadster, the
D touring car and either a landaulet
or a limousine. The air-cooled engine
will be one of the attractions.
The present is proving a successful
yoar for the Franklin, Hamlin an
nouncing Saturday that he has only
eighteen more cars for delivery. His
business is 200 per cent ahead of the
business at this time last year.
Popular Dealer Retires from Local
Automobile World to Engage
in Other Enterprises
The public will bo more than sur
prised to hear that Coney C. Slaughter,
president of the Slaughter Motor Car
company of this city, has disposed of
his agency for the Steams cars, and
will retire from the active field made
by him in the local automobile world.
Mr. Slaughter, however, will remain
in Los Angeles to engage in other
affairs, and on a large scale, which in
due time will be announced, and the
public will have occasion to note that
In much largpr affairs his business
capacity and energy will be noted.
For the first time In years, through
the efforts and personality of Mr.
Slaughter, the Steams cars have been
mad^e popular with the public and re
sulted in the largest business this com
pany has ever enjoyed in this section
of the country. He has been a strong
believer In advertising, with faith in
his product, and with a most excellent
force of salesmen and demonstrators
the Steams stood high in the automo
bile world.
W. D. Newerf of the W. D. Newcrf
Rubber company has received news of
a notable victory won in the courts by
the Goodyear Tire and Rubber com
pany —a twice won victory, in fact.
The Goodyear Tire company was Hied
in a federal district court in Ohio for
alleged Infringement of the rights of
another concern. The Goodyear peo
ple won the suit, whereupon the other
concern began suing users of Goodyear
tires. The Goodyear company applied
to tho federal court for relief, and the
court decided that (joodyear customers
must not be interfered with.
Elder Slaughter Here with Auto
W, P. Slaughter, father of C. C.
Slaughter, is In Los Angeles from Dal
las, Texas, on a visit to his son and
to take in some of the glorious sun
shine of Southern (California. He will
remain for a short time.
Led by Over 40 Per Cent at the New York
Central Palace Automobile Show
Forty-five sets of GOODYEAR
TIRES were shown on the various _^
Rjg" cars exhibited. The nearest com
•^*^ petitor had but 32 sets, the sec
ond nearest 25. \ '. \ \ '.
MERIT WINS—The Goodyear Is in
Greatest Demand Because It Is
the Best Tire Made
It wUI give you the biggest value and the BEST service
We'll prove it by the tires. At your service—
6463 949-51 SO.MAIN ST. F6901
San Francisco Office, 545-51 Golden Gate Aye.
Dealers of Machines Sanctioned Under*
Selden Patents Receive Word to
Hustle and Make Event a
Certain Success
AT last, with a bing, a bang and a
boom, the licensed dealers In au
tomobiles in the city of Los An
geles have gotten together, and with,
hands clinched in determination are
making; arrangements to give to tha
people of Southern California tho
greatest automobile show ever seen
any place west of the city of Chicago.
First, they have selected tho dean
of the local automobile world, J. S.
Conwell of the Maxwell company, as
the. general manager, who knows tho
automobile business from tho cellar to>
the roof. In Mr. Conwell's hands the;
entire business of the 1910 show will
center, and this of itself will be an
assurance there will be nothing halt
done in regard to any part of it, for
Mr. Conwell has been through so many
similar affairs that it is easy for him
to handle the details of an exposition*
such as the coming affair is to be. .
Fortunate Choice of Manager
The most important thing next to
an official bead was and is the place
for the show to be held. For some
time negotiations have been pending
for the fourth floor of tho Hamburger
building, but this was immediately
found to be inadequate to even begin
to take care of the exhibits. Later
the roof garden was mentioned, and
although this would add considerable
to the inside space of the fourth floor —
about 12,000 square feet—making 42,000
square feet in all, this large floor area
was as speedily oversubscribed as was
the original space considered, and now:
the committee has in mind and is ar
ranging for Fiesta park, an ideal place,
and which would give the association
fully 80,000 square feet of show epaca
This part of the program will ba
completely arranged not later than
the middle of the week, and from there
the traveling will be easy for tha
Every day the members of the asso
ciation have held their meetings, and
through their several committees have
so far advanced the preparations for
the exhibition that only the details of
a place to hold it remain to complete;
Dealers Will Hustle
It is the intention of every member
of the licensed dealers' organization
of this city to spare neither time nor
expense to give to the people of Los
Angeles and of all Southern California
a genuine show of licensed cars such,
as has never been seen in this sec
tion of the country before. The word
has passed along the line, "every man
do his best." and with all the zeal
for which the automobile fraternity of
this city is noted the best efforts of
each is to be centered to the end that
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