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Good Work of the Touring Club of
America Makes Auto
Trips Easy
Cooler Period of Year Favored by
Chauffeurs for the Long
Distance Spins
New York city Is rapidly becoming
the touring center of the east. Thou
sands of motorists from Now England,
New York, Pennsylvania, Now Jersey
and points farther south in addition
to the leading cities of the west are
making arrangements to visit New
The Touring Club of America has
provided a special bureau of informa
tion for the largo army of motorists
whoso touring paths all lead toward
Now York. Many of these out-of
town visitors, taking advantage of the
unusual delights of touring In the fall
season, Intend to remain to witness the
Grand Prize race on October 15, mak
ing in the meantime tours of longer or
shorter duration through New York
and neighboring states.
Hotels and transportation companies
are milking special efforts to accom
modate this great Influx of motorists.
Advices have been received at the
Touring club that many of the leading
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You neTer saw so many pipes In one placo. No imitation pipes In cases kept or
sold in John's pipe tthop. A pipe for every mouth and pocketboolc. No cigar
itore —pipes exclusively. Meerschaum pipes colored. Repairing 1. Drlar pipes 25c
up. Real Meerschaum pipes, $1.00 up.
130 West Fifth Street Between Spring and Main
The 111 tie store next the big Security building:.
REMARKABLE performance
of last year by winning the
greatest automobile race of
the world for the Vanderbilt Cup
against a field of thirty-two leading
cars of America and Europe.
This winning Alco was the iden
tical car which finished first in the
Vanderbilt Cup last year, and is a
1908 strictly stocK six cylinder.
Sixty horsepower model was driven
to a victory in both races by Harry
This remarKable performance
again demonstrates that the Alco
after three years of the most en
during service still "Stays new."
Martin Middleton & Co.
Los Angeles Address of Salesrooms
Will Be Announced This Week
hotels In the Berkshires and other
popular New England resorts will re
main open until after the races, on tho
Motor parkway are concluded, owing
to many requests for accommodations
during the forepart of October, in
dicating the popularity of touring In
the fall season, as well as the wide
spread interest aroused throughout the
country in the two big automobile
racing events to be hold on Long
Island. All of the ferry lines connect
ing with Long Island city and other
north-shore centers of travel will pro
vide special facilities for the quick
transportation of thousands of cars.
Tho Sea Cliff ferry, crossing the sound
from Rye to Sea Cliff, which will bo
patronized by many motorists from
New York a/id Now England, is mak
ing arrangements. In accordance with
the Huggostion of the officers of the
Touring club, to run its boats at fre
quent intervals during the day and tho
entire night preceding both the Vander
bilt and Grand Prize races, accommo
dating na many as twenty-five cars on
•aob trip.
One Important fact that will be
prominently Impressed upon the minds
of every motorist who travels to New
York In his own car will be the charm
of touring In the autumn season. It
will undoubtedly be a revelation to
thousands of automobile owners whose
idea of lone distance travel has been
limited to the warm summer season to
learn that such a large percentage of
motorists are beginning to appreciate
the cooler period of the year for long
distance touring.
For the motorist living In New York
and vicinity, no section naturally offers
so many delights at this time of the
year for touring as New England. Here
will be found superb scenic effects,
good hotels, with healthful and Invig
orating atmosphere. This statement
does not mean to convey the impres
sion that all of the popular New Eng
land touring resorts possess iden! roads.
The experiences of many motorists dur
ing the past summer have shown that
many of the most popular routes offer
very Inferior roads. However, Improve
ments are constantly taking place, and
It can be safely said that no other
part of Amorlca of equal area contains
so many good roads as New England,
New York and New Jersey.
Los Angeles Sunday Herald
How Long Drivers May Remain
at the Wheel in Endurance
Events Most Important
NEW YORK, Oct. I.—Racing rules
for 1911 cama In for a general discus
sion last week, when the general rules
committee of tho Manufacturers' Con
test association held an all day session
at the rooms of the Association of Li-
censed Automobile Manufacturers.
Howard E. Coffin, chairman, presided.
Many recommendations for changes in
the contest rules were finally rutilicd.
Some matters were considered of
great importance to be lator referred
to the entire membership of the as
sociation by a mail vote. This vote
will have to be recorded before rec-
ommendatlons can be made to the
American Automobile association con
test board.
All phases of contest rules were con
sidered, most of them having been
suggested by experiences In the ad
ministration of the regulations gov
erning In this country at the present
time. Great enthusiasm and keen in-
terest were shown at the meeting.
Discussion waa general. The recom
mendations finally ratified do not be
come rules until adopted by the con
test board of the American Automo
bile association, and when so adopted
will be incorporated in the regulations
to govern competition In 1911 and 1912..
Among the subjects taken up wore
the following:
That the decision of the technical
committee of the American Automo
bile association be final regarding the
eligibility of any car to enter con
teats held under the rules of the A.
A. A.; that the importer in stock car
and stock chassis events be considered
on exactly the same basis as the
American manufacturer; that amateur
drivers competing in track or road
races against professional drivers shall
lose their amateur standing.
Another important subject of great
interest to race followers which was
thoroughly discussed was the question
of the length of time drivers in long
distance events on special speedways
would be allowed to continue at the
wheel without change. The rules gov
erning twenty-four-hour races were
also considered from the same stand
George P. Bullard of Phoenix advises Ref
eree John S. Mitchell that the business men
of Phoenix will tender a banauet on \\""<l
nesday. November 9, to the nevspapor mill
and all entrants In the Los Angelcs-Phncnix
The Bete Noir of Other Drivers.
Black Is His Team
Harry P. Grant, winner of the Van
derbilt cup in 1909 and 1910, ia now in
training for the other big road races
of October, the Fairmount park race on
the Bth and the Grand Prize on the
15th. Grant will drive on these races
the same Alco stock chassis with
which he won the cup two years.
When the Alco started in the race last
year It was something of a dark horse,
although it was painted a battleship
gray. Now Grant has had it painted
a shiny Jet black. When asked why he
had the car repainted, Grant replied:
"Well, black is neat, and then again
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some one remarked to me that my car
had the bete noir of the other drivers
last year, so I thought I would do
what I could to make it seem to the
eye the same as it appeals to the mind.
Lee, my mechanic, and I will wear full
black costumes, also."
Those who follow the racing game
now reckon Grant as one of the really
great drivers. "This is not only be
cause of what he has accomplished,
but because of the heady character
of his work. His driving is distin
guished by great steadiness and cool
ness. Always he is calm and delib
erate, whether winning or losing.
When not busy with racing Grant is
a salesman of Alco cars at the Boston
agency. He started in the automobile
business in 1888 in the Stanley factory
at Newton, Mass., and soon after
Joined the Locomobile forces in New
York. He was in this position six
years r.nd then we t to Klmlra with
the La Prance Fire Engine company.
In 1905 he went to work in the Alco
factory at Providence, and after spend
ing two years there, took his present
position in Boston, where C. P. Whit
ney, the Alco agent and his employer,
gave him his start In the racing game.
Grant drove his first race in 1907 at
a meet on the Readville, Mass., track.
He was entered in three races. Two
of them, a five-mile event and a
twenty-mile race, he won; in the
other race, a fifty-mile event, he held
the lead for forty-five miles and then
had a tire blow out. He finished in
second place.
In the following year, 1908, Grant
made a clean sweep at the Readville
races, winning every one of the three
events in which he was entered, and
beating Ralph De Palma, Barney Old
field and others. The same year he
made the best time for gasoline cars
at the Worcester, Mass., hill climb,
and, after a remarkable series of tire
troubles, he finished second in the
Lowell road race; also he made the
fastest lap In the Lowell race, al
though the credit for this was at first
given to another. In the fall of 1908
he won two races on the Providence
track. In 1909 he won the gasoline
free-for-all at the Worcester hill
climb, was first in a five-mile race at
Readville and won the Vanderbilt cup.
Prior to his Vanderbilt cup victory
In 1909 he lost the Lowell race through
a remarkable piece of hard luck. He
had forged ahead of Robertson and
was leading by three minutes, with
only three laps to go, when a tire ex
ploded, a piece of it flew between the
chain and sprocket, and the chain
broke, putting him out of the race.
At the Worcester hill clUob of 1910
Grant won his class events and made
a new hill record for gasoline stock
cars. On the track at Indianapolis
last July he started In three events,
won two of them and finished fourth
In the other hecause of tire trouble.
Grant has driven an Alco in all his
Grant is of an exceptionally happy
disposition. He is usually smiling,
and there fs a lilt of cheerlnesa in his
voice as he talks, so it Is not surpris
ing that he weighs 200 pounds. He
was born at Cambridge, Mass., July
10, 1877.
Recent sales of Demont runabouts have
been made to Dr. Mary Kraft, Whlttler; H.
1... Egan, Sacramento; H. D. Blanchard, Po
mona; Edward Hulllnger, I.ons Beach, and
Mrs. D. M. Brewster-Smtth. South Pasa
dena, by tho I.ane Steam Car company. The
1911 price of this popular car has been re
duced. The company will have In addition
baa don* since bis first machine.
Hal Stone at Wheel of Columbia
Car; Mrs. Stone Who Saw Him Hurt
The owners of the Indianapolis motor speed
way have announced plans for a race on their
2%-ir.ile track next year, which It held will
have the greatest prize ever offered for a
motor car competition The first meet of the
Mil season Is planned to begin on May 27,
when the owners expect to have a 800-mlle
international race In which $25,000 in ra?h
prizes will be offered It is proposed to give
$lo,oou to the winner, $5000 to the second man
and' other prizes down to $50 for the tenth
man. Trophies also will be offered for the
entrants of the (list ten cars. The raco is to
be open to caYs of not more than tiOO cubic
Inches piston displacement that weigh at least
2300 pounds and have shown a speed of at least
seventy miles an hour.
Breaks More Records
On Circular Track at Milwaukee
World's Greatest Test Never Missed a Shot
Springfield, Mass., Sept. 28, 1910.
Doerr-Brown Motor Car Co.,
1136 South Main St., Los Angeles, Cal.
"At Milwaukee yesterday won the one-hour race at the State Fair
grounds against six representative cars, covering 60£ miles. This is the
first time in history of racing that any driver with any kind of car cov
ered 60 miles an hour on circular track. This includes Brighton Beach
hour and 24-hour races, with special hour prizes, and such drivers as Rob
ertson, DePalma, Strang, Chevrolet, Burman and many others with such
cars as Fiat, Steams, Simplex, Renault competing. I consider this great
est test that can be given a car. Never missed a shot. Also won 5-mile
stock chassis. (Signed) BARNEY OLDFIELD
Doerr-Brown Motor Car Co.
This was the toll of the sixth running
of the Vanderbilt cap race. The killed:
MATTIIEW R. BACON, mechanician
for Harold Stone, killed when Columbia
No. 18 plunged over bridge spanning
Westbury road. '
CHARLES MILLER, mechanician for
Louis Chevrolet, killed when Chevrolet's
car left the course and struck a touring
manager of Tope-Hartford company, kill
ed In early morning smashup on way to
EDWARD LYNCH, run down and fa
tally Injured after race; died tonight.
The injured:
HAROLD A. STONE, driver of Col
umbia No. 12, both legs broken, Internal
Injuries; may die.
broken; condition critical.
WILLIAM KNITTER, driver Lancia
car, broken leg.
V. PADULA, driver Abbott-Detroit car,
quette-Buick car, left arm broken.
JAMES NELSON, mechanician for Ar
thur Chevrolet, leg broken.
THOMAS MILLER, struck by a Pope-
Hartford car, skull fractured, Injured In
ternally; may die.
C. 11. KITTKELL, mechanician car No.
87, shock and contusions.
FRANK TOPPLIA, hurt In early morn-
Ing smashup; will recover.
ruauffeur, bruised.
HENRY HAGGENDON, spectator, hit
by Dawson's car; condition serious.
MORRIS LEVINSON, spectator, struck
by Knipper's car, leg broken.
CORNELL KEID, spectator, leg
tor, cnt and bruised.
Mies LILLIAN REES, arm broken.
MRS. MARTHA ROOS, rut and bruised.
JOSEPH , scalp wound.
conscious by flying tire.
BROWN, injured In d'Zubia accident.
Dying and Wounded Strew Near
ly Every Mile of the Long
Motor Speedway
Harry Grant First, Setting New
Pace of 65 1-2 Miles an Hour.
Joe Dawson Is Second
(Assoclated Press*
WAY, Oct. I.—Four dead and nineteen
seriously injured—three probably fa
tally—was the price in human flesh
paid today for the sixth running of the
Vanderbilt cup race, won by Harry,
Grant, driving a 120-horse power Alco.
Grant, who distinguished himself
last year by finishing first in the fifth
Vanderbilt, won today's event from,
from Joe Dawson, driver of a Marmon,
by the narrow margin of twenty-five
seconds. John Aitken in a National
was only a minute and six seconds
behind Dawson.
The race was the most closely con
tested of any of the Vanderbilt cup
races, and with the two small car
events run as a unit with it —the
Wheatly Hills sweepstakes and the
Massapequa trophy—brought out a,
record number of starters.
The time of the lirst three cars to
finish in the main event exceeded the
best time ever made in an American,
road race. Grant, by covering the
278.08 miles of the course in 4 hours,
12 minutes and 58 seconds, equivalent
to an average of 65 1-5 miles an hour,
established a new American record.
But, brilliant as was the performance
of the three winners, and thrilling as
was the race itself, the horror caused
by the wholesale maiming and killing
which attended it cast such a deep
shadow over the spectators, partici->
pants and management that the crowd
dispersed under a pall of sorrow.
Tet, notwithstanding the list of cas
ualties, i' was announced tonight that
the Grand Prize race over the same
course would be held on October 15.
Fifteen cars have already been entered
for the event.
W. K. Vanderbilt jr., donor of the
cup, could not be seen tonight, but A.
R Partlnston, vice president and gen
eral manager of the motor parkway,
spoke of the race only as a success.
He regretted, of course, the deaths
and accidents, lut was Inclined to at
tribute them mainly to the careless
ness of spectators.
The accidents that caused two of
the four deaths were sensational in
the extreme. The l.rst occurred when
the Columbia car, driven by Harold
Stone, suddenly burst a tire at the
approach of the cement bridge crossing
the Westbury road, and becoming un
manageable plunged over the parapet.
The great machine went over twice
in midair and landed on its sidd,
crushing out the life of Matthew R.
Bacon Stone's mechanician, who was
caught under it. Stone himself sus
tained fractures of both legs and in-
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