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Call's Studebaker Pathfinder
Explores a "Paradise"
for Sportsmen
Here's an automobile tour that's a
Several weeks ago The Call became
sponsor for a journey from this city to
the Mendenhall springs, ten miles
•southeast of Livermore, as a delightful
one day tour with this city as the
starting point. That many motorists
followed the advice of The Call's
Studebaker pathfinding party and made
that trip is a matter of common knowl
edge. In nearly every instance the
motorists who drove to tho springs
came back with the inquiry:
"Where does that road across the
canyon from the springs road lead to?"
Today that question is answered, and
every motorist who has been following
The Call's tours is urged to include
this trip In his season's pleasure jour
neys, for from a standpoint of fine
roads, easy grades and an abundance of
beautiful scenery, there ls no finer trip
at the disposal of motorists than this
one In the transbay counties.
As in the case, of the Journey to the
Mendenhall springs, the same general
directions apply, namely: Leave the
city by the usual route, going to Liv
crmore via Hayward, Niles. Niles can
yon, VallecitOS pass, thence out the
main street to the flagpole. At that
point turn to the right and go out bis
;ie street for one and a half miles,
nr to the. road which is posted as lead
ing to the Mendenhall springs, better
identified by a green hedg
Follow that road to trie base of the
hills. At that point there is a fork In
the read, the upper road" being the
springs road. Take the lower one. It
leads to the magnesite mines, but that
fact is merely incidental to the delights
of a. tour from one end to the other of
that road.
Leaving the forks, the road trails
Mocho creek for a short distance on
the right, then at a rarmhouse it
crosses the creek and commences a six
or seven mile climb, which with a car
that is a good hill climber should be
made on the intermediate gear, as was
the case with the Studebaker "20," and
along many stretches should be made
on the high gear. This climb continues
practically ail the way to the mountain
home of Horace Overacker, a pioneer
of that part of the state, in front of
whose house there is a sign which in
forms the motorist that the latter has
reached an altitude of 1,930 feet, as
against 450 at Livermore and 700 at the
foot of the hills.
While the road all the way from
see of the hills to Overacker's
homestead is good, with only a lew
rutty spots, the road from Over
acker's place to the summit and
up to the mines is fine. There is
not a rough place in the balance of tbe
journey. The grades all the way are
so gradual that it is a poor car indeed
that does not negotiate the entire dis
tance on the high gear.
After leaving Overacker's home the
first landmark passed is the Vista dis
trict school, where the total enrollment
reaches the. astounding number of live.
Beyond that, point about five miles one
V>a*-ses a place known as the Mountain
house. A few miles farther one rosses
the boundary line between Alameda
and Santa Clara counties, and Camp
Bessie. Then follows that portion of
the road which is designated the
"double 8," a truly picturesque piece of
road construction.
Concerning the scenic wonders of the
journey from the r-ase of the foothills
to the magnetite mines, the simplest
description one can give of them is to
Mate that they are a series of wonder
ful panoramas of California's hills
clothed in a riot of autumnal colors. In
many places the road traih: along the
side of the mountains at such dizzy
heights that there is often a sheer drop
of several hundred feet from the road
to the bed of the canyon below. Live
oak predominate everywhere, and in
many places along the road some of
these assume grotesque shapes and
often form a complete arch over the
After leaving the vicinity of the |
mountain home one drives for miles i
through the canyon, filled with huge
rocky formations, many of the latter
formations forming gateways through
which the road is permitted to pass.
The majority of these offer wonderful
studies for the motorist with a camera,
as do the frequent and peculiar forma
tions of the live oak. Added to these
features, which will appeal to an ar- !
tistically inclined motorist, are hun- 1
dreds of curves and bends in the road ;
all the way from the foothills to the
mines. Some of the prettiest road
scenes In California are to be found on
this 'rip.
__ one gets up into the higher alti
tudes one begins to notice the rarefied
atmosphere, accentuated by the resin
ous, odors of pines and firs. /. So pro
nounced does this sensation become in
some places near the summit that one
i-s strongly reminded of the high-
Sierras. '/_•.•- * j
Besides being an extremely delight
ful motor Journey the country through
which the road to the magnesite mines
passes is a veritable sportsman's para
dise. Now that the quail season is'
open the nlmrod who is In search of
something exceptionally rare in the
shape of "happy hunting grounds*' will
i .'Ply rather strenuous language to
himself If he motors to those regions
without the proper equipment. For;
ther.e are bevies and bevies of quail
and doves. The Call's Studebaker par
ty encountered a number of road run
ners as well, and stirred up a dozen or
more coyotes on the occasion of its trip
to the mines. Squirrels are also more
than plentiful in that region.
The. magnesite mines, concerning
which comparatively little is known by
the average motorist, mark the termi
nus of the journey. The magnesite out
i roppings arc visible to the motorist
"■■'hen within a few miles of the mines,
These outcroppinsrs are seen at , the
top of the mountain and resemble small
banks of snow. The magnesite, which
is mined in great quantities there,
forms the base of citrate of magnesia
and white lead paint.
After one has reached the mines one
is directly west of Mount Hamilton,
which may be seen standing out promi
vently against the western sky line.
There is an infrequently used road
from the mines to the summit of the
mountain, 27 miles in length, but this
Is said to run for miles through sandy
ruer bottoms, and for that reason is
not inviting to motorists unless they be
unusually adventurous.
The distance from I.ivermore to the
mines Is just 31 miles. Supplies of all
kinds should be taken on at the former
place, for nothing can be obtained any
where along the road. Tho nearest
telephone service from the mines is the
tsummit of Mount Hamilton. Hence the
motorist who seeks to duplicate this
extremely interesting jonrney of The
Call'_ Studebaker should be pretty sure
that his car can be depended upon to
take him there and bring him hack
again. The journey i_ well worth a.
Motor Car Aids Nimrod in His Quest for Game by Taking Him Far
Away From the Beaten Paths Scoured by the Ordinary Huntsman
1 , I —. »
The CaWs Studebaker "20" Pathfinder in the Santa Clara county foothills
and map of scenic route.
1913 Models Are Presented to
Crack Ball Players of the
Big Leagues
Aside from the interest in the world's
championship games themselves, one of
the big features of the series between
the Boston Red Sox and the New York
Giants was the presentation of - Chal
mers cars to Captain "Larry" Doyle of
New York and to "Tris" Speaker of
These are the two players who w-re
adjudged by the Chalmers trophy com
mission to be the most valuable to
their respective teams during the sea
son of 1912. The selection by the com
mittee of baseball writers of the
trophy winners on the two champion
ship teams created a special interest
In the award this year of the Chalmers
Larry Doyle was presented with his
car on the Polo grounds at New York
just before the first game was called.
The presentation was made by Hugh
Chalmers, donor of the trophy. Chal
mers was introduced by Ren Mul
ford Jr. of Cincinnati, who for many
years was one of the best known base
ball writers in the country until he
became an advertising authority and
chairman of the Chalmers Trophy com
mission. In Introducing Chalmers.
Mulford said. "What Llpton is to
yachting, and what Vanderbilt is to
automobile road racing, Hugh Chal
mers is to baseball. The Chalmers
trophy is now a recognized baseball
Chalmers also presented a car to the
R«-d Sox centerfielder at the American
league grounds in Boston. Tbe donor
of the trophy congratulated Speaker
on having won the prize as the best
all around player in the American
Both of the champion players were
presented with 1913 Chalmers "Thirty
Another prominent figure In the auto
mobile world, M. D. Mac Nab of Chi
cago, has joined the executive force
of the Marlon Motor Car company. This
comes as one of the most interesting
announcements of the automobile week
in this city. Mac Nab has resigned as
general manager of the United Motor
Chicago company, one of the largest
distributing houses in the motor car
field, and now becomes vice president
of the Marion. As director of sales
he will at once enlarge the interests
which he has had in ' automobile big
scale distribution. For three years
Mac Nab has been guiding the general
sales of the Maxwell and Columbia
cars over a wide territory, and brings
to the Marion a fund of valuable
knowledge of sales conditions. This
appointment ls in thorough keeping
with President J. I. Handley's policy
of getting together men particularly
experienced in their respective fields,
and who have had their fingers upon
the pulse of the automobile industry
since its beginning.
8L C. Dezemdorf, chief of the field
division of the United States land of
fice and superintendent of the Muir
woods, national park, who attended
the recent meeting In the Yosemite
valley between Secretary of the In
terior Fisher and the motorists, has
issued an invitation to the members
of the American Automobile associa
tion to hold a. convention in the Muir
woods during the 1.15 exposition.

New Car Takes All the Stiffest
Grades Without Shifting
From High Gear
Seeing Seattle on high gear in the
new Cadillac is a new pastime intro
duced by M. S. Brigham of the Brig
ham Motor Car company of that city.
Seattle is pretty nearly the final test
for automobiles that care to wrestle
with grades. In comparison with this
city the seven hills of Rome are as
nothing. The town is one of the few
on the continent that could make an
ancient cliff dweller seem at home. As
a matter of fact it is generally con
sidered plenty good enough if a car
gets over these formidable Seattle ele
vations on low gear. At that it has
left many a car ready to take the
Brigham decided to give his 1913
Cadillac a real test, so with four pas
sengers In the car he made a tour of
the city for one hour, covering ap
proximately 14 miles, negotiating the
worst hills the town affords and never
once shifted out of high gear during
the test.
This experimental trip really began
at the east end of the Madison car
line. The Cadillac made the grade to
Thirty-fifth avenue at 20 miles an hour.
Although the hill is somewhat steep,
the performance of the car did not yet
excite special comment, but when it
scaled the steep grade from Twenty
seventh avenue to Twenty-fifth ave
nue without shifting to second speed
the occupants gasped. It is a climb
that will tax the power of many a car
In second speed, but the Cadillac went
over the summit at a 16 mile an hour
So Brigham continued his test, pick
ing out the various steep grades the
city offers, and always meeting with
success. His experiment included the
Taylor avenue grade, the scene of the
automobile climbing contest of 1909,
and the very stiff grade of Queen
Anne driveway.
Gilbert Vl-lt_ South—C. A. Gilbert,
western district manager of the United
States company, made a flying trip to
Los Angeles last week. He reports
business booming in the southern end
of the state.
* * *
Stoddard for Victoria Merchant—Rob
ert Matheson, a prominent merchant of
Victoria, 8., C. has purchased a 1913
Stoddard-Dayton "30" touring car and
intends driving it to Los Angeles.
JRSfe&dßi #frHill rHr I
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P j*- or sale Ever ."Where
Oakland cars which served to take The CaWs telephone operator guests to its theater party (upper), Wil
liam 11. Carlson at wheel of Winton car in which he will drive in the San Diego-Phoenix road race (lower left).
Chalmers boosters caught speeding in Golden Gate park (lower right).
Winton Owner Says His Ma*
chine Served Him Splen=
didly on Fishing Trips
Ben Crouch, a prominent capitalist
of Chico, was a recent visitor at
the local Winton branch, having toured
to this city in company with a party
of friends in his handsome six passen
ger torpedo Winton Six ear. Crouch
advises that touring conditions from
Chico to Sacramento arc none too
good, but the roads from the latter
point to this city, he states, are In
fine shape
Crouch, who is an exceedingly en
thusiastic motorist, is also very much
devoted to the "rod and reel," and puts
his car to excellent use in carrying
him lo the more distant mountain
streams, where the wary trout are still
to be caught in sufficient numbers to
make fishing a real pleasure. Ho
spent several weeks at this sport,
making short daily runs and covering
a large portion of the mountains in
the northern part of the state. He
states that he met with extremely good
success, never having had the least
trouble to secure the limit.
Crouch believes that the motorist
who Is seeking for good, healthy
pleasure can not find a better way in
which to spend a few weeks than to
make a fishing trip of this kind with
a good, powerful car, which will per
mit him to reach the less traveled and
more rugged districts of the northern
When Charles Seniles and William
j Bramiette returned in their Cadillacs
j from the tlrs* trial trip over the Phoenix
i racecourse they were enthusiastic in
I praise for the work done by the United
! States tires with which the cars were
The Cadillacs encountered all kinds
of weather. Rain began falling the day
the men left and continued for several
days. They were forced to plow through
bottomless mud and then found miles
and miles of the deepest sand. There
were rocky roads and a small amount
of good highway.
As the cars did not have Nobby treads
'on the rear it was necessary to put
j chains on the wheels in the mud, and
this resulted in an even greater strain
on the tires. The castings stood the
t*-st and both men expect to go through
the race without any tire trouble. The
race this year will have 11 starters.
There will be three Cadillacs, the third
being the car entered by S. A. McKee, a
private owner.
McKee drew number one In the start
and choose that position for starting.
Soules will go third and Bramlette sev
enth. .
With the Glldden tour abandoned for
this tall, the R. C. H. corporation has
decided to enter a team in the around
J-ake .Michigan tour of the Chicago
Motor club. October 21 to 28. Prac
tically the same team and crews that
were to make the national tour will
be entered in the Chicago run, which
promises to be the banner event of
the kind this season. This tour starts
from Chicago going north through Wis
consin to the straits of Mackinac,
across into Michigan and down the
west shore of the lake—a route of
about 1,100 miles to be covered in
seven days. Conditions of the Chicago
run are more severe than those pro
jected for the Glldden, and will be a
severe test for cars, the hardest por
tion of which will probably be the
north Michigan traveling with its fa
mous sand and heavy roads.
Steams Factory Reports Big In=
crease in Number of
Cars Delivered
"The growing popularity of the Silent
Knight type motor in this country is
clearly indicated by the progress of the
F. B. Steams company of Cleveland,"
says Manager Toole of the local
"As is well remembered, the Steams
people were the first in America to take
up the Knight motor, and ever since
this engine was adopted they have used
It to the total exclusion of the poppet
valve type.
"Last season, the first year in which
the Steams-Knight car was manufac
tured, the company did the largest busi
ness in its history, but the present sea
son ls starting out even better, for the
end of the first quarter, that is July,
August and September, 1912, shows that
tho < ompany has shipped a greater
number of cars than ever before in its
history, the increase over the preceding
year being more than 100 per cent.
This Car Put Sixes on the Map
OUR prediction (made in 1907) , that sixes would sweep every other type of car from the high
grade field, has come true with a vengeance. Half a hundred different makes of sixes now
on the market, and new makes coming out every week. Today a man apologizes to his friends
if he drives less than six cylinders.
* The Winton Six did it. This car proved six-cyHn- to sell it to you at a price $1,000 below the nearest
der superiority over every other type of car and forced competition. You can buy sixes from $1,500 up. Yo*J
many makers, against their will, to acknowledge the in- can not approach Winton Six quality for less than"
feriority of four-cylinder cars. $4,000 except when you buy $3,000 Winton Six.
The Winton Six, first marketed in June, 1907, has
never required a single radical change. That's a A Vf-lf-inf- Fvr_>CC-I/_>f_t/_>rh_>;.H
record, never made by any other car, for excellence AVUIUIIIg LAtC>>l Vt U Vtl IICOU
—excellence that did not require annual tinkering, im- Detailed figures, based on commercial reports corn
proving, refining. And today it is right up to the mm- piled by Haskins & Sells, certified public accountants,
ute in everything that makes a tiptop car worth while. s how that on half a dozen high priced sixes you pay
_ ■_■••¥- Jf\ •■ r overneac *- a l° ne $602.38 per car more than the
Standard in 1 ype and Detail s__rf _h«_ on u t Y mtm Six - °__J"_ , in
J v eludes capital stock, bonds, mortgages, gold notes.
The Winton Six set the standard for six-cylinder plant depreciation, etc., not one of which makes a car
cars, both as a type and in detail, as for instance, 48 look finer, run better, or last longer. When you buy
H. P. motor, self-cranking, gasoline tank at the rear, a Winton Six, you escape this $602.38 excess charge,
accessibility, etc. Also it is the only car that has And in the Winton Six you get the car that put sixes
established, by sworn figures of individual users, iv on the map, the car that forced the industry to come
repair cost. The Winton Six record is 22.8 cents per to sixes, the one six that has stood the test of six years
1,000 miles. without having to be redesigned, remodeled, or dis-
Furthermore, because the Winton company is one carded. The one leader, and it costs $3,000. You
of the best managed industrial properties in the world, can not afford to have less than highest quality and
is not overcapitalized, carries no funded debt, is not you need not pay more than $3,000. The Winton
mortgaged, has not overexpanded, and does business. Six is the ideal purchase for you.
both buying and selling, on a cash basis—due to these _____________________
causes, it is possible for us to put into the Winton Six Let us send you our 64 page catalog. It gives all
all the quality any high grade motor car can have and the facts.
The Winton Motor Car Co.
First Makers of Sixes Exclusively 300 Van Ness Avenue
Phones—Market 836, Home J 1672
John N. Willys, Head of Over
land Plant, Says Sensible
Car Will Stay
"The season of 1913 marks an epoch
in the automobile industry, in that for
the first time the really sensible car
makes its bow for permanent favor,"
says President John N T . Willys of the
Willys-Overland company, Toledo, O.
•'The days of 'freaks' and constantly
changing models to meet senseless fad
demands is over. Beginning with this
year, we can expect only sensible,
practical business methods In the
motor car industry.
"In the case of our own product, the
new era is clearly demonstrated. We
have perfected a car powerful, reliable
and beautiful enough to meet the de
mands of the roost fastidious. Good
taste asks no more than is found In
Overland models, and we are not cater
ing to the freakish. Mechanical con
struction is very near perfection, lines
are conservative, hut in the best of
taste, and the equipment Is complete."
Telephone Operators, Quests of
The Call, Enjoy Trip in
19-13 Model
Eleven Oakland automobiles of tho
' 191.1 model paraded through San Fran
j cisco, filled with scores of pretty.
| young women, Wednesday. The young
i women were from the telephone offices
j throughout the city and they were tne
i guests of The Call at the performance
j of "The Woman" at the Columbia thea
ter that afternoon. Before being taken
ito the Geary street showhouse the
young women were driven over Fan
Francisco to the principal points of in
terest in the downtown district.
The Oakland cars were loaned to
The Call by the branch office of the
factory. Manager Henry L. Hornberger
and Assistant Manager Reginald S. Da
vis being In charge. Competent drivers
from the sales and mechanical depart
ments of the local Oakland agency han
dled the steering wheels.
All of the 11 cars, which were of the
j seven, five and four passenger types.
! were recently shipped here from the
I Oakland factory at Pontiac, Mich., and
I attracted keen interest wherever they
j appeared.
The tremendous strides, with which
the motor car industry is progressing
in this country, is illustrated by the
.annual report of the president of the
[Pope Manufacturing company, makers
of the famous Pope-Hartford car. Ao
j cording to the report the Pope com
pany, after paying dividends' on bo'_;
[its common and preferred stock a P
writing off a handsome amount we?l
up in six figures for reserves and fu
ture replacements, still has a surplus
of $1,000,000.
O. A, Boyer. vice president of th«
Consolidated Motor Car company, rep
resentatives of the Pope factory, says
that he believes this year's report will
show up even better. "There can b*>
no doubt," says he. "that the country
is on the eve of a big expansion along
all commercial lines and in spite of the
fact that there is a presidential eler
tion this year, it looks as If conditions
will go right on improving. There Is
no reason why they should not. Crop-*
all over the country are good and a
feeling of optimism is in the air.
"In respect to local conditions T think
that the future motor car industry on
the coast never looked better and with
the great farming and agricultural
population in the market for cars It
looks as if the present facilities of the
various factories will have to be great
ly increased to take care of this busi
The Pope factory has recently In
creased its effectiveness by enlarging
Its factory.
E. W. Pappert of the Frank C. Ren
strom company was exhibiting last
week the result of a series of testa
held at the Regal factory to demon
strate the safety of *he underslung
In order to prove by actual test
the angle at which an underslung car
will overturn, a block and tackle was
arranged to raise two wheels on one
side of a Regal roadster. The angle
was found to be 60 degrees.
A similar test was then mad« with
a car of overhung frame construction,
and the corresponding angle of thist
was 43 degrees. Both cars wer*
equipped with top and windshield and
ready for the road.
By actual test. It has also been shown
that the underslung type Is easier on
tires, as ther*- is an entire absence of
that side sway which plays havoc with
the casings.

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