Butyl ‘n Beauty (Jan, 1947)

Butyl ‘n Beautyon display at left herald a new style automobile inner tube designed to prevent the rapid deflation of air in the event of a puncture. Waffle-like construction causes a squeezing action around nail holes. Butyl is a synthetic rubber which retains air better than the natural product. The beauty—not synthetic—is Rae Caldwell.

Paris Motor Show in the French capital’s Grand Palais featured this white, two-seater midget—with its petite driver—and the unusual model car at right designed and built by Jean-Pierre Wimille, European road racing ace. The driver’s seat is in the center, as is the American “Torpedo” designed by Preston Tucker (see “Torpedo,” MI, Nov. ’46). This Position for the driver improves is visibility and judgment necessary for new high speeds.

Tiny Tims, all 6,000 pounds of them, cling to the wings of the Navy’s carrier-based AD-1 Skyraider, now in production at Douglas’ El Segundo, Calif., plant. The battery of Tiny Tims, two 12-inch and twelve 5-inch rockets, pack the explosive punch of a light cruiser surface ship. The AD-1 can carry a bigger load farther than any other plane of its type.

  1. Hirudinea says: February 2, 20129:39 pm

    I know the French let their kids drink wine but I still think a toddler is too young to drive!

  2. Jari says: February 3, 201211:37 am

    Hiru: Midget car -> midget driver.

    I’ll get me coat.

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