Chrysler Builds a Locomotive
JUST in case MI’s cover caused some worry among American Locomotive Company officials let’s reassure them. Chrysler is not going into competition with them! The locomotive and tender on these pages is strictly a miniature—one-third regular size, nearly 27 feet long.
BACK in 1948 the first few Jaguar XK-120 roadsters were shipped to this country from merry old England. This was shortly after a prototype model had clocked a speed of more than 130 mph in a test run. In the years that followed this sleek sports car proceeded to make quite a name for itself, both in competition and on the road, topping off the whole thing with two spectacular wins in the famed Le Mans races of 1951 and 1953. The latter Le Mans cars were actually modified versions known as XK-120 C Jags and now there is an entirely new model of the fabulous “C”—truly a super Jag.
THAT necessity is the mother of invention has been proved once again by John Mays and John Burmaster, proprietors of a garage in Bloomington, Illinois.
Three years ago, Mr. Mays, with his partner’s assistance, began running a Crosley Super Sport in competition. Months of tedious work were devoted to modification of the compact little power plant and the results were encouraging. After what amounted to a trial run in a race at Vero Beach, Florida, the car took a first in its class in the Janesville Airport Race. Next came Elkart Lake and the hot Crosley turned in another good race but not quite good enough.
Racer Designed to Carry Fuel for 5,000 Miles
How would you like to make a motor trip across the continent and back in less than three days? Automotive engineers in Europe are toying with ideas no less fantastic since breakdown tests with a Hotchkiss motor have shown that this engine is capable of such a performance if the car can be built to go with it. This motor on the test block ran for fifty-two hours and forty-six minutes at 4,000 revolutions per minute, a speed which would have carried a car about 5,000 miles.
How would they get a car from the back of a row? There is an small automatic parking garage in my neighborhood and it’s pretty complex.
HOTEL for AUTOS
Traffic congestion in New York City has become such a serious problem that a special parking garage, or more properly a hotel for automobiles, is now being erected near Times Square alter the design pictured above. Cars are handled automatically—all the attendants have to do is drive the automobile onto the elevator, press the proper button, and the car is whisked to the correct floor and stored in its individual stall, all without the need of human assistance.
MI Tests the VW Station Wagon
Call it a Kombi, a van or a bus, it’s actually the greatest thing of its kind, says Uncle Tom.
By Tom McCahill
THE greatest in the world would be one way of describing the Volkswagen station wagon—if there was anything around to compare it with. Actually, it’s strictly a one-of-a-kind deal, like striped hair or a six-legged horse. It is the only station wagon I have ever seen that has enough up-and-down room and forward-and-aft space to take the station with you —if you want to.
Automobile Vanity Case is the Latest Novelty
AUTOMOBILES have become so important a part of daily life that they are now made in the form of vanity cases for women, as pictured in the photo at the left. The automobile vanity case is hinged on the bottom and opens like an ordinary handbag, containing compartments inside for powder puff and various accessories favored by the up-to-date woman. Leather is used in making the handbag. The door of the auto contains a compartment in which small change is kept.
MERCEDES-BENZ AIR BRAKE
IN this year’s 24-hour Grand Prix at Le Mans, France, the West German Mercedes-Benz racing team demonstrated a sensational new braking device which, operating like an airplane’s landing flaps, helped slow the cars down from 150 mph to safe cornering speeds in a matter of seconds. The gadget, subject of much stormy discussion, supplemented the cars’ regular pedal-operated brakes, thus reducing dangerous “fade” caused by overheating.
Movie Camera in Police Car Puts Evidence on Film
Mounted on the dashboard of his patrol car, with its lens pointing forward through the windshield, a motion-picture camera belonging to Officer R. H. Galbraith of the California Highway Patrol takes photographs of the automobiles he trails along the highways, making a permanent film record of any traffic violations for possible later use in court.
make your own TURNING SIGNALS
Here are some money-saving suggestions that will make for safer driving and greater relaxation on the road.
THE weather is wet and windy as you are driving along a busy road. You come to an intersection where you have to make a right turn. If you crank open the window to stick your arm out you’ll let in a blast of uncomfortable air; if you don’t, you’ll risk trouble with drivers behind and ahead of you and with pedestrians at the curb. What’s the choice?