Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing (May, 1929)

Perils and Rewards of Dirt Track Racing

By RAY F. KUNS, Automotive Engineer

This article is one of a series on vocational subjects, showing the opportunities offered young men in various professions. Each month an expert in his line will outline for readers of Modern Mechanics the advantages of his particular vocation as a life-time work.

On dining well (May, 1934)

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a writer use “…!”. I think that should be called the ellipsobang. It might need it’s own symbol though, like the interrobang (&#8253);

On dining well

O noble gastronomic music, descend… and inspire this discourse…!

The joys of eating beautifully prepared food are perhaps more immediate, complex and compelling than those derived from any daily experience. For what other art calls at once upon the four senses of taste, touch, sight and smell? Such a complicated variety of stimuli is reserved for devotees of the culinary cult.

Last of the Big Yachts (Mar, 1950)

Gee, lucky for us the gilded age is is back with a vengeance.

Last of the Big Yachts

DURING the last generation every self-respecting millionaire in the land owned a yacht on which to entertain and sometimes even to cruise. Confronted 20 years ago with rising taxes and costs, the majority were quick to get rid of their boats.

Learning to Use Our Wings (Dec, 1928)

Learning to Use Our Wings

This Department Will Keep Our Readers Informed of the Latest Facts About Airplanes and Airships

In charge, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aeronautics, New York City Aviation Safety Congress.

THE Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Protection of Aeronautics has, since its inception, made safety in aviation the object of its main efforts. Recently the Fund organized a Congress on Safety in Aviation, arranged in co-operation with the National Safety Council, and held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City.

Fireless Steam Locomotives Pull Big Loads for Industry (Feb, 1940)

Fireless Steam Locomotives Pull Big Loads for Industry


Without boilers, fireboxes, grates, and pans, or tubes, these huge engines can pull twenty or more freight cars in a single train, but have been almost unknown to the American public for nearly a lifetime.

WHY should a steam locomotive, hauling and switching heavy loads around factories, warehouses and freight yards, deluge the landscape with smoke, sparks, ash dust, cinders, and foul gases, when all this can so easily be avoided?

Cranks Plane from Cockpit (Apr, 1923)

Cranks Plane from Cockpit

IN FRONT of the pilot’s seat in the first metal airplane to be completed in the United States is a horizontally turning crank that enables the aviator to crank the motor without leaving the cockpit.

The plane has been constructed for the Navy Department and has made successful trial flights at Martin Field, Cleveland, Ohio.

Secret Service – RADIATOR NEVERLEAK (Mar, 1924)

At first glance, this doesn’t really look like an ad for radiator fluid.

Secret Service

This liquid quickly searches out and permanently mends all leaks in auto cooling systems. Kept in the water, it will prevent leaks as soon as they appear. Alcohol in the water does not affect it.



EMBODYING the most modern principles of express highway design, the 160-mile Pennsylvania Turnpike connecting Pittsburgh and Harrisburg offers the motorist a route from the eastern seaboard to the west that is free from crossroads, stoplights and steep grades. As a consequence, it is America’s first highway on which full performance of today’s automobiles can be realized.

No Gear Shifting in This Car (Jan, 1930)

No Gear Shifting in This Car

AN automobile which has no clutch pedal and no gears to shift has been built for Col. Edward Green, wealthy son of the late Hetty Green. The novel control system of the car is made possible by substituting a generator and an electric motor in place of the usual transmission.

Radiophone Increases Safety (Jun, 1931)

Radiophone Increases Safety

Thanks to the radio telephone developed for use by airplanes in experiments conducted by Herbert Hoover, Jr., pilots on all modern air lines can now learn every fifteen minutes the exact condition of the weather along their routes.


IF YOU lived within range of the radio station at the Alhambra airport, the plane terminal for Los Angeles, you might tune down to 100 meters on your radio receiver and hear something like this: “Alhambra calling ship 55. Answer please.”

A voice that sounds considerably farther away, but easily audible and distinct, would next be heard.