By Lester David
IT scared hell out of a grizzled prospector who was walking his mule on the hot sands of the New Mexico desert. It gave a small colony of migrant Hopi Indians the screaming-meemies and it made a couple of cowboys take the pledge then and there.
Cause of the panic was a huge, barnlike structure which was crawling along the roadless sand, apparently under its own power. And if that wasn’t enough to frighten the wits out of everyone, a muffled, ghost-like voice echoed from the interior of the vast building.
PIN-UP CAR – 1949 MASERATI A6 TURISMO COUPE
Owner: Major Charles W. Audet, North Hollywood, Calif. Engine: 6-cylinder, single overhead camshaft, 1500-cc, 65 hp @ 4700 rpm. Aluminum body by Farina. Tubular frame. Weight 2,156 pounds. Wheelbase 100 inches. Original cost $6,250. Top speed 95 mph.
NEW in SCIENCE
Hydrofoil Bus is claimed by its German inventor to be the fastest passenger boat in the world. In a demonstration on Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, it carried 32 people 50 mph. Motor is 350 hp. Hydraulic wings lift it high in the water.
Mail Pushcart replaces the usual mailbag for Irving Wonnacott of Oak Park, Ill. Local post office tested several models to ease delivery of magazine and periodicals, decided on this one. It holds more than bag, saves wear and tear on postmen.
THE most fabulous American stock car ever manufactured was the incomparable Duesenberg Model J, a magnificent 265-horsepower job that could do 89 mph in second gear and 116 in high. Built strictly for the carriage trade that wanted and could pay for the very finest (the chassis cost $8,500; custom bodies ranged from $2,500 to $16,500), less than 500 of these great cars were made at the Indianapolis factory during the company’s short (1929-37) productive span.
Autos to be Powered BY RADIO
AUTOMOBILES which will be driven by electric motors receiving their power through centrally located transmitting stations are predicted for the future by G. M. Williams, president of the Marmon Motor Car Company, who predicts that the present type of gasoline driven auto will be obsolete before the twentieth century is over. Automobile engineers are said to be already designing radio-operated cars.
The Army’s famed “pinwheel” is now on the market for civilians!
I’VE just been sitting in part of the future of aviation. It was unusually comfortable, had plenty of leg room, nice color harmony, good visibility and was equipped with such homey touches as ash trays and grey carpeting.
This is a quickie description of the first commercial 4-place helicopter, the Sikorsky S-51. I was given a preview of it at the plant in Bridgeport, Conn., the home of “the only helicopters that went to war.”
New Marvels to Open Your Eyes
Man Shot from Gun; Boat Fast as Plane; Seagoing War Tank.
On land and sea the new war tank invented by Walter Christie is at home and, with its guns, equally deadly. Above, it is shown on land and, at right, crossing the Hudson after climbing the Palisades.
Clarence Chamberlin, first trans-Atlantic flyer to Germany, recently hopped in this plane from the specially built runway on the U.S.S. Leviathan, while 82 miles at sea, for the purpose of landing mail in New Jersey.
Worn Auto Parts Skeleton Shows Need For Lubrication
WORN parts from a discarded automobile mounted on a board to represent a skeleton as a lesson in the need for correct lubrication for automobiles) reminds patrons in a Green Bay, Wisconsin, gas station not to overlook the value of oil and grease in their cars.