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Automotive: Cars, Trucks, Bikes, 4-Wheelers … Planes and Trains Too
This section is meant to inpsire us to ‘keep em running’ but who knows where this section will go for there.
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Your Auto is Killing Me! Our New Affection for the Automobile Causes Deadly Accidents and New Laws, 1916
by Hoosier Motorist magazine staff
CONTAINS: Collection of articles and newspaper clippings highlighting the increasing dangers of driving and new laws to reduce the dangers. You’ll may chuckle at the rules yet understand their importance. Liability is discussed, even humorously should your horse cause damage. Equipment requirements are increasing: headlight dimmers, a horn or bell, lighting at night and adequate brakes. Speed limit: 10 miles an hour in a business district, 25 miles an hour in the country.


Your Driving is Now Under Control; Safety and Courtesy for Drivers and Pedestrians, Indianapolis 1916
by Hoosier Motorist magazine staff
CONTAINS: Interesting and entertaining read: instructions on right of way rules and signals in the city plus instructions for parking. Next, we learn motorist courtesy, driving rules, 1915 arrests categorized, don’ts for motorists and take the safety quiz for kids. 10 MPH speed limit in downtown Indy. 56 arrests for joy riding. Kids . . . quit stealing a ride on an automobile you may get hurt when you jump off the bumper.


The Exciting First Indianapolis 500: “500 Mile Sweepstakes Run Off,” 1911
by 1911 Automobile Magazine Staff
CONTAINS: Fantastic, first-hand account the action, accidents and mechanical difficulties witnessed by 100,000 spectators at the first 500 mile race at Indianapolis. With only the death of one mechanician and many driver’s broken bones, the race was considered safe. You’ll also learn which mechanical parts broke or wore out during the grueling, long, 75 MPH run (80 MPH wore tires too quickly).


Prelude to the Indy 500; the 1910 Fourth of July Indianapolis Motor Speedway Races
by 1910 Automobile Magazine Staff
CONTAINS: Exciting, short magazine report from July 1910 describing the thrilling action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway including the long 200 mile race . . . Next year it would be 500 miles. Louis Chevrolet was racing Buicks, but other big names included Bob Burman, Joe Dawson and Arthur Chevrolet. Races were classified by engine cubic inches: up to 600. How many cars would finish the 200 mile race?


Our 1920’s Airliner, the Ford Trimotor
by Joe Christy
CONTAINS: Flying was not exactly safe in the barnstorming middle 1920's but William Stout created a new aircraft design which captivated the Ford family and, once in production, air travelers. The "Tin Goose" was operated by a variety of airlines and produced a safety record which made it easy for you to decide to fly.


Boeing Enters the Aluminum Age, Part 5: Giant Aircraft Need Better Testing, 1938-39
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: All of Boeing's aircraft had significant teething pains. The Model 314 flying boat had problems on the water and in the air. The first Model 307 Stratocruiser crashed during tests at the extreme of its flight envelope. "Trial & Error" in flight testing began to give way to wind-tunnel testing. Story ends with the design concept of the Model 341 (predecessor to the B-29).


Boeing Enters the Aluminum Age, Part 4: Giant Steps: Pressurization and Turbo-Supercharging, 1937-38
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Constant advances but rough and scary going. The first engine turbo-supercharger installation caused the B-17 to shake. The first taxi tests of the Model 314 flying boat placed a wing in the water. On the smoother side, the new pressurized Model 307 Stratoliner gets orders from TWA and Pan American.


Boeing Enters the Aluminum Age, Part 3: Big Aircraft: Model 299 (B-17) Bomber & Model 314 Flying Boat, 1935-36
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Boeing entered a new bomber competition against twin-engined aircraft with a surprise; a superior four-engine aircraft. The test aircraft crashed but they received a small contract for the new B-17. Meanwhile the story nicely dramatizes the thought process of putting the successful, huge XB-15 wing on a new flying boat design for Pan American Airways.


Boeing Enters the Aluminum Age, Part 2: Multi-Engine Aircraft, 1933
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Once Boeing demonstrated the ability to design modern aluminum aircraft, new doors were open for both military and civilian transport multi-engine development. The B-9 bomber and the Boeing 247 transports were in the air by 1933. Then Boeing won a contract to design a concept airplane, the giant XB-15 4-engine bomber.


Boeing Enters the Aluminum Age, Part 1: The Monomail, 1930
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Boeing was still making fabric covered, externally braced biplanes, not just military fighters but even their passenger transports. Despite internal corporate [conservatism] Boeing engineers tackled the strength problems of monocoque, internally braced structures and released the modern, low wing, Monomail.


The Man Who Flew with a Lion, Roscoe Turner, 1930’s
by Douglas Ingells
CONTAINS: Author met and interviewed Roscoe Turner and writes a colorful story about the colorful aviator. Surrounded by a good background on Turner's advance in aviation: Stunt Pilot, Air Racer and Consultant we read the interesting story about Turner's promotional flying with Gilmore the Lion for the Gilmore Oil Company.


Boeing Aircraft Survives the Lean 1920’s ... Part 3: Boeing Designs See Action ... Military and Civil
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Boeings' NB trainer spin problems highlighted the lack of aerodynamic knowledge at Boeing but they did have contracts to build their own designs and their PW-9 fighter was a good design. Meanwhile new big mail contracts caused excitement with Boeing engineers but they had to convince Bill Boeing to fund an new business, Boeing Air Transport to use the new Boeing Model 40. It was a big success.


Boeing Aircraft Survives the Lean 1920’s ... Part 2: Low Bidder on Building Other’s Designs
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: The early 1920's found Boeing winning a sizable contract for building an obsolete fighter for the Army. Boeing engineers thought that they could come up with better designs and did get an order for a few Boeing PW-9 fighters, a rather good Boeing design. They did however get a sizable order for Boeing designed trainers but problems in spins held up production.


Boeing Aircraft Survives the Lean 1920’s ... Part 1: Cancelled Great War Contracts
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: After Boeing's contracts to produce Curtis flying boats were cut in half, Boeing's engineers designed their own flying boat, the B-1, but no real market for it existed. Boeing did win small aircraft manufacturing bids but continued to lose money. Despite lean times, Bill Boeing nurtured his engineers' desires to design their own airplanes.


“MAVERICK” America’s No. 1 Racing Hydroplane, 1959
by Description and drawings by James Moynihan
CONTAINS: Nicely written article for the casual reader. It took 3000 horsepower to travel 175 MPH over the water and the hull/systems had to be built to give strength and contend with control problems. Author excites the reader with a description of unlimited racing then gives an understandable and very interesting description of the hydroplane.


Bill Boeing Enters Aviation, Part 2, Builds Airplanes for the Navy
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Bill Boeing decides to make aircraft his business. He assembles an engineering department and a new plane, the Model C is designed then re-designed at the demand of his test pilot. The new aircraft is demonstrated to the Navy and "Boeing Airplane Co." gets an order but the follow-up order is to build a competitor's design.


Bill Boeing Enters Aviation, Part 1, From Enthusiast to Builder
by Harold Mansfield
CONTAINS: Wonderful story of Bill Boeings attendance at flying demonstrations starting in 1910 and his developing enthusiasm for flight. You’ll note that in the next 4 years aircraft improved. As the World War developed, Bill saw to need to develop his own airplane and his team produced a good flyer, the ‘B & W.’


Roots of Our American Auto Industry Part 2, Tireless Tinkerer, Henry Ford, 1890’s
by Keith Sward
CONTAINS: Wonderful history of young Henry. He didn’t like farming but loved to tinker. Years of tinkering produced successful automobile designs for the hobbyist inventor. Then investors grabbed Henry and failed to make a successful company, twice. Then another investor …


Roots of Our American Auto Industry Part 1, 1880’s-90’s
by Keith Sward
CONTAINS: The automobile was developed and mass produced in France but the United States would have the appetite and expertise to make it successful. Ransom Olds and Henry Leland successfully started our true auto industry in Detroit, a city just ripe for automobile mass production.


The Golden Age of Air Racing, Part II, 1935-1939
by Robert Hare
CONTAINS: Before war-surplus fighters, colorful Thompson Trophy airplanes made the national Air Races. They were designed mostly by individuals or small companies. Can they hit 300 MPH?


The Golden Age of Air Racing, Part I, 1930-1934
by Robert Hare
CONTAINS: In the author’s words: Barnstorming was dead. World War 2 was yet to come. Daring pilots, wonderful racers. This is the saga of the Thompson Trophy Race.


Learn To Fly a Helicopter in One Easy Lesson. A 1946 Introduction to this New Contraption.
by C. B. F. Macauley & Joseph S. Dunne
CONTAINS: Helicopters were about to go into private use. Our authors tell you how to fly one. You still better take lessons … and get a license.


What to Expect in Your Flight Training, 1936
by General H. H. Arnold & Colonel Ira C. Eaker
CONTAINS: You have entered the era of structured pilot training. Our authors promote Army Air Corps training weather you will be a civilian or military pilot.


Women Can Drive Gasoline Engine Cars … Bye Bye Electric Cars, 1905 – 1915
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: Cars are complex to operate but women are determined to drive gasoline engine autos even before the invention of the electric starter.


A Giant Step Toward Our Modern Airliners, Don Douglas’s DC-4, 1938
by Doug Ingells
CONTAINS: You became comfortable flying in the DC-3 but a new form of big airliner was coming. Donald Douglas’s people and the industry solved many problems in this huge achievement.


Your Aviation Frenzy Gives Way to Transport and Scenic Touring ... California, 1929
by Charles McReynolds
CONTAINS: Your ‘thrill rides’ demanded after Lindbergh’s 1927 transatlantic flight were giving way to a new enjoyment of charter and scenic flights. The sales tactics of operators were pure 1920s.


Henry Ford II, Creates a New Ford Motor Company, 1946
by Keith Sward
CONTAINS: Dramatic story of young Henry II’s takeover … Ford’s management shakeup, pleasant but firm labor relations and fights with leftover WWII government price controls.


Not Easy: Driving and Maintaining Your Car in 1918
by A. L. Brennan, Jr.
CONTAINS: Your driving was a bit complicated. Open the throttle, retard the spark and ‘pull up’ on the crank to start. Do a partial overhaul on your car monthly.


We Learn How to Fly … We Control the Properties of Air
by Waldemar Kaempffert
CONTAINS: Fun way to learn the early days of flight. Lots of great old pictures.


Watch Out Ford and General Motors. Here Comes Walter Chrysler, 1924
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: The final piece in the shaping of the “Big 3” came amid a shakeout in the industry. Amazing story of resurrecting Maxwell then adding DeSoto, Plymouth and Dodge to the line.


Watch Out Ford. Here Comes Chevrolet, 1913
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: Amazing story of how Chevrolet took over General Motors … not the other way around. Nice pictures of early Chevies.


Prelude to Today’s Rapid Airline Ops, Operations of the Berlin Airlift, 1948
author not stated
CONTAINS: How we got it done … plus nice pictures of the people we supplied during the Russian siege on West Berlin.


Once Snubbed by the Automobile Association, Ford Destroys Their Patent, 1903
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: Henry Ford was denied membership in ALAM. They later decided to accept him … he instead fought their patent with a vengeance.


Howard Hughes Flies Around the World, 1938
by John Keats
CONTAINS: The Get-It-Done attitude of Howard Hughes. You will begin to understand his personality.


Birth of the Model T Ford, 1902-1908
by Keith Sward
CONTAINS: Henry Ford had little money … a financier organized the incorporation. Within 5 years Henry found a mass market.


Jack Northrop’s Flying Wing Finally Flies … 1946 XB-35
by Andrew Boone
CONTAINS: Now flying as the Grumman/Northrop B-2 Stealth Bomber, inventor/engineer Jack Northrop stuck with his dreams from the 1920’s.


Automobiling Replaces Bicycling For Touring, 1900
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: How to enjoy an automobile in 1900. How to pack, what to wear and how to navigate.


Social Impact of the Automobile From a 1920’s Perspective
by Preston William Slosson
CONTAINS: Truly excellent article written in 1930 explains the way automotive transportation changed our nation.


Fastest Thing on Wheels, the 1898 Stanley Steamer
by M. M. Musselman
CONTAINS: By 1905 a Stanley steam powered racer did 127 miles per hour … although a young man named Henry Ford would beat that.


Dirt Track Racking Through the Eyes of a [Lady]
by Jackie Wells Jamison


They Won’t Replace Horses but Automobile Fever Comes to DeLand Illinois, 1908
by Myrta Grace Paugh
CONTAINS: Enjoyable and humorous accounts of the acceptance, joys and problems of operating the first automobiles on the non paved streets of a small town.


A Small Fly-In Showcases Fun, Affordable Airplanes
by Stu Moment


Tom Payne’s Restored 1930’s, Philo Illinois Auto Shop
by Stu Moment


Will You Fly with Me? Airlines Have Improved from 1918 to 1946
by Lucien Zacharoff


Death of the Model T. Will Ford Motor Company Survive?
by Keith Sward


A 1946 Look Ahead to the Way We Will Travel.
by John Forney Rudy


Road Racing Through the Eyes of a Somewhat Redneck
by Stu Moment
CONTAINS: Dumb and dumber humor.


Could You Enjoy Going to a Drag Race?
by Stu Moment


Villa Grove Illinois, Ag Days Car Show 2011: Photo Gallery
by Stu Moment


Car Show at Sidney Fun Daze (Days) 2011: Photo Gallery
by Stu Moment


Local Fly-In near Mayview IL
author not stated