C. W. Matheson
a a DONT RACE STOCK CARS. C. W. Matheson Says Manufacturer. Prepare Special Machines. Many motor car manufacturers ara. comlnjr to a realisation of the hopeleei handicap under which they suffer In competing In so-called stock car events, the operation of the American Automo-! bile Association's rules applying to stock cars In the breach rather than In the observance. C. W. Matheson, hitherto a stanch ad-herent and active supporter of sanctioned contests, Is wavering In his allegiance, as he feels that specially prepared machines are entered and started in what are supposed to be strictly stock car events, and that cars regularly catalogued and sold as stock models have no chance In competition. " It Is the publlo that la being fooled with these mis-called stock car events," declared Mr. Matheson. " A false standard of -quality is created by the car 'run in' as the stock artlclo In events Intended for the Simon-pure stock ma-, chine. The public is under the belief that such cars are similar In every respect to, the models they would purchase from the agent's floors, but the motor-wise know differently. "It haa been pointed out with a great deal of truth that such departures from regular stock model procedure as special Ignition equipment; reduction In the number of piston rings; enlarged lubrication leads; specially constructed camshafts; specially timed valves; systematic lightening, until some cars vary only a pound, or two from tho racing minimum of the class; racing rims and tire equipment; radical revision of the system of control and many other variations are common. The lav mind is badly fooled and experts are considerably mystified. -The dnv is not far distant when the motor public will revolt, and the manufacturers practlcln-r such evasive tactics will reap a bitter reward. In the meantime it would seem the wisest thing for the manufacturer who is willing to enter cars representing standard construction, cars taken Indiscriminately from stock and aa sold to customers to stay out of competitions where technical evss'.ons of rules are the predominating characteristics." Autos.