CABS on PARADE by KEN PTJRDY Matches aren't good enough. Changing ;i tiro !)Â· the side of the road is unpleasant in daylight, hut it's extremely dangerous at night. I have seen a man doing this on a dark night w i t h his wife standing 50 feel ilmvn the rnad actually l i g h t i n g matches to warn oilier drivers! Flashing signals l h a t Mirk to the car with magnets arc life-savers. So is the six-inch folding glass reflector, set up in the road. Using two pieces of hoard and a few feet of reflecting scotch tape, yon can make a good reflector in 10 minutes. Carry it in the trunk. Red flares that hum for 20 minutes arc cheap. There should be two in every gluvc c o m p a r t m e n t -- A N D a flashlight. Handiest is the kind called a Life-Lite, which you ean recharge hy plugging it into the cigarette lighter socket. Caution: Gangsters at work. The automobile isn'l us important in crime as it uscil to he (sec photo), or at leant (Iocs tint figure so dramatically as it did during Prohibition, for instance. Still, the police occasionally pick up a car allowing illegal and imaginative modifications by someone who apparently expected fo be involved in an old- fashioned corner-swiping, tire-squealing chase. One such type mounted a small tank of oil in the trunk of his car, tinder heavy air-pressure. The idea was lhat a valve would dutnp^it on the road far pursuers In skid on. (A line ruptured, the oil squirted on his own rear wheels, wrecker! him.) A small-time bootlegger mounted a powerful photographic flash in the rear window of his '. car, tn blind pursuers if they got close enough. Trouble was, by thai time they | knew his license number and the color Â· of Jiis hair. Another mounted a tankful of sky-writing smoke-maker in the engine compartment, to blow out through the exhaust-pipe as a smoke-screen when he pulled a switch. It worker! fine, but the inventor never got a chance to use it under actual working conditions. Seems he was arrested just for testing it! Who does the housekeeping? The three-minute car-wash shops that have sprung up all over the country are pcrr forming an extra f u n c t i o n : since most of them vacuum the interiors of the cars they clean, they are reducing the incredible site of the load of dirt most drivers lug arotind with them. A Chicago firm that reconditions 100 used cars a week for resale hauls away, on an average day, 3 5 steel drums full of dirt and debris taken out of the automobiles being processed. Q u i c k e s t beetle. The fastest rear- engine Renault in this or any other country belongs to a Californian. He took the little four-cylinder engine out of the rear and stuffed a Chevrolet V-8 into its place. The new engine occupies the entire back seat--hut the car will go from a standing start to 100 m.p.h. in 10.5 seconds! Fastest growing sport. In 1954 the Wall Street Journal f n u n d that automobile racing had passed baseball, 25 million to 16.5 million, to become the country's No. I spectator sport. The fastest-growing of the several divisions of the sport is stock-car racing. In 1960 NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Racing) ran l.SOO events before 12 million spectators, paid $2 million to drivers in prize money. Â· Getaway car, regular feature of gongller films (above), has-real-life counterparts. Even strong men stoop to bacon-snitching when it's Swift's Premium Bacon. (They're only human, -you know!) Brown-sugar cured! Sweet smok'e taste! Nicely lean! Packed with energy and high-quality meat protein! Who can resist it? Who loants to? The two most trtixlnl word* in meat. Our IDCtkycar.
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