Jottings

From the October 16th, 1920 issue of "The Autocar"

AIR-COOLING is likely to be more and more popular for small inexpensive cars. Several thousand miles have been covered by members of the staff of this journal this year with such types of vehicles. Up to the present no one has had his boot-leather charred, nor is a hot sirocco round the legs noticeable when driving.

STANDARDISED prices are nowadays pretty regularly adopted for most articles. For instance, nearly everyone knows a Ford costs GBP 250, or a Bean GBP 495. But few know the price of a boiled egg. During three recent week-ends we have acquired specimens ranging from 5d. to 10d. apiece. We did not notice the c.c. of the latter was any greater than that of the former.

"RUNABOUT" recently mentioned a car with an exhaust pipe which cost GBP 8. How much better, he argued, it would be to use cast iron, which would cost about eight shillings. Not everyone agrees with our contributor, since we have received queries asking to what car he refers, as the GBP 8 copper exhaust pipes are just what the enquirers want.

IT is an enquiry of this kind that convinces one that the day of the distinctive car has not yet departed, despite the efforts of the mass-productionists. It is a characteristic of our day to like something distinctive.

WHEN, oh when, will makers of light cars give the impecunious buyer the choice of purchasing the car minus electrical equipment, double dickey, etc.? Thousands of people want a plain two-seater shorn of all expensive refinements -in other words, a utility car, so often advocated by The 'Autocar'.

IF you offer a lady a run on a four-seater car and she refuses, ten to one it is because of the absence of a back screen !

Ladies are beginning to notice equipment of cars. for they find unprotected back seats upset their hair-dressing, not to speak of their complexions.

CERTAIN full-time workers in a Coventry factory were asked by the management if they would agree to the idea of cutting down to three days and letting other men into the factory. To a man the answer was in the negative, as they say in Parliament.

HERE is a poser that is being weighed in the balance by certain manufacturers in these "go slow " days. Which is the more economical, to close a factory down entirely until better times come back, or to carry on at a loss with a reduced number of unenthusiastic workers ?

A SIGN of the times ! In certain London agents' windows new cars are actually labelled "List price," or "For sale.." Compare this with the conditions existing a year ago. Hat in hand, the intrepid buyer would stealthily walk in, and if he spoke nicely might be told a figure and given an approximate delivery date; but, in case of an order. the "favour" was distinctly on the salesman's part.

THERE is one point on which the man or woman motorist with distinctive ideas can always score over their - neighbours. That is in coachwork. The page illustrations of the craft of the coachbuilder, so popular a feature of this journal, amply attest this theory.

AFTER all it is pleasant to have possessions a little different from those of one's neighbour. Mass-produced houses, for instance, would never be really popular, even in these days of house famine.

WHY do not more car makers fit radiator shutters? All water-cooled aircraft are so equipped. Intelligently used these fitments ensure the engine working at its correct temperature.

The famous Jack Mytton once said a certain lady must 'have been badly brought, up because she could not abide the smell of foxhounds! On this reasoning we suppose no-one is a perfect motorist unless he simply revels in the smell of burnt castor oil.

After the summer weather of this memorable autumn, succeeding the wintry climate of August, one wonders what November and December have in store.

IF last year's Olympia Show was a "See and Wait" show the present tendency with regard to next month's exhibition seems to be in accord with the more usual rendering of that famous phrase.

A DYNAMOTOR on the floorboard may make its presence felt-uncomfortably so-in the summer; but with the changing of the seasons one realises that the position has its advantages.

PETROL, Four-pence Up, was the original manner in which a motorist, still smarting under the recent sevenpenny advance, announced this week's reduction of threepence per gallon.

DO the petrol magnates realise that they of all people in the. world have the power to effect a. stimulus to the motoring movement ? A definite and substantial reduction in the cost of petrol would help to absorb many hundreds of unemployed.

Think of it! Petrol was 1s. 8d. when war broke out. To-day, even after 3d. reduction, it is 4s. 0d.

IF the Ministry of Transport is allowed its own way much longer with regard to exactions and formalities for motor vehicles in the future, one can definitely forecast a greater measure of unemployment among the thousands of workers in the motor industry. The seriousness of that might not occur to people more interested in railroads.