until after the Maxwells had passed you!"
My father was so
determined to win the Glidden Trophy, an impressive-looking silver cup of
stupendous proportions, that he made what may have been man's first effort at
streamlining a car against wind resistance. He had our top removed, and a
tarpaulin, containing an opening for each of our heads, made to snap on the way
the old-fashioned car curtains used to do before the days of closed-in bodies.
Through these apertures our visor-helmeted heads protruded, and we had to
accept, with or without resignation, whatever the elements held in store for
Many of our
fellow tourists considered this a hardship for Mother and me, and the more
sympathetic ones rallied around us whenever the opportunity permitted.
"Here, let me
clean your goggles for you," one would say. "You won't be able to see
through those things."
My own pet
cavaliers were the ones who invariably popped a tempting tidbit into my eager
mouth. Because it lasted longer, chewing gum was my favorite choice—that is,
until the day our radiator sprang a leak and the only way to plug it was with
gum. After chewing it for untold hours, along with Dad, Mother and Mr. Young,
my taste for it was irretrievably satiated.
filling stations did not line the roads then as they do now, and even if they
had, my father would not have considered stopping for an unnecessary repair
until we were sure of reaching our day's destination within the allotted time.
He would rather have had the four of us chew gum all the way to
mere leak in a radiator?" he queried. "The Stevens-Duryea is the best
car made today, and this is my chance to prove it. Nothing is going to keep me
from turning in a perfect score!"
I admired his
spirit, but there were many times when Mother and I were appalled at the extent
of it. Almost daily we experienced the disturbing reaction of having to witness
some unfortunate farmer and his family being spilled into a field or tossed
into a roadside ditch by the frantic effort of their runaway horse to escape
destruction from this newly created monster of the machine age.
A victory of