The Horseless Age; The Automobile Trade Magazine Volume 10

The Horseless Age; The Automobile Trade Magazine Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ... ravine, and then a great break in the hill at Poretta, and then rain, rain, and washouts, over one of which the machine had to be carried; and then by the road which follows the railway, and is finer than it looks, into Bologna, in an awful storm, passing under the great arcades that lead up to the chapel one sees from the railway. But neither the machine nor I was the worse for it, though it was rather more vile than coming out. I had just left Bologna next morning when it commenced to pour again. And a few miles from Modena, down I came with a crash, and, bending the crank out of shape, I had to walk, and so lost hours. But I did see the town while I waited, and some day I am going back to Modena to have a good look at it. But this time I was motoring, and I got along over the flat roads to Parma, and then to Piacenza for breakfast, and to Alexandria, and Asti, and so to Turin. Then I found that I had made a run on my bicycle which the Duke of Abruzzi had failed to do on a big car. Save for the last parts the surface is fairly good. I went mostly so fast that I didn't have time to bother about the scenery, which was flat and smelt rather stale. Just before Turin, where you come in sight of the Alps, I broke a sparking plug, but changed it. and, avoiding the Turin show, I got in. I should have left it next morning, but the British accumulators I had took this opportunity to break down, and though I worked half a day at them I finally gave up and spent the rest of it hunting for new ones. As I meant to cross Mont Cenis the next day the machine must be in order. I got everything properly adjusted, but I must say that the first 12 kilometres out of Turin are, for a light machine, about as bad as anything I know. You just bump, jump and crash from...show more

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  • Paperback | 818 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 41mm | 1,433g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236629094
  • 9781236629098