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WEEKLY MOTOR NOTES. I Ten hours and a quarter to do seventv- three miles over excellent roads This doesn't eouud like 1914 motoring—does it? But the amaaiDg thing did happen and only a fortnight ago. Why ? Wholly on account of an ill-formed car. The car itself was an automobilac delight despite its seven odd years; a car without a knock, creak, or chatter; silent as a spectre, a sportsman's heart's-joy for speed and hill-work. But its master! Reader what can you think of a motorist who bad so little consideration not only for those whom he lured away from a comfortable home, but also for himself, as to make no decent provision against possible tyre mis- haps and the enthusiasm of the misdirecting yokel who knoweth not his left hand from his right ? For it was by both these terrors that the happiness of that day was shat- tered. Four miles out of Tonbridge a back tyre punctured. We got down and looked. Fixed rim broad mudguard well down round the wheel; and security bolts (one bent). The tool box yielded two straight levers of absolete pattern, a rag, two buttons, a chop- bone and a small jack. "I believe there's a spare tube some- where" murmured our bost (?) and a search under a seat brought the poor thing to light. A new and shiny wrapper standing bravely in the spare-bucket, suggested that there was a cover. There was. It must have been the founder of its line. We were cruel to force so aged and so decrepit a thing to work. An hour and a quarter later we dragged our weary bones to the only four square yards of grassy sward in sight and demanded the longest "corpse revivors" our hamper could (luckily) produce. We had done it. Without a fork lever, without a dummy valve, with broken finger nails and chipped hands. we had got that tube and cover, and those security bolts (one bent) on to the wheel. Six miles from Battle that tyre burst with great enthusiasm. Nipped tube of course. We bad lunch, while the A.A. scout biked into Battle and returned with a relief car full of beautiful new covers and tubes and an assortment of levers that would fit any size of tyre Of any kind of car wheel that ever was. I haven't got over the marvel of it yet- the marvel that my friend the owner of this perfectly beautiful car bad never had it fitted with Detachable Rims, bad not pro- vided it with an outfit of tools with which ordinary fitting jobq could be done with reasonable despatch-had not even had the security \> lt-boles plugged, and discorded those devilish impediments to enjoyable motoring in favour of the bolt valve. In the early evening we reached Hastings. Ran about the place a little, and then tried to find the road to Winchelsea and Rye. Of course we had no guide—oui cicerone scorned guides. Oh yes He bad just t screwed his eye-glars. in a bit further and asked questions of the local police, the local nut, the local tram coaductor, the local yokel; generally. And did they know? Did you ever find anybody in any country town who could tell you how. to get to the nest country town ? Well, Hastings "could produce to ua nothing human with which to prove itself an exception to the rule. We finally got landed in a cul-de-sac of;sand and rocks, with pot-- holes two feet deep, called Blackdands-and: then curiously enough our man at the wheel; knew his bearings He had been-there before, if a savage glare and gloomy silence vouch- safed my gentta enquiry to that effect, had? any meanings. I would have enjoyed the story of how he, first found that delicious sylvan spot. However—we got to Rye at 7:10 p.m., and I could tell an adventurous tale of carbide lamps gone wrong and aa" attempt to put them right at Havvkhurst, but will refrain. We reached the Londea. home we have learnt to knre even more than ever, at half past one in the morning, and the following day I sent zny friend a copy of the Michelia Guide audi full particulars of the advantages of detachable rims together with a, price for converting his existing vaheels. Moral. Before you, go a-motoriag cast your eve, round to see that the following are all on board- A spare tyre, complete set of levers, spare inner tube, two gallon tin of petrol, one gallon lubricating 0$, a guide, supply of carbide and a box of matches. Further— before you start her up be quite sure that every part has been gone over and greased, that your lamps are in order, and that every- thing is ship-shape.—For then and then only you may reasonabl y expect to experience the joy of motoring in its intensity. Yours in fair aa d foul weather— I BIBENDUM.