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The New York Times
December 5, 1909

Polytechnic Institute to Furnish Competent Officials for Event.

The second endurance run of the Worcester Automobile Club is scheduled for Dec. 17.  The rules will be substantially the same as those of last year.  The novelty of last year's event appealed strongly to New England motorists.  Five routes were selected over rough, hilly New England roads of about forty miles each.  This brought about the checking in of cars at Worcester about every two hours.  It created enthusiasm during the day, and large crowds were attracted to the control at the Worcester Automobile Club.

One contestant last year asserted that he sold four cars as a result of the contest.  He took different prospective customers with him on each route.  A feature that will be employed this year which will make the run all the more successful will be the arrangements with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute of that city.  The club has arranged with the gas engineering department, and the Technical Committee will be made up as follows: C. M. Allen, Chairman; David L. Gallup, in charge of the tests at laboratories, and I. C. Harvey.  These tests will be of a very interesting nature.  The testing laboratory enables one to determine the horse power developed, the speed at any given horse power and at any given grade, the draw-bar pull, &c.

Another feature, which eliminates one of the unsatisfactory conditions of an endurance run, will be observers.  Hitherto the observers have been furnished by contestants, and they have been invariably indifferent to conditions, oftentime not reporting serious irregularities.  Arrangements have been made with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute for students who have been trained in observing mechanical phenomena to act as observers on the road.

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