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The New York Times
April 3, 1914

Will Examine Problem of Fourth Ave. Widening — Cycle Car Tour Planned for May.

To look into the question of street widening and, especially, to study the question of the widening and improvement of Fourth Avenue at Thirty-fourth Street, a sub-committee of the Citizens' Street Traffic Committee of Greater New York has just been appointed.  The Thirty-fourth Street improvement has interested motorists and traffic men for some time, as it is felt that by making a through street of practicable width at the junction of Fourth and Park Avenues, Fifth Avenue can be relieved of some of its present congestion and a new artery provided for north and south automobile travel.  The sub-committee in question is composed of Samuel W. Taylor, Chairman; W. R. Addicks, Prof. Collins P. Bliss of New York University, J. Adamson, and J. Bernstein.


It was learned last night that Claude Johnson, the General Managing Director of the Roll-Royce Company, Limited, has set on foot the establishment in New York of a repair shop exclusively for cars of the British make, a number of which are now owned in this city and vicinity.  The shop will be manned by mechanics who have been trained at the factory in Derby, England, and it will be furnished with a very complete stock of parts.  Another repair shop with a smaller stock of parts is about to be established also at Toronto.  A service system is to be established as well.  Inspectors from Derby are traveling at present through the United States and Canada.  The head of the new organization is James Royce of Toronto.


A demonstration is being arranged by the cycle car clubs of the Middle West to take place at the time of the 500-mile race at Indianapolis.  The Detroit Cyclecar Club, of which F. Ed. Spooner is President, will call its first official run to Indianapolis, going south by way of South Bend, where it will be joined by the Chicago Cyclecar club, Charles P. Root, President.  The Hoosier Motor Club of Indianapolis, headed by Frederick P. Mertz, will tour out to meet the Detroit-Chicago delegation and escort it to the city, where the cycle, light and small cars will be seen in a parade.  It is believed that at least fifty, and perhaps one hundred, cars will take part in the event.


George Franklin, special representative of one of the motor companies of Detroit, is said to hold the unique distinction of having attended every automobile show of importance held in America in the last seven years.  During each exhibition season, which is of about three months' duration, he "makes" from twelve to fifteen shows.


Truck shows, by the way, seem to have fallen upon evil days, for word comes from Boston that, as was the case with New York last year, the exhibition closed will probably be the last held there for commercial vehicles.  The arguments against truck shows are that they do not pay as a business proposition and that they are unnecessary to stimulate the already aroused interest in motor trucks.

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