I thought I should clarify what that wacky vehicle was in my first ever post, below. It’s an image from the cover of the long-defunct and long-public domain Modern Mechanix magazine from August, 1936. I’m told that some nice posters of this cover are available.
Being a physical scientist myself, I thought I might work out some of the energies involved in transmitting power this way. Suffice to say, it seems to me that there would be much frying of brains and possibly vegetation well before highway speeds were achieved. This may explain the grim look of determination on the pilot’s face.
Nonetheless, this is not a principle to be disregarded lightly, so I have scanned the article and posted it on The Old Car Manual Project site.
originally posted January 18, 2007