Thought for the day

"Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that… the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging and kicking them into obedience." -- Aldous Huxley, 1949

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Early automobile manufacturers used a variety of tests to prove a car's strength, endurance, capability and worthiness. These tests were often adopted as selling points and in advertising brochures to highlight the performance and prowess of the car.

 

In 1914, the Metz factory branch in Los Angeles, Mr. L. Wing and K. Parker (a young reporter from Los Angeles) chose to show off the car's capabilities by driving his 22-horsepower Metz Speedster car down the Grand Canyon. , first departed from Los Angeles and crossed the desert south of Death Valley.

 

They had few roads to follow, no reliable maps, and three mountain ranges to cross. After hundreds of grueling miles, they first went to the El Tovar Hotel and searched possible routes to the bottom, but to no avail.

 

They found a gorge at Peach Springs, crossing the Hulapi Indian Reservation and passing through arroyos, boulders, washouts, and narrow passes. Finally, they traveled 42 miles to the river and came back the next day.

 

Parker wrote a report about the trip and noted the photo spot (first photo above): "At this point there was a shear wall, creating a neat drop of over two thousand feet, and projected to move Gone so that we could drive the car to the extreme point, and make a photographic record of Metz on the canyon rim at El Tovar Point.

 

It took a lot of patience to get the car down that terrifying plunge, but Mr. Wing, who handled the wheel, had complete confidence in the car and its controls, and didn't brake until the front wheels were right. . Right on the edge of the cliff.