The automobile season just ended has been both crucial and decisive. It recorded a few - a very few - distinguished successes. Of these, as you will shortly see, the Elmore was perhaps the most pronounced.
The season of the 1907 likewise sounded the death-knell of uncertainty and experiment.
Not alone individual cars, but principles of construction themselves, were and are on trial.
The most sanguine predictions made in the past concerning the valveless two-cycle engine have been abundantly vindicated and verified in the past twelve months.
Furthermore, the most striking manifestation of the new season of 1908 is the widespread recognition of the inherent weakness of the four-cycle principle - the admission that continuous power is indispensable to the perfect car.
These points, in the order of their importance, we shall endeavor to develop in the course of this little book, which is more especially concerned, of course, with the magnificent new Elmore of 1908.
As we intimated at the outset, a peculiar significance attaches to the few signal successes of the past season.
In the main they may be accepted as simply another exposition of the eternal dictum that the fittest shall survive.
Certainly this has been true of the Elmore and its valveless two-cycle engine - true of the past season and true of every season that has preceded it.
Our contention has always been that the four-cycle engine was subversive of progress because in principle it worked away from
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