On March 28, 1930, Frank P. Smith, my grandfather, and Grant Ware set off on a Spokane-Canada-Mexico-Spokane nonstop automobile trip. This trip was sponsored by Spokane Post No 9 American Legion. The car was provided by Riegel Bros. Dodge. They arrived back home April 4, 1930. In the following posts I will feature the articles from the Spokane Daily Chronicle telling of the trip. The drivers were both veterans of World War I.
CITY LEGION MEN ARRANGE NONSTOP MEXICO AUTO RUN
The longest non-stop international automobile tour will be started from Spokane next Wednesday is sponsored by the Spokane post of the American legion and will touch Canada and Mexico.
Drivers will be Grant Ware, adjutant of the local post, and Frank P. Smith.
The tour will cover 3758 miles. Special arrangements for refueling and oil replacements have been made. Tires which are virtually puncture-proof have been obtained. Sleeping facilities have been arranged.
The Chronicle has acquired exclusive rights for this city for daily reports of progress, the drivers to write personal accounts of the journey.
Start Next Wednesday
The start will be made here next Wednesday, according to the plans the Mexican border will be touched at noon April 1 and the car will be back in Spokane the afternoon of April 4 if the schedule is adhered to.Legion posts in Oregon and Washington also will provide escorts the insure the drivers against being forced to stop their car because of traffic signs.
"The machine will be equipped with a tachimeter, a device which will make an instant recording and designate the car makes a momentary stop," said Mr. Ware. "This is sealed when put on the car. We have to keep moving forward to make a record, as even the time taken to slip into reverse at any time on the whole trip would be recorded as a stop and show on the instrument that the journey had not been a success.
"Legion posts in Washington, Oregon and California have arranged to cooperate with us. Further plans will be announced here in the Chronicle, as they are worked out. The car is practically ready for the start now."