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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Real bouncy fun is off-road rally PAGE 11 ENJOYING WINTER Where there's a hill there's a way to enjoy winter, whether on a snowmobile, skis, sled or toboggan. Cold-weather sporting opportunities have turned former winter-time hibernalors into outdoor enthusiasts. Even though motoring to winter resorts may be more rigorous, a car that is kept in good condition will gel you there every time. Check-up keeps wheels aligned Have you ever noticed how different your favorite shoes feel with new soles and heels? Because the wear had accumu- lated so gradually, you had been quite comfortable in those shoes and had not realized bow worn they were. This is rather like the sud- den improvement in your car when you install new tires. You may have become accustomed to (he vibrations and noise of your old tires. Suddenly, with new ones, Uie car seems to glide. You feel a dramatic change in the handling of your car, too. Especially with some of the newly developed tire de- signs. Your new tires can be ex- pected to last longer if they are properly balanced and aligned. But even the best of them may live a short life if either of these factors is ig- nored. It is not unusual for misalign- ment to scrub off a third of a tire's tread. This can amount to several times the price of the wheel alignment job that could have prevented such waste and would have made your car a safer one. How do you know if your car's wheels need aligning? Your first clue may come from erratic steering. The car may wander or pull from one side to the other. Sometimes mis- alignment causes a shimmy similar to the action of an out- of-balancc tire. Clue number two: For this, you have to get out and look closely at the tread wear on your tires. M tires appear to be worn more at the outer edges than at the center (or vice your problem may be nothing more than improper inflation. But tires worn more on one side than the other, or other- wise unevenly worn, probably are suffering from misalign- ment. Your mechanic can help you differentiate between inflation, alignment and balance prob- lems. But any one of the three should be attended to without delay when you first notice the symptoms. Meanwhile, check wheel alignment and balance every six months. And when you have those new tires installed, be sure to have the wheels bal- anced. While most motorists are preparing their automobiles for a rigorous whiter, car buffs in southwestern states are enjoy- ing bouncy, fun-filled off-road racing. Rules for an off-road race are simple. All a competitor has to do is drive a motorized vehicle from one designated point to another. Gelling there is half the fun, and the fun constitutes hun- dreds of miles of washboard roads, mushy mud flats and uninhabited canyons. Although the race is alleg- edly against the clock, the bed- raggled, filthy driver feels triumphant if he manages to cross the finish line at all. As one race driver recently described a typical off-road racing course: "Both the first and last streethes of the run were on paved roads, so a ve- hicle with a high top speed was required. But the middle of the course more than 600 miles snapped axles, bent and left many a driver wilh only a cactus for conversa- tion." Unfortunate incidents during these races are many and var- ied, although there are seldom any injuries. One intrepid fellow, charging across a stretch of flat desert at 100 miles per hour in pre- dawn darkness, suddenly lost all electrical power. He aimed his car at what he thought was another competitor's tail light, thinking that he would avoid trouble. The light proved to be a campfire, through which he drove as he ended his run !n an irrigation ditch. Despite such diversions, off- road races like the Baja 500 arc proving to be immensely popiir lar. So while northern drivers brace themselves for wintry blasts of air, some southwest- ern motorists will be avoiding that upcoming cactus. SKI DOO When you look at all the facts Ski-Doo "72 has more going for you! T'NT 38 h.p., 2 cylinders, 15" wide track 440 2 cy wide fi 1300 BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd AVE. S. PHONE 327-3221 OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY TILL 9 p.m. KEEP YOUR CAR ON THE ROAD WITH OUR WINTER SHEU.I PROTECTION CHECK OUT RADIATOR SPARK PLUG INSPECTION MOUNT SNOW TIRES ANTIFREEZE IGNITION SYSTEM BATTERY Your Car is in good hands with your experienced Shell Man! ALCAN SERVICE STATION 1313 Mayor Magrath Dr. Phone 328-2828 DIEPPE SERVICE 203 28th St. S. Phone 327-7411 JOHN WIMP SHELL SERVICE .3rd Ave. and 9th St. S. Phone 328-7232 ROY-AL SHELL 1818 Mayor Magrath Dr. Phone 327-1967 ;