Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
80 THE IETHBRIDOE HERAID Wednesday, S.piemW 13, 1 971 Beginning of the end for popular hard top model This year's autos represent milestone in American industry By JERRY M. FI-1NT New York Times Service a few days the 1973 cars go on sale and mast of them will not look much dif- erent from the old '72s. But hesG new models arc milestone cars anyway, representing a bc- sinning, n middle and an end o three consumer inspired drives that changed America's argest industry. These 1973 cars represent the 'ollowing r A serious beginning to tlie end of tlio American automohile's shell like vulnerablity whal Peter Usti- nov has plenty of, nlthough not necessarily of the tennis variety. The actor-author docs many things well, but demon- strated he itocs .have weak points .during celebrity matches in London. to damage. In addition tho new body designs from General Motors Corporation's middle- size cars mark the beginning of the end for today's most popu- lar car style, the hard top. midway point toward an- other national goal, the elimin- ation of auto pollution. The changes in the 1973 engines are aimed at curbing the most dif- ficult of the automobile pollu- tants to handle, the oxides of nitrogen. But curbing these fumes means that consumers will find that their new cars perform more poorly and burn more fuel than the 1972s what cav makers call a "trade off." end to the first great rush to build a safer car. The materials in the 1973 models meet, for the first time, federal flammability standards. Consumer and insurance com- pany complaints that minor parking lot knocks cost hund- reds of dollars to repair have resulted in the enactment of a federal law requiring that 1973 front bumpers might be able to withstand a five-mile-an-hour barrier crash, which is equal to a 10-mile-an-hour bump into a parked car. This is Just the beginning of such protection. Next year the rules will be tougher, and the bumpers are to be of standard height. This meaas a Chevrolet would not be able to override a Ford bumper, for example, and damage the Ford grille in a low-speed crash. Four bumper systems are being tiscd. In the simplest, and least protective, the bumper and the brackets holding it to the frame are strengthened and big rubber bumper guards are Army camp posing problems IPPERWASH BEACH, Ont. (CP) I p p e r w a s h Beach, which draws big summer crowds, is close to an army camp where there may be unex- ploded ammunition. Military au- thorities say the situation is dangerous. For sun worshippers, who fre- quent the beach and the dunes behind it, as well as for snow- mobilers who cruise over the area during the winter, the warning and danger signs sur- rounding the camp property are familiar. Some visitors tend to take them for granted. Major W. F. Stott, base ad- ministrative officer at the Cana- dian Forces Base in London, from which the camp is oper- ated, outlined the problem. "We know there are several varieties of unexploded ammu- nition scattered throughout the grounds with two-inch mortars, which are explosive bombs, and small-arms ammunition from rifles found as recently as this he said. "The two-inch mortars could bo highly explosive, or they could be filled with smoke that seriosly damages the skin or they could be just sand-filled but we never know until they are returned to (he base and examined." Maj. Stott said it is important that anyone seeing something that might be unexploded am- munition should leave it alone and report to the military' guard house. Since the range was built in the early 1940s it had been a type of infantry training centre. There were resident infantry battalions there from 19W to 1962 and more recently militia and cadets firing weapons. "There have been three-inch mortars and two-inch mortars used there, artillery fired dur- ing the war years and simula- tors or explosive charges that are thrown but have not gone off. "These last charges could easily result in the loss of a hand or linger, or possibly eye damage, if they are accidentally set off by someone who has trespassed onto the property. "There are also 2.5-inch and 3.5-incli rocket launchers tba are highly explosive and ham grenades that are possibly carrying phosphorus smoke anc could be lethal." The signs warn that the public must not trespass into marked areas behind the beach. deled. The Chrysler Corpora- ion uses this sytem as do a ew other cars such as the porly G. M. Camaro and Amer- can Motors' Javelin. In the basic Ford system, rubber blocks are sandwiched Between steel bars between the jumper and the chassis allow- ng the bumper to give three o four inches and bounce back. The basic G.M. and Ameri- an Motors system involves a hock absorber, two chambers hat telescope. One gas-filled h amber is attached to the bumper. In a colision it is jushcd Into the second oil- illed chanber as the gas is compressed. The bumper also rebounds and in some cases the [rille also retracts on impact. In another system, used on Grand AM model, the entire front end of the car is a soft nose made of urethane, a rubberized plastic, which re- :urns to its original shape after impact much like a rubber ball. The only "all new" lines this year are the medium-size cars from General Motors, the Chev rolet Chevelle and Monte Carlo models; the Pontiac Le Mans, Oldsmobile Cutlass and Buick Century models. G.M. officials say features in these cars today- are likely to be duplicated in other lines in the future. The hardtop design no cen- tre pillars to the gone from the new G.M. interniedi- SIMPSONS-SEARS Mother was on our mind when we created these bonus savings for Baby Week. Soft and cuddly quality-made sleepers for baby value slretch sleepers. Generous cut. blend. Domed front and crolch. NB (to 12 S (13-U M (20-26 Maize, white, aqua. 1 Sit and snooze car sect for baby 3 in 1 bag ate. All the models arc what used to be palled sedans. The lillars give the roof added sup- port in roll-over accidents. The :limination of hardtops also cut down the number of models and reduces cost. The convertibles are gone from Ili2 naw middb-size G.M. cars, too. Now the only con- vertibles built by Detroit car Seek relatives of sick girl in Greek jail OTTAWA (CP) The ex- :ernal affairs department is trying to locate relatives or friends in Canada of a girl re- ported ill in prison in Athens. Greek authorities and Cana- dian Embassy officials believe her name is Mary Patricia Howard-Brorai or Mary Mau- reea Howard-Brown. Police say she also has used the name Ma- guire on arrest for vagrancy. She is said to have lived in Nova Scotia. One report also said she had attended univer- sity in Saskatoon, although ex- ternal affairs says there is no record of that. The girl is believed to aboul 18, medium height with fair hair, hazel eyes and freckled complexion. She has been in Greece since March or April. makers are five from General Motors one from each big division converti- iles in the Ford Mustang and Juugar sporty car lines. But iven Ihese arc not expected to he around many more years. The seals in the new G.M. cars are thinner in order to open up more rear seat leg room. The doors are longer, which makes it easier or harder .0 get out of the car, depending on how it is parked. There is more sound-deadening mater- al. The new G.M. intermediate line continues the trend toward the sealed car. With most new cars air-conditioned, the manu- facturers are trying to eliml- nate or seal rear sidewindows. In some cases the windows become so small that they are merely decoration, such as on (lie Ford Continental Mark IV or the 1973 Thunderblrd or the new Chevrolet Monlrc Carlo and Cadillac Eldorado. FAHt TREATMENT BERLIN IAP) A letter to an East German youth publica- tion called U.S. soldiers "gangs- ters in uniform" and said they slauld be shown contempt when they visit East Germany. Tho editor replied that he had simi- lar feelings, "but as long as they don't put on airs and don't violate our laws, I'm also for treating them correctly." .86 SIMPSONS-SEARS Reg. 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