COTATI SPEEDWAY IS FASTEST IN THE WORLD
Construction began in May 1921 even though many “croakers” said “it simply can’t be done,” it has been done and the new North Bay Counties Speedway at Cotati has risen almost like magic. Construction of the great wooden bowl which its builder, Jack Prince, claims will be the “Master Speedway of the World,” has nearly three million feet of lumber and almost sixty-eight tons of nails. As soon as the track proper has been completed the crew will turn their attention to the great grandstands which are already underway, flanking each stretch for its full length, and these two stands each seating nearly 6,000 people. Both will be ready before the opening event which is a 150-mile world championship event, scheduled for August 14th. Ten or more of the world’s greatest drivers will compete for $16,000 in purses. The great bowl has a 1 ¼ mile track. At the August 14th race the first-place winner was Eddie Hearne in a Disteel Duesenberg averaging 110.84 mph over the 150-mile race.
TWO-WAY RADIO USE TRIED BY NWP
Two-way radio communication between the dispatcher’s office and a moving train was tested over the Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad lines as part of far-reaching experiments being conducted by the Northwestern Pacific and Southern Pacific lines. Trains ran from Sebastopol to Santa Rosa, Forestville, and Petaluma consecutively. Radio contact was maintained constantly with the dispatcher’s office on South Main Street except for a few dark spots going to Forestville. Radio waves utilized on this “train-to-station” type of control are ultra-high frequency and travel along the same lines as those traveling by light. Use of radio, according to general manager, C.A. Veale, will be of great value to packers and dryers in this vicinity. Time will be saved in the movements of trains and spotting of empty cars along the entire route of the line through the use of the radio. The developers of the radio equipment are Bendix Radio Corporation.
ST. HUBERT’S HALL IN GUERNEVILLE COMPLETED
An estimated 200 persons attended the grand opening of the new St. Hubert’s Hall on Fourth Street in Guerneville to enjoy the buffet supper and the music of the George Liberace Band. During the course of the Sunday party, Chris Harper, president of the Guerneville Chamber of Commerce, presented Liberace and his wife with a copy of the book, “One Hundred Years on the Russian River.”
The new hall, located behind the Guerneville Fire Dept, has a large banquet room and a well-equipped kitchen and is managed by St. Elizabeth Guild.