Dr. Gillespie Got a Splendid New Buick.
Aug 15, 1913
Dr. Gillespie got a splendid new Buick car last week for use in his practice, to take the place of the little Ford which has served him well and continuously for the past two years or so. On Tuesday, J. W. McIntyre accompanied him in the new car for a trip in the country. When a couple of miles or so out in a northerly direction, they found they had passed a place where the doctor wished to stop so he placed his foot with the intention of stopping the car, but being accustomed to a different arrangement of pedals, he pressed the accelerator pedal, throwing on full speed.
[Note: the 1910 Ford Model T gas controls were on the steering column with the clutch, reverse and brake on the floor. Whereas the 1913 B24 Buick featured the gas, brake and clutch on the floor]
The car bounded ahead in the direction of a tree that stood not many feet away, and before the mischief could be undone, had hit the tree with a crash. Mr. McIntyre found himself on the ground unhurt, but has no idea how he got there. Dr. Gillespie being braced behind the steering wheel, was not thrown out, nor was injured. The car was the worst sufferer, having a front wheel and fender smashed, the front axle bent, and other damage not fully diagnosed by the doctor or Mr. McIntyre.
While the accident defaced and injured the brand new auto, and will put the doctor to considerable expense for repairs yet on the whole the accident was a lucky one as both occupants of the machine might easily have been seriously injured, or even killed.