And so it came to pass in the year 1928 the National Air Races were scheduled to be held at Mines Field, Los Angeles. The big wigs of Continental Motors decided to send representatives to this meet to learn everything possible regarding the popular size of motor for commercial aircraft. Because of my Army training I was selected as one to make the trip. The other was V.M. Smith the factory manager. V.M. was greatly interested in aviation and was eager to go as he had never been West.