First listen and then answer the question.
How fast did the winning car go?
Once a year, a race is held for old cars. A lot of cars entered for this race last year and there was a great deal of excitement just before it began. One of the most handsome cars was a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The most unusual car was a Benz which had only three wheels. Built in 1885,it was the oldest car taking part. After a great many loud explosions, the race began. Many of the cars broke down on the course and some drivers spent more time under their cars than in them! A few cars, however, completed the race. The winning car reached a speed of forty miles an hour----much faster than any of its rivals. It sped downhill at the pleasure. It was very different from modern car races but no less exciting.New words and expressions 生词和短语
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 once a year，每年一次。
2 A lot of cars entered for this race last year. 去年许多车参加了这项比赛。
3 a great deal of，大量的，后面接不可数名词。
4 break down，抛锚，出故障。
5 some drivers spent more time under their cars than in them！有些驾驶员花在汽车底下的时间比坐在车子里面的时间还长。 under the car是指在车下面修理，in the car是指正常驾驶。句中的under和in都是斜体，主要是用来对比，有强调的意味，要重读。
6 its driver had a lot of trouble trying to stop it, 驾驶员费了很大劲才把车停了下来。
7 but no less exciting, 但激动人心的程度并不亚于现代汽车大赛。这是一句省略句，完整的句子应是 but it was no less exciting than modern car races。