For maximum effect, imagine this in the voice of Andy Rooney.
“There goes another of the infernal things!” snarled the man waiting for a car as he stamped his heels against the curb.
“Notice that!” he growled, addressing nobody in particular. “See how those fenders are put on an automobile? They’re on an angle, so that all the mud they throw will just reach the sidewalk. Somebody’s figured it all out, so that a fender is on just the right angle to get as much mud as possible on a man’s trouser legs when he’s waiting on the curb for a car. When people used to drive buggies and carriages they didn’t have the fenders on at an angle. It wouldn’t have done much good anyhow, because people didn’t drive horses more than fifteen or twenty miles an hour through town, and the drivers couldn’t succeed in splashing much mud on people.
THE AUTO-HATER GIVES HIS OPINION — AND ACTS (PDF)
From September 10, 1911