Friday, 05 March 2004
Pix Of The Day: First American Car Race Winner
CREDIT: © The Henry Ford/TheHenryFord.org
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On 28 November 1895 (Thanksgiving Day that year) the Chicago Times-Herald race was run from Chicago to Evanston and back, a distance of about fifty miles. Six vehicles started: two electric vehicles; two Benz cars; a Mueller with a Benz engine; and a Duryea driven by J. Frank Duryea. Four vehicles broke down in the difficult conditions, but the Duryea plodded to victory at under 10mph, crossing the finishing line just after 7pm, with the Mueller arriving just before 9pm, almost two hours behind the clear winner.
The full story appears in a feature on TheHenryFord.org web site. Also on the site, the 1896 Duryea has its own page, which includes two  pictures of the vehicle, a picture of the model that appeared as a novelty in the Barnum & Bailey  Circus, and a picture of the factory  assembly area where the cars were built.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
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