Home Page About Us Contribute

















The Longest Auto Race

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  1908 New York to Paris Auto Race, George Schuster

The Longest Auto Race

Virginia Kirkus Service
Fictional news release published in 1966 for release of The Longest Auto Race
Book Publication Date: February 8, 1966


PARIS, France, July 30, 1908 (Kirkus News Service)--The longest automobile race in history, from New York to Paris, was won at 6 p.m. today when a Thomas Flyer arrived at the offices of Le Matin on Boulevard Poissonniere, climaxing a 13,341 mile journey spaced over 169 days.  Winning driver is George Schuster, 35, an American from Buffalo, N.Y.  Mr. Schuster was accompanied by three companions who assisted him in mechanical repairs en route, hauling, changing tires, etc.  The topless, windshieldless self-moving car and its passengers endured blizzards, the American desert, the rigors of Alaska, and crossed Japan, Siberia, Russia, Germany and France to win the $1,000 prize.  SIx cars competed in the race, which began on Lincoln's Birthday, Feb. 12, in Times Square with a crowd of 250,000 well-wishers.  Several cars broke down, came to grief or were disqualified.  Schuster's team has also gone the farthest distance, adding an extra 3,000 miles when attempting an impassable route through Alaska.  The car was shipped from Seattle to Japan and from Japan to Russia.  It occasionally maintained a phenomenal speed of 60 mph.  Meanwhile at his home in Yasnaya Polyana, famed Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy is reported to have commented, "This beats the movies all hollow!  I'm getting a Thomas Flyer, if my wife will let me."  Illustrations.

Virginia Kirkus Service



Connect with The Crittenden Automotive Library

The Crittenden Automotive Library at Google+ The Crittenden Automotive Library on Facebook The Crittenden Automotive Library on Instagram The Crittenden Automotive Library at The Internet Archive The Crittenden Automotive Library on Pinterest The Crittenden Automotive Library on Twitter The Crittenden Automotive Library on Tumblr  
 
 


The Crittenden Automotive Library

Home Page    About Us    Contribute




By accessing the The Crittenden Automotive Library/CarsAndRacingStuff.com, you signify your agreement with the terms and conditions on our Legal Information:  Disclaimers & Privacy Policy page.

To notify The Crittenden Automotive Library of errors, suggest topics, contribute information, make a comment on a page or to ask a question e-mail us.