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The New York Times
May 25, 1906

Special to The New York Times.

Stevens's Darracq Makes New Record at Worcester—Steam Car Does Well.

WORCESTER, Mass., May 24.—The second annual hill climb, conducted under the auspices of the Worcester Automobile Club, was held to-day on Dead Horse Hill, about a mile outside of the city.  New records were established.  S. B. Stevens of Rome, N. Y., made the record of 1:09 last year, with a ninety horse power Mercedes.  To-day Stevens entered a eighty horse power Darracq, which was driven by his chauffeur, Campbell.  The car made the mile climb in 1:02 and 1:02 1-5, the former time now standing as the record.  L. F. N. Baldwin, in a twenty horse power Stanley steam car, first lowered the record by driving in 1:06 4-5.

The second best time by a gasoline car was made by the new six-cylinder Stevens-Duryea in 1:10.  There were twenty-three events, and a large crowd witnessed the contests.  There were 125 entries, which was far in excess of last year.  Mrs. H. Ernest Rogers, in a Stanley car, and Mme. Ella Des Roches, in a Franklin car, were the only women drivers.  The last three events were run off in a downpour of rain.

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