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The New York Times
May 13, 1900

Thirteen Machines Make the Run to the Morris Park Track.

When the coaching parties and drivers of road horses on the Westchester roads yesterday afternoon heard behind them a measured "chug-chug" they glanced behind to see if they had without knowing it passed a railroad crossing.  But they found only a small line of horseless vehicles bowling along at top speed.  There were thirteen vehicles in the line, and they were being handled by members of the Automobile Club, who were on their way up to Morris Park.

Capt. Homer Hedge's auto, a frail-looking affair built for two, was in the van, and it led the way from the time the start was made at the Waldorf-Astoria at 12:15 P. M. until the coaching inclosure at Morris Park was reached.  David Hennen Morris, at whose suggestion the trip was made, was an enthusiastic driver, and was second to Capt. Hedge throughout the run.  While in the crowded portion of the city the machines kept in orderly lines, but once the central bridge was passed the signal for a "go-as-you-please" race was given, and it became a test of machines and speed all the rest of the way.

Coaches and road wagons were flashed by as bicycles flash by them, and the little machines went bowling and bumping over the Westchester roads at top speed.  They had to slacken speed just before the trolley tracks near Morris Park were reached, but Capt. Hedge's machine was the first to enter the racing enclosure.  Then came Mr. Morris, A. L. Riker, Gen. Smith, A. R. Shattuck, Everett Macy, Vice President George Chamberlain, J. Brisben Walker, Whitney C. Lyon, and the others.

Upon their arrival at Morris Park the automobiles were lined up on the carriage lawn while the automobilists took luncheon in the clubhouse.

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