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American Chauffeur Not Discouraged.

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Alexander Winton

American Chauffeur Not Discouraged.

The New York Times
June 17, 1900


Copyrighted by The New York Times.

PARIS, June 16.—The victory of the French contestant in the automobile race appears to be due as much to American ill-luck as to French superiority.  Mr. Winton was only three seconds behind the winning autocar, and was gaining, when, owing to a bad light, he miscalculated his speed in rounding an awkward corner, with the result that one of the front wheels struck an embankment and the axle was badly bent.  Mr. Winton struggled on, but eventually, seeing that his efforts were hopeless, he abandoned the race.  He has no complaint whatever against the management or the conditions of the race, and is confident that but for the accident he would have finished well.  He is not discouraged, and will make another attempt when the opportunity offers.  He has already started for home.



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