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Does This Weekend Mark the 150th Anniversary of the First Auto Race?

Posted August 28, 2017 9:42 AM by dstrohl
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Lore holds that the first automobile race took place after the second automobile was built. The historical record, however, shows that nearly a century lapsed from the invention of the self-propelled motor carriage to the first documented race, which took place 150 years ago this month.

Or so argues steam-car researcher Karl Petersen. Several years ago Petersen, a steam-car builder himself, happened upon a brief mention of Isaac Watt Boulton‘s involvement in a race that passed through Manchester, England. Boulton was already well known as a steam-car — or more appropriately, road-locomotive — pioneer, but the race itself was not well known, so Petersen went digging for more information.

Read the full article here.

Not the 1867 racer. Image courtesy Grace’s Guide.

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08/28/2017 11:32 AM

I thought the first race was in Chicago?

.. maybe it was the first 'legal' race?

And maybe the last?

Great story

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08/29/2017 4:51 PM

Do you know what you get when you race cars on thin ice? Sinka, Sanka, Sunka.

Who was the fellow that raced against Henry Ford in the race that Henry won?

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08/29/2017 4:49 PM

Heck, I thought Henry Ford was one of the participants in the first auto race, way back when he was trying to prove himself, and become widely known.

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