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Hemmings Motor News has been around since 1954. We're proud of our heritage, but we're also more than the Hemmings full of classifieds that your father subscribed to. Aside from new editorial content every month in Hemmings, we have three monthly magazines: Hemmings Muscle Machines, Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Sports and Exotic Car.

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A Nevadan in Paris, and Vice Versa: How the Silver State Had a Role in Popularizing the Automobile

Posted August 09, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: automobile history nevada

John W. Mackay, unlike many of his ultra-rich contemporaries, wasn’t enamored with the automobile. Then again, not a lot of people were in the mid-1890s, before the invention had yet to prove itself as reliable transportation. Nevertheless, he invested a few thousand dollars in a highly touted automobile contest in the summer of 1895 and in the process sealed Nevada’s place in automobile – particularly French automobile – history, as one historian will argue this month at the National Automobile Museum.

“He just saw it as a way to further mankind,” said John Peterson, president of Les Amis de Panhard & Deutsch-Bonnet USA, referring to Mackay.

Why Nevada is always home for this one particular automaker.

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