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Ed Pearce’s Today’s memory

Ed Pearce's Today’s memory

Ed Pearce’s Today’s memory

The First American Automobile Race

Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The first official automobile race in America took place near Chicago on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1895.

The race was a harrowing one—it was held during one of Chicago’s great snowstorms. Two of the contestants became comatose from exposure to the cold, and the contestants’ cars got stuck in snowdrifts, slid into other vehicles, and stalled repeatedly.

It required 8 hours and 23 minutes for the winner, J. Frank Duryea, to travel the 54-mile (87-kilometer) course.

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