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The First Automobile Race in America

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The First Automobile Race in America
Painted by Robert Schulz, Negative #: 86-878

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Arts and Leisure
American Racing: A Diversity of Innovation — Europe vs. America

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The First Auto Race in America
Catalog #: 85.0875.02, Accession #: 1985.0875
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From the Smithsonian Collection
The first automobile race in America occured on Nov. 28, 1895. Setting out in snow and ice, six cars traveled from Jackson Park in Chicago to Evanston, Illinois, about 54 miles. J. Frank Duryea won with a time of 7 hrs. 53 minutes. The prize was $2,000.
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Date Made:
1895
Locations:
Illinois

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