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Talk on the Great Auto Race at Seal Cove Auto Museum
September 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm$10 members; $15 nonmembers
A historical event, The Great Auto Race, will be brought to life on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. at the Seal Cove Auto Museum.
Jeff Mahl, seated by the museum’s rare Thomas Flyer, will put on a long mechanics overcoat and be “transformed” into his great-grandfather while he recalls – with pictures – the stories told to him as a boy at his great-grandfather’s knee.
George Shuster was the chief mechanic for the Thomas Motor Co. when he got a phone call that they had decided to enter an automobile in the New York to Paris race, a race no other U.S. car company had chanced to enter. Shuster, 35, was to be in NYC the next morning – ready to go ! At that time, no car had even driven across the United States in the winter.
Shuster raced across three continents, going from New York to Paris in 169 days, to win the 22,000-mile race July 30, 1908, for the USA. The car was the American-made 1907 Thomas Flyer. That feat has never been equaled, and the USA still holds the world record 113 years later!
Tickets are available at sealcoveautomuseum.org at $10 for museum members and $15 for nonmembers. Those under 18 are admitted free. Space is limited.