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     Does Your Organization Need a Speaker?

A live, first person presentation "The Great Auto Race - New York to Paris 1908 & 2011"  is available for your organization.  Jeff Mahl takes you back to the turn of the last century for this impossible yet true adventure, just as he heard the saga from his great-grandfather George Schuster Sr., driver of the Thomas Flyer and winner of the 1908 Great Race.  Schuster was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame on October 12, 2010**.  The story now includes a special update of the remarkable saga comparing the 1908 New York to Paris Race with World Race 2011 .  Join us for the wild ride through automotive history!

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 Special Events: Announced Schedule with Jeff Mahl as guest speaker

 < Click to enlarge "Jaw dropping moments... mesmerized the dinner crowd" S. Selvaggio, Events Manager - York Concours d'Elegance.  See the York Heritage Trust Program - Review for additional information on "Bandits, Guns and Automobiles", and how it can benefit your organization.

 "Incredible... an emotional, spellbinding performance... extremely rare standing ovation!" Bruce Wennerstrom, President - Madison Avenue Sports Car Driving & Chowder Society at Sardi's NYC.

   "Highly anticipated evening's program... most interesting presentation ever seen, bar none, and had guests glued to their seats" AACA - National Antique Automobile Club of America 75th Jubilee Anniversary - Review at the Kentucky Expo Center Louisville, KY


 "Absolutely brilliant storyteller... kept the audience enthralled and thrilled.  A terrific performance that attained a very high level of inspiration and genuine emotional impact" Marty W. Merkley Vice President & Director of Programming Chautauqua Institution  For the full review click: Chautauqua - Review
 

  "Magical evening... compelling story" J. Frady, Director - National Automobile Museum.  See the National Automobile Museum Program - Review  Jeff Mahl at the starting crank of the winning Thomas Flyer, for the grand opening the 2008 Centennial New York to Paris Race Exhibit at the National Automobile Museum (Harrah Collection) in Reno, NV
 

  **October 12, 2010: George N. Schuster Sr. was Inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Highest Place of Honor in the International Motor Vehicle Industry.  Induction is the single greatest honor for an individual, intended to recognize a career and/or lifetime achievement.  George took his place among automotive legends including Ford, Andretti, Benz, Ferrari, Olds, and Shelby.

 

 

  April 14 - July 21, 2011: A Race combining the future with the past.  World Race 2011 commemorates the 1908 epic, and made history of its own!  With a start in New York City, participants circled the globe with their automobiles to the finish line in Paris.  For video see: World Race 2011 Video-KREX

 

January 28, 2012: The Henry Ford Museum opens Driving America "The World's Premier Automotive Exhibition" in Dearborn, MI.  Featured in the new collection is the 1908 New York to Paris Race exhibit complete with artifacts carried by George Schuster the winning driver of the American built Thomas Flyer!  George's compass which he used to navigate the world route and the medical kit from Dr. Shaw as they passed through Seattle with the wonder drugs of the day, give a glimpse of what "horseless carriage" travel was like at the turn of the last century.

                             
 January, 2013:
The Old Motor launches a new series with the story of the New York to Paris Race Great Race of 1908  For the first time, the saga will unfold including rare colorized images (hand painted by 1909 artists) from the original photos.  It will look at the event from a broad perspective, giving a unique glimpse into the people and events surrounding the Race that forever changed automotive history.

2014 - 2015 Special Commemorative Events!

   May 30-31, 2014:  The AACA Eastern Spring Meet will be held in Buffalo/Amherst, NY.  Join us for springtime in Western NY on the shores of Lake Erie.  Buffalo is the Home Town of the Thomas Flyer, built at the nearby Thomas Factory site (now a National Historic Landmark) on 1200 Niagara Street.  Friday evening hear the story of this fabled automobile and its driver George Schuster (born in Buffalo) winner of the 1908 New York to Paris Race.  Plan now to attend an event you are sure to enjoy!

  June 21-29, 2014:  Great Race 2014 goes the distance along the US East Coast, with a route from Maine to Florida!  The 2,100 mile course covers 10 States in 9 Days from Ogunquit, ME to The Villages, FL.  You will be able to monitor the progress and the challenges encountered along the way.  The 2014 Racers get to experience for themselves the "anything is possible" spirit of the 1908 Great Racers, more than a century later.  On Wednesday June 25th there will be a special presentation of the 1908 Great Race story as the Racers finish the day in New Bern, NC.  Join us for a "Bucket List" event!
 

  September 25, 2014: Students and Faculty at Alfred State College will hear how the automobile evolved from a toy for the wealthy, to a viable means of transportation replacing the horse and locomotive.  The 1908 New York to Paris Race changed the attitudes of millions, not only in the US but around the world.  For young people with a future in automotive trades, it's a whole new perspective on just how far we have come!

  May 2, 2015: 
The 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris Race becomes one of the initial automobiles to be entered in the National Historic Vehicle Registry.  This collaborative designation by the US Department of the Interior and the Library of Congress recognizes American built automobiles of National historic significance. With the winning driver George Schuster inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2010, the record books are now complete!
 

   January 31, 2015 The MARC Edison Ford Region  AACA Peace River Club and the Ladies of the Elks will feature the saga of the 1908 New York to Paris Race at a joint event on Pine Island, FL.  The family friendly program will benefit the Pine Island Elementary School.  Plan now to be surrounded by classic cars with an afternoon of incredible stories and original photos of the epic Race that still holds world records.  Also see what the 1908 route looks like a century later!


Want a Good Book or DVD?

 The Great Automobile Race - New York to Paris 1908

  From the original account of the race with forward written by Jeff Mahl (great-grandson of George Schuster), this limited edition book is still available.  The 85 pages include details of the winning Thomas Flyer and the epic event, as well as numerous original photographs.

  "It shows the American car is on a par with the foreign machine and it marks the beginning of the end, in my opinion of the European supremacy."   - American Automobile Association, 1908

"Original account of the greatest race ever... It's a must" Read the Antique Automobile review in the May/June 2008 issue of the Antique Automobile Club of America member's magazine. If you would like a copy of The Great Automobile Race - New York to Paris 1908 signed by the author, click: Request for copy of The Great Automobile Race

 
[New!] The Great Race New York to Paris 1908 DVD is now available!  See the incredible story unfold in the words of the winner George Schuster, as told by his Great Grandson Jeff Mahl.  Packed with original images from the epic 1908 Race, the saga of this triumph of men and machines brings to life a turning point in automotive history.  For his accomplishments, George Schuster was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame and the winning American built Thomas Flyer is featured in the Harrah Collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV.  This professionally produced DVD is now available click: Request for DVD The Great Race - New York to Paris 1908

 

For a map of the original 1908 New York to Paris Race route, visit: Google Map - Greatest Race of 1908

The medical kit given by Doctor Shaw in Seattle with all the wonder drugs of the day, including boric acid, nitroglycerine, and morphine.  Dysentery was a common problem.   George's remedy was often exercise, running behind the car, and a shot of brandy.

 

 The handmade sextant George used to navigate much of Asia.  Detailed maps were nonexistent, and with the language barriers often sign language, the sextant and instinct were their only resources.

 

The compass George used to circumnavigate the world.  The solid brass device was often carried in his coat pocket.  It was especially useful at night or on overcast days when there was no sun for reference.

 

The .32 caliber pistol George carried in his coat pocket around the world.  He later used the same pistol to guard the Winfield Smith machine manufacturing plant during World War II.

 

Halfway To Tonopah by R. Cinkel on exhibit National Automobile Museum

 



 Thomas Flyer Stamp issued by Grenada

 

 

 

Very special thanks and credit to the following for important historical references:

Paintings by artists Peter Helck and Robert Cinkel

Additional photos from the  National Automobile Museum - Harrah Collection; Reno, NV.

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