110th Anniversary Celebration 1908 - 2018
NY to Paris Car Race - an epic test of men and machines
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A live, first person presentation "The Great Auto Race - New York to Paris 1908 & 2018" 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 celebrating the 110th anniversary of the 1908 New York to Paris Race with 2018 New York to Paris . Join us for the wild ride through automotive history!
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< 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
"Magical evening... compelling story" J. Frady, Director - National
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
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 commemorated the 1908 epic, with a start in New York City, participants circled the globe with their automobiles to the finish line in Paris. The 110th anniversary will be celebrated with 2018 New York to Paris making a run along the original 1908 route!
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 sextant which he used to navigate the world route and the crude map he purchased in Vladivostok, Asia give a glimpse of what "horseless carriage" travel was like at the turn of the last century.
June, 2016: The Historic Vehicle Association inducts the Thomas Flyer into the National Historic Vehicle Register. The NHVR is joint effort by the US Dept. of Interior and the Library of Congress to document iconic American vehicles. The World Champion Thomas Flyer changed the automotive world by not only winning the global Race everyone thought was impossible, but also proving the reliability and versatility of this new mode of transportation.
The Flyer with the NHVR joins George Schuster in the Automotive Hall of Fame, both forever a part of automotive history.
2017 Special Commemorative Events!
February 11, 2017: The AACA National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA will host a special presentation on the restoration of the Thomas Flyer with Jeff Mahl. The Flyer was inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, and it's restoration is considered one of the "most famous car restorations of all time and most challenging". The program will feature William F. Harrah and George Schuster discussing the restoration of the Flyer. We will also look at the future of classic auto restoration with Jay Leno. Join us for an incredible "behind-the-scenes" experience as told by these automotive legends!
June 24 - July 2, 2017: Great Race 2017 with over 120 pre-1972 autos that will be traveling more than 2,200 miles from Jacksonville, FL to Traverse City, MI—much of it along the historic Dixie Highway—in a nine-day vintage car endurance rally competition. This year's run will including several new teams in the X-Cup Division. Younger competitors with Drivers at least 22 years old and Navigators 21 and younger, get the opportunity of a lifetime in automobiles much older than they are. You will be able to monitor the progress and challenges encountered by the teams along the way. Join us for a "Bucket List" event
October 6, 2017: The Society of Automotive Historians in Hershey, PA will host a special presentation on the restoration of the Thomas Flyer with Jeff Mahl. The Flyer was inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register, and it's restoration is considered one of the "most famous car restorations of all time and most challenging". The program will feature William F. Harrah and George Schuster discussing the restoration of the Flyer. Join us for an incredible "behind-the-scenes" experience as told by these automotive legends!
June - October, 2018: In celebration of the 110th Anniversary of
the 1908 New York to Paris Race, we will be venturing with
2018 NY to Paris along the original
route across 3 continents. Vintage cars will make the trek around the
globe, with some parts of the world little changed in the past century of
automotive progress. A unique opportunity to see the world from the
driver's seat of your favorite automobile, and make your own history!
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
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.
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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