Business: Show

The first Automobile Show in the U. S. was held in Manhattan's old Madison Square Garden in 1900. Most models were foreign-built and all were equipped with tillers instead of steering wheels. Steamers and electrics were as popular as gasoline cars. Every afternoon contests were held for the easiest car to start, easiest to stop, easiest to steer. Winner of the steering contest had to navigate safely through a maze of boxes and barrels strewn on a plank track at 8 m.p.h. On the roof of the Garden was a ramp for hill-climbing demonstrations....

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