Auto Racing: Grand Prix


In 1908, when George Schuster was working for the E. R. Thomas Motor Co. of Buffalo, his boss sent him on a trip to Paris. There was one catch. George had to go by car, via California and Siberia, as a contestant in the longest auto race ever run.

Co-sponsored by the New York Times, the race started normally enough. "I cranked and the engine started," recalled George last week with a touch of awe. "We sped down Broadway to Times Square and into the biggest crowd of people I ever saw." Exactly 41 days, eight hours and 15 minutes...

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