Fifty-seven miles in a mer e 623 minutes

Life as we knew it

R.H. Macy’s entry in America’s first auto-mobile race proved to be the hard luck com-petitor on that Thanksgiving Day in 1895. Built in France and based on the Benz Velo motor vehicle, the Macy machine at-tempted to pass a slow moving horse-drawn hack. When the hack driver refused to yield the roadway, there was a collision that re-sulted in major steering gear damage to the car. However, the Macy driver proved both resourceful and skilled. By keeping his wheels in the streetcar tracks, he was able to drive another mile where repairs could be made.

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