Imagine driving from New York City to Paris. Now, imagine doing so in 1908—long before the establishment of interstates, service stations on every corner and even reliable maps.
The 1907 Thomas Flyer that won the 22,000-mile New York to Paris event in 1908 is the latest vehicle to join the National Historic Vehicle Register, the Historic Vehicle Association announced Thursday.
Today, a flight from New York to Paris is a mere seven-hour journey, but when this 1907 Thomas Flyer Model 35 set out from the Big Apple, the journey was far more challenging.
HVA Celebrates 1908 New York to Paris Winner Thomas Flyer Traveled 22,000 Miles Over Land and Sea Washington, D.C. (June 22, 2016) – The Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) announced today that the 1907 Thomas Flyer joins other automotive icons on…
Until he saw it stripped to the chassis with his own eyes, George Schuster simply wouldn’t take anybody’s word that this old touring car was the one and the same that ferried him and a few other fellow travelers almost around the world in 1908 to win the legendary New York-to-Paris race. But confirm its identity he (eventually) did, and more than 50 years later, his authentication remains key in documenting the 1907 Thomas Flyer for the National Historic Vehicle Register.