Thanksgiving Traditions

Updated: Jan 21

Thankful for racing!

The Duryea Motor Wagon Company was established in 1895 in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the first American company to build gasoline automobiles. Founded by Charles Duryea and his brother Frank, the company built the Duryea Motor Wagon, a one-cylinder four horsepower car. The first demonstration of his newly conceived machine was on September 21, 1893.

In 1896 Duryea Motor Wagon Company mass produced 13 automobiles making them the first company to do so. A Duryea vehicle was also one of the first cars crashed in the United States.

On Thanksgiving Day 1895, 125 years ago, six cars set out from Chicago in the first auto race in American history. Only two of them made it to the finish line. The average speed of the race was a whopping 5 mph.

The winner of the 1895 race was Frank Duryea, driving a car he and his brother designed and manufactured. He drove 52.4 miles in 10 hours and 23 minutes.

Our American car culture, racing and love for our amazing machines started just 125 years ago by Charles Duryea and other men like him. Such a wonderful thing to be thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day.

Now, that’s Tradition Over Trend!

~Blanton Payne

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