How are Thanksgiving and cars related?

November 19th, 2012 8:59am
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How are Thanksgiving and cars related?


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"I have a question for all you enthusiasts. How are Thanksgiving and cars related? No, I don’t mean hopping in the family car for the long expected drive to grandma’s house for that great turkey dinner.

I am referring to an event on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1895. Six motocycles, an early name for automobiles, started on the Chicago Times-Herald Race, America’s first automobile race to Evanston, Illinois, and back. Beyond Chicago’s city limits only the builders and owners of cars seemed interested, but the race was perhaps the event that brought attention to the birthing of America’s auto industry.

The Chicago Times-Herald Race revealed the possibilities of the automobile. On the day after the race thousands of people read the newspaper accounts and began to consider the prospect of being able to drive a car. Volume 1, Number 1, of The Horseless Age in November 1895, reported “Those who have taken the pains to search below the surface for the great tendencies of the age, know that a giant industry is struggling into being."