The Restoration of a World Champion - The New York to Paris Race Winning Thomas:
Over half a century had passed since the Thomas Flyer’s triumph in The New York to Paris Race on July 30, 1908. This was the first victory for an American built automobile in an intercontinental competition. For many, it had been an unimaginable feat for the fledgling U.S. auto industry, considering the formidable European manufacturers who vied for the title, but Schuster, George Miller, the rest crew and the Thomas had prevailed.
In March of 1964 Bill Harrah had persuaded George Schuster to come to Nevada and help his collection determine if in fact it was the real 22,000 mile race winner. Learn the interesting story of the authentication process and restoration in Part 11, the end of the series that tells an amazing story @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=106606
David-thanks for this posting- Many years ago,I had the honor of rebabbiting the mains and rods in the Thomas engine for Harrahs. We also made new timing gears, mag drive gears and transmission gears when Harrah was rebuilding the car for entry in the Great Race. Your post brought back some great memories.
Dan....you did a great job on it as I have heard it run several times.
We have done an 1906 and just finished up the rebabbiting, machine work on the huge 1919 670 six. It sports a 54" long crankshaft. You can read up on the
project here @ http://theoldmotor.com/?s=A+very+special+thomas+flyer
Thanks! I still remember as a young teenager reading the article in the Horseless Carriage Gazette how Bill Harrah obtained the car and how George Schuster was able to positively identify it as the one that had been in the race. Great story and the car was not restored to like new but instead representative of how it looked when it was raced.
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This is how it looks today.... Read the incredible story of the race here @ http://theoldmotor.com/?p=66205