The New York to Seattle race began in New York City June 1st, 1909. Initially over fifteen cars entered the contest, with eleven still committed up until just prior to the June 1st start. The world famous New York to Paris winner Thomas Flyer was the pathfinder, covering the route prior to the race.
Interestingly, a Ford Six (Model K) was selected as the pace/pilot car to lead and set controls for the racers from New York to Chicago to St. Louis. After St. Louis all controls would be off and the racers could continue at their own pace.
This Model K was owned by the New York Ford Branch, with Ford employee F. W. Teves driving.
This photo appeared in newspapers across the country after the race began:
Fortunately, the original photograph survived:
Great pic, great car, the colorization is getting much better!
Now, THAT is a nicely colorized picture!
Thank you Rob.
Are you going to lead the ocean to ocean next year?
Perhaps the banners were white, got this original off eBay years ago.
The winner was....No. 1 FORD.
And a pretty tough go for the little FORD
Dan,Who did you say won? Bud in Wheeler,mi.