The Great Race of 1908 with
unbroken car racing world records,
stirs a century of interest and press coverage!
- For video highlights of the Thomas Flyer
and the New York to Paris Race, as well as the Glidden Tour (which George
Schuster also participated in) click the following:
Click to enlarge The Great Race
New York to Paris 1908 DVD is
now available! See the incredible story unfold in the words of the
winner George Schuster, as told by his Great Grandson Jeff Mahl.
Packed with original images from the epic 1908 Race, the saga of this
triumph of men and machines brings to life a turning point in automotive
history. For his accomplishments, George Schuster was inducted into
the Automotive Hall of Fame and the winning American built Thomas Flyer is
featured in the Harrah Collection of the National Automobile Museum in Reno,
NV. This professionally produced DVD is now available click:
Request for DVD The Great Race - New York to Paris 1908
<Click Video Clip
- BroadBand Connection Recommended> "The Greatest Auto Race on Earth"
a 2 hour TV documentary is now available on DVD from
the film creators Frame 30 Production
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Flyer - World Champion
- Thomas Flyer inducted into the National Historic Vehicle
- Register by the US Dept. of Interior & Library of Congress
A&E 10 Greatest American Cars
- The Thomas Flyer is named one of
the top 10 American
- The Thomas Flyer and what it did for Buffalo, NY history
I've Got a Secret-TV
- Host Garry Moore with
Jane Mansfield, Betsy Palmer
Cullen, and Henry Morgan interview George
- WNED-TV (PBS)
- PBS reports on the 1908 New York to Paris Race
- WKBW-TV news
- Coverage of the return of the
Thomas Flyer to Buffalo
- where it was built
- You Asked For It-TV
- Jack Smith interviews Ralph Dunwoodie of the Harrah
- Automobile Collection with the Thomas Flyer
- Behind The Headlights series looks at the legacy of
- the Thomas Flyer and its place in automotive history
- World Race 2011 commemorates the epic 1908 Race
- running the route from Times Square to the Eiffel Tower
- Audio Delights <BroadBand>
Please allow time to
Cars Radio Host Brian Earnest explores the with Jeff the epic 1908
Classic Car Show Host Steve Rinaldo talks with Jeff on 1620 Radio, Atlanta
Thomas Flyer Running
Sounds of the
Flyer 60 hp. engine running
Race Interview University of Pittsburg at Bradford explores the
Global Flyer Ensemble
Musical Tribute to the 1908
Great Race by T.P. Rohrer 2008
- For insight into the race winner click:
George N. Schuster, Sr.
- Winter Driving
Listen to George Schuster describe winter driving in 1908!
Interesting Images and Websites:
Driving America Exhibit at The
Henry Ford Museum opened in January 2012. It features a larger than
life image of the Thomas Flyer crew after leaving Buffalo, NY with Monty Roberts
at the wheel, and George Schuster front right. George Miller is back left,
with T. Walter Williams (New York Times correspondent) standing in the rear.
Just below is a 1906 Thomas, as well as artifacts carried by George Schuster
in the case below.
On display are George's
sextant which he used to navigate the world route and the crude map he
purchased in Vladivostok.
(Click images to enlarge)
Poster by R. Cinkel with the Thomas Flyer exhibit
National Automobile Museum
The restored Thomas Flyer on exhibit at the
Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance
Actor Tony Curtis who starred in "The Great Race"
movie, a comedy loosely based on this historic race. Mr. Curtis gets in
the driver's seat of the Thomas Flyer that won the
"real" Great Race.
Thomas Flyer Bronze sculpture by
Stanley Wanlass on exhibit at
the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum
"I've Got a Secret" TV show with host
Garry Moore and George Schuster who was a contestant, July 16, 1958. The
celebrity panel included Jane Mansfield, Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, and Henry
Morgan. This was the Thomas Flyer prior to its restoration. Click
the vintage video link from July 16, 1958 to see George stump the
I've Got A
Secret celebrity panel
Books and other Coverage of The Great Auto Race:
The Great Automobile Race - New York to Paris 1908
From the original account of the race with forward written by Jeff Mahl
(great-grandson of George Schuster), this limited edition book is still available.
The 85 pages include details of the winning Thomas Flyer and the epic event, as well as numerous original photographs.
"It shows the American car is on a par with the foreign machine and it marks
the beginning of the end, in my opinion of the European supremacy."
- American Automobile Association, 1908
"Original account of the greatest race ever... It's a must" Read the
Antique Automobile review in the May/June
2008 issue of the Antique Automobile Club of America member's magazine. If you would like a copy of The Great Automobile Race
- New York to Paris 1908 signed by the
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The Western New York Heritage Press Winter 2008
illustrated article by Alan Manchester
"The Great Auto Race: Buffalo and The New York to Paris 1908 Automobile Race"
tells the epic story from a hometown perspective.
Horseless Carriage Gazette Jan.
1994 article by Jeff Mahl.
For complete article click Was it the Men or
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National Automobile Museum:
Programs for Classrooms offers a wealth of interactive teaching resources!
Books - Magazines - News Articles
|The Great Automobile Race, by Jeff Mahl,
Intrepid Publishing 1992|
|The Longest Auto Race, by George Schuster Sr.,
John Day Company 1966|
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number:
|Das langste Autorennen aller Zeiten, by George Schuster
Sr., Motorbuch Verlang Stuttgart 1968|
(German Edition of the Longest
|The Long Road to Paris, by
Ed and Janet
|Against All Odds, by Bob Cinkel,
|1908 New York to Paris - la course qui se voulait un tour du monde,
by Rene Ville, Amicale de Dion-Bouton, 2008|
|Paris or Bust, by Shirley Blackstaff, Printorium
|The Great Race, by Gary L. Blackwood, Harry N. Abrams,
|America 1908, by Jim Rasenberger, Scribner Division of
Simon & Schuster, Inc. 2007|
|Race of the Century, by Julie Fenster, Crown
|Railroad Valley, by Jeanne Sharp Howerton, Central Nevada
Historical Society 2003|
|Hard Driving, by Dermot Cole, Paragon House 1991|
|The Long Road, by Alise Barton Whiticar, Wake-Brook House
|Auto Racing Highlights, by Marshall Burchard, Garrard
|The Great Auto Race of 1908*, by
Kana Riley, Level 140B Addison-Wesley
|The Great Auto Race and other stories of Men &
Cars*, by Ruth Carlsen, T604 Scholastic Book Services
|The Great Race, by Marvin Albert, Dell Publishing Co. 1965|
|Road Race Round The World*, by Robert B Jackson, HZ Walck
Inc. & T832 Scholastic Book Services 1965|
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number:
|Great American Automobiles, by John Bentley, Prentice Hall,
Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number: 57-8467
|Adventurer's Road, by T.R. Nicholson, Cassell & Co, London
|New York to Paris 1908, by Scott Bailey, Automobile
Quarterly Vol. 1 # 2 1962|
|Thomas, by Maruice Hendry, Automobile Quarterly Vol. 8 # 4
Library of Congress
Catalog Card Number 62-4005
|Harrah - My Recollections, by William Harrah, University of
Part II Oral History Project Transcribed
|Motorcars of the Golden Past, by K. Purdy, Atlantic Monthly
Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 65-21363
|The Good Years, by Walter Lord, Harper & Brothers 1960|
Library of Congress Catalog card number: 59-10585
|Im Auto Um die Welt, by Hans Koeppen, Ullstein & Co.
|Round the World in a Motor Car, by A. Scarfoglio, Grant
|Numerous magazine and news articles including:|
Around The World,
by George Schuster, The Reader's Digest Jan. 1963
Times Archives, by various reporters,
NY Times Archives - 1908
Autorennen um die Welt, by George Schuster, Reader's Digest
Auto Race That Stirred the World, M. Scully, The
Reader's Digest Mar. 1949
Vintage Car Race Rolls,
Nov. 6, 2008
The Story of the Thomas Flyer, Dan Scanlan
The Florida Times-Union Jacksonville, FL July, 2008
2008 Amelia Island Concours,
Motor Trend Mar.,
The Great Race of 1908, David Garcia, Porscheforus Mar.
New York to Paris - The Hard Way,
The New York Times
NYT Gallery Feb. 10, 2008
Autoreview-Russia Feb. 2008
The Greatest Automobile Race of
1908, Cindy Brake, Coin World Feb. 18, 2008
The Great Race,
Feb. 12, 2007
The Longest Race, by J.M. Fenster, American Heritage Magazine Nov.
Men or the Machine?, by Jeff Mahl, Horseless Carriage Gazette Jan.
New York to Paris, by George Schuster, Antique Auto Club of
by Leon Mandel, Car and Driver Magazine April 1978
The New York to Paris Auto Race of 1908,
Issue, NY Times 1968
to mark the 1968 Transcontinental Reliability Tour - NY to San Francisco
Det lange billopet, AV George Schuster, Norsk Ukebland 17.
mai-21. juni 1967
Thomas Flyers Atop Pikes Peak, by Sam Arnold, The Bulb Horn
*Titles suitable for younger student reading levels