Program for "One Mile World's Record Automobile Races," Brooklyn, New York, November 16, 1901

Summary

Andrew Riker made headlines in November 1901 when his battery-powered Torpedo Racer hit 57.1 miles per hour in a race at Coney Island, New York. It was a world speed record for electric automobiles. Despite his success, Riker soon determined that the automobile's future lay with a different fuel. In 1902, he joined Locomobile and started designing gasoline-powered cars.

Andrew Riker made headlines in November 1901 when his battery-powered Torpedo Racer hit 57.1 miles per hour in a race at Coney Island, New York. It was a world speed record for electric automobiles. Despite his success, Riker soon determined that the automobile's future lay with a different fuel. In 1902, he joined Locomobile and started designing gasoline-powered cars.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Technique

Printing (Process)

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)
Green

Dimensions

Height: 9.5 in

Width: 6 in

Inscriptions

Front of program reads from top down: One Mile World's Record / Automobile Races / Official Program Issued without Charge / Conducted by the / LONG ISLAND / AUTOMOBILE CLUB / Under the rules of the A.C.A. / ON THE / CONEY ISLAND BOULEVARD / Saturday, November 16, 1901 / At One P.M. Then below lists Stewards, Race Committee, Timers, Clerk of Course, and Announcer. Inside program Class lists include: CLASS No. 1 Motor Bicycles; CLASS No. 2 Motor Tricycles; CLASS No. 3 Gasolene (sic) under 1000 lbs.; CLASS No. 4 Gasolene (sic) 1000 to 2000 lbs; CLASS No. 5 Gasolene(sic) over 2000 lbs; CLASS No. 6 Steam; CLASS No. 7 Electric Back page is information and advertisements.

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