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The First Car Race in America Reached Speeds of 7 Mph

first car race in america

Holy Toledo. The first car race in America reached average speeds of 7 mph (11 km/h). Although it was over a century ago, it surely must be described as the most mind numbingly boring race event of the last several hundred years.

Going back to the late 19th century, the automobile was a relatively new innovation. For centuries the main mode of transport, apart from ones own legs, was the horse, either riding on its back or in a cart. The introduction of the car completely revolutionized transportation, allowing city folk to join in on different modes of transportation without having to have some form of animal housing. But despite the advent of the automobile, it wasn’t yet ready to replace the dominant horse. Mainly because it was loud, unreliable, and slow, as the participants and spectators were to discover in the first car race in America.

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