November 16, 2004

Today in Automotive History 1901

Today in Automotive History

1901 A Mile In Under A Minute

On this day, racer A. C. Bostwick became the first American racer to exceed the speed of a mile a minute on the Ocean Parkway racetrack in Brooklyn, New York. During a race sponsored by the Long Island Automobile Club, Bostwick achieved an average speed of 63.83mph along a one-mile straightaway on the course, thus completing the mile in 56.4 seconds. European car manufacturers and drivers dominated early motor racing, a phenomenon reflected in the first seven speed records. However, in 1902, just under a year after Bostwick's historic run, William K. Vanderbilt Jr., a businessman and racing enthusiast, became the first American to enter the land speed record books when he ran a mile in 47.32 seconds, or at an average speed of 76.086mph. The Mors automobile that Vanderbilt drove was also the first vehicle with an internal combustion engine to enter the speed record books.

P.S. - At the start of the previous Century they were astounded by exceeding a mile a minute in a car, today if your not doing at least a mile a minute you should be driving in the slow lane.

Posted by Quality Weenie at November 16, 2004 08:09 AM