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On February 12, 1908 . . .
The first around-the-world automobile race began with six entrants, starting on 43rd Street in New York City.
Their destination was Paris.

The first car crossed the finish line on July 18, but its team was penalised 15 days for using railroad transport to meet a critical North American deadline (meeting the other surviving racers to catch a ship to Russia).

They lost to the American entry driven by George Schuster, which arrived on July 22. At least three books, written by members of the three teams that finished the race, have documented this event:
The Longest Auto Race (pub. 1966) by George Shuster, the co-driver of the (winning) US entry
Il giro del mondo in automobile (pub. 1910) by Antonio Scarfoglio the driver for the Italian team
Im Auto um die Welt (pub. 1909) by the German driver, Koeppen

The Greatest Auto Race of 1908 will also be commemorated on its 100th Anniversary by Great Race, the cross-country rally race for classic cars, held in the U.S., every summer.

Great Race 2008 - New York to Paris will start on May 30, 2008 in New York City and will finish at the base of the Eiffel Tower, in Paris, France, on August 2, 2008.

The International competitors gather for a group photo just prior to the start of the New York to Paris Race.
Germany, Italy, France and the United States were represented in this global competition.

250,000 spectators gathered in Times Square to watch the start of the New York to Paris Race
an epic International Automobile Race.

Often with no roads,
the Flyer would go "cross-country" finding torturious obstacles along the 22,000 mile course.

The Thomas Flyer arrives on the pier at Valdez, Alaska.
Impossible conditions prevented using Bering Straits as a "bridge" to drive across.

George Schuster-driver (right front), George Miller-mechanic (left front), George MacAdam-New York Times reporter (seated right rear fur collar), Hans Hansen-crew (standing left rear) April 8, 1908

1907 model 35 Thomas Flyer returning to New York City after winning the NY to Paris Race on July 30,1908.

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Driving Etiquette
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Acknowledge fellow drivers
Remember that even though you’re in a car, fellow drivers can likely still see you.
If you let someone merge in front of you, or if someone lets you merge, just acknowledge the action.
Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert and founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach says, 'motion with your hand to let someone go in front of you, or wave and mouth the word ‘thank you’ if someone lets you go in front of them.'

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