The Great Race

The Great Race

The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908

Book - 2008
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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Long before the Amazing Race television show there was the Great Race?a thrilling true story that will grab readers from the start to the finish line.

In February of 1908, six cars from four countries gathered in Times Square for the pistol shot that began the first around-the-world automobile race. Gas-powered cars hadn’t been round very long, and roads were nonexistent as this group of hardy pioneers set out to drive from New York to Paris, hoping to cross the ice of the Bering Strait along the way. The Europeans were sure their cars were superior, but it would be the scrappy Americans in their Thomas Flyer, after braving twenty-foot snowdrifts, bandits, and many near drownings, who would win the race.

In a book published to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the race, Gary Blackwood, author of well-known historical-fiction novels, crafts a thrilling narrative of great courage and splendid folly, illustrated with original, never-before-published photographs throughout.

Baker & Taylor
Documents the Great Race of 1908 in which six cars attempt to go around the world from New York to Paris during a six-month period, with accounts of drivers facing bad weather, roadless terrains, mechanical failures, and bandits as they try to reach the finish line.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, c2008
ISBN: 9780810994898
Characteristics: 141 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm


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Open cars, no roads, no gas stations, people who had never seen an automobile before, race “drivers” who didn’t know how to drive, constant breakdowns—but somehow, three cars, of the six that started, made it from New York to Paris by traveling across America, Russian and Europe.


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