Car of the National Automobile Museum identified as historically significant

The 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 New York-Paris car race. IMAGE: National Automobile Museum

The 1907 Thomas Flyer of the National Automobile Museum, winner of the famous New York-Paris motor race in 1908, was inducted into a permanent archive of significant historic automobiles in the Library of Congress on June 19. To honor the occasion, the city of Reno declared on September 21, 2016 “1907 New York to Paris Thomas Flyer Day”.

The Thomas Flyer is the 12th vehicle to be registered under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation, a collaboration between the Historic Vehicle Association and the Department of the Interior’s Heritage Documentation Programs.

“The Thomas Flyer is one of the most important American automobiles in history,” said Jackie Frady, president and CEO of the museum. “After 22,000 miles and 169 grueling days, she won the New York-Paris motor race in 1908 as one of six cars from four nations. He was the only American participant.

“No car race before or since has addressed this competition of man and machine,” added Frady. “We are extremely proud that it is archived in the National Register of Historic Vehicles. “

The 1907 Thomas Flyer New York-Paris was the only American participation in the round-the-world race. When he won, he brought worldwide recognition to automobiles made in the United States. It is currently on permanent display at the National Automobile Museum.

“Our goal is to educate, captivate and deliver unique experiences to our visitors,” said Frady. “We are proud that the museum houses and houses some of the most important cars in the world, and we love to tell the story beyond the wheel.”

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