Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.
The sixth Glidden Tour began in Detroit, Michigan with a planned route to Kansas City, Missouri, US. A Studebaker-EMF went out 2 hours early to mark the route by dropping confetti on its way. A Pierce-Arrow won, continuing a multi-event win streak in this AAA-sanctioned event. Not truly a race, the event had a designated “pace” to arrive at the right time with penalties for repairs along the way. The first tour proved itself to be a success and, thanks to a little help from Boston millionaire Charles Glidden, subsequent tours began to achieve national attention. An early advocate of car travel, Glidden had always passionately supported automobiles. His exploits to showcase their capabilities were renowned for being epic and included the first ever round-the-world trip in 1901.
Charles J. Glidden in Mankato, Minnesota, at the 1909 Glidden Tour