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The second Glidden Tour concluded with a return to New York City after a route through the New England States. Thirty-three contestants had started the tour on July 11. Jams Glidden and the Touring Committee of the AAA had drafted a set of rules for the tour that assumed sportsmanship and proper conduct on the part of the participants. The comfort of the Glidden tourists was a prime concern; and the excellent preliminary work done by the AAA included a thirty-two page tour packet with detailed maps, road directions, and pertinent information on hotel, garage, and baggage truck accommodations. The winner was Percy Pierce in a Pierce-Arrow. Others finishing with clean scores were Ezra H Fitch (White), Ralph Coburn (Maxwell, S. B. Stevens (Darracq), and J. C. Kerrison (Cadillac). No official observers were carried, the contestants as a whole observing the performance of the competing cars, and at the end of the tour voting for the three entrants whose cars, in their opinion, had made the best records. In addition, the Glidden Commission employed a formula which took price, equipment and general touring conditions into consideration in awarding the trophy. First-class certificates were given to twenty-two contestants who completed the tour and arrived at all night controls before the official closing time. Four second class certificates were awarded to others who completed the tour, but failed to make one or more of the controls in time.The Glidden Tours provided numerous people with their first glimpse of a horseless carriage; and in many towns and villages along the tour route, citizens came out in force to wave at and welcome the drivers and their automobiles. The Glidden tourists were not received as warmly everywhere and were often greeted by local constables lying in wait in speed traps. Drivers often lost their way when the confetti trails marking routes were changed or eradicated by locals, and they also had to be on the lookout for more serious practical jokes such as poles being placed across the road.
A.W. Church and passenger in Decauville automobile, 1905 Glidden Tour