One hundred years ago, on Feb. 12, 1908, a starter gun sent teams from the four superpowers of the day on the historic Around the World, New York to Paris Automobile Race. When the 1907 Thomas Flyer, which is owned by the National Automobile Museum, The Harrah Collection, crossed the finish line 22,000 miles later to win the race – America’s love affair with the automobile began. The car was no longer a toy of the rich, but a reliable means of transportation.
On Feb. 12, 2008, 100 years later, the National Automobile Museum, will celebrate the start of the Around the World, New York to Paris Automobile Race with a Romantic Bon Voyage party, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
The National Automobile Museum event from 7 to 9 p.m. Tues., Feb. 12 at the 10 S. Lake St. in downtown Reno will include:
The event benefits the National Automobile Museum. Admission is $25 for members and $35 for the public. Call the Museum at 775-333-9300 for reservations or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Feb. 12, 1908, six racers from France, Germany, Italy and the lone American entry, the Thomas Flyer, embarked on a 22,000 mile odyssey around the world and traveled the wildest stretches of the world’s uncharted realms.
The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free.
Family memberships are available for $70 per year, which includes parents, their children and grandchildren under the age of 19. Individual memberships are $45.
Free parking is available in the Museum’s parking lot, off Mill Street. For more information, call (775) 333-9300 or visit www.automuseum.org