On February 12, 1908, over 250,000 people crowded to see the decent of six teams from four different countries, as they prepared to embark on the longest automobile race in history, from New York to Paris.
With the race coming to an end on July 30, 1908, the Thomas Flyer had traveled three continents in 169 days. At this time, there were few paved roads in the U.S., creating more challenges for these drivers. George Schuster, a mechanic at the E.R. Thomas Motor Company, was asked to drive the Thomas Flyer in the "Great Race” and holds a record to this day, over 100 years later. Schuster was the only member of the “Thomas crew” to go the full distance.
The E.R. Thomas Motor Company manufactured motorized bicycles, tricycles, motorcycles, and automobiles in Buffalo, New York, from 1900 to 1919.
These and other treasured photographs can be found in "Buffalo Memories: The Early Years."