Roy Chapin after driving a "Curved Dash" Oldsmobile from Detroit to New York City for the Automobile Club of America's 2nd Annual Auto Show at Madison Square Garden in 1901. Chapin averaged 14 mph over 820 miles, consuming 30 gallons of gas and 80 gallons of water. Chapin went on to found the Hudson Motor Car Company in 1909. (Source: Oldsmobile History Center, Lansing, Michigan)
The ‘horseless carriage’ may have been conceived in the late 1800’s, but it was not until the beginning of the 20th century that the automobile truly began its life. A hundred and twenty years ago, nobody anticipated the important role the car would play in the world’s economic development and how inextricably linked they would become.