“The Thomas Flyer is one of the most significant American-built automobiles in history. After 22,000 miles and 169 grueling days, it won the 1908 New York to Paris automobile race as one of six cars from four nations, and the only American entrant,” said Frady. “No automobile race before or since has approached this contest of man and machine. We are extremely proud it will be archived in the National Historic Vehicle Register.
The Thomas Flyer is the 12th vehicle to be recorded under the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Heritage Documentation. The documentation is part of a collaboration between the Historic Vehicle Association and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Heritage Documentation Programs to document historically-significant automobiles, trucks and motorcycles.