Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Good news, history research has been rewarding for Stephen, and he found a race between two vehicles that predates (by 11 years) what had been said to be the earliest documented self propelled auto race in the world

Steve (Serviside Blog) the most incredible researcher I've ever met or heard of, has already posted that the steam powered wagon race in 1878 in Wisconsin was the earliest documented,

and that predated the 1887 De Dion Bouton time trial in Paris

But yesterday Stephen sent me a link to an 1867 race!

The race was contested by “two road steam carriages”, one constructed Mr Isaac W Bolton of Ashton-under-Lyne, the other by Messrs Daniel Adamson and Co of Newton Moore.

“Mr Isaac W Bolton of Ashton-under-Lyne having only one four and 1/4 inch cylinder 9 inch stroke, the other, made by Messrs Daniel Adamson and Co of Newton Moore, having two cylinders 6 inch diameter 10 inch stroke.”

Run over a distance of around 8 miles, it took place between Ashton-under-Lyne and the showgrounds at Old Trafford, getting underway at 4.30am, possibly to avoid the attention of the authorities.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. However, perhaps they got underway at 4:30 AM to avoid the morning rush hour! Did they whizz by the shop of Lulubelle Wilson who was developing her Nash automobile? Are you sure that this was not held in "Racine?"