On November 28, 1895 the first automobile race commenced in Chicago. Sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald, the race was won by a gas-powered horseless carriage designed by the Duryea brothers of Chicopee, Massachusetts. A crippling blizzard caused organizers to truncate the race route, instead of the 92 mile race originally proposed, the race was shorted to 50 miles. Of 89 cars that signed up for the race, just six made the start including the Duryea, three Benz automobiles and two electric vehicles.
To learn more about racing history visit the Museum to check out our award-winning exhibition "Faster: the Quest for Speed."
The Museum will resume standard operating hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., today, Friday, November 27. We hope to see many new and familiar faces during the holiday weekend! For more information about visiting OHTM check out our website:View Post >>
Owls Head Transportation Museum
November 26 | 17 likes
We are thankful each day for our amazing team, our volunteers, trustees, members, supporters and visitors. We are thankful to have the opportunity to share the passion for transportation history in our daily work, and for the amazing collection we have the privilege of caring for, sharing, displaying and operating. We are thankful for the opportunity to share educational experiences with folks of all ages. Thank you to everyone who has made our mission a reality for the past four decades, we wish everyone a happy, healthy Thanksgiving!View Post >>
A great article about longtime OHTM volunteer and fire engine restoration guru Andy Swift of Firefly Restoration in Hope, Maine. If you've visited the Owls Head Transportation Museum you've surely marveled at the stunning Vesuvius Steam Pumper, we are honored to display this beautiful (and important) piece created by Andy and his team, and on loan to the Museum from the collection of William Ruger. Andy demonstrates Vesuvius several times annually at museum special events.
Check out Vesuvius on our website: http://owlshead.org/collections/detail/1918-american-lafrance