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109 Years Ago: The First Trans-Nation Drive Ends

One-hundred and nine years ago this September 17th, an Old Runabout completed the first recorded drive across the continental United States.

Taking a total of 79 days, the Olds Runabout, driven by Lester Whitman and Eugene Hammond, failed to hit the road on 12 days so that it could be repaired and, for a section in Nevada, had to be towed by horses, proving that Nevada has sucked for at least 109 years as well.

The Olds Runabout, its drive sponsored by Ransom Olds, was not the only car to make the attempt that year. In 1903, two other far more expensive and powerful touring cars, starting in San Francisco, as did the Runabout, gave it the ol’ American try as well.