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Carl Reese TDA Contributor On April 24 1908 Jacob Murdock took the very first coast to coast family road trip in automobile.  You can read the story of his journey here.  

Larry Printz gives us the best Cannonball Story this Holiday Season.

I wake up nearly every morning the same way.  Before my eyes are fully opened, I reach for my phone.  With running my own business this has become normal practice.  You’re always concerned if a client may have had an… Continue Reading →

First Women to drive NYC to San Fransisco on Motorcycle

On May 2, 1915, the mother-daughter team of Avis and Effie Hotchkiss left Brooklyn, New York on a Harley-Davidson® three-speed V-Twin with a sidecar. Their destination? San Fransisco California and then back to New York. Born to run.   Effie had… Continue Reading →

Charles Glidden first man to circle the world in an automobile.

By Carl Reese Charles Glidden accomplished many significant things in his lifetime. Along with his wife Lucy, were the first to circle the world in an automobile back in 1902 they did it again in 1908. Charles was a billionaire that… Continue Reading →

AAA Sponsored the Very First Automobile Cross Country Rally

Carl Reese TDA Contributor Long before Brock Yates and Richard Doherty organized coast to coast automobile events in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Col. Augustus Post and the American Automobile Association  (AAA) was testing the limits of man and machine. The Summer of 1904… Continue Reading →

Cross country record trip you never heard about.

Carl Reese TDA Contributor   Jacob M Murdock a wealthy business man from Johnstown PA and his family set out be the first family to drive coast to coast in a car.   I know many of you think Clark Griswold was the… Continue Reading →

First Coast to Coast on Electric Motorcycle

Carl Reese TDA Contributor In 2013 Terry Hershner became the the first man to drive coast to coast on an electric motorcycle. He rode a 2012 Zero S ZF9 electric motorcycle. Terry studied Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at North Carolina State University.  This knowledge… Continue Reading →

The Third Cannonball Run

November 13 1972 Monday Nixon was in the White house again after a huge landslide victory, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed over 1,000 that week for the first time and Pepsi started selling it’s fizzy beverage to the Soviet… Continue Reading →

The 8 cars to hold the NY to LA record since 1971

When Brock Yates set out in his Moon Trash van in 1971 to see what was possible on a non-stop NY to LA run, he started a movement. This year, there have been at least 21 drives and 11 new… Continue Reading →

Horatio Nelson Jackson First Transcontinental Automobile Trip

Carl Reese TDA Contributor   In 1903 Horatio Nelson Jackson accepted a $50.00 ($1500.00 in 2015) bar bet that he couldn’t drive an automobile across the country.   Amazing since he didn’t have any experience with a car, or much less own one…. Continue Reading →

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