Nicely done in 1:43 scale by RIO, this is the 1908 Thomas Flyer as driven to victory in the New York to Paris Rally by George Schuster. Rio has been delighting 1:43 collectors for many years, combining very interesting subject matter with accurate reproductions of these classic cars of the past. Each model is mounted on a custom base and includes an acrylic dust cover to protect your collection.
Information about the race: This truly world class event included National Teams from France, Italy, Germany and the United States. The New York to Paris Automobile Race was to be driven across the frozen Bering Straits in the dead of winter 1908. All this at a time when horses were considered more reliable than automobiles.
The Race was sponsored by the NEW YORK TIMES and the LA MATIN (a Paris newspaper). The torturous New York to Paris Race route: NYC, Albany, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Valdez Alaska, Japan, Vladivostok, Omsk, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Berlin and finally Paris. The Thomas Flyer Team covered three continents and over 22,000 miles in 169 days. The Race was ultimately won by the American Thomas Flyer driven by George Schuster Sr. of Buffalo, NY. The feat has never been equaled. They still hold the world record over 100 years later!