Race of the Century

The Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts hosts a yearly event that pits some of the greatest technological advancements in human mobility against each other in what they call “The Race of the Century”. They have a collection of over 90 automobiles, racecars and aircraft housed in a large barn and two-story hanger on their property in Stow.  The weather was perfect, although a bit hot and humid standing there for several hours taking pictures. I had a great time!

PT-17 Stearman Kaydet

PT-17 Stearman Kaydet

1909 Bleriot XI built from a kit

1909 Bleriot XI built from a kit

AT-6 Texan

AT-6 Texan

The race between the Stanley Steamer (left), a 1913 Ford Model T Touring Car (middle), a 1926 Chevrolet Woody Depot Hack (right) and a horse with rider (foreground) was won by the crown favorite, the Stanley Steamer. In the picture the horse approaches the starting line where the cars are waiting.

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In a race between the Bleriot (shown above) and the horse, the horse won. Sorry, didn’t get a picture of that one.

See other races below.

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The car museum was housed in a beautiful old New England Barn not far from a peaceful duck pond that sits just beyond the starting line.

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7239 duck pond at Collings

Inside the museum…

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On the top floor of the hanger there are other examples of “modern mobility” for their time and a Cadillac once owned by Al Capone.

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Did I mention the sky? It was a picture perfect New England Day!

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enjoy!

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