The first automobile race in the United States was organised to be held in Chicago on Labor Day 1895. What went wrong, however?

Answer: Despite over eighty declared entrants, early automobile manufacturing was so precarious that not enough entrants had finished constructing their cars by the date of the race, and it had to be postponed until November 2, 1895. This race did not go much better – only two cars showed up.

Source: Auburn – The Classic City by John Martin Smith

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