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The New York Times
May 21, 1906

The Oldsmobile car which on Saturday made a run from New York to Poughkeepsie, seventy-five miles, whith the high-speed gear sealed, compelling the drivers to climb hills and regulate their progress according to speed ordinances without a change of gears even in reversing, returned to this city yesterday.  Joseph Tracy and Ernest Keeler, who drove the car over its journey and Paul L. Snutset of the Technical Committee of the New York Motor Club and E. L. Ferguson, another official observer, were with it.

The trip was highly successful, and was made at an average speed of fourteen miles and hour.  The first real test met with was a sandy hill south of Croton, which was successfully negotiated.  On the other side of Croton, probably the hardest trial was encountered on Welcher Hill, which was covered with loose dirt and had to be approached without a flying start.  The top of the hill was reached with the speedometer registering eighteen miles.

The car reached Poughkeepsie safely, and the seal was broken at the Nelson House yesterday morning before returning.  The car used was a model S Palace Touring Car, with a twenty-six—twenty-eight horse-power motor of the four-cylinder, water-cooled type.

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