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The New York Times
July 23, 1900

Being Organized in Westchester County with Many Prominent Backers.

Special to The New York Times.

MOUNT VERNON, N. Y., July 22.—Riding in motor vehicles has become such a popular fad in Westchester County a number of wealthy men have decided to form an automobile club, which will be composed of motor vehicle owners in New York, Westchester, and Connecticut. A meeting to make preliminary arrangements for the organization of the club was held at the residence of Howard Willets at Harrison on Saturday night. The name of the club will not be decided upon until the next meeting, when officers will be elected and by-laws adopted.

It was stated at Mr. Willets's residence to-day that the new club will not conflict with the New York Automobile Club, but will be a separate and distinct organization. One of its principal purposes will be to provide supply stations along the Albany Post Road, Boston Post Road, the new macadamized boulevards now being constructed through the Bronx and the Hudson River Valleys, and other cross-country roads leading to the Ardsley Casino, Westchester Country Club, and the Knollwood Country Club. At these stations gasoline and naphtha and other materials will be kept, and arrangements will also be made for charging electric machines.

Among those who are backing the club are G. Thébaud, Howard Willets, Trenor L. Park, Oliver Harriman, Jr., Eugene Reynal, Nathaniel Reynal, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., William E. Iselin, and William Rockefeller, Jr.

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