National Ass'n of Automobile M'f'g'r's
New York to Pittsburg
October 7 to 15 1903
ELECTRIC VEHICLE CO
meritorious performance of
under conditions of
read a longer article which gives many details, and has
some photos from this very messy and arduous event,
plus some newspaper items before, during and after the run,
Some items from two issues of
one of the trade magazines
just a few weeks later . . .
Some pictures of a road test in the hills of
Connecticut in 1907.
particular event must
had special significance to Lawrence Duffie because the three photos were framed
together and placed in a very prominent position in his household - as
shown in the family portrait (below) taken c. 1925. My father, Burton (age 19), is
seated on the left. He was named for Bert Holcomb, Lawrence's
close friend and driving partner!
These hills were the regular testing site for Columbia cars, as shown in
another set of photos which were taken a few months earlier and sent
to a magazine by Hiram Percy Maxim. To see those winter shots,
as well as other items about the regular testing of all Columbia
cars (including a photo of Lawrence Duffie and his staff), click here.
To see more photos of the Duffie
family, click HERE.
To see a cartoon which is appropriate to this topic,
To see other awards and adventures of
various Columbia cars, click HERE.
That page is then followed by many pages
devoted to the entire life of the Columbia cars,
including ads, news items, and catalogues
from the earliest models through the
final production of 1913.