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TITLE: RENO CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY OF ONE OF NATION’S MOST HISTORICALLY SIGNIFICANT AUTOMOBILES

STORY SUMMARY: Reno, Nev. (Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007) – The National Automobile Museum in downtown Reno is kicking off a year-long centennial celebration of one of America’s most historically significant automobiles – the 1907 Thomas Flyer, winner of the 1908 around-the-world automobile race. During a time when the automobile was considered a novelty, the six cars that participated in the harrowing 22,000-mile, 169-day journey blazed the trail for modern road warriors worldwide.

The yearlong celebration began on Wed., Nov 7 with a private exhibit opening party. Party participants were the first to see the new exhibit which includes the race-winning Thomas Flyer, priceless race artifacts rarely removed from the archives, a race timeline, human-interest stories from 100 years ago and 12 newly-commissioned oil paintings depicting scenes of the Thomas Flyer’s adventures.

While the star of the show was undoubtedly the Thomas Flyer, the evening’s other main attraction was a compelling Chautauqua performance by Jeff Mahl, the great-grandson of George Schuster who drove the Thomas Flyer to victory in Paris, France, almost 100 years ago.
Travelers are invited to explore this riveting moment in world history at the National Automobile Museum, where the special exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2009. The Museum is open Mon. – Sat. from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sun. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $4 for children 6 to 18 years. Children age 5 and younger are free.

For more information about Reno-Tahoe, visit: www.visitrenotahoe.com
For more information about the Thomas Flyer, visit: www.automuseum.org

FOOTAGE INCLUDES: Video from National Automobile Museum of restored 'Thomas Flyer' on display, exhibit details and historic photographs, Artist Robert Cinkel's commissioned paintings, Chautauqua performance by Jeff Mahl.

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Jeff Mahl, Great Grandson of George Shuster, Thomas Flyer driver.

LOCATOR: Reno, NV.

PROVIDED BY: The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority
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