Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum................. E. R. Thomas/Thomas Flyer - Table of Contents
The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum: E. R. Thomas
263 Michigan Ave. at 201 Seneca St., Buffalo, New York
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1909 Thomas Flyer Flyabout
Edwin Ross Thomas (1850-1936) sold gasoline propulsion gear for bicycles in 1896. From 1900 to 1913, Thomas manufactured automobiles at the factory at 1200 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY. The building is used today as headquarters for Rich Products.
In 1908, a Thomas Flyer driven by George Schuster, a test driver and factory inspector, beat out six competing cars from three other nations in the 22,000 mile, New York to Paris Race. The race began in Times Square on February 12, 1908. 169 days later, George Schuster arrived in Paris to win the world record.