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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2017 photos

 1909 Thomas Flyer Flyabout
  • 5 Passenger
  • 6 Cylinder / 40 Horsepower
  • 3 Speed Manual Transmission
  • 267 Cubic Inch
  • Price in 1909: $4,900
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. 

Buffalo’s World Champion Automobile Exhibit!

See one of the most famous cars in the world.

WHO: The Buffalo Transportation- Pierce Arrow Museum

WHAT:  Press Event Announcing the opening of the Thomas Flyer Exhibit with the arrival of the original Thomas Flyer automobile, Winner of the 1908 New York to Paris “Great Race “

WHEN: Friday, May 19, 2023 ~ 11:00 am

WHERE: 201 Seneca at 263 Michigan, Buffalo, NY 14203

See the car and the Museum’s display of E.R. Thomas history & automobilia. The exhibit runs May 1 through August 6, 2023. Watch the Museum social media for information on special events involving the Thomas Flyer Exhibit while the car is in Buffalo for this limited time.

Meet Jeff Mahl, great grandson of South Buffalo’s George Schuster, mechanic and pilot of the Thomas in the race. Jeff will sign his new book, The Man and the Car that Circled the Globe, 189 pages with rare photos of the race, theThomas, George Schuster and Buffalo history.

For More Information: Exhibit website thomasflyer.com or inquire at: James T. Sandoro piercearrowmuseum@gmail.com

Watch for updates: https://www.facebook.com/PierceArrowMuseum https://www.instagram.com/buffalocarmuseum

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum opens the Thomas Flyer Exhibit to welcome visitors for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Buffalo’s World Champion, the 1907 Thomas Flyer automobile, winner of the 1908 New York to Paris “Great Race”.

The Thomas Flyer, on loan to the museum from the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, has made its way back home (thanks to Passport Transport) to celebrate the 115th anniversary of the American team’s victory of the 1908 New York to Paris Race. The car has been restored to its condition as it appeared at the end of the race.

As a last-minute entry into the race at the behest of President Theodore Roosevelt to E.R. Thomas, the Thomas was taken from the factory in Buffalo and a team was put together for the race. On February 12, six cars left New York City to begin their journey to Paris. Driving more than 13,000 miles over 169 days, the Thomas arrived in Paris on July 30, with Buffalo-born George Schuster, mechanic, and pilot, at the wheel. Ultimately, the American team won the race by a margin of 26 days, with the German team coming in second, and the Italians third.

The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum is honored to bring this champion automobile back to Buffalo for 100 days this summer, May 1 through August 6, 2023. The car will be on display in the museum along with a display of related automobilia. Many special events are planned to celebrate.

Special thanks to Founder and Executive Director James Sandoro and Mary Ann Sandoro for their cooperation

Photos and their arrangement © 2017 Chuck LaChiusa
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