• April 24: The first cross-country family car trip started on this date in 1908

    GE Anderson at Motoramic18 hrs ago

    On this date in 1908, Jacob M. Murdock packed his family into a 1908 Packard Thirty touring car and left Los Angeles for New York. Keep in mind this was before interstate highways (or paved roads, or gas stations for that matter). On May 26, Murdock and Co. arrived, setting a transcontinental record for the longest continuous run of a single car and driver -- just over 32 days in all, although they did rest for five Sundays during the expedition, which included a mechanic and occasionally Murdock's mother-in-law. The fascinating tale of their journey, which Packard published as a book titled "A Family Tour from Ocean to Ocean," ends with this passage:

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  • April 23: Bob Burman sets the world speed record in the Blitzen Benz on this date in 1911

    GE Anderson at Motoramic1 day ago

    One hundred and three years ago today -- April 23, 1911 -- Bob Burman set the world speed record of 225.65 kmh (140.21 mph) in Daytona Beach, Fla. behind the wheel of the Blitzen Benz. The 200-hp car was twice as fast as aircraft of its time, and Burman's record would stand for eight years. The above photo comes from the Library of Congress' Flickr photostream. Check out the video below of the guys from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center starting the car's engine at the 2011 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance:

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