Here's a biographical profile of Charles and J. Frank Duryea, two visionaries who were among the first to recognize the potential of the automobile. In 1892 they built America's first gasoline-powered car and had it running successfully the following year. They accomplished other firsts: forming the first American company to manufacture automobiles; winning the first American car race, becoming the first Americans to win the legendary London to Brighton race in England, and their car was involved in the first recorded automobile accident.In essence Charles and Frank were the incubators of one of America's greatest industries - automobiles. However, their success was marred by disputes and tainted with failures. The Duryeas could not agree which one of them was entitled to the most recognition for their discoveries or achievements. Although they were competent engineers, with vision and determination, they were unable to adapt their vision to public taste, placing the engine in the rear and retaining a tiller for steering and speed. Award-winning author and syndicated columnist Daniel Alef tells their fascinating story of ups, downs and achievements.
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