New York to Paris, ’08 Bronze Sculpture Debuts at AACA Museum

New York to Paris Race '08 Bronze

Limited Edition, No. 1 of 30

by Stanley Wanlass, 1982

Hershey, PA (October 6, 2019)  The AACA Museum, Inc., in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is proud to announce the donation and debut of an exquisite automotive sculpture, “New York to Paris, ’08.” This highly detailed limited edition bronze is now on exhibition at the Museum, just in time for “Fall Hershey,” the Antique Automobile Club of America’s premier annual event that brings the old car world to central Pennsylvania for a week of celebration and comradery.

In 1982 automotive artist, Stanley Wanlass, widely-known as the modern Frederick Remington, created this magnificent work in tribute to America’s pioneering spirit. The 125-pound bronze sculpture depicts the winning Thomas Flyer in action. Only 30 hand-signed and numbered copies were produced and sold to collectors and museums at $27,500 each. This example is number one, the artist’s personal proof. It was sold by the artist to Howard Scotland in 1987. It was donated in memory of Howard by his wife, Judith Scotland, of Cheyenne, Wyoming. “These sculptures are rarely offered for sale and much coveted by collectors and museums worldwide. The Scotland family has a history of supporting the Museum, and we are extremely grateful to be the recipients of this one-of-a-kind gift,” states Jeffrey Bliemeister, the Museum’s Executive Director. “It is truly a beautiful work of automotive art that captures the energy and determination of the crew manning the victorious Thomas Flyer.  We are thrilled to be able to share it with our guests.”

History of the New York to Paris Race

At the turn of the 20th-Century, the automobile was a relatively new and generally untested mode of transportation. To raise confidence in their product and gain exposure, manufacturers routinely participated in endurance runs, competitive races, and all types of motorsports contests that were promoted by newspapers and other types of printed media. Perhaps the boldest of these contests was the 1908 New York to Paris race, which attracted international competitors and took the automobile to places it had literally never before traveled.

Six international teams representing four different nations began the race in New York City.  Few paved roads – and often no roads at all – awaited them in this grueling marathon that lasted 169 days – a motorsports record that stands today. After reaching San Francisco, the cars were transported by boat to Alaska, Japan, and on to Siberia. Along the way, they encountered just about every impediment imaginable before the lone American entry; a 1907 Buffalo, NY-built, Thomas Flyer arrived in Paris, France. The New York Times and the Paris paper, Le Matin, co-sponsors of the race, provided daily front-page updates sent to them via telegraph from across the world.  Events such as this helped prove the reliability of the automobile while elevating its status from a plaything of the rich to a possible means of transportation for the masses.

The winning Thomas Flyer is enshrined in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada, and the Race is legendary, the subject of numerous documentaries.

About the AACA Museum, Inc.

The AACA Museum, Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique lifelike scenes representing the 1890s through thea1980s on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. As one of the largest automotive museums in the country, AACA Museum, Inc. features special exhibits that change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.

The Museum was recently recognized by USA Today 10 Best, Road & Track, and AutoClassics as one of the top automobile museums in the country.

The AACA Museum, Inc., has been and remains an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, not affiliated with The Antique Automobile Club of America.

The Museum is in South Hanover Township, just off Route 39 and one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pa. Regular admission is $12.50; seniors age 61 and older, $11.50; juniors age 4 to 12, $9.50; and children age 3 and under, free. Admission is also free to AACA Museum, Inc., members, and Antique Automobile Club of America members with a current membership card.

The Museum will close at noon on Oct. 9 to prepare for the Night at the Museum. On Oct. 10 and 11, the Museum will be open until 9:00 PM. Otherwise, the Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 717-566-7100 or visit AACAMuseum.org.

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