Vintage Cars in Vintage 3D:
Packard Gray Wolf & Stevens Duryea Spider Set Records on Daytona Beach

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Racing on the miles long stretches of hard packed sand on the beach between Ormond and Daytona, Florida started as a means of attracting visitors to a couple of resort hotels in the area. It was really more about time trialing and going for speed records than about head to head racing. After an initial run in March of 1903, an inaugural annual event was scheduled for Jan. 1904. Unfortunately for the promoters, the original event’s record setter Alexander Winton was unhappy with his results on sand so he dropped out of the . They turned to Packard, who obliged by shipping their Gray Wolf for some speed runs on the beach. Frank Duryea wanted the Stevens Duryea Spider to compete as well and since the two cars were in different weight classes, Packard and the organizers agreed. The Packard was a middleweight at 1,430 lbs, with needle nosed aero friendly bodywork. The Stevens Duryea was a much cruder vehicle, with no bodywork and a weight under 1,000 lbs. With Charles Schmidt at the wheel of the Gray World and Otto Nestman driving the Spider, they each set world records for 1 mile and 5 mile runs, both at slightly over 60 mph. The event was highly publicized for the era and the Keystone View Company was there to record the event in 3D.

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