On November 28, 1895, Frank Duryea won the first horseless carriage race held in the United States, a 54-mile loop along Lake Michigan from Chicago to Waukegan and back.
Sponsored by the Chicago Times-Herald newspaper, the race was a crazy adventure, held during one of The Windy City's great snowstorms. The racers' cars got stuck in snowdrifts, slid into other vehicles and stalled repeatedly.
Duryea finished the race in 10 hours and 23 minutes, traveling at an average speed of 5 1/4 miles per hour. FWIW. SoS.