Electric cars have also been around for the past century. Prior to the burning of the king, battery-powered cars competed on the cutting edge, and eventually had advantages over gas-powered cars. They were quiet, and they didn’t want a crutch – not just a messy task, but one that required physical strength – to begin with. As a result, they are primarily marketed to women, says Matthew G. Anderson, director of transportation at the Henry Ford Museum of Michigan.

But even then, Anderson added, drivers had a “stress zone” – at 1912 Baker Electric Victoria, part of the museum’s stock, each could get up to 50 miles on good roads, and the car could go at a speed of 30 miles per hour. . He is not Tesla, but he was a hundred years ago.

And it was enough for the first ladies. Anderson sits on the 18th Fair Road at the Pebble Beach Golf Golf on the afternoon of August 15, alongside Victoria, along with his wife, Helen Taft, for President William Howard Taft.

The car can still run – it works in the museum – but it can be very involved and very expensive to make it work safely (and legally) for the streets. Therefore, unlike many competitors at the Concours d’Elegance, this vehicle does not compete for a prize in category A-2 “classic electric cars”.

Anderson and Conservator Cuong Nguyen made their way from Henry Ford to Concorto only at the last minute. Like all museums, revenue was reduced by the closure of the VV-19, and the associated travel costs — approximately $ 6,000 to transport the car — were enormous. But the organizers from Concorus called a week ago to help pay for the 70th Concor de Elgans to go to the gravel beach.

“This is the center of the automotive universe, at least this week,” says Anderson.

And this car, which has been unpopular for half a century, helps to tell the story of the car culture in American cars, a car enthusiast from the horse enthusiast Theodore came to the White House through Taft. Roosevelt. According to the White House Historical Society, In 1909, Congress set aside $ 12,000 for the purchase of the first two White House cars – despite opposition. “The car is real in every case,” said D-Tennessee, Congressman Titus Sims.

Cars were not really provided. It was done thanks to the T-model, as well as Taft, which was introduced in 1988. According to the historical association, “The automotive industry has a dream come true in the United States. President Taft’s support for the official route of presidential transport has created a high speed for the automotive industry and accelerates movement for improved roads.

At the beginning of the 20th century, some believed that the car was a toy for the wealthy in the United States. (Surprisingly, then the cars in this week’s car are the most expensive?)

For more than a decade before Taft bought an electric car, they were a growing industry. Engineer Walter C. Baker built an electric car in 1897 and in 1898 Baker founded a motor vehicle company. In 1905 they were producing 400 cars a week.

Despite state restrictions, Anderson says electric cars had a chance to compete, but

According to a report on Cadillac’s website, “Hand-me-downs are the number one cause of motor vehicle damage.” Drivers can leave the house at any time without the need for exercise.

It is hard to imagine that cars would take so much physical effort to get started, but the love and attention given to the Concor winners is their own physical effort. Another thread that connects Taft to this high-profile event is: In 1910 he became the first president to attend a car show.