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09-07-2017, 11:33 AM
Electric car wins the first auto race in the United States - Sep 07, 1896 - HISTORY.com (http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/electric-car-wins-the-first-auto-race-in-the-united-states)


On September 7, 1896, an electric car built by the Riker Electric Motor Company wins the first auto race in the United States, at the Narragansett Trotting Park–a mile-long dirt oval at the state fairgrounds that was normally used for horse racing–in Cranston, Rhode Island. Automobile companies sponsored the race to show off their newfangled electric-, steam-, and gas-powered vehicles to an awestruck audience. The carmakers’ gimmick worked: About 60,000 fairgoers attended the event, and many more people read about it in newspapers and magazines.