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The Race to the Future: The Adventure that Accelerated the Twentieth Century Kassia St Clair

John Murray, pp.384, 20

The age of the car was a long time coming. The 19th century belonged to the train and, to a lesser extent, the bicycle. Several prototype automobiles were built during this period, but by the end of the century the technology was still primitive. In 1899 a handicap race held in France pitted walkers, riders, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers against one another.

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