1911 Glidden Pathfinder Flanders 20, Down the Dixie Trail, New York to Jacksonville, The Studebaker Corporation E M F Companies Factories, Detroit Michigan

1911 Glidden Pathfinder Flanders 20, Down the Dixie Trail, New York to Jacksonville, The Studebaker Corporation E M F Companies Factories, Detroit Michigan

This booklet tells the story of  The Flanders 20 that set a record for travel, without pause for mechanical difficulty, covering the 1490 miles between New York and Jacksonville in ten days. this booklet is filled with photo and I post it here for your enjoyment.

Cover of booklet showing the rough trail they had to endure
Title page of booklet, The story of a World’s record setting feat by a 20 Horse Power Motor Car as told by Paul Hale Bruske, photograph by the author; The Studebaker Corporation, Detroit Michigan
First page telling reader what this is all about
Route of the Flanders 20 Pathfinder for the Glidden Tour of 1911 from New York to Jacksonville, Florida
The Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder in front of the headquarters of the American Automobile Association, Fifty-fourth St., New York, about to start on its trip to Jacksonville
The Lancaster Pike through Pennsylvania passes many points of historic interest.  The blacksmith shop which the Flanders 20 is passing in this photograph dates back to Revolutionary days and once saw service as a fortress
Up and down through the most perpendicular portion of Virginia, the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder received a hill climbing test of the most rigorous sort
The mountaineers of Southern Virginia scorn such things as bridges, and the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder was forced to do likewise.  Fords were of almost momentary occurrence
Tobacco is the only crop of moment in the mountain region of Southern Virginia.  The Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder is here shown passing a load of of leaf, about to be placed in the nearby tobacco house
Where the Flanders 20 Pathfinder met the escort of Greensboro, N. C. Motorists.  The big arch commemorates the Battle of Guilford which turned Cornwallis north to Yorktown
Each southern city has its confederate soldier’s monument.  Greenville, S. C. has hers in a fine, commanding spot.  It is shown among its escorting cars
The Dixie Trail through four states is lined with cotton fields.  When the Flanders passed through, every field was occupied by the Negro pickers
Cotton gins occupy nearly every four corners on the Dixie Trail.  The Flanders is shown pausing to permit a review of a scene new to many northerners
Passing a load of cotton, on its way back from the gin.  road improvement now makes possible the hauling of six bales, instead of one
Through Northern Georgia the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder traversed mile after mile of forest road as the Dixie Trail wound in and out.  Often the foliage interlaced overhead (called canopy roads)
A field of cane along the trail.  The southern housewife is partial to long sweetening and every farmer along the route taken by the Flanders seems to have a sorghum field
Passing a cane mill along the Trail.  Two mule power suffices to cut the cane and squeeze out the juice for molasses
Being welcomed to the city of Atlanta by Mayor Winn, himself a Flanders 20 enthusiast and a Glidden tourist
The oldest resident of Fayetteville, GA., presenting skuppanongs to the crew of the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder as the car passed through his city
These two boys feared that the Flanders might take the wrong fork, the road sign having been torn down.  They stood it up and held it in place until the car passed
A bit of local color in Southern Georgia.  This family of brothers and sisters was passed on its way to church near Griffin. 
A negro church, with worship about to begin.   Note the darky beau and his dusky sweetheart at the side of the road, pulled out to allow the Pathfinder to pass
Through southern Georgia and northern Florida they passed through mile after mile of forest where the pines were scarred by the cuts of the turpentine axe
They still carry logs to the mill by primitive methods in the south.  Two ox teams and a loud voiced charioteer were making headway with this one when the Flanders passed
Every southern cabin has its umbrella tree, the shade of which is so dense as to defy the brightest sun.  The Pathfinder passed this clump near Tifton, Ga.
A convict camp in Southern Georgia.  The yellow and black stripes, double decked movable cages and other equipment was an often encountered feature of the Dixie Trail laid out by the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder
The negro cabin of the South has an architecture all its own.  These in the picture are near the Georgia line.  The razor back hogs are giving the Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder all the road
The Flanders 20 Glidden Pathfinder squarely on the Georgia-Florida line, entering the eleventh state of its trip
The loose, white, bottomless sands of Florida never gave the Flanders pause.  Driver Soules is here shown in his favorite specialty of straddling the track
Often for a distance of a quarter mile or more they traveled through water.  All is not piked highway along the Dixie Trail
This is pathfinding with a vengeance.  The Flanders 20 had taken the wrong forest trail and is winding about through the pines, trying to find the correct one
Florida’s solution of the highway problem.  The road shown connects Jacksonville with Pablo Beach.  It is built of cement which the absence of frost makes virtually permanent

Below is the America’s Organization of Automobilists

A L Westgard, official pilot for the American Automobile Association  who thinks the Flanders 20 the ideal car for pathfinding and says so
Officers: Robert P. Hooper, President, Pennsylvania Motor Federation;  Frank M. Joyce, 1st Vice President, Minnesota State Automobile Association; F. C. Donald, 2nd Vice President, Illinois State Automobile Association; C. L. Bonifield, 3rd Vice President, Ohio State Automobile Association ; Frank G. Webb, 4th Vice President, New York State Automobile Association; F. L. Baker, 5th Vice president, Automobile Club of Southern California; A. G. Batchlelder, Chairman Executive Committee, 437 Fifth Avenue, New York; H. A. Bonnell, Treasurer, Associated Automobile Club of New Jersey; John N. Brooks, Secretary, Connecticut State Automobile Association
Rear of booklet, Flanders 20, 1911 Glidden Pathfinder

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One Response to 1911 Glidden Pathfinder Flanders 20, Down the Dixie Trail, New York to Jacksonville, The Studebaker Corporation E M F Companies Factories, Detroit Michigan

  1. Anonymous says:

    I found this exact copy in my collection of antique books.


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