1963 Special Leslie
In 1908 the New York Times and the Paris LeMatin newspapers sponsored a car race beginning in New York and ending in Paris- over 12,000 miles at a time when paved roads outside cities did not exist. Six cars entered, 3 French, 1 Italian, ` German and 1 American (A Thomas Flyer.) 169 days after leaving New York, the Thomas Flyer reached Paris. It was 49 days ahead of the second-place Italian entry. Warner Brothers decided to do a comedy loosely based on this event and employed Blake Edwards to direct. The Leslie in the Tupelo Automobile Museum is one of the two pickup trucks which were cosmetically modified to duplicate the outward appearances of the 1907 Thomas Flyer in the 1965 film, "The Great Race."


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