Back on September 21, 1893, the one-cylinder Ladies Phaeton rolled down the streets of Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the brainchild of Frank and Charles Duryea and it was the first gas-powered automobile in the United States. Carl Benz introduced the gas-powered automobile to the world but the Duryea brothers -- and their ‘LP’ -- helped spin a new American revolution.
120 years later, there’s news about self-driving electric cars. 20 years from now, maybe our neighbors will be the Jetsons.
Our cartoons may eventually become a segment of reality. Imagine the ‘cartoonish’ dreams the bicycle-riding Duryea brothers brought to the table. 2 wheels to 4. Human power to gas power to the power of antimatter? As the decades pass, humanity puts the pedal down and horsepower gets a new meaning. Here’s to hoping that the passion follows the power…whatever they’ll call it.