SHOKAN, N.Y. – Historic Automobile Endurance Runs, LLC, is offering two car rallies through the heart of the Catskill Mountains in the State of New York for automotive enthusiasts who love to drive their cars of any age on rural country and mountain roads, through hamlets and farmlands, and over historic covered bridges…at an affordable cost.
The rallies are created and organized by Rally Master, artist and historian Robert Selkowitz, of Shokan, New York. This region of the Catskill Mountains is just 100 miles north of New York City and within range of much of the Northeast area of the country.
Both rallies, starting with the 6th Catskill Conquest Rally on Saturday, September 24, commemorate the October 1903 Automobile Endurance Run which saw 34 cars from 17 American manufacturers make an 800-mile trek from New York City to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The group encountered a fierce torrent of cold rain which flooded roads and rivers, yet most of the cars finished the run, albeit on a longer route than the one on either of the 172- and 140-mile one-day Catskill Conquest Rallies.
Many of the roads traveled during the rallies are based on Indian foot paths. The route of the 1903 Endurance Run followed a traditional Indian route used during the American Revolution to take captives to Canada at Niagara, New York.
“Some of the participating marques in 1903 became iconic American brands, such as Packard, Pierce Arrow, Franklin, Olds and Locomobile,” said Selkowitz.
“These are noncompetitive tours open to all cars for the enjoyment of driving the roads of this beautiful region. Your car should have good power and brakes to run these rallies.”
The entry fee for the Conquest Rally is $100 per car. Entry forms and additional information may be found at www.1903autorun.com. Selkowitz may be reached at 845-616-4550.
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