This silent video shows scenes from an automobile parade in New York in 1901. This footage is over 100 years old, there is no soound track.
This parade started at Madison Square Garden at 11;00 on October 11, 1901, and was organized by Henry Sanderson, president of the New York Electric Vehicle Transportation Company, The parade had over one hundred vehicles, all of them electric, and carried some three hundred and fifty persons, most of them women. You can read more about this parade in our October 19, 1901 issue of Automobile Topics magazine.
On November 3, 1900, manufacturers presented 160 different vehicles at the first national automobile show in America. The event opened in Madison Square Garden, as a week long event. A reported 48,000 visitors paid fifty cents (about $13.00 in today's currency) each to attend the show.
Driving and maneuverability demonstrations were offered on a 20-foot-wide track that surrounded the exhibit as seen in this photo.
A wooden 200-foot ramp was used to demonstrate hill-climbing ability.