George N. Schuster

Driver

George N. Schuster (1873–1972) was the driver of the American built Thomas Flyer and winner of the 1908 New York to Paris Race. He was the only American team member aboard the car from its start in New York City to the finish in Paris. Although this was the only motorsport event he ever participated in, his record achievement is unbroken to this day.

Mr. Schuster was an avid bicycle racer and worked in a Buffalo, NY cycle shop, before he was hired by the E.R. Thomas car company to make coolant radiators. 

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George N. Schuster (1873–1972) was the driver of the American built Thomas Flyer and winner of the 1908 New York to Paris Race. He was the only American team member aboard the car from its start in New York City to the finish in Paris. Although this was the only motorsport event he ever participated in, his record achievement is unbroken to this day.

Mr. Schuster was an avid bicycle racer and worked in a Buffalo, NY cycle shop, before he was hired by the E.R. Thomas car company to make coolant radiators. 

The original team leader of the New York to Paris endeavour was Montague Roberts, a rising star in auto racing and Thomas factory driver, who had participated in early Vanderbilt Cups. Schuster, on the other hand, didn't join the team until a day before the start, taking a train south to meet the crew in Times Square.

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