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Giant's Despair Hill Climb, 1907. Competitors and spectators at the old chapel on the route of the Giant's Despair Hill Climb, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. This motorsport contest was established to test the latest cars over a steep hill course. The route covers a mile (1.6 kilometres) and rises 200 metres as it winds through mountain roads. The first race took place in 1906, with a winning time of 2 minutes and 11 seconds. This second race took place on 30 May 1907, and was won in 1 minute 59 seconds by James Benedict Ryall (1882-1923) driving a Matheson 60 HP automobile (see C018/0609). Photograph from the Matheson Automobile Company.
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