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Giant's Despair Hill Climb, 1907

Giant's Despair Hill Climb, 1907

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Giant's Despair Hill Climb. Spectators with the winner of the 1907 Giant's Despair Hill Climb, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. This race took place on 30 May 1907, and was won in 1 minute 59 seconds by US racing driver James Benedict Ryall (1882-1923) driving a Matheson 60 HP automobile. Giant's Despair Hill Climb is an annual motorsport contest that was established in 1906 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 in 1906 had been won in 2 minutes and 11 seconds. Photograph from the Matheson Automobile Company.

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