Great Video of Glidden Tour


In the early days of the automobile events called reliability runs played an important role in gathering data to improve technology, promote products and underscore the need for development of public roads. The most famous of these events was created by a telecommunications magnate, Charles J. Glidden. Called the Glidden Tours, these events ran from 1905 to 1913. The images in this slide show are excellent and the voice over provides accurate, intriguing information about an important contribution to improving automobile and roadway technology. Endurance contests of this kind were not focused on speed, but reliability. The automobile was still proving itself to a skeptical public.