National Ad - 1909 Hill Climbs

This ad for the National Motor Vehicle Company model "40" appeared in the Indianapolis Star on December 5, 1909. It provides good research information on hill climb events going on in the autumn of 1909.
Information on the following hill climb events are noted:
Ft. Lee, New Jersey hill climb (December 4):

  • Winner: Tom Kincaid, National "40"
  • Class: cars selling between $2,001 and $3,000
  • New time record of 1 minute, 2 seconds
  • A National "35" finished second

Ossiniug, New York hill climb (November 27, 1909)

  • George McCutcheon, National "40," won three events
  • 0.7-mile "soft mud" course
  • Class C time: 1 minute, 3 seconds (17 seconds faster than second place)
  • Class E time: 1 minute, 3 seconds (7 seconds faster than second place)
  • Free-For-All time: 1 minute, 3.6 seconds (7.3 seconds faster than second place)

The ad also points out that the car also won the French Lick Trophy which was on display at the Fisher Automobile Company selling for $2,500 from the dealership's showroom floor. In that contest the National "40" scaled a 10 to 20 percent incline for a distance of 1,485 feet in 30 seconds.
Note that the address for the company was 22nd Street and Monon Tracks. National also ran another ad at about the same time frame touting the "40's" performance.

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