In 1895, the publisher of The Times--Herald of Chicago, declared: “Persons who are inclined to decry the development of the horseless carriage will be forced to recognize it as an admitted mechanical achievement, highly adapted to some of the most urgent needs of our civilization.? At the time, most Americans would have found this statement preposterous. The vast majority of the population could not envision any utility in horseless carriages. Charles and J. Frank Duryea did. In 1892 they built America’s first gasoline-powered car and had it running successfully the following year. They accomplished other firsts: forming the first American company to manufacture automobiles; winning the first American car race, becoming the first Americans to win the legendary London to Brighton race in England, and their car was involved in the first recorded automobile accident. In essence Charles and Frank were the incubators of one of America’s greatest industries—automobiles.