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1902 Oldsmobile -- Old Scout

This is "Old Scout" and the exhibit is called "Pioneer of Progress." On the left is Leo Berg, Mayor of Akron, Ohio and Joe Anderson, General Manager of A.C. Spark Plug. (Note: the handwriting on the back of the photo is very poor and I may have misspelled the names.)

Old Scout was actually transported in a display van. The lecturer pointed out that the 1902 Oldsmobile won the first trans-continental race, crossing the country in 44 days. This race took place in 1905.

In these 1954 pictures Old Scout was 52 years old and many marveled that it still ran. Today, in 2000, it would be 98 years old. 


The 1902 Olds, affectionately called "Old Scout" won the first transcontinental race for motor-driven vehicles. The Olds crossed the country in 44 days in 1905. It traveled from New York City to Portland, Oregon at a 100-mile-a-day clip. Dwight B. Huss grappled with the tiller as he steered the on-cylinder Olds through wheel-deep mud and water and bounced over rough mountain trails. This journey proved beyond all doubt that the automobile could provide dependable transportation. Huss and Milford Wigle, his mechanic and relief driver, arrived in Portland in triumph to the cheers of approximately 350,000 people. For his record-establishing journey, Huss received a prize of $1,000.

Twenty-six years later, in 1931, Dwight Huss repeated the New York to Portland trip in Old Scout, equipped precisely as before. Instead of muddy cattle trails, he found hard surfaced roads and service stations everywhere along the route. During this second trip, a newspaper account estimated that some 10 million people inspected the Olds, which was displayed under the auspices of every major automobile club along the route.
In 1936 Old Scout was a feature of the General Motors display at the Century of Progress Exposition at Chicago. Huss once more was at the tiller of his famous runabout. He made the Lansing-to-Chicago trip carrying a letter from the governor of Michigan to the governor of Illinois.

NOTE: If anyone has any information on the ware bouts of Old Scout, we would like to hear about it.

If you have any additional information about the history or whereabouts of additional Futurliners, we would like to hear from you. Our objective is to capture as much of the history of these vehicles as possible.

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