Wednesday, June 3, 2009

More on Alice

Alice was only 22 when she climbed aboard the Maxwell bound for San Francisco. She left her husband, John Ramsey, a well-known lawyer 23 years her elder, and 2-year-old son, John, in Hackensack, NJ (15 miles from NYC). John Ramsey was not a car enthusiast, but he did introduce Alice to cars. After she expressed an interest in owning her own horse, John bought Alice a 1908 Maxwell. Alice entered the Montauk Run where she was introduced to Maxwell Sales Manager, Carl Kelsey. Mr. Kelsey was impressed with her driving skills and suggested the cross-country drive as a publicity gimmick for Maxwell. And so began her journey.

Surprisingly enough, John seemed to support Alice's long drives as he continued to purchase new cars for her. After the original cross-country trip, Alice completed the trip another 30 times.

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