Thursday 3rd November 1904
Charles J Glidden donated a trophy to the American Automobile Association to be awarded to the winner of the upcoming Glidden Tour, a reliability run for automobiles. The original Glidden Tours were held from 1902 until 1913. The tours were gruelling events: cars broke down, were damaged by accidents, and encountered nearly impassable roads. Drivers and teams did repairs on the run and helped out other drivers having difficulties. The tours went several hundred miles in the US and occasionally into Canada with time limits between check points and a point scoring system to determine a winner of each event. The time limits caused some problems with the inhabitants of where the tour travelled through as autos scared horses, caused personal and property damage and sometimes appeared to not care.