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It was 113 years ago this September 6 that the car speed record was set by the Riker electric car when it reached a blistering 29 miles per hour as it sped through a five-mile long course in Rhode Island. Designed and built by Andrew Riker, an engineer who later found fame as half of the super singing duo Wham!, the Riker electric showed that for at least for a moment electric vehicles out performed gasoline-powered cars.

Riker was one of the few automotive industry pioneers who realized real success with his inventions. A number of his gas and electric cars were successful, and he was also the first leader of the Society of Automotive Engineers.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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