New video on Alice’s Drive 2009 commemoration

Richard Anderson reports that he and daughter Emily Anderson have produced and posted a new video about the 2009 journey Emily will take commemorating Alice Ramsey’s groundbreaking drive across the US in a rebuilt 1909 Maxwell. LH fans will note Lincoln Highway book state guides author and LHA Forum editor Gregory Franzwa about 50 seconds in and remaining a major voice in the 5:46 video.

Alice was the first woman to drive across the US, following a route that a few years later would be used by the Lincoln Highway in many places (though notably not across the Allegheny Mountains through PA or OH). Emily hopes to follow Alice’s original route as closely as possible, but will deviate somewhat due to roadway changes and the safety concerns.

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Learn more at their web site aliceramsey.org about the route, and about a film that Emily’s brother Bengt Anderson is producing about the event and women’s history, Alice’s Drive – Women Who Drove The Century. Richard also reports that the car body is finished and being painted, and that the engine needs only a few parts before being started, they hope in March. The most recent challenge was needing an exhaust manifold; not finding one, Richard modeled and cast one based one a 1908 Maxwell that he owns.

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4 thoughts on “New video on Alice’s Drive 2009 commemoration

  1. I would really love to get in contact with Emily to see what we can arrange to welcome her to the Illinois Lincoln Highway — since it’s the only part of the highway that’s a National Scenic Byway. We can combine with the Illinois Lincoln Highway Association, possibly, and give her a big welcome as she enters Illinois and a huge farewell on her exit. I’m so excited for her and would love to meet her.

  2. Great idea. Perhaps every state on the route could do likewise. This is a great idea for so many reasons — women’s history, history period, a test run for gear heads, a chance to see how the route’s changed, etc.

  3. I am writing on behalf of the Alice Ramsey Team in response to Diane. I am so sorry to not have written sooner, but would love to get in touch with you to talk about your proposal!

    Please send me a note to media@aliceramsey.org

    As I’m sure you can tell this is a huge undertaking and we would love all the support and assistance we can get!

    All the best,

    Bengt Anderson

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