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A little more than a century ago, The New York Times ran a brief article detailing the commotion at a horse auction held at old Madison Square Garden. It was1909, and alongside more than two dozen equines that were put up on the block was a lone automobile. As though it was a horse, the car was led out with a halter attached, and the auctioneer called out its full pedigree, including dam, sire, age, and mark.

According to the article, it was “the first time that a motor car intruded in such a manner on the premises where horse is king, and the invasion was hailed with derision,” later described as jeers, laughter, and hoots of a thousand horsemen. But we all know how things turned out for the automobile.

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