December 18th, 1898 the First Land Speed Record

On December 18th, 1898 the French race car driver Gaston de Chassaloup-Laubat was the first to set the World Record for Land Speed at a 39 miles per hour. He was driving an electric car for this run. Land Speed records referred to human steered vehicles powered by a motor and this was a huge deal. Even though this speed is very unimpressive today, this made history during 1898.1898-First-Land-Speed-Record-Ever

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