In Brooklyn under the auspices of the “New York World,” a remarkable race recently took place.
The competitors were an elephant, a camel, a horse, a bicycle, and an autocar. The elephant and camel, exhibition animals were ridden by their keepers, the horse was ridden by a famous horseman, and the bicyclist was a sprint rider, and the autocar was driven by an expert.
The elephant and camel were both given a start of half a mile from the autocar, which was given an eighth of a mile by the horse and bicycle, the course being three miles. The elephant proved the victor, winning in 6min. 20sec., with the bicycle second, and the autocar third.
The Midland Daily Telegraph, May 22, 1899.