Oakland Tribune, August 21, 1932


Amelia Earhart, Best-Known Woman Flier,
Sponsors Prize for Woman Flier

Amelia Earhart premier woman flier of the world and the only woman who has ever made a solo flight across the Atlantic ocean, has announced that she will sponsor an Amelia Earhart trophy race to be held for woman fliers at the National air races in Cleveland during the week of August 27 - September 3.

First prize of an Essex Terraplane automobile will be awarded by Miss Earhart to the women winning first place in this race, which will be the biggest women's event in connection with this year's national air races. Numerous entries already have been received.

Miss Earhart recently christened the next Essex Terraplane automobile at Detroit. The car which she christened at a ceremony later was presented by the Hudson Motor Car company to Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio., inventor of the airplane.

The Terraplane, because of its high power to weight ratio, has many of the characteristics of the airplane. Hudson engineers have announced that a Terraplane engine, placed in an airplane of the same weight as a Terraplane car, would fly the airplane at a rate as high as 100 miles per hour.

Amelia Earhart obtained her first practical experience in mechanics with automobile engines at a New England school. Her interest became so great that she soon took up flying, and now is credited with being the world's greatest woman flier.

When the new Essex Terraplane automobile was developed, Miss Earhart took a keen interest in it, and soon following her trans-Atlantic flight she inspected the new car at the Hudson factories in Detroit.


Her christening of the new Terraplane car before a crowd of thousands of Detroiters and the subsequent driveaway of 2000 of the new cars by Hudson-Essex dealers from all parts of the United States, was reported to have been the biggest industrial celebration ever staged in Detroit, which is no novice to automobile demonstrations.

At the christening Miss Earhart publicly stated that the Terraplane car is of particular interest to aviators because of its high power to weight ratio and the steady manner in which it handles at high speeds.