• The green flag dropped for the 2017 Great Race this past Saturday, June 24th in Jacksonville, FL, and our own Robert E. Knoer, Esq. was at the starting line to see them off.. Competitors are making their way north and will finish up in Traverse City, MI this Sunday. The goal of the race is accuracy; drivers try to make it from checkpoint to checkpoint in a precise time. All the cars are from before 1972, and so is the navigation: no cell phones or GPS allowed. Just ask the #RollingAnalog team, a pair of millennials who hadn’t even been born by the time the last car in the race was manufactured. We encourage you to follow the action online at the Great Race website.

      But it won’t be long until the 2018 Great Race, which will start right here in Buffalo at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. 2018 will be a very special running of the Great Race, because it will be the 110th anniversary of the original Great Race. In 1908, as the automobile industry was first picking up speed, drivers from Russia, France, Italy, and the United States met in Times Square. Over the next 169 days, they raced from New York City to San Francisco, then crossed the Pacific by ship and hit the road again in Siberia. They traversed all of Asia and most of Europe before arriving at the finish line in Paris. The winner was an American, George Schuster, who accomplished the feat behind the wheel of a 1907 Thomas Flyer built right here in Buffalo.

      Buffalo has a proud history of automobile manufacturing, with both Thomas Motor Company and Pierce-Arrow Motor Car operating here at the turn of the 20th century. The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum offers an expansive collection of cars and other memorabilia from Buffalo’s past as well as from the automobile industry generally. Mr. Knoer is a founding trustee of the museum, and The Knoer Group, PLLC has served as counsel to the museum since 1996.

    • We are very excited to announce that the 2018 Hemmings Motor News Great Race will start right here in Buffalo, NY at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum.

      The Great Race is inspired by a 1908 New York to Paris automobile race. Competitors drive cars from 1972 and earlier, though most entrants predate World War II. It isn’t a speed competition, but a contest of precision: racers aim to reach checkpoints at an exact time down to the second. Competitors will leave Buffalo on June 23, 2018, and travel 2300 miles, arriving in Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 1.

      The Museum previously hosted an overnight checkpoint in 2012, but this will be the first time it serves as the starting line.  Check back here, the museum website, or the race website for more information on next year’s race.

      For more information on the announcement, click here.

    • Buffalo Rising has posted a wonderful article about our city’s resurgence and where to go from here. Especially of note is the underutilized area surrounding our friends at The Buffalo Transportation Pierce Arrow Museum. Enjoy the read, and maybe give a thought to how you’d like to picture Buffalo’s future. Think of how far we’ve come since 2005, and imagine where we could be in 2025.