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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                

April 3, 2019






Ride ‘Ocean to Ocean’ in a Model T at the Rochester Hills Public Library


(ROCHESTER HILLS- April 3, 2019) On Wednesday, April 17 Rochester Hills resident, Steve Shotwell will be at the Rochester Hills Public Library with both his Model T, and the incredible story of how he helped organize a reenactment of a famous 1909 automobile race across the country. Shotwell will begin his presentation at 7 p.m., but the Model T will be on display in the west parking lot beginning at 6 p.m.

In 1909, a Model T won an incredible 4,400 mile race from New York City to Seattle. With no paved roads to speak of, and only Indian trails and railroad beds to follow from Chicago to Seattle, this achievement was no small feat. In 2009, Shotwell helped organize a tribute to the 1909 race. Shotwell’s Model T and 54 others left on the 100th anniversary of the original event and followed the same route to Seattle. Model T’s from all around the world joined in this exciting event.

“The iconic 1909 race across the country was a testament to the manufacturing quality of the Model T. In 2009 we wanted to honor the unbelievable journey across the country by following in their footsteps, I was excited to help organize an event as unique as this,” said Shotwell.

The trip across the country took the racers 31 days. In his presentation, Shotwell will be sharing photos from the original 1909 race as well as the 2009 reenactment.

“Steve Shotwell went above and beyond with is commitment to helping organize a tribute as large as this to one of the lesser-known and more impressive historical events of the last century,” said Community Relations Specialist Amanda Harrison Keighley. “We’re very excited for him to share his incredible story with our patrons here at the RHPL.”

The program is April 17 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room and is open to everyone with an RHPL library card. This program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome. Please register in advance at



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