1906 Christie Touring Car
Walter Christie preparing to start the American Elimination Trial
Maxwell leased 5 acres of land a quarter mile from the start/finish line. A portable garage was erected containing a machine shop, storage for their racer and sleeping and dining rooms for the employees. For the management and guests, a nearby house was also leased.
Both Thomas and Frayer-Miller arrived with full 3 car, factory supported teams. Locomobile had a car for Joe Tracy, who had finished 3rd in last years race. Locomobile also had a spare car for Tracy. There were also a Haynes, Pope/Toledo, Oldsmobile and Matheson. Several other manufacturers didn't make the start, including Stanley, B-L-M and Wayne. George Robertson in an Apperson crashed heavily in practice and was another DNS.
Walter Christie was a clever inventor and owner of his own machine shop in NY. But just to finish in the top five and qualify for the Cup race would be a monumental task.