On July 3, 1911, Lubec sponsored a “Hill Climbing Contest” as part of its Centennial Celebration. Autos were to race from the junction of Washington and Main Streets, known as Flatiron Corner, up Main Street to the top of the hill. The winner received the trophy cup shown here. The engraving reads, “Won by Carleton Maxwell Pike Age Sixteen Years In the Automobile Hill Climbing Contest Held during the Centennial Celebration of Lubec July 3, 1911.” The Lubec Herald for Wednesday, July 12, 1911, wrote that, “The hill climbing contest was entered by few. The race on high gear and slow speed was won by Carleton Pike, and the fast race by E.M. Lawrence’s Oldsmobile, a silver cup being the prize in both cases.”
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