The Creative Workshop Award for The Most Historically Significant Car in the Concours Virtual goes to
1907 Thomas flyer Model 35
Jason Wenig of Florida-based restoration specialists Creative Workshop chose the 1907 Thomas Flyer Model 35 as the Most Historically Significant Car. This is the very car that won the 1908 New York to Paris race, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators around the world (250,000 in Times Square, New York, alone), some of whom had never previously even seen a motor car. It covered 22,000 miles in 169 days, across rough ground and through ice and snow – bear in mind that at the time there were only 680 miles of paved road in the entire US, and most of that was in cities. A very worthy winner.
The Creative Workshop is a nationally recognized, full-service car restoration business dedicated to antique, vintage, classic, pre and post-war European and American cars and racecars.
Located in Dania Beach, Florida, just south of Ft. Lauderdale (and 20 minutes North of Miami), the workshop is housed in a unique, 80+ year-old historic building that has been fully converted into a comprehensive restoration & coachbuilding facility.
With over 10,000 square feet of workspace, we provide nearly all aspects of restoration, service, repair, maintenance, preservation and support in-house. Our facilities and capabilities are singularly focused on supporting the unique needs of the vehicles we work on, our clients’ needs and the highly specialized nature of our work.
Our shop is considered a multi-marque workshop – with expertise in numerous eras, styles and nationalities of cars. We support our clients – not a specific type of car – and given the diverse collecting tastes of our clients, we regularly see brass era to pre-war grand classics, American Muscle to Chrome cruisers, Etceterini and European sports cars as well as vintage race cars (and pretty much anything and everything in between!).
Cars restored and custom coachbuilt by Creative have garnered numerous awards at international, national and local events – such as Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, Villa d’Este, Cavallino, Mille Miglia and many, many more.
As craftsmen and historians, our goal is to produce results that are as functional and correct as they are beautiful.