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January 10- author talk with Clifford Zink-Mercer Magic-America’s first Sports car

January 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Please join us on January 10th from noon to 1 p.m. for an author talk with Clifford Zink on the history of America’s first sports car – the Mercer Magic, built in Trenton, NJ.

Historian and author, Clifford W. Zink will talk about the history of the Mercer automobile, built in Trenton, N.J. at the beginning of the 20th century. The Mercer Magic was America’s first sports car.  It was raced across the country in the days when car design was at the center of American technological innovation. The Mercer was conceived by Washington A. Roebling II, heir to a bridge-building dynasty who raced in the premier contests of the early U.S. auto racing including Indianapolis and the Grand Prize of America.

The book covers the remarkable story from the founding of the company through the development of the Mercer Raceabout, Mercer’s multi-year racing campaign that achieved national success winning the American Grand Prize in 1914, and the surviving Mercers in notable private collections and automobile museums.

At its Annual Meeting in Hershey, in March, 2017, the Society of Automotive Historians gave Mercer Magic: Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company, and America’s First Sports Car by Clifford Zink its Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot Award for Outstanding Book of 2015. Nicholas-Joseph Cugnot is the maker of the world’s first true automobile.

Clifford W. Zink is an historic preservation consultant based in Princeton, New Jersey, and an historian specializing in architectural, industrial, engineering, and landscape history. He received an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Mr. Zink received the 2011 John A. Roebling Award from the Society for Industrial Archeology’s Roebling Chapter for an outstanding contribution to documenting or preserving the industrial heritage of the greater New York-New Jersey area.

He has received several awards for his books, including the 2012 New Jersey Author’s Award in popular non-fiction from the N. J. Studies Academic Alliance for The Roebling Legacy. He has served as consulting curator at the Roebling Museum, and wrote and directed its orientation film, Roebling Stories.

His latest book is entitled The Eating Clubs of Princeton” about the row of privately maintained and operated undergraduate eating clubs and the history behind them.

All are welcome. RSVP is appreciated to this free talk.  RSVP to Cindy Warrick at cwarrick@njstatelib.org or 609-278-2640 ext. 172.


January 10
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Cindy Warrick, Sr. Public Information Asst.


New Jersey State Library
185 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608 United States
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