Fossmobile is trying to find its way back to Sherbrooke

By Taylor McClure – Special on The Record

The Fossmobile, Canada’s first successful gasoline-powered automobile developed by Sherbrooke mechanic, blacksmith and bicycle mechanic George Foote Foss, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. His grandson Ron Foss is in the process of rebuilding the vehicle using original parts wherever possible to create a recreation that pays homage to a significant moment in Canadian automotive history and, more importantly, Foss’s legacy.

With the creation of Fossmobile Enterprises, which aims to share Foss’ achievements through collaborations and networks, Foss has taken on the Tribute project and looks forward to the grand unveiling of Fossmobile.

The vehicle is nearly complete and Foss, in partnership with the Sherbrooke Historical Society, is hoping to bring the vehicle back to Sherbrooke where it all began to celebrate the 125th anniversary of its invention.

However, the project hit a few speed bumps along the way.

“We plan to unveil it in late April and there will be some local activity here (Ontario) but the next big initiative is to bring it to Sherbrooke at the Marché de la hopefully on August 19, 20, 21 Gare,” said Foss.

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