Last month I spent a day exploring the photo archives of the Nassau County Division of Museum Services. These 12 photos were taken at the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race held at the new Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury.
The great Italian racer Tazio Nuvolari (second from the left) visiting the garage of Wilbur Shaw and his Gilmore Offenhauser Special.
May 18, 2010 Update from Michael Ferner: Car is correctly identified as the 1936 Shaw/Offenhauser, seated in it is Giuseppe Farina (1950 FIA World Champion), standing from left to right are Wilbur Shaw, Tazio Nuvolari, unknown, Rex Mays and Antonio Brivio.
Wilbur Shaw practicing on the Roosevelt Raceway course.
The Alfa Romeo team from left to right; Count Antonio Brivio, Tazio Nuvolari and Dr. Giuseppe Farina.
Tazio Nuvolari and his mechanics prior to the race.
May 30,2010 Update from Richard Armstrong: The mechanic standing beside Nuvolari in the Alfa on the grid is Attilio Marinoni, but I’m not sure about the other two.
A restaurant and bar at Roosevelt Raceway.
Inside the bar. The copy on the wall reads: "Toast! Here's to the Fastest Car on the Track and Here's to the Boys who Lost All This Jack!"
I believe this is Overton "Bunny" Phillips in his Type 35B Bugatti.
May 18, 2010 Update from Michael Ferner: This not Overton Phillips, but I’m not sure: I believe it may be Englishman Brian Lewis.
May 30, 2010 Update from Richard Armstrong: A Bugatti expert of my acquaintance is certain that this car is an ordinary T35, so it appears to be something brought along to fill out the spectacle on the press day - again no numbers or flags, but equally no road registration either. And despite my earlier certainty, the driver definitely isn’t Brian Lewis.
Elbert "Babe" Sapp in his Topping-Miller Special.
The following three photos did not have captions. Can anyone identify this driver?
April 20, 2010 Update: Tony De Seta identified the driver as "Babe" Sapp taken from a different angle.
May 18, 2010 Update from Michael Ferner: This not Babe Stapp, but Englishman Earl Howe in his ERA.
This car appears to be one of the eight Miller Specials entered in the 1936 race.
May 18, 2010 Update from Michael Ferner: This is Babe Stapp in the Topping/Miller again, as stated by Tony de Seta.
Who will be the first person to identify this car and driver?
May 18, 2010 Update from Michael Ferner: This is Floyd Davis in a Thorne/Miller. This car and its sister had been entered at Indy with Dodge engines, but did not qualify. They both ran in the Vanderbilt Cup and the following year’s Indy race with Miller engines.