Mar 04 2017

VanderbiltCupRaces.com: Happy 9th Anniversary!


Today marks the 9th Anniversary since the launch of VanderbiltCupRaces.com on March 4, 2008.

Here are some accomplishments of the website over the last eight years:

  • VanderbiltCupRaces.com was selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences in 2013 as "one of the five best in the world for car sites & car culture."
  •  In a Google search for "Vanderbilt Cup Races", the website has the #1 ranking among 33,000 websites.
  • A total of 2,458 posts have been placed on the website, an average of 6 per week.
  • 583,967 unique viewers have visited the site, an average of 200 per day.
  • 2.412 million pages have been viewed.
  • 7,810 comments have been posted, almost 1,000 per year.

In celebration of the 9th anniversary, I have selected several of my favorite VanderbiltCupRaces.com posts.

Help me celebrate by providing a comment below on what you like about the website.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick



March 4, 2008: The first post on  VanderbiltCupRaces.com  featured this amazing Library of Congress film of the 1904 race.

Film “1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race”

March 16, 2008: My first book Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island received this excellent write-up in the New York Times.

Long Before NASCAR, Dirt-Road Daredevils: New York Times March 16, 2008

October 18, 2008: Using information and images from my second book Long Island Motor Parkway, co-authored with Al Velocci), the New York Times ran this front-page article on our favorite parkway.

New York Times Article “First Auto Parkway: From Road to Ruin”, October 12, 2008


March 17, 2009: I was one of 25 Long Islanders who visited Cuba on a government-approved mission. During the five days of this adventure, I documented 60 classic American cars still operating on the streets of Havana. My video has generated 17,831 views.

The Classic Cars of Cuba: 60 Classic Cars in 6 Minutes!

February 20, 2010: Plans for a Ronkonkoma Motor Speedway were revealed.

VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: 1910 Plans for the Ronkonkoma Motor Speedway

May 22, 2010:  I verified that the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Cape Cod owned a painting that was used in the development of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race poster.

VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: Rare 1908 PAL Race Painting Discovered


May 16, 2011: This clip won a Folio Award for WNBC-TV for Sports News.

News Clip “The Beast is Back”


June 4, 2011: One of my all-time thrills, Emerson Fittipaldi and me in the Black Beast during the 2011 Indy 500 Parade Lap.

Exclusive Video: Emerson Fittipaldi Driving the Alco Black Beast During the 2011 Indy 500 Parade Lap

April 11, 2012: You can see that I was very excited to bring the 1937 Chrysler's Chrysler to its new home.

Hemmings Blog: Walter P. Chrysler’s one-off Imperial town car finds new home

November 12, 2012: I made my acting debut playing Alexander Winton racing Henry Ford in the History Channel's Men Who Built America.

Film “The Black Beast in the Finale of “Men Who Built America”

February 16, 2013: Wow, who knew that the Long Island Motor Parkway was linked to the develpment of the cruise missile?

The Role of the Motor Parkway in the Development of the Cruise Missile

April 10, 2013: One of my favorite Black Beast photos.

Jason and Tracy Owen Celebrate Their Wedding

November 2, 2013: The website helped reunite the cousins of Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers Montague and Mortimer Roberts.

Cousins of Drivers Montague and Mortimer Roberts Reunited With the Help of VanderbiltCupRaces.com

March 24, 2014: Velocity Channel's Americarna with Ray Evernham was great fun.

Behind the Scenes: Velocity Channel’s AmeriCarna Vanderbilt Cup Race Episode

September 6, 2014: I will never forget winning "First in Class" at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Memorable Moments at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

March 20, 2015: Newsday's Scott Eidler reported the successful efforts of the Town of North Hempstead to landmark the Old Courthouse Motor Parkway Bridge in Manhasset Hills.

Newsday Article and Video: “Rebuilding a Bridge”

March 28, 2015: The 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car finds a new home.

1963 Ford Mustang III 2-Seater Concept Show Car Finds a New Home on Long Island

July 11, 2015: Wonderful cover story in Hemmings Classic Car.

Hemmings Classic Car Cover: Mrs. Chrysler’s Chrysler - One-Off 1937 Imperial Limousine by LeBaron


August 25, 2015: The Alco Black Beast conquered the Port Jefferson Hill.

Video: The Alco Black Beast Conquers the Port Jefferson Hill Climb

May 21, 2016: A major clean-up of the Town's newest landmark by a wonderful team of volunteers.

The Amazing Clean-Up of the Old Courthouse Road Motor Parkway Bridge

June 18, 2016: A very memorable evening in Southampton.

A Very Special Hamptons Evening and Tribute to Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

August 20, 2016: Bill Bleyer profiled someone I know very well.

Newsday:On the trail of LI’s lost history A grand statue,vintage cars-he’s saving them from oblivion

September 17, 2016: Jerry and Timothy Helck issued this press release concerning the motor racing archives of artist and historian Peter Helck.

The Motor Racing Archives of Peter Helck to Become Available on VanderbiltCupRaces.com

November 1, 2016:  A new Motor Parkway structure was discovered near Creedmoor Hospital.

The Union Turnpike/Long Island Motor Parkway Pedestrian Underpass

January 22, 2017: I am going to need a bigger garage!

VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: The Tucker ‘48 #1044 at the RM Sotheby’s Auction in Scottsdale



Comments

Mar 04 2017 Gary Hammond 10:09 PM

Howard,
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!  Quite an accomplishment - Ah, but how many hours a week do you spend “producing” VanderbiltCupRaces.Com?  What I like best is your site being a great “One Stop Shopping” spot for all things Vanderbilt Cup, and LIMP - the Lodges, the bridges, the races, the participants, the cars, and all the memorabilia!  Also the great aerial photos, and of course all things Long Island.  Best of all are all the great comments shared by experts and enthusiasts alike helping to research, clarify and preserve this rich history!!!
PS - I’m not slighting your cars - they’re great too!

Mar 04 2017 Tim Ivers 10:11 PM

Congratulations Howard on a fantastic website.  I like everything you’ve posted, and especially the “Friday Mystery Photos”..

Mar 05 2017 Robert H Luttgen 8:31 AM

Congratulations Howard!  Thank you so much for preserving, and freely making available to all, this important part of our history.

And I would also like to thank those who have entrusted their family’s historical material to your care for widespread publication on this website.  It is priceless to have the motor racing archives of such greats as artist/historian Peter Helck available.  I look forward to more family “finds” that have been hidden away, out of public sight.

Bob Luttgen

Mar 05 2017 S. Berliner, III 9:07 AM

Crow all you want about the cars and the VCR, and rightfully so, but my personal debt of gratitude must go to you for the LIMP Preservation Society and all you’ve accomplished!  So, congratulations and THANK YOU, Howard.  Sam, III

Mar 05 2017 Ellyn Okvist 11:10 AM

I am honored and proud to be an original member of the LIMPPS. 
Great friends, historic information and hands on experience have
lead many of us together. Thank you

Mar 05 2017 JeRita 1:42 PM

Howard you have preserved a piece of Long Island history in such a relevant manner We are honored to know you and we look forward every week to the mail THANK YOU JeRita

Mar 05 2017 Brian D McCarthy 2:52 PM

Congratulations, Howard. I became interested with the LIMP since 1985 or so, and learning more about the history of the parkway became MUCH easier with the Internet starting in the mid 90’s. I was ( and still am ) a fan of Mr. Berliners websites of the LIMP and RR history. Then after discovering your website, I realized that all you historians have been colaborating with each other for years past. We appreciate that your site allows us to exchange information from our own experiences. Many thanks to you and others that contribute.

Mar 05 2017 Joseph DeBono 4:42 PM

The best thing I like about it is that there’s so many others that want to keep the memory alive congratulations Howard keep up the good work

Mar 05 2017 Steve Lucas 5:51 PM

Congratulations on an outstanding website that not only provides valuable information regarding the Long Island Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races, but also succeeds in promoting and preserving so many facets of Long Island history. I can’t believe it’s been nine years. Well done!

Mar 05 2017 Hugh 6:49 PM

Good Job Howard. A fun way to learn.

Mar 05 2017 Dave Russo 8:15 PM

Your web site is first and foremost a complete and wonderful overview of the Long Island Motor Parkway and everything associated with it in tremendous detail.

What I personally enjoy most about the site is how your frequent posts lead to discussions among fellow enthusiasts that can get extremely interesting. It’s such a wonderful venue for people to share thoughts/ideas/pictures/data not just of the LIMP, but of Long Island history which your site has definitely helped increase my love and passion for. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Mar 05 2017 Ann - Central Park Historical Society 8:26 PM

Congratulations to you Howard and your great team on the preservation of the LIMP and the history that surrounds it!

Mar 05 2017 Art Kleiner 8:36 PM

Congratulations, Howard and to all fellow followers.  It was great helping to found the Preservation society and continuing to collaborate with such a nice bunch of fellow LIMP fanatics.  I’m certainly looking forward to what the future has in store but for now onto this week’s Mystery Photo.

Mar 06 2017 frank femenias 2:26 AM

Ditto to all the above. This is also an educational website for any level to enter and learn about the early auto and the concrete roadway used throughout. Robert Miller and Sam III’s early acquisition of the roadway has laid a platform for all to build from. Howard has extended this trend to reach even further. I only hope this roadway stays alive and intact to continue to serve us for much needed use in the future.

Mar 06 2017 Ron Ridolph 3:14 AM

Hi Howard:
    This entire gig is just :  A W E S O M E and A W E S O M E   !!!!!!

      My personal congrats and hats off to you !!!!

        Cheers and Best Always !!!!!  Ron Ridolph

Mar 06 2017 Mike Cain 9:56 AM

Congratulations Howard on nine great years of providing us with photos and information about Long Island’s rich automotive history! I’ve greatly enjoyed visiting the website every week since discovering it a few years ago. Thanks for all the good work you’ve been doing. The site is both educational and entertaining.

Mar 06 2017 L.M.K. 9:57 AM

9 years really flew by quickly. I look forward to every weekly installment. You keep it exciting Howard….Congrats…

Mar 06 2017 Greg Oreiro 8:18 PM

Howard,
Can’t say it enough and must chime in with everyone else,  CONGRATULATIONS! Can’t believe it’s been this long already! There’s no way to quantify all that you do in a few sentences, of harder still, thank you for all you do with a few words. Keeping us all educated and riveted at the same time is no easy task, but one you do in spades! You’ve created an incredible network of some really great, like-minded people who love learning, repeating and preserving our Long Island history. Along with many of us here, proud to be a LIMPPS 0member and supporter! Looking forward to the future with our past…
-Greg and Dee

Mar 08 2017 mark schaier 8:32 AM

Howard,
Congratulation and Happy Anniversary and thank you for your website. Any plans for your BIG? 10th anniversary next year, hopefully? Mark

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