Nov 28 2017

Book “Monzanapolis”: 1905 Vanderbilt Cup- Crash in the Morning

Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite Vanderbilt Cup Race fan?  I recommend Aldo Zana's new book Monzanapolis- The Monza 500 Miles-The endless America-Europe challenge.

This excellent book documents the endless American-European race challenges including: the 1904 and 1905, 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Races and the 1957 and 1958 500 Miglia di Monza races.

Below are highlights and images (several from the Howard Kroplick Collection) from the chapter on the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Howard Kroplick


When the Americans came to Monza to show Europeans how to race on oval tracks. When Monza hosted the fastest races in history. When the European drivers first refused the challenge and then, driving Ferrari, Maserati, Jaguar, were sonorously beaten. It’s an intriguing history of 1957 and 1958, that this books uncovers for the first time, hence its title, “Monzanapolis”, synthesis of the two worlds, Europe and America, and their most famous race tracks: Monza and Indianapolis.

The challenge among drivers, cars, technologies and mindsets on the two sides of the Atlantic ocean began in 1905 and for 50 years had plenty of interesting events: the Europeans went in America to win (and did it two times) and the Americans came to France and Italy (winning only once). All these races, at their time very important and famous, but nearly forgotten today, are described in detail in this book.




Near the start/finish line in Mineola

Victor Hemery driving the winning Darracq.

The 100 HP Fiat driven by Vincezo Lancia.

A layout of the 28.2 course

Mrs. Carolina Capra, the youn Italian wife of Emanuel Cedrino, helps her husband.

Joe Tracy driving the Locomobile to third place.

Fiat advertising promoting their 1905 entries.

Vincenzo Lancia racing his Fiat.

George Heath in a Panhard finishing second.

Article: 1905 Vanderbilt Cup


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