Nov 26 2013

Mystery Foto #43 Solved: Szisz in the #10 Renault Preparing for the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race


Mystery Foto expert Greg Oriero submitted this week's Foto.

Answers to the Mystery Foto Questions:

-Who is the driver behind the mask?

Ferenc (Francois) Szisz

-Identify the car and the year it competed in the Vanderbilt Cup Races

The #10 Renault that raced in the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race, finishing 5th.

-Bonus: Identify the masked mechanician

As noted by Ariejan Bos, the mechanican was "Russian Sergey Dimitriewich (or Dimitri).  Dimitrievich would drive his own Renault during the 1908 French Grand Prix, finishing in 8th place. He died in June 1909 during a car crash while training near Moscow."

 

Congrats to Ariejan Bos and Frank Feminias for correctly answering the Mystery Foto questions and the bonus.

 

If you have a suggested Mystery Foto, please send a jpeg to Howard@Kroplick.com .

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

 

 

 

This photo originally appeared in the October 14, 1905 issue of The World, which declared Szisz the favorite to win.

Another photo of the driving team taking at the same time as the Mystery Foto. Note Szisz' distinctive cap.


#10 Renault- 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

The Renault's specification published in the 1905 Program Guide.

At the starting line.

Referee William K. Vanderbilt Jr. checking out  theRenault.

Szisz' first name was Ferenc but  was also known by Francois.

Szisz  was the winner of the the first French Grand Prix held in 1906.

Driver Ferenc (Francois) Szisz

Mechanician Sergey Dimitriewich



Comments

Nov 22 2013 Ariejan Bos 3:15 AM

These very determined looking drivers are the Hungarian Ferenç Szisz and his Russian co-driver/mechanician Sergey Dimitriewich (or Dimitri) posing in their Renault before the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup race, in which they would finish on 5th place. Szisz would of course become immortal the next year by winning the first French Grand Prix. Dimitrievich, whose real name was Alexander Vetchinine by he way, would drive his own Renault during the 1908 French Grand Prix, finishing on 8th place. He died in June 1909 during a car crash while training near Moscow.

Nov 24 2013 Steve Lucas 11:10 PM

I’m not sure why but I’ll guess driver Maurice Bernin; mechanician Felix Prossen in the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race in a Renault.

Nov 24 2013 frank femenias 11:14 PM

Few hints here. Car sort of looks like a Renault.
Guessing on 1905 VCR / Driver: Francois Szisz / Mech: George Dimietrievitch in the #10 Renault for the masked speedsters. I believe they posed for this shot, wheels aren’t spinning.
Ted:  Hang in there with the computer.

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