Feb 03 2015

Mystery Foto #5 Solved: Jim Rathmann and Carroll Shelby at the 1960 Vanderbilt Cup Race


This weekend's Mystery Foto featured two prominent race car drivers.

Mystery Foto questions:

-Identify the two drivers and their greatest victories

Jim Rathmann (Left, winner of the 1950 Indy 500) and Carroll Shelby (Right, winner of the 1959 LeMans)

-Identify the correct name of the race that they were promoting

Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup Race/1960. The donor of the trophy was Cornelius Vanderbilt IV,  a nephew of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

-What was the location and date of the race

The race was held in the parking lot of Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury on June 19, 1960.

-Who manufactured the trophy?

Still to be determined. I have never seen any published sources indicating the trophy's manufacturer.

Congrats to Michael DiMartini, Greg O., John Tures, Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner, Robert Greenhaus, Jeff Payne and Time Ivers for correctly identifying the drivers and the race.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

Jim Rathmann and Carroll Shelby in Old 16 Locomobile. (Linked by Greg O. ans Art Kleiner)

Alfred Valentine (left), Roosevelt Raceway's executive vice-president, and Henry Szamota (right),  Chairman of the Vanderbilt Cup Race.

The 1.5 mile course.

The start of the race with 19 entries.

Harry Carter drove a Stanguellini Formula Junior to victory in the race. Jim Rathmann finished 12th and Carroll Shelby finished 15th.

Harry Carter receiving the Vanderbilt Cup trophy from Cornelius Vanderbilt IV.


A one-minute newsreel of the 1960 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Kleiner's Korner



Comments

Jan 30 2015 Michael DiMartini 1:16 PM

The drivers are Jim Rathmann (1960 Indy winner) and Carroll Shelby (1959 winner at LeMans).  They were promoting the Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup Race.  The race was held once, on June 19, 1960, over a course set up in the parking lots and access roads of Roosevelt Raceway.  I cannot find the manufacturer of the trophy.  My guess is Cartier.  Thanks for the challenge, Howard.

Jan 30 2015 Greg O. 9:48 PM

-Identify the two drivers and their greatest victories

Jim Rathmann, left, winner of the 1960 Indy 500.
On the right is the instantly recognizable, late, great, amazing Caroll Shelby and if you don’t know who he is or what he’s done, you might need to have your auto enthusiast membership card revoked!!

-Identify the correct name of the race that they were promoting

1960 Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup Race

-What was the location and date of the race

Roosevelt Raceway on June 19, 1960

-Who manufactured the trophy?

Unclear to me who manufactured the actual trophy, but the donor of the trophy was Cornelius Vanderbilt IV, nephew of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.

On an added note, I came across an awesome picture of the two in Old 16;

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/60/e3/b3/60e3b3464c5165654ca220a0c7c8b853.jpg

Feb 01 2015 John Tures 9:51 AM

On the left is Jim Rathmann winner of 1960 Indianapolis 500.
On the right is Carroll Shelby winner of the 1959 LeMans 24 hour race in an Aston Martin co driven by Roy Salvadori

easy one Howard lol

Feb 01 2015 Steve Lucas 12:45 PM

That’s Jim Rathman and Carroll Shelby promoting the “Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup / 1960” race which took place on June 19, 1960 in the parking lot and service roads for the Roosevelt Raceway harness track in Westbury, NY. Rathman is best known for his victory in the Indianapolis 500 about 2 weeks prior to the photo. Shelby was the victorious co-driver (along with Roy Salvadori) in the 1959 24-hours of Le Mans endurance race. The 1960 Vanderbilt Cup was won by Henry Carter from Litchfield, CT. The manufacturer of the cup was probably either Tiffany or Cartier so I’ll guess Cartier.

Feb 01 2015 Art Kleiner 3:34 PM

-Identify the two drivers and their greatest victories
Jim Rathmann (left) - winner of the 1960 Indy 500
Carroll Shelby (right) - winner of the 1959 LeMans

-Identify the correct name of the race that they were promoting
Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup Race

-What was the location and date of the race
Roosevelt Raceway, Garden City
Sunday, June 19, 1960

-Who manufactured the trophy?
Still researching.

Photo taken June 15, 1960

Feb 01 2015 Robert Greenhaus 4:23 PM

Identify the correct name of the race that they were promoting?

• The Cornelius Vanderbilt Cup Race

What was the location and date of the race?

• The grounds (parking area and access roads) of the Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, NY; on Sunday, June 19, 1960.

Who manufactured the trophy?

• Great question.  The original 1904 William K. Vanderbilt trophy was made by Tiffany & Co. and the 1936 George Vanderbilt trophy was made by Cartier but the manufacturer of the 1960 Cornelius Vanderbilt cup has completely eluded my research.  I look forward to finding out.

Feb 01 2015 Jeff Payne 6:39 PM

Mystery photo

Drivers.  Jim Rathman. Carroll Shelby

Ratthman won 1960 Indy 500

Shelby teamed with Roy Savadori to win the 1959 24 hours of LeMans drivingforAston Martin

The revival of the Vanderbilt Cup race was held on Sunday June 19 atthe Roosevelt Raceway

The trophy from Tiffany and Co. New York

Feb 01 2015 Tim Ivers 7:46 PM

June 15, 1960 (2 days prior to my still intact marriage) at Roosevelt Raceway,
Jim Rathman and Carroll Shelby.
The ‘36 and ‘37 trophies were made by Cartier.
Rathman was the ‘36 Indianapolis 500 winner, and Shelby had won the 24 hour Le Mans in 1959.

Feb 08 2015 R Troy 12:23 AM

Somehow seems appropriate to see Mr. Shelby in #16!

Feb 08 2015 Cliff Golub 1:39 PM

Another GREAT weekly piece of email; Tanks again Howard for all your time, effort and pasion you have for “The Vanderbilt Cup Races” legacy.

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