Jun 28 2012

Images from the George McKesson Brown Scrapbook: The 1906 #7 Mercedes

Ro: "Howard, would you have additional pictures of the George McKesson Brown, or his auto? Thank you for posting what you have of the McKesson Brown scrapbook!!"

I really enjoy answering viewer's requests....so here are all the photos from the scrapbook of George McKesson Brown, the owner of the 1906 #7 Mercedes driven by William Luttgen and mechanician Joe Marx.


Howard Kroplick


George Mckesson Brown

Although there was no photo of George McKesson Brown in the scrapbook, there was a cover page of the April 5, 1951 issue of The Long Islander. "Fire Commissioner" Brown can be seen on the far right.

The 1906 #7 Mercedes Before the Race

Driver William Luttgen and mechanician Joe Marx

120-HP, 4-Cylinder Engine

Practicing for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Krug's Hotel, Jericho Turnpike & Willis Avenue, Mineola Hairpin Turn at Wheatley Road, Old Westbury

1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Krug's Hotel, Jericho Turnpike & Willis Avenue, Mineola Grandstand, Jericho Turnpike, Westbury. Note : The film cameraman on the course.

Post-Race Victory Celebration

William Luttgen is somewhere in the group.


Jun 29 2012 BradH 9:01 AM

Good morning. Off subject question to today’s post - I’m trying you pinpoint the exact location of where the John R. Pope designed gatehouse for the Deepdale estate stood. Was it off Lakeville? Can you help? Thanks for your time.

Jul 03 2012 Howard Kroplick 1:19 PM

Hi Brad:

I will try to track it down for you.

Jul 08 2012 Howard Kroplick 5:37 PM

Brad, the Deepdale Gate Lodge was located on the west side of Lakeville Road, near the current North Shore-LIJ Hospital entrance:


Jul 11 2012 BradH 8:58 PM

Great post! I was aware of its current location but did not know its original spot or history of the move.  I did my own post on the gate lodge -


I linked your post to it. At the bottom you’ll find a photo of the main gate - do you have any insight to its original location? Thanks

Jul 11 2012 Howard Kroplick 10:27 PM

Super find! Thanks!!

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