Mar 06 2010

Then & Now:The Woodbury Turn of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Nassau County made up the vast majority of the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses. For the 1904 race, approximately one mile of the 30-mile course was in Queens- linking Hempstead Turnpike with Jericho Turnpike. All the other courses (1905-1910) were located totally in Nassau County. The closest the race came to Suffolk County was the north-east section of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race which is the subject of today's then and now post- the Woodbury Turn.


The Woodbury Turn for the 1908 race was located at the intersection of Woodbury Road and Jericho Turnpike. The left-turn was distinctive because of a large hill on the east side of Woodbury Road-a natural viewing stand- and a church on the north side of Jericho Turnpike- a perfect spot for a photographer.


Here, spectators on Woodbury Road had a great view of William Borque driving the #20 Knox making the turn. Note the flagman indicating to the driver that the course was clear.

A closer look of the image reveals the church in the background beyond the trees.


Then: Spectators stood on the church's small hill for an excellent view after the racers made the turn.


Now: The church is still standing today. The Historical Chapel is available for weddings and also serves as offices for a limo company.


Then: This photo of George Robertson driving the #16 Locomobile was taken by a photographer who climbed up the church's steeple for a unique perspective of the eventual 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race winner.

Now: Here is a view from the same location 100 years later. A school administration building serving Syosset and Woodbury schools is now located on top of a smaller hill at the intersection.


Mar 08 2010 James S. 11:30 AM

Took my 8 year old son to see the mansion on the hill overlooking lake success and Lakeville road Sunday…also did a drive by of the “toll” house near there and the one in Garden City…he might now be your youngest motor parkway fan…he loves the bike video speeded up on the site as well…your site-ings get better and better…sincere thanks!

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