Jun 19 2018

The Tradition of Revelry Before the Saturday Starts of the Vanderbilt Cup Races

The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island began usually around 6:00 in the morning and always on a Saturday.  The race's daybreak start attracted thousands of adventurous souls who streamed in from New York continuously on Friday night and early Saturday.

With hotels and roadhouses overflowing, they camped, gambled, drank, socialized and established a tradition of revelry that became a hallmark of the event.

Photo courtesy of the National Automotive History Collection at the Detroit Public Library.


Howard Kroplick

Spectators arriving by train at the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


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