Jul 20 2013

Then & Now: The Hempstead Control For the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Joe Oesterle: Do you know exactly where these old pictures (of the Hempstead Control) were taken?

Joe, I always enjoye a research challenge. With the assistance of VanderbiltCupRaces.com contributor Jean-Yves Lassaux of France,  I believe we have your answers as seen in the below "Then & Now" treatment.

Thanks Jean-Yves for your help!


Howard Kroplick

Maps of 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

The entire 1904 course was 30.24 miles  The race consisted of 10 laps with control stops in Hiscksville and Hempstead.  Submitted by Jean-Yves Lassaux.

The length of the Hempstead Control was 1.40 miles. Racers had six minutes to drive the 1.4 minutes (only 14 miles per hour). This time was deducted from their total race time.

Another 1904 map  and link submitted by Jean-Yves Lassaux.

The English translation.

The Hempstead Control was located on Fulton Street. The entire village of Hempstead was within the control,

The beginning of the control was just east of Bennett Avenue. The end of the control was 1.40 mile west, just past the train tracks of the Hempstead Branch of the Long Island Rail Road.

Then 1904: Beginning of the Hempstead Control (Looking west on Fulton Street -East of Bennett Avenue)

 Note the "Six Minute Control" sign and the FIAT station.

A car getting ready to be stopped and inspected before slowly driving to the end of the control.

A close-up of the FIAT station and gas tank at the control. Note the Porrier's Garage of Garden City sign.

The Packard Grey Wolf at the beginning of the control. Note the gas tank in the background on the left.

 The cyclist on the left will accompany the car to the end of the control

A classic photo of the #17 Simplex beginning to collapse. Note the absence of the left rear tire.

Now 2013: Looking west on Fulton Street- East of Bennett Avenue

Hempstead has changed a bit over the last 109 years.

Note the control was located outside the village line.

Then 1904: End of the Control (Past the Hempstead Branch tracks of the LIRR, 1.40 miles from Bennett Avenue)

The end of the control was surrounded by tire station tents for Continental and Diamond Tires.

The # 2 DeDietrich waiting to restart the race after the six-minute stop. Note the tent on the left.

The eventual winner- the #7 Panhard driven by George Heath.

Now 2013: Fulton Street -East of Stratford Road

The end of the control was located outside the village of Hempstead. The sign on the right welcomes drivers to "West Hempstead".

These nearby utility poles are on the right-of-way for the long-abandoned Hempstead Branch of the LIRR.

A Google Earth map of the Hempstead Control.


Jul 21 2013 Greg Oreiro 11:07 AM

Absolutely loving the hand-drawn maps that Jean-Yves submitted!

Jul 21 2013 Howard Kroplick 11:11 AM

From Jean-Yves:

I read the “Then and Now” about the control. It’s always amazing to see the changes over the years.

Now living in Paris, I was born in Le Mans and I was a witness of the track’s transformations from 1968 (first step to the “24 hours” with my father, I was 7 years old) to 1991, one year after the FIA’s rules constrained the ACO to cut by two chicanes the famous 6 km (3,7 miles) straight line “Les Hunaudières” (englishmen call it “Mulsanne’s straight” from the name of the right turn at the end).

Have a good Sunday!

Jul 21 2013 Ted 11:49 PM

These pictures are in answer to my correct findings.Keep up the good work

Jul 22 2013 Lou 9:25 AM

Love this stuff !

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