Dec 30 2010

VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: Starting Lineup for the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race


In 1936 the Vanderbilt Cup Races returned to Long Island at the new Roosevelt Raceway built in Westbury. The 300-mile race consisted of 75 laps over the 4-mile road course. A total of 45 race cars competed on October 12, 1936. For the first time, images of 34 of the starters for the 1936 George Vanderbilt Cup Race are presented on the Internet. Missing photos of 11 cars have been replaced by 1936 images related to the race:



 

#2 Boyle-Offy Special (USA) driven by "Wild Bill" Cummings. Finished 7th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 60.459 mph.



 

#3 Gilmore-Offy Special (USA) driven by Wilbur Shaw. Finished 45th. Completed 2 laps, accident.



 

#4 Burd Piston Ring Special (USA) driven by Emil Andres. Finished 12th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 58.839 mph.



 

#5 Miller Special (USA) driven by Shorty Cantlon. Finished 38th. Completed 35 laps, burned valves.



 

#6 Gardner Special (USA) driven by Chuck Tabor. Finished 11th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 59.189 mph.



 

#7 Miller Special (USA) driven by Bill Winn. Finished 32nd. Completed 64 laps, stripped rear gear.



 

#8 Alfa Romeo 12C-36 (Italy) driven by Tazio Nuvolari. Finished 1st. Completed 75 laps, averaging 65.998 mph.



 

#9 Alfa Romeo 12C-36 (Italy) driven by Count Antonio Brivio. Finished 3rd. Completed 75 laps, averaging 62.994 mph.



 

#10 Alfa Romeo 8C-35 (Italy) driven by Dr. Nino Farina. Finished 41st. Completed 17 laps, broke steering arm.



 

#12 Maserati 6CM (Australia) driven by Freddy McEvoy. Finished 6th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 60.518 mph.



 

#14 Elgin-Offy Piston Pin Special (USA) driven by Frank Brisko. Finished 27th. Completed 65 laps, flagged.



 

#15 Miller Special (USA) driven by Deacon Litz. Finished 10th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 59.781 mph.



 

#16 Alfa Romeo P-3 (France) driven by Raymond Sommer. Finished 4th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 62.719 mph.



 

#17 Miller Special (USA) driven by Chet Gardner. Finished 22nd. Completed 71 laps, flagged.



 

#18 Bugatti (France) driven by Jean-Pierre Wimille. Finished 2nd. Completed 75 laps, averaging 64.072 mph.



 

#21 Topping-Miller Special (USA) driven by Babe Stapp. Finished 35th. Completed 48 laps, broke fuel tank.



 

#22 Miller-Hartz Special (USA) driven by Ted Horn. Finished 36th. Completed 45 laps, engine stalled in pits.



 

#23 Thorne-Offy Special (USA) driven by Russell Snowberger. Note: Joel Thorne is the driver in this image. Finished 33rd. Completed 61 laps, lost brakes.



 

#24 Maserati (France) driven by Phillippe Etancelin. Finished 9th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 60.182 mph.



 

#25 Thorne-Offy Special (USA) driven by Floyd Davis. Finished 39th. Completed 30 laps, disqualified- car was towed.



 

#26 Shafer-Buick 8 Special (USA) driven by Phil "Red" Shafer. Finished 25th. Completed 69 laps, flagged.



 

#27 Miller Special (USA) driven by George Connor. Finished 31st. Completed 72 laps, engine trouble.



 

#28 Halley-Bugatti T-51 Special (USA) driven by Dave Evans. Finished 14th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 58.496 mph.



 

#29 Maserati V8Ri (France) driven by Georges "Raph" Bethenod. Finished 42nd. Completed 9 laps, disqualified due to push start.



 

#32 Burd Piston Ring Special (USA) driven by Mauri Rose. Finished 8th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 60.446 mph.



 

#34 American Twist Drill Studebaker Special (USA) driven by Al Putnam. Finished 17th. Completed 74 laps, flagged.



 

#37 E.R.A. Special (England) driven by Brian Lewis. Finished 15th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 58.386 mph.



 

#38 Thorne-Miller Special (USA) driven by Joel Thorne. Finished 34th. Completed 49 laps, broke universal joint.



 

#42 Leon Duray Special (USA) driven by Tony Willman. Finished 40th. Completed 21 laps, broke steering gear.



 

#43 Midwest Red Lion Special (USA) driven by Jimmy Snyder. Finished 37th. Completed 40 laps, broke rear axle gear.





 

#44 Leon Duray Special (USA) driven by Tony Gulotta. Finished 24th. Completed 69 laps, flagged.



 

#45 E.R.A. Special (England) driven by Francis Curzon, 5th Earl Howe. Finished 13th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 58.785 mph.



 

#46 E.R.A. Special (England) driven by Pat Fairchild. Finished 5th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 60.645 mph.



 

#48 Maserati 4CM (England) driven by Teddy Rayson. Finished 18th. Completed 74 laps, flagged.



 

#49 Bugatti (USA) driven by Overton Phillips. Finished 43rd. Completed 8 laps, broke connecting rod.



 

#51 Hogan Special (USA) driven by Bob Swanson. Finished 23rd. Completed 71 laps, flagged.



 

#52 Schallman Special (USA) driven by Lewis Balus. Finished 28th. Completed 65 laps, flagged.



 

#53 Junior Offenhauser (USA) driven by Louis Tomei. Finished 30th. Completed 65 laps, flagged.



 

#57 Wingerter-Duesenberg Special (USA) driven by Ted Chamberlain. Finished 29th. Completed 65 laps, flagged.



 

#59 Miller-Duesenberg (USA) driven by Rick Decker. Finished 16th. Completed 75 laps, averaging 58.382 mph.



 

#62 Marion-Miller Special (USA) driven by Milt Marion. Finished 44th. Completed 3 laps, broke clutch shaft.



 

#65 DePalma-Miller Special (USA) driven by Henry Banks. Finished 20th. Completed 72 laps, flagged.



 

#66 Ambler Special (USA) driven by Gustave Zarka. Finished 22nd. Completed 71 laps, flagged.





 

#67 Ambler Special (USA) driven by Roy Lake. Finished 19th. Completed 73 laps, flagged.




The race was won by the Italian ace driver Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo.This 2-minute newsreel highlights the 1936 George Vanderbilt Cup Race held at the new Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island:


Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com and the Internet:


1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race Stats:

Article "Revival Race", Time- October 19, 1936

Article "George Vanderbilt Races 1936-7" , Sportscars.tv

Entries Listed in the Program Guide

Entrants and Race Results

Starting Grid and Race Results

Results Summary-PDF format


Index: 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Index: Vanderbilt Cup Races Starting Lineups (1904-1910)





Comments

Jan 03 2011 Sandy Leith 9:01 AM

The no. 28 Bugatti T51 owned by McClure Halley was driven by Dave Evans, not Dale Evans. This was a typo in Joel Finn’s American Roadracing book and repeated here.

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:30 AM

#2 is the correct car, but a 1937 picture - the colour has changed from white to silver, and the driver is Jimmy Snyder.

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:34 AM

#12 is not a V8RI Maserati, but a 6CM - very different cars!

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:38 AM

#17 is, in fact, #12 again, the 6CM Maserati!

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:46 AM

#22 is not Ted Horn and the Hartz/Miller, but Joe Thorne in a 1931 Miller, the former 16-cylinder car now fitted with a 4-cylinder Sparks-Miller engine. This car ran as #38 in the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup.

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:50 AM

#23 is the correct car, but the driver is Joe Thorne again on this occasion - probably taking a practice spin.

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 11:55 AM

#32 is, in fact, the #4 “Burd Piston Ring Special” of Emil Andres - same sponsor, different teams!

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 12:10 PM

#66 is actually Gus Zarka in the “right-hand exhaust” Ambler - Roy Lake drove #67 with a left-hand exhaust and slightly different frame, visible in the foreground of this picture. Both cars were built in 1935, each with one bank of a V8 Hispano-Suiza aircraft engine, hence the different exhaust layouts. In the background is #62, the Milt Marion/Miller.

Jan 03 2011 Michael Ferner 12:27 PM

Picture #22 actually shows the first five and a half rows of the starting grid,
picture #16 shows cars #28 (Halley-Bugatti), #65 (De Palma/Miller) and #59 (Duesenberg/Miller),
picture #26 shows the first corner after the start with Brivio (#9) leading from Winn(#&),
picture #46 shows Fairfield (#46) leading from Tomei (#53) and Snowberger (#23),
picture #52 shows a programme cover with a mirror-reversed 1933 picture of #4 Snowberger/Studebaker (not entered in the Vanderbilt races) leading #5 Boyle Miller (#2 in both Vanderbilt races),
picture #57 shows an Alfa Romeo leading Winn (#7), and
picture #62 shows the entire grid minus row 1.

Jan 03 2011 Howard Kroplick 1:34 PM

Hi Michael:

I am very impressed!


I will change the captions based on your comments.


Howard

Jan 10 2011 Howard Kroplick 5:19 PM

HI Seth & Michael:

Corrections made and new images added. Thanks for your assistance.

Howard

Jan 25 2011 JR GILMORE 12:51 PM

Great site, Howard.  I’ve been checking back often to see if the Jimmy Snyder #43 MRL SPL photo is ever updated/corrected.  Image shown is the program cover.  Would love to see it.

“#43 Midwest Red Lion Special (USA) driven by Jimmy Snyder. Finished 37th. Completed 40 laps, broke rear axle gear.”

Jan 25 2011 Howard Kroplick 9:48 PM

Hi Jr:

As seen above, I am missing photos for the following eight cars:

#14 Elgin-Offy Piston Pin Special
#16 Alfa Romeo P-3
#22 Miller-Hartz
#26 Shafer-Buick 8 Special
#32 Burd Piston Ring Special
#43 Midwest Red Lion Special
#52 Schallman Special
#57 Wingerter-Duesenberg Special


Can anyone help? If so, send your jpegs to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Thanks!

Howard

Jan 26 2011 Mick Cantlon 12:13 AM

I have some some great photos and information about my great uncle Shorty Cantlon that I would be more than happy to share if you’re interested. Feel free to contact me.
Sincerely, Mick Cantlon.

Feb 02 2011 Howard Kroplick 10:08 PM

Hi Mick:

Thanks so much! please send any jpegs and information to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


Howard

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