Oct 05 2016

Vanderbilt Cup Race Historical Marker Installed on Jericho Turnpike In Westbury

On September 17, 2016, the Village of Westbury honored the Vanderbilt Cup Races with the installation of a historic marker near the site of the grandstands for the 1904 and 1906 races.

Photos courtesy of Gary Monti and Art Kleiner.


Howard Kroplick

Village historian Gary Monti (right) and a village official unveiled the marker.

Art Kleiner represented the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society.

The historic marker.

1904 Course

The race course traversed 30.24 miles of public roads in the center of Long Island. Triangular in shape, Jericho Turnpike, Massapequa-Hicksville Road, and the new Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike formed its sides. Running clockwise and beginning in Westbury, the three long stretches of roads were connected by major turns in Jericho, Plainedge, and Queens. The plan called for a 10-lap race with drivers stopping in two “controls” on each tour of the course. The controls were in the towns of Hicksville and Hempstead, the largest population centers in Nassau County. At the controls, the cars were stopped, inspected, and allowed to proceed slowly over railroad tracks led by officials on bicycles. Deducting the length of the two controls, one lap of the course was 28.44 miles making the race 284.4 miles.

1906 Course

The construction of a new trolley line stretching from Queens to Mineola forced a redesign of the western section of the course from its 1905 configuration. The grandstand returned to its 1904 site on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury. The first 12 miles of the new 29.7-mile course was unaltered from 1905, including the turns at Jericho, East Norwich, and Bull’s Head Hotel in Greenvale. The remaining 17.7 miles presented hilly sections and more challenging turns than drivers had seen before. After heading south on Glen Cove Road, the revised course included a “Hairpin Turn” in Old Westbury, two new turns in Roslyn, the challenging hills in Manhasset Valley, and two more turns in Lakeville. The final challenges were a turn at Krug’s Hotel in Mineola and a nearby railroad crossing heading back east on Jericho Turnpike. After completing 10 laps, the winner drove 297.1 miles


Oct 09 2016 Richard Sloan 9:32 AM

Nice sign, guys!  Three weeks ago I submitted my application to the Town of Hempstead Landmarks Commission for a sign to mark the location—in what is now Levittown— of the L.I. Country Club Airport.  Guy Ferrara, pres. of the Valley Stream Historical Society, said it’s a long process and that I just have to sit and wait for some sort of reply.  (In 2005 Guy was successful in having the Town of Hempstead erect a sign to mark the location of Curtiss Airfield and he filled me in.)

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