Hubert Le Blon
World record-holder for steam cars. Also an early racing aviator, he died during an exhibition flight.
Born: March 21, 1874
Died: April 2, 1910 San Sebastian, Spain 36 Years
Hubert le Blon was born in France on March 21, 1874. He raced a Serpollet for five years and set several world records for steam cars. In the 1902 Paris Grand Prix he finished 13th and 17th in the 1903 Grand Prix. Le Blon was hired to race French Hotchkiss and Panhard cars in 1905.
Jun 21 2016
Professor Pau Medrano Bigas, Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona, has forwarded an article on the Vanderbilt Cup Race from a December 1906 French magazine Les Sportes Modernes. Sam Berliner III has provided its English translation.
Jan 11 2016
Our second Mystery Foto of 2016 was a real tough one!
Jun 15 2015
This weekend's Mystery Foto documented an unexpected obstacle for one Vanderbilt Cup Race driver.
Jun 08 2015
Stuart Middlemiss submitted our very first Mystery Friday artwork.
Feb 14 2014
Sam Berliner III, the convenor (and father) of the Long Island Motor Parkway Panel, has forwarded this week's film of the week.
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: February 1, 2012):
Jan 12 2010
Vince, I have about 21,000 photos and images of the Vanderbilt Cup Races..so I guess I am one of the better sources. Here's what I consider my favorite images of Hubert Le Blon. Please feel free to comment and expand on the information that I have on your grandfather's uncle.
Dec 30 2009
For the last post of 2009, here are the 17 cars that competed in the third Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 6,1906. The race was won by the #10 Darracq driven by Louis Wagner. Remember to click on the photos to enlarge the image.
Nov 20 2009
As in 1905, an American Elimination Trial determined the five racers to represent the United States in the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Of 16 entries, 12 cars survived the practice runs to race on Saturday, September 22, 1906. Here are images and profiles of all 16 cars. (Remember to click on the photos to enlarge):