Thursday, Apr 24 2014

Presentation:“The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island”,  Farmingdale, NY

“Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads. Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., great grandson of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt, these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. “The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island,” will relive auto racing’s earliest triumphs including the development of the Long Island Motor Parkway- the first road built exclusively for the automobile.

The presentation sponsored by the Long Island Shields will be given by Howard Kroplick, Town Historian of North Hempstead, who has extensively researched the races and written three books; The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island, The Long Island Motor Parkway and North Hempstead. His presentation will feature photos from the private archives of William K. Vanderbilt , Jr., rare race films and images of the race security.

The meeting begins at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at the Stuart Thomas Manor, 2143 Boundry Avenue, Farmingdale, NY. All proceeds from the book signing will be donated to a police charity selected by the Long Island Shields.

Location: Stuart Thomas Manor

Address: 2143 Boundry Avenue, Farmingdale, NY

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