Thursday, Apr 10 2014

Presentation:“The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island”,  Massapequa, 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 Buick Club will be given by Howard Kroplick, Town Historian for North Hempstead, who has extensively researched the races and written two books; The Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island and The Long Island Motor Parkway. His presentation will feature photos from the private archives of William K. Vanderbilt , Jr., rare race films and an assortment of “Vanderbilia”.

The program begins at 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Majorie Post Park building on Unqua Road in Massapequa.

Location: Majorie Post Park

Address: Unqua Road, Massapequa