William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.


  • Apr 09 2009

    Willie K. Sets Land One-Mile Speed Record in 1904

    Before helping to organize the Vanderbilt Cup Races, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. was a pioneer race car driver, competing in Europe and Newport, Rhode Island from 1901 to 1903. (0 comments)


  • Feb 22 2009

    The Vanderbilt Cup Race Brassards

    During every Vanderbilt Cup Race, all officials wore silk brassards (armbands) to allow them on the course. This latest acquistion to my Vanderbilia collection was a brassard worn by two officials. (0 comments)


  • Feb 18 2009

    Newsday “Vanderbilt Museum gets a donation from a Vanderbilt”

    Bill Bleyer of Newsday reported on Tuesday that Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Conner of Mahattan, a cousin of Willie K., has contributed $10,000 to help the "financially troubled institution keep its doors open". (0 comments)


  • Jan 11 2009

    Efforts to Save the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

    Efforts to save the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum were described in the January 10, 2009 issue of the New York Times Enjoy, Howard Kroplick (0 comments)


  • Oct 25 2008

    Willie K. Talks!

    It is a cold, misty Saturday morning here on Long Island. Very similar to the weather conditions on a Saturday morning 100 years ago on October 24, 1908 when George Robertson became the American driver to win the Vanderbilt Cup Race in an American car. As a salute to William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., (0 comments)


  • Oct 20 2008

    “Over the Seven Seas”: A Film Starring William K. Vanderbilt II

    William K. Vanderbilt II (Jr.), his wife Rosamund, his friends Mr. and Mrs. Earle Smith and crew set on a world cruise in 1931 aboard his beautiful 265-foot yacht Alva. They departed Long Island and traveled through the Panama Canal to the Galapagos Islands, the Society Islands, Samoa, Australia, Java, Bora (0 comments)


  • Aug 15 2008

    Question of the Week: Can you Identify this Signed Willie K. Photo?

    I have a photo signed by William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. taken, I believe, at Daytona Beach, Florida. The caption reads "Official world's record made by W.K.V.Jr. in this Mercedes car. From 1 to 50 miles, the latter distance accomplished in 40 min. 49 4/5 sec. Date Jan. 1904. W.K. Vanderbilt Jr. " (3 comments)


  • May 20 2008

    Vanderbilt Family Website

    The excellent Vanderbilt Family Genealogy website vanderbiltfamily.wordpress.com provides an excellent article on this website. This genealogy website is a must for all of us Vanderbilt fanatics. (0 comments)


  • Apr 16 2008

    Calling All Vanderbilt Cup Race Families

    VanderbiltCupRaces.com has heard from several relatives of participants in the Vanderbilt Cup Races including George Robertson, Frank Lee, Al Poole and Harry Grant. If your relative participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races as a driver or mechanician, leave a post or contact us and I will send you complimentary (23 comments)


  • Mar 21 2008

    Question of the Day: Searching for Willie K’s Oldest Surviving Car

    William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. owned may cars during his lifetime including Mercedes, Moras, Renaults, DeDietrichs and Chryslers. Does anyone know the oldest Willie K car that has survived today? (3 comments)




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