1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes


  • Jul 28 2010

    Starting Lineup - The 1908 Meadow Brook Sweepstakes

    On September 10, 1908, the AAA Race Commission announced plans to christen the Motor Parkway with an event called, “The Long Island Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.” Five concurrent stock car races were scheduled for October 10, 1908. The idea was to create an opportunity to test the new course, timing systems, and crowd control for (0 comments)


  • Feb 10 2010

    The Vanderbilt Cup Race Pits: An American Innovation

    One innovation of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first use of service racing pits in an American automobile race. (4 comments)


  • Jan 22 2010

    Starting Lineup: The 1908 Garden City Sweepstakes Updated: 2/15/16

    On September 10, 1908, the AAA Race Commission announced plans to christen the Motor Parkway with an event called, “The Long Island Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.” Five concurrent stock car races were scheduled for October 10, 1908. The idea was to create an opportunity to test the new course, timing systems, and crowd control for (0 comments)


  • Jan 14 2010

    Starting Lineup: 1908 Motor Parkway Sweepstakes

    On September 10, 1908, the AAA Race Commission announced plans to christen the Motor Parkway with an event called, “The Long Island Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.” Five concurrent stock car races were scheduled for October 10, 1908. (7 comments)


  • Nov 22 2009

    The Public Roads of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

    J, you are correct, the 1908 course ended at the then western terminus of the Motor Parkway near the Bethpage Lodge at Round Swamp Road. The drivers made a left turn and went about 200 feet on Round Swamp Road before turning on to Manetto Hill Road (now called Old Bethpage Road). (4 comments)


  • Jun 30 2009

    Then & Now: The Massapequa Lodge

    Continuing our "Then and Now" series, this photo captured Old 16, the eventual winner of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, climbing the Long Island Motor Prarkway bridge over Massapequa-Hicksville Road. To the right is the Massapqua Lodge, one of the three John Russell Pope-designed toll lodges opened in 1908. (0 comments)


  • Jun 27 2009

    Film “The Levittown Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand”

    Mush, I have several hundred photos of the races that went throught the heart of the Hempstead Plains, now Levittown, from 1908 to 1910. I will be more than happy to send you copies of some of my favorites. (3 comments)


  • Mar 16 2008

    Mitchell Car Company Racers

    Is there is a photo of a Mitchell auto in your book "Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island?" If so, is it possible to put these in our Mitchell club newsletter? (2 comments)




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