1906 American Elimination Trial

  • Feb 15 2010

    The Checkered Flags of the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    As Louis Wagner was about to win the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race in the #10 Darracq, starter Fred Wagner waved what is believed to be the first checkered flag used to signify the finish of an auto race. Here are the winners of the six Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island...the (5 comments)

  • Feb 10 2010

    Jay Leno & the 1906 Stanley Steamer Vanderbilt Racers

    In May 1906, Charles J. Swain and John Wilkins, Jr. of the Cape May Automobile Club announced that intended to purchase two specially-built Stanley Steamer racers to compete in the American Elimination Trial for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Swain proudly announced to the automobile trade journals: "Preliminary negotiations were made for (4 comments)

  • Nov 20 2009

    Starting Lineup: The 1906 American Elimination Trial

    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): (2 comments)

  • Nov 19 2009

    The 1906 Air-Cooled Frayer-Millers

    An innovative machine showcased in the 1906 American Elimination Trial was the unique, air-cooled Frayer-Miller entry with designer Lee Frayer at the wheel. The only car to place the driver on the left side, this entry (one of three Frayer-Millers entered in the American Elimination Trial) broke a radius rod on (0 comments)

  • Nov 13 2009

    Driver Profile: John Walter Christie: Front-Wheel Drive Pioneer

    The struggle of the Christie team in the 1905 and the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races was a kind of metaphor for (John) Walter Christie’s life. Born in River Edge, New Jersey on May 6, 1866, Christie spent his youth working as a machinist and studying mechanics. As a teenager, he worked at the (5 comments)

  • Nov 13 2009

    The Christie Returns to the 1906 Races

    Despite his lack of success and total disruption of the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race, Christie returned to the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with another of his front-wheel drive creations. (0 comments)

  • May 28 2009

    Vanderbilt Cup Race Art from West Wales

    From the spectacular paintings of Peter Helck to the tin can art of David Wasserman, the action and passion of the Vanderbilt Cup Races have inspired artists for over 100 years. Today, David Holland, an artist specializing in motorsports from West Wales, continues to portray the drama and excitement of these (0 comments)

  • Jan 19 2009

    Excellent Article on Eddie Rickenbacker

    The website absolute astronomy.com has a new article on Eddie Rickenbacker. (0 comments)

  • Aug 02 2008

    Eddie Rickenbacker: America’s Ace of Aces and Vanderbilt Cup Participant

    Prior to becoming America’s World War I “Ace of Aces”, an aviation industry pioneer, owner of the Indianapolis Speedway and before changing his last name to Rickenbaker, Eddie was one of the leading race drivers in the country. He participated in one American Elimination Trial for the Vanderbilt Cup (1 comments)

  • Mar 15 2008

    Eddie Rickenbacker and the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    Was Eddie Rickenbacker ever a driver in the Vanderbilt Cup Races? My uncle, Clyde Virgil Latta, was a mechanic with Rickenbacker around 1915 and 1916. I don't know if Clyde was associated with Rickenbacker before those years or not. Clyde was an extremely short man, not more than 5' tall, probably made (1 comments)

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