1910 Massapequa Sweepstakes

  • Dec 30 2011

    Views from the Pits of the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    One innovation of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first use of service racing pits in an American automobile race.The 1908 rules allowed only the driver and mechanician to work on the car. However, the rules were modified in 1910 to allow two of the pit crew to replenish water, oil (3 comments)

  • Apr 28 2011

    Starting Lineup: The 6 Cars of the 1910 Massapequa Sweepstakes

    During the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race, two other sweepstakes races were run simultaneously for commercially available stock cars. The Massapequa Sweepstakes had six entrants for the smallest stock cars who competed for 10 laps over 126.4 miles. Here are images and information on the two Coles, three Abbott-Detroits and one Lancia that competed: (0 comments)

  • Mar 07 2011

    Rare Image Series #3: Louis Chevrolet- The Most Famous “Name” in the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    Louis Chevrolet drove in four Vanderbilt Cup Races (1905, 1908,1909 &1910), more than any other driver. These are rarely seen photos of Louis Chevrolet, whose name became and continues to be one of the most recognizable brands in American car history: (6 comments)

  • Feb 09 2011

    The Vanderbilt Cup Race Courses (1904-1910)

    The six Vanderbilt Cup Races from 1904 to 1910 were held on five different courses on Long Island. The last three races from 1908 to 1910 were partially held on the Long Island Motor Parkway. (0 comments)

  • Aug 11 2010

    The Pits of the 1908-1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races

    Robert Richer comments: "Yes, there was a time when the “pit men” who serviced the cars were actually in a pit below the racing surface. What a terrifying view it must have been." (9 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)

  • Oct 29 2009

    The 1910 Massapequa Sweepstakes Trophy Makes an Appearance

    In September 1, 2008, I described a dashboard plaque that was provided by the Cole Motors Company to celebrate their victory in the 1910 Massapequa Sweepstakes, simultaneously with the Vanderbilt Cup Race. The plaque contains an embossing of the huge "Massapequa Sweepstakes Trophy" that was given to Cole for winning the race. (1 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)

  • Sep 01 2008

    Vanderbilia: The 1910 Cole Plaque

    I have an embossed shield with a pressed design on it that says "Massapequa Sweepstakes in Vanderbilt Cup Race Trophy 1910" with the embossing of what appears to be a trophy with a race car and driver on top and below the trophy it says "Won by Cole 30" 126.4 Miles Time 138 min 4.32 (5 comments)

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