1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race


  • Jun 10 2009

    The Drop Box Mystery at The Henry Ford

    Leslie Mio, Assistant Registrar at The Henry Ford, recently sent this email to me: "I am working on cataloging a sealed brass box. According to the donors (the Long Island Automobile Club), "These boxes . . . were used for signatures, so that Gentlemen Drivers, could not substitute Professional Drivers, in the Vanderbilt (0 comments)


  • Jun 08 2009

    The First International Auto Race-In West Hempstead

    The website West Hempstead Now and Then has posted an excellent article The First International Auto Race in America – in West Hempstead on the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race. The article originally appeared in the Winter 2008 edition of the West Hempstead Civic Association News & Views newsletter. (0 comments)


  • Mar 21 2009

    Joe Tracy Honored By Race Fans

    On the 50th anniversary of the death of Joe Tracy, a group of race fans honored the Vanderbilt Cup Race driver with a visit to his gravesite on Long Island. Led by Tony Carroll, Secretary of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, Joe was honored yesterday with a toast (0 comments)


  • Mar 20 2009

    Film: A Tribute to Joe Tracy

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Joe Tracy , one of the best Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers. In tribute to Joe and his mechanican Al Poole, I have placed a five-minute film of their racing careers in the Blog. (3 comments)


  • Mar 01 2009

    Car Coming Part II: A Celebration of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

    This three-part video was made by Howard Kroplick to celebrate the centennial of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race in 2004. Part II shows the course for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race from Jericho to Queens and photos of the race cars. Actual clips of the race are shown as filmed by the American (1 comments)


  • Dec 29 2008

    Timing the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    Rich, the timing for the Vanderbilt Cup Races was surprisingly accurate. The system for timing the races changed during the period that the races were held on Long Island. Below is a description of how the cars were timed for the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race. (0 comments)


  • Oct 16 2008

    Question of the Day: What do Barack Obama and John McCain have in common with the 1904 drivers?

    Last night's Debate '08 at Hofstra University in Hempstead inspired today's question of the day: What do Barack Obama and John McCain have in common with the drivers of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race? Please provide your answer in the comment box. The answer will be revealed in tomorrow's blog. (2 comments)


  • Mar 30 2008

    Question of the day:  What was the role of A.R. Pardington in the races?

    I am especially interested in A.R. Pardington. He was my great-grandfather's brother. Do you have any video footage or early photos of Arthur Rayner Pardington? (0 comments)


  • Mar 24 2008

    Fatalities Associated with the Vanderbilt Cup Races (1904-1910)

    Bob Miller, the well-known Long Island Motor Parkway historian, has raised the question of the exact number of deaths that occurred during the 1904-1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races. (0 comments)


  • Mar 14 2008

    Video: “1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race Centennial Celebration” October 2, 2004

    At the 2004 Centennial Celebration of the first Vanderbilt Cup Race, the #6 Pope-Toledo that finished third in the race, participated in time-trials. The centennial event was held on October 2, 2004 in East Garden City on Long Island. Hop aboard and hear and see how it feels to ride in this classic car. (0 comments)




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