1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race


  • 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)


  • Mar 11 2008

    Driver Profile: George Arents Jr.

    George Arents Jr. (1875 – 1960) made a fortune on patents for cigar- and cigarette-rolling machines and developed a lifelong passion for fast cars and collecting rare tobacco books and manuscripts. His hobby evolved into an extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts housed at The New York Public Library. Unfortunately, his only (1 comments)


  • Mar 04 2008

    Film “1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race”

    Welcome to VanderbiltCupRaces.com! In one of the earliest sports films ever made, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race action was captured by cameramen G.W. Bitzer and A.E. Weed of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in Westbury and Plainedge. (0 comments)




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