Vanderbilt Cup Races


  • Jul 02 2009

    Hear and See the 1906 Broadway Musical “The Vanderbilt Cup”

    Continuing last week's exploration of the 1906 Broadway musical The Vanderbilt Cup" starring Elsie Janis, I have discovered music from the show on an original piano roll and placed it on the soundtrack of this six-minute film. (3 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 10 2009

    Great Neck and Lake Success’ Role in the Vanderbilt Cup Races & the Motor Parkway

    The Great Neck Historical Society will be hosting a presentation tonight "Great Neck and Lake Success- Their Role in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway" at 7:30 PM in the Community Room at the Great Neck Library. (0 comments)


  • May 22 2009

    Ray Harroun in the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    Tom, yes, Ray Harroun, winner of the first Indy 500 Race, drove a Marmon in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race and the 1909 Wheatley Sweepstakes which ran concurrently with the Vanderbilt Cup Race. (0 comments)


  • May 03 2009

    Great Neck Historical Society Presentation on Thursday, June 11, 2009

    The Great Neck Historical Society will be hosting a presentation "Great Neck and Lake Success- Their Role in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway" on Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 7:30 PM in the Community Room at the Great Neck Library (159 Bayview Avenue). (4 comments)


  • Apr 22 2009

    The Vanderbilt Cup On Long Island in 1933

    From 1904 to 1916, the manufacturer of the winning car of the Vanderbilt Cup Races was allowed to hold the 30-pound silver Vanderbilt Cup for one year. The cup was usually placed on display at the company's exhibits and automobile trade shows. But, what happened to the Vanderbilt Cup after the races (2 comments)


  • Mar 19 2009

    Book Review: Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island

    In a recent issue of Vintage Sports Car , my book Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island was reviewed by Tony Carroll, Secretary of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, Inc. Here are the highlights: (0 comments)


  • Mar 12 2009

    Linking the Vanderbilt Cup Race Course from Ellison Road to the Motor Parkway

    The fourth set of 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race photos from the Hayden Allen Collection focuses on a stretch of the course that connected Ellison Road with the Motor Parkway just west of Merrick Avenue. (0 comments)


  • Jan 06 2009

    The Dangerous Role of the Mechanician

    Every race car that participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races of 1904 to 1910 carried two men, the driver and a riding mechanic called a mechanician. The mechanician assisted with repairs, helped navigate the course, and worked a hand pump to maintain fuel pressure. (5 comments)


  • Jan 04 2009

    Electric Timing of the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    As described in my December 30, 2008 post , the early Vanderbilt Cup Races were timed by scorers using stop-watches. This manual timing of the races was replaced by an electric timing system developed by Arthur and Charles Warner of Beloit, two brothers from Beloit, Wisconsin. (0 comments)




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