• 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 27 2009

    Then & Now: The Hairpin Turn in Old Westbury

    One of the most exciting vantage points for the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was the Hairpin Turn at Wheatley Road and Old Westbury Road. Over 3,000 spectators crowded this Old Westbury turn named because its contour was reminiscent of the bend of a hairpin. (1 comments)


  • Jun 27 2009

    Film “The Levittown Vanderbilt Cup Race Grandstand”

    Mush, I have several hundred photos of the races that went throught the heart of the Hempstead Plains, now Levittown, from 1908 to 1910. I will be more than happy to send you copies of some of my favorites. (3 comments)


  • Jun 26 2009

    18-Year Old Willie K.

    William K. Vanderbilt Jr. was educated by private tutors and then attended St. Mark's Preparatory School in Southborough, Massachusetts, from 1894 to 1896. (0 comments)


  • Jun 24 2009

    Chevrolet Challenges Heath during the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race

    Louis Chevrolet in a FIAT challenging George Heath in a Panhard during the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race was captured in this dramatic photo published in the French publication Les Sports Modernes in October 1905. (0 comments)


  • Jun 24 2009

    Vanderbilt Cup Race Drivers on the Broadway Stage in 1906

    Last week, a photo was posted of Elsie Janis on stage for the 1906 musical The Vanderbilt Cup. The above recently restored photo was taken during the same night as the drivers and mechanicians posed with Elsie Janis after the show. (0 comments)


  • Jun 22 2009

    Original Survey Maps of the Long Island Motor Parkway Discovered!

    Over the last 80 years, the survey firm of Barrett, Bonacci and Van Weele has acquired many Nassau and Suffolk survey firms, including several which conducted work for the Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. Within their historical files were 572 survey maps of the Motor Parkway dating from 1907 to 1985. These maps will (6 comments)


  • Jun 20 2009

    Louis Chevrolet, Joe Tracy and the 1908 Matheson Team

    The Matheson Automobile Company of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania made a strong effort to win the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race. They hired Louis Chevrolet as one of the drivers for their two entrants and selected retired veteran driver Joe Tracy as their team manager. (0 comments)


  • Jun 19 2009

    Hear the Star of the Broadway Musical “Vanderbilt Cup” Sing!

    No greater evidence of the success of the Vanderbilt Cup Race emerged than when popular culture embraced it. In January 1906, the first two races inspired a Broadway musical titled, aptly enough, “The Vanderbilt Cup,” starring 17-year old sensation Elsie Janis. (2 comments)


  • Jun 18 2009

    Newsday- Alco In the Garage

    Today's Newsday's "In the Garage" column by David Fluhrer features the Alco--6 Black Beast Racer. Highlights include: (0 comments)




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