• Feb 24 2009

    Old 16 at the 2008 Pebble Beach Concours

    Old 16, the first American car to win the Vanderbilt Cup Race, made a rare appearance outside the Henry Ford Museum at the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance last October. Conceptcarz.com has done another wonderful job documenting the event through photos and a summary article. (0 comments)


  • Feb 23 2009

    The Alco Team at the 1911 Elgin National Trophy Race

    From 1909 to 1911, the Alco-6 Black Beast Racer competed in 13 major races. The Alco's last race was at the Elgin National Trophy Race held on August 26, 1911. Despite finishing a strong second , the American Locomotive Company decided to quit racing two weeks later. Lee Ferbin of Springfield, Missouri has forwarded the above (0 comments)


  • Feb 22 2009

    The Vanderbilt Cup Race Brassards

    During every Vanderbilt Cup Race, all officials wore silk brassards (armbands) to allow them on the course. This latest acquistion to my Vanderbilia collection was a brassard worn by two officials. (0 comments)


  • Feb 21 2009

    The Motor Parkway Bridge Under Old Country Road in Mineola/Carle Place/Garden City

    As discussed yesterday, over the next week, I will be highlighting the Motor Parkway and Vanderbilt Cup Race structures located near the Stewart School in Garden City. Today, the focus is on the Long Island Motor Parkway bridge under Old Country Road (shown within the red circle). (0 comments)


  • Feb 19 2009

    The Parkway Behind the Stewart School in Garden City

    I am very excited to be visiting the Stewart School in Garden City this Tuesday. I will be consulting with a group of dedicated 4th and 5th graders who are researching the Long Island Motor Parkway. (1 comments)


  • Feb 18 2009

    The Toll Kiosks of the Motor Parkway

    Bruce, according to my research, eight of the 20 Long Island Motor Parkway toll collection structures were kiosks, booths or shanties. As discussed last week, it is my opinion that the above kiosk at Nassau Boulevard (as seen on July 9, 1938) was originally built by the Motor Parkway. As shown below, the (0 comments)


  • Feb 18 2009

    Newsday “Vanderbilt Museum gets a donation from a Vanderbilt”

    Bill Bleyer of Newsday reported on Tuesday that Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Conner of Mahattan, a cousin of Willie K., has contributed $10,000 to help the "financially troubled institution keep its doors open". (0 comments)


  • Feb 17 2009

    The Ronkonkoma Lodge in 1930

    Last week, I posted images of the Long Island Motor Parkway toll collection structures at the western terminus in Queens. Here is a rare photo of the Ronkonkoma Lodge on the other end of the Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma. As with the Rocky Hill Road Toll Booth, the Ronkonkoma (4 comments)


  • Feb 15 2009

    Alco Mechanics at Work

    Over 250 people have come to see the Alco-6 Racer since its return to Long Island including Joyce and Richard Roman of West Babylon. Joyce is the granddaughter of Jens Thorvald Jansen, one of the Alco mechanics who prepared the car prior to its victory in the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race. (0 comments)


  • Feb 13 2009

    Newsday Cites Sayville Presentation

    Newsday cited tomorrow's "Long Island Motor Parkway" presentation at the Sayville Historical Society in its Explore Long Island section. (0 comments)




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