• Jan 14 2009

    The Revival of the Vanderbilt Cup Races in 1936 and 1937

    American Auto racing in the 1930’s had dwindled in the face of the Great Depression. Road racing was dead. Gone, too, were the wood plank bowl speedways of the roaring twenties, leaving the Indianapolis 500 as the one occasion each year to spotlight the sport. The spirit of American road racing (0 comments)


  • Jan 13 2009

    The Alco Black Beast Racer Arrives Back in the US

    I am pleased to announce that the restored Alco Black Beast Racer has arrived in the United States and has passed Customs. The above photo was taken last Friday at a New Jersey warehouse. (0 comments)


  • Jan 11 2009

    Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island Cited in Roslyn News “Year in Review”

    The January 9, 2009 issue of The Roslyn News cited the book Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island in an article 2008: The Year in Review by Joe Scotchie: (0 comments)


  • Jan 11 2009

    Efforts to Save the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum

    Efforts to save the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum were described in the January 10, 2009 issue of the New York Times Enjoy, Howard Kroplick (0 comments)


  • Jan 09 2009

    The Alco at the 1911 Indy 500 Race

    Driver Harry Grant with mechanician Frank Lee drove the 1909 Alco Black Beast in the greatest races of its time; two Vanderbilt Cup Races, two Elgin National Trophy Race, one American Grand Prize and the Inauguaral Indy 500 Race in 1911. (2 comments)


  • Jan 08 2009

    The Henry Ford Museum Cites VanderbiltCupRaces.com

    The Henry Ford Museum has cited VanderbiltCupRaces.com as the only source for information on the races. (1 comments)


  • Jan 07 2009

    A Fresh Meadows View of the Western LIMP Terminus

    Over the last five years, I have been documenting the 44-mile right-of way of the Long Island Motor Parkway from Fresh Meadows, Queens to Lake Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County. The most elusive area to research has been the most westerly section of the Motor Parkway In Queens. This entrance from Horace (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)


  • Jan 03 2009

    VanderbiltCupRaces.com 2008 Year in Review

    Thanks for a great first year! VanderbiltCupRaces.com ended up with the #1 Google ranking among the 178,000 websites that appear for a search on "Vanderbilt Cup Races". The 2008 stats and year in review are below: (0 comments)




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