Oct 22 2014

Starting Lineup: The 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race in San Francisco, California


The 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race was held in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California.  The race was held on the San Francisco World's Fair 3.849-mile course on March 6, 1915 consisting of 77 laps for a total of 300.685 miles.

Below are images of 24 of the 31 starters.

Enjoy,

Howard Kroplick

#1 Maxwell driven by Barney Oldfield. Completed all 77 laps and finished 7th, averaging 60.731 mph.

#2 Duesenberg driven by Tom Alley. Completed 41 laps and finished 20th.

#3 Tahis driven by Jack Gable. After 33 laps cracked cylinder and finished 22nd. Racer is currently owned by Randy Reed of La Mesa, California.

#4 Mercer driven by Eddie Pullen. Completed all 77 laps and finished 3rd, averaging 64.514 mph.

#5 Stutz driven by Gil Anderson. Completed 73 laps and finished 13th after being flagged.

#6 Mercer driven by Glover Ruckstell. After completing 72 laps, broke axle and finished 14th.

#7 Edwards driven by Cap Kennedy. After completing 40 laps, lost wheel and finished 21st.

#8 Stutz driven by Harry Grant. After completing 53 laps, broke down due to water in gas tank and finished 17th.

Grant replaced original driver Earl Cooper because of illness.

#9 Peugeot driven by Dario Resta. Completed all 77 laps and finished 1st, averaging 66.443 mph.

Resta taken the checkered flag.

#10 Mercer driven by Louis Nikrent. After 3 laps, broke down due to engine trouble and finished 31st.

#11 Edwards driven by Lou Gandy. Flagged after completing 69 laps and finished 15th.

#12 Simplex Zip driven by Louis Disbrow. Completed all 77 laps and finished 8th, averaging 60.591 mph.

#14 Californian driven by Sands Point native Caleb Bragg. After completing 24 laps, broke crankshaft and finished 25th.

#15 Delage driven by Claude Newhouse. Completed all 77 laps and finished 6th, averaging 62.215 mph.

#16 King driven by Art Klein. Flagged after completing 76 laps and finished 10th.

#17 Maxwell driven by Eddie Rickenbacker. After completing 7 laps, develped engine trouble and finished 28th. Originally scheduled to drive a Peugeot.

#18 Chevrolet driven by Jack LeCain. After 7 laps broke piston and finished 29th.

#19 Duesenberg driven by Eddie O'Donnell. After completing 54 laps, wrecked racer and finished 16th.

#20 Chevrolet driven by Cliff Durant. After completing 7 laps, stripped gears and finished 30th.

#21 Case driven by Eddie Hearne. Flagged after 76 laps and finished 11th.

#22  Mercedes driven by Ralph DePalma. Completed all 77 laps and finished 4th, averaging 63.707 mph.

#24 Parsons driven by Jim Parsons. After completing 32 laps, developed engine trouble and finished 23rd.

#26 Stutz driven by Howdy Wilcox. Completed all 77 laps and finished 2nd, averaging 64.752 mph.

#27 Bugatti driven by John Marquis. After 16 laps, broke spring and finished 26th.

#28 Ono driven by Hughie Hughes. Flagged after 76 laps and finished 9th.

#30 Case driven by Bob Burman. After completing 44 laps, wrecked and finished 19th.

#31 Overland driven by Tom McKelvey. Flagged after 74 laps and finished 12th.

#32 Maxwell driven by William Carlson.  Completed all 77 laps and finished 5th, averaging 63.010 mph.

#33 Hercules driven by Harold Hall. After completing 14 laps, developed engine trouble and finished 27th.

#34 Tomasini driven by T.A. Tomasini. Afer 29 laps, disqualified for poor driving and finished 24th.

#51 Gordon driven by Huntley Gordon. After 51 laps, developed engine trouble and finished 18th.

Summary of entrants and results


Newsreel “1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race”




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