Apr 20 2011

From the Hank Wieand Bowman Collection: Vanderbilt Cup Races (1915-1937)

Hank Wieand Bowman was considered the premier author of boating articles in the 1950s. Bowman also wrote several books on automobiles including; "Sports Cars in Competition" and "Famous Old Cars". In developing his research, he accumulated a large collection of automobile and boating photos. Tony Sundstrom has forwarded several Vanderbilt Cup Race photos from the Bowman Collection:


The start of the 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race held at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California. The eventual winner, the #9 Peugeot, driven by Dario Resta can be seen in the front row.


Action during the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race held at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, New York.


Tazio Nuvolari, winner of the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race, accepting the Vanderbilt Cup from 22-year old George Vanderbilt III.


German Bernd Rosenmeyer in an Auto-Union starting a qualifying run prior to the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Note: The swastika logo- rarely seen on German racers outside of Germany during this period.


German Ernst Delius in his #18 Auto-Union during the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Winner Rosenmeyer accepting the Vanderbilt Cup.

Thanks Tony Sundstrom, Hank Wieand Bowman and the Bowman Family for your contributions to VanderbiltCupRaces.com.

Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com:

Archives:1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race

1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race Archives

1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race


Apr 21 2011 Jean-Yves Lassaux 7:09 AM

Hi Howard,
The winner of the 1915 Vanderbilt Cup was Dario Resta in the Peugeot EX3 #9 (already winner of the GP one week before). DePalma drove the Mercedes GP #22 and finished 4th. (visible in the middle of the first row next to the Peugeot). With this car (ex Louis Wagner, 2nd in the 1914 ACF GP at Lyon) owned by E.C. Patterson, DePalma won the Indianapolis 500 in may 1915.

Apr 21 2011 Howard Kroplick 2:24 PM


Good catch! Thanks!,


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