Apr 08 2010

Film “Willie K. Driving in the 1905 Ormond-Daytona Beach Automobile Races”

This 30-second film is the only known record of William K, Vanderbilt Jr. driving in an automobile race.

In the first heat for the Sir Thomas Dewar Trophy at the Ormond-Daytona Beach races held on January 24,1905, Vanderbilt in his #1 90-HP Mercedes competed against the #6 Mercedes driven by Edward Hawley, the #5 Napier driven by Arthur McDonald and the #4 steamer driven by Louis Ross. In a surprise, the 20-HP steamer won the heat and then went on to win the final race for the Dewar Trophy.


Apr 11 2010 Hugh Nutting 12:10 AM

More great stuff - thanks HK

Apr 11 2010 Robert Luttgen 8:50 AM

Do we know who the mechanic was that rode with Willie K. on his Number 1 Mercedes?

Apr 25 2010 Howard Kroplick 2:04 PM

Hi Robert:

Great question! I have never been able to document who the mechanician was. I will try to find out on my next visit to the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum archives.


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