Tag: Roosevelt Raceway

  • Aug 18 2012

    Then & Now: The East Norwich Turn of the Vanderbilt Cup Races

    The north-east corner of the 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races was the East Norwich Turn located at the intersection of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road and North Hempstead Turnpike (25A). Here is a "Then & Now" analysis.

  • Feb 21 2012

    Aerial Views of Roosevelt Raceway After 1937

    After the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race, no major road race was held at Roosevelt Raceway. But, as documented by these aerials, the track was soon used in for midget racing and then harness horse racing.

  • Dec 26 2011

    Spectacular Aerials of Roosevelt Field and Roosevelt Raceway (1924-1938)

    There is nothing like a good vintage aerial to document roads, buildings and bridges. These are several of my favorite aerials taken over Roosevelt Field and Roosevelt Raceway from 1924 to 1938:

  • Sep 10 2011

    Cradle of Aviation Archives: Amazing 1937 Aerials of Roosevelt Raceway

    In April 2010, the Cradle of Aviation Museum received a gift of the photographic archives of a man long-associated with Long Island aviation. Among the hundreds of photos in the collection was one box of 265 negatives and glass plates related to Long Island automobile racing. The images were taken by photographer

  • Apr 16 2011

    Midget Auto Racing at Roosevelt Raceway in 1939

    Only two major road races were ever held at the Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury- the 1936 and 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Races. As described in Joel E. Finn's book American Road Racing The 1930s, "there was no future for Roosevelt Raceway as an automobile racing facility... two strikes and out". However, this Fairchild

  • May 26 2010

    From the Drennan Collection: 1937 Roosevelt Raceway “Australia” Mystery Solved

    Onelung: Question: "One of the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race photos in the April 9, 2010 post shows the Italian Alfa Romeo team in front of garages at Roosevelt Raceway. You can clearly see the beginning of the word ITALY above one of them. Can you explain why "Australia" appears on the door in

  • 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

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