Vincenzo Lancia

A crowd favorite in the 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races

Nationality: Italian
Born: August 21, 1881
Died: February 15, 1937 55 Years


One of the most popular drivers even to participant in the Vanderbilt Cup Races, Vincenzo Lancia had a huge lead in the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race when he collided with the Christie racer with only two laps to go.

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