America's Ace of Aces and Vanderbilt Cup Participant (1906 American Elimination Trial, 1915 & 1916)
Born: October 8,1890 Columbus, Ohio
Died: July 23, 1973 Zurich, Switzerland
Prior to becoming America’s World War I “Ace of Aces”, an aviation industry pioneer, owner of the Indianapolis Speedway and before changing his last name to Rickenbaker, Eddie was one of the leading race drivers in the country.
Oct 21 2013
This week's Mystery Foto was a real challenge. Where in the world was the Vanderbilt Cup Trophy?
Dec 26 2012
Lee Frayer was an automobile innovator, designer of one of the first air-cooled engines, and a driver in the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1911 Indy 500 Race. Scott Noteboom has provided this profile of Lee Frayer, his great-great-grandfather.
Jul 14 2012
In 1915 both the Vanderbilt Cup Race and the American Grand Prize were held in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California.
Jul 06 2012
As in 1905, an American Elimination Trial determined the five racers to represent the United States in the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Of 16 entries, 12 cars survived the practice runs to race on Saturday, September 22, 1906.
Jan 05 2012
John Bayer wrote: "Not sure the guy in mechanician's seat in Frayer-Miller is Rickenbacker, even at 16. Rick's nose was much broader, and several of the Auburn pics you have posted show that...mystery".
Aug 27 2011
Every race car that participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races of 1904 to 1910 carried two men, the driver and a riding mechanic called a mechanician. The mechanician assisted with repairs, helped navigate the course, and, when needed, worked a hand pump to maintain fuel pressure. The mechanician was the…
Nov 29 2010
In 1942, World War I "Ace of Aces" and veteran race car driver Eddie Rickenbacker was appointed by Secretary of War Henry Stimson to inspect air bases. During a late 1942 tour of bases in the Pacific, the B-17 Rickenbacker was flying in ran out of fuel. The crew…
Nov 20 2009
As in 1905, an American Elimination Trial determined the five racers to represent the United States in the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Of 16 entries, 12 cars survived the practice runs to race on Saturday, September 22, 1906. Here are images and profiles of all 16 cars. (Remember to click…
Nov 19 2009
An innovative machine showcased in the 1906 American Elimination Trial was the unique, air-cooled Frayer-Miller entry with designer Lee Frayer at the wheel. The only car to place the driver on the left side, this entry (one of three Frayer-Millers entered in the American Elimination Trial) broke a radius rod…