Winner of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race and the First American Grand Prize (1908)
Born: February 5, 1882, Pre-Saint-Gervais, France
Died: March 13, 1960, 78 years
Louis Wagner had a distinguished racing career lasting 24 years. His greatest victories were the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with a 80-hp Darracq and the 1908 American Grand Prize with a 120-hp Fiat.
Feb 17 2014
Bob and Ruth Valentine forwarded this never-before-published photo of a Vanderbilt Cup Racer.
Feb 14 2014
Sam Berliner III, the convenor (and father) of the Long Island Motor Parkway Panel, has forwarded this week's film of the week.
Jan 26 2014
Several of my favorite Louis Wagner images and a film clip from the 1906 race.
Dec 21 2013
Wiliam K. Vanderbilt Jr loved competitive sports and was a member of his St. Mark's Preparatory School's football team (first row, far right).
Jan 26 2013
One of the most exciting locations to watch the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was Manhasset Hill (Spinney Hill) located now at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and East Shore Road/Community Drive
Aug 16 2012
Presentation:“The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island: Racing on Roslyn Roads”, Roslyn NY
As part of the lecture series sponsored by the Roslyn Landmark Society, Howard Kroplick will be presenting an overview of the Vanderbilt Cup Races with a focus on racing in the Roslyn area.
Jul 26 2012
Thechicaneblog.com has a "Reader's Mystery Photo" of "Wagner in 100 HP Darracq making a turn at Krug's Corner in the Vanderbilt Cup Race".
Apr 06 2012
Fred Wagner was the official starter of all the Vanderbilt Cup Races with the exception of the 1904 race. Accordingly, Wagner was the "Zelig" of early racing and captured in hundreds of photos. Here are my some of my favorites.
Jan 31 2012
Krug's Hotel, on the north-west corner of Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in Mineola, was a favorite viewing site for the 1904, 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races. This Then & Now look found a rarity- A building on the Vanderbilt Cup Race course that is still standing!
Dec 17 2011
It’s safe to say the motoring press gave little credence to Louis Wagner’s Darracq racer as a prospect for winning the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup despite a victory by the same marques in the same race just one year prior. The Motor Way described Wagner’s racer as “the peculiar
Oct 29 2011
No greater evidence of the success of the Vanderbilt Cup Race emerged than when popular culture embraced it.
Jun 29 2011
Eric M: "Can you provide a sampling of your favorite Vanderbilt Cup Race and Long Island Motor Parkway images?":
Dec 23 2010
The daybreak start of the Vanderbilt Cup Races attracted thousands of adventurous men and women who streamed into Long Island from New York City. With hotels and roadhouses overflowing, they camped, gambled, drank, socialized, and established a tradition of revelry that became a hallmark of the event. Women made up
Dec 10 2010
Photos of the exciting finishes of the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island:
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: February 1, 2012):
Aug 01 2010
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Jun 24 2009
Last week, a photo was posted of Elsie Janis on stage for the 1906 musical The Vanderbilt Cup. The above recently restored photo was taken during the same night as the drivers and mechanicians posed with Elsie Janis after the show.
May 20 2009
Have you always wanted to own a historic race car and a winner of the Vanderbilt Cup Race? No, the Alco-6 Black Beast Racer is not available. In a VanderbiltCupRaces.com exclusive, the Darraqcthat is believed to have won the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with driver Louis Wagner is being offered
Mar 10 2008
The 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was one of the most exciting sporting events of its era- drawing over 200,000 spectators to Long Island. This rare film shows the race action among the French, Italian, German and American cars at the grandstand on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury and the Hairpin Turn at Wheatley