Race Receives Poor Reviews

During the 1910 race, two mechanicians were killed and several spectators were injured. In addition to Charles Miller, Chevrolet’s mechanician, Matthew Bacon, the mechanician for driver Harold Stone, was killed in a first lap accident when their Columbia car leaped over the Newbridge Avenue Bridge in East Meadow. Much of the press leveled criticism of reckless disregard for human safety at the race management. The New York World’s scathing editorial cartoon of the Grim Reaper presenting the Vanderbilt Cup to the winning ALCO was an example of some of the more sensationalist coverage that proliferated in the age of yellow journalism.