Referee Vanderbilt and Chairman Thompson Inspect Locomobile

Vanderbilt took his role of referee very seriously and at times seemed ubiquitous. When driver George Robertson and riding mechanician Glen Etheridge stopped the #16 Locomobile to strap in a spare tire, Vanderbilt (left) and Jefferson DeMont Thompson, chairman of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Commission, inquired about road conditions. Robertson was wearing a racing mask and a scarf on his cap to clean his goggles.