Joe Tracy drove in three Vanderbilt Cup Races (1904, 1905, and 1906). But, after driving the Locomobile to a 10th place finish in the 1906 Race, he decided to retire from racing . However, Joe never lost his love for speed and the "Old 16" Locomobile. In June 1946, Tracy was given another opportunity for glory. Peter Helck choose 73-year old Joe Tracy to drive "Old 16" at the Automotive Golden Jublilee sponsored by the Veteran Motor Club of America at the Mineola Fairgrounds.
In the above 1946 Jubiliee photo from the Helck Family Collection, Joe Tracy can be seen behind the wheel of "Old 16", the great artist and "Old 16" owner Peter Helck is on the far left and Peter's son Jerry Helck, the mechanician for the race, is on the far right.
Although the race was an exhibition of "Race of the Racers between Race Cars of Yesterday", Joe took the three-lap race very seriously. Reaching speeds of over 100 miles per hour, Joe and "Old 16" took the checkered flag winning by 6 inches over Bobby Breese in his Breese Special.
The 1946 Jubilee victory may have been the last great victory for Joe Tracy and "Old 16" and was captured in a film by the Long Island Old Car Club. A copy of this long-forgotten film was discovered by Walter McCarthy and will be posted on VanderbiltCupRaces.com in the near future.