In another VanderbiltCupRaces.com exclusive, this image may be the only photo showing the #17 Simplex breaking down at the Hempstead Control near the end of the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Holes were cut in the frame of the Simplex prior to the race in order to make the weight requirements. Almost immediately the car began collapsing. In this photo, the Simplex had lost its rear left tire as it approached the Hempstead Control on Fulton Street.
The gasoline filling setup for the Fiat cars.
Supply men awaiting action and an excited spectator.
A family used their car as a viewing stand.
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This VanderbiltCupRaces.com film on the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race shows the Simplex passing the crowds at the grandstand at the 7 second mark.