Vanderbilt Cup Races
This 1949 aerial is looking north towards East Meadow (my childhood hometown) and Westbury. (6 comments)
Congratulations to Tim, Frank Scotty, Greg Tsistinas, Steve Lucas, Brian McCarthy, Frank Femenias, susansmoose, Gary Hammond, Art K., and Joe Oesterle for correctly identifying last Friday's Mystery Foto. (10 comments)
A constant throughout the Long Island days of the races associated with the Vanderbilt Cup Races was track announcer Peter Prunty. A slender man, Prunty wielded a megaphone nearly three feet long and shouted updates to the spectators in the grandstands. (4 comments)
As part of the Hutton House Lecture Series for the Winter 2013, LIU Post has announced that "The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island" will be presented on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Lorber Hall, LIU Post, Brookville, NY. (3 comments)
Here are summary stats for the Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910.
The winners of the Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island were typically not the fastest cars but the ones that were the most durable with the fewest tire problems. The car and tire manufacturers assisted the drivers by setting up repair and tire stations throughout the courses. (2 comments)
Tim Ivers: "Howard, the 1932 Hagstrom Map shows an overpass over the LIMP (Bloomingdale Road extension) which connected with Hempstead Tpke. The overpass is about halfway between Jerusalem Avenue on the west and Wantagh Rd (Ave.) on the east. Are there any known photos of this overpass, or other information?"
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.
In May 2011, Howard Kroplick visited the Cablevision studios of "Davidson & Company" to discuss his book "Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island".
Enjoy these photos taken on December 24, 2009 of the Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses. (2 comments)