Locomobile #16 (1908)
First American Car to Win the Vanderbilt Cup Race
Mechanician: Glenn Ethridge
Finish Place: 1
Most famous of all the Vanderbilt Cup racers, the victorious Locomobile of 1908 was the first American machine to win the race. Americans heralded the car for its conquest of international competition.
May 18 2013
From 1908 to 1910, the center of the auto racing world was a 200-yard strip of the Long Island Motor Parkway in the Hempstead Plains, now Levittown.
May 16 2013
It's Mystery Foto Friday time again. Only one simple question: What year was this photo taken?
May 14 2013
The small Locomobile Vanderbilt Cups is one of the most collectible of Vanderbilia. A Locomobile Vanderbilt Cup was sold on EBay last week for $2,300.
Apr 16 2013
Tom Montalbano, author of the the Arcadia book "Syosset", has written this excellent article on the impact of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race on Syosset and Woodbury.
Mar 23 2013
The intersection of Massapequa-Hicksville Road and the Long Island Motor Parkway was a favorite location for watching for watching the 1908, 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Feb 25 2013
Last Friday's mystery photos of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race were courtesy of the Witmer Photograph Collection of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society in Port Washington.
Feb 20 2013
In June 1946, the Veteran Motor Car Club of America sponsored its 50th Anniversary Jubilee featuring a parade of 75 vintage cars and nine races at the Mineola Fairgrounds on Long Island.
Feb 12 2013
VanderbiltCupRaces.com contributor Walter McCarthy has forwarded this July 1944 article by driver Joe Tracy published in Veteran Motor Car Club of America's Bulb Horn. Illustrations were provided by the prominent artist Peter Helck.
Jan 14 2013
Three amazing photos of cars preparing for the start of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Courtesy of Paul Osik.
Aug 20 2012
The closest the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses of Long Island Island ever came to Suffolk County was the Woodbury Turn at the intersection of Woodbury Road and Jericho Turnpike.
Aug 08 2012
Hold the Date 10/3/2012: Public Hearing on Rezoning the Site of the Levittown Grandstand & Press Box
On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Crocus Lane Estates, LLC and Josato, Inc will be petitioning the Hempstead Town Board to rezone the Levittown property on the former location of the Long Island Motor Parkway and Vanderbilt Cup Race grandstand and press box.
Jun 13 2012
A standing-room only crowd at the Levittown Property Owners Association Meeting on Tuesday heard a developer's representative make his case for building senior housing development on a historic section of the Long Island Motor Parkway.
May 30 2012
A model of "Old 16" by artist Richard Feil was auctioned on EBay on May 31, 2012. However, no one met the reserve of $8,500.
May 01 2012
Reporter Bill Bleyer reported in Newsday today that the Oyster Bay Town Board has designated the Maine Maid Inn as a landmark.
Apr 06 2012
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.
Jan 21 2012
When he was conservator at the Henry Ford Museum, Malcolm Collum was responsible for the care and maintenance of "Old 16". Now chief conservator at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Malcolm is sharing six classic "Old 16" images on VanderbiltCupRaces.com: :
Jan 17 2012
The most photographed car in all the Vanderbilt Cup Races was the 1908 winner "Old 16" Locomobile. Among my collection of over 250 "Old 16" images, these are ten of my favorites taken during the race:
Jan 07 2012
VanderbiltCupRaces.com contributor Walter McCarthy has been restoring, collecting and showing vintage automobiles and trucks on Long Island for over 50 years. During this period , Walter has recorded hundreds of vintage car events via photos, slides and films. He has agreed to share these treasures on this website throughout 2012.…
Dec 30 2011
Below are related links to Old 16 Locomobile on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: February 1, 2012):
Dec 19 2011
For the 1948 Veteran Motor Club of America Antique Auto Show, prominent artist Peter Helck, then owner of "Old 16", wrote an article on the Vanderbilt Cup Races for the official program. Supplemented by photos from the book "Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island", this is Helck's colorful description of…
Jun 30 2011
Links related to George Robertson on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: January 1, 2012):
Jun 29 2011
Eric M: "Can you provide a sampling of your favorite Vanderbilt Cup Race and Long Island Motor Parkway images?":
Feb 05 2011
Joe Tracy (1873-1959) was the only driver to participate in the first five races associated with the Vanderbilt Cup Races (1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race, the 1905 American Elimination Race, the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race, the 1906 American Elimination Race, and the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race). As part of the Rare…
Dec 04 2010
The November 14th post -1997 Exhibit and Film “Old 16- An American Legend”- recorded the second highest daily viewership in VanderbiltCupRaces.com history. The primary attraction was the exhibit's film on Old 16 narrated by Paul Newman.
Nov 06 2010
The following email and documents have been received from Peter H. Shriver, the grandson of George Robertson, winner of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Aug 23 2010
For several generations of children on Long Island, a fond memory was riding Nunley's Carousel on Sunrise Highway in Baldwin. Closed in 1995, Nunley's Carousel was restored and relocated to the Cradle of Aviation in East Garden City in 2009. While attending a Thursday cruise night at the museum,…
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: December 31, 2011):
Jun 23 2010
One of the most spectacular vantage points of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race course was the Long Island Rail Road Bridge on Ellison Road in Westbury. Drivers mounting the sharp grade of the bridge would often find the wheels of their cars lifting off the road as if they…
Feb 28 2010
In response to Dean B's email, last Sunday, I started the story of the 1906 Locomobile twins. Here's a recap and Part II.
Feb 27 2010
Dean, thanks for forwarding your neighbor's recollection and for asking the question. I have heard the story of the discarded Locomobiles....from articles by Peter Helck (1893-1988), the great American artist and former owner of the "Old 16" Locomobile. But, let's start at the beginning.
Feb 18 2010
Old 16, the first American car to win a Vanderbilt Cup Race, was manufactured directly across the Long Island Sound in Bridgeport. Here are some photos of the Locomobile factory, one of the largest automobile manufacturing plants of its era. Remember to click on the photo to…
Jan 24 2010
Some of the most sought after Vanderbilia are the Vanderbilt Cup radiator mascots and sterling silver banquet favors issued by the Locomobile Company to celebrate their victory in the 1908 race. These five 1909 and 1910 Locomobile vehicles proudly displayed their Vanderbilt Cup radiator mascots:
Jul 05 2009
In June 1946, the Veteran Motor Car Club of America sponsored its 50th Anniversary Jubilee featuring a parade of 75 vintage cars and nine races at the Mineola Fairgrounds on Long Island. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy and the Long Island Old Car Club, the highlights of the Jubilee have been…
Apr 30 2009
For the 58th Annual Old Car Festival held September 6th & 7th, 2008 held at the Henry Ford, Old 16 was brought out and driven for the last time before being permanently retired to static exhibit according to the Youtube description.
Apr 16 2009
Many great pieces of art have been created based on the exciting Vanderbilt Cup Races, most notably by the wonderful artist Peter Helck. One of the most unusual works of Vanderbilt art is this tin can painting by David Wasserman.
Mar 14 2009
To help promote the 1952 Bridgehampton Road Race, owner Peter Helck and his son Jerry Helck brought Old 16, the winner of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, to the course.
Joe Tracy, who drove in the 1904, 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races, can be…
Aug 11 2008
In celebration of their victory in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, Locomobile offered miniature versions of the cup; a radiator mascot for $2.25 and a paperweight for $1.50.It was reported that Locomobile also provided special silver versions of the cup to the driving team and executives at the November…
Jun 23 2008
A profile of the first American driver to win the Vanderbilt Cup Race in an American car.