One of the most exciting spots to view the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races was from the Long Island Motor Parkway bridge over the Massapequa-Hicksville Road.
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An eighth of a mile past the Wantagh Avenue Bridge, the drivers came to the eastern end of the Motor Parkway section of the course at the Massapequa Lodge.
During the race, the racers transitioned from the concrete Motor Parkway onto a temporary crushed stone road just south of the lodge. The temporary road headed north to connect to Massapequa-Hicksville Road.The Motor Parkway bridge over Massapequa-Hicksville Road attracted spectators with a wonderful view of cars making the Massapequa Turn. This is how the 1909 race looked from atop the bridge. Look closely and you can see one car racing on the turn and another stalled on the shoulder of the banked curve. The #8 Alco Black Beast taking the Massapequa Turn. Spectators on the bridge in 1910 witnessed Bob Burman breaking a driving chain at the turn. His #27 Marquette-Buick flew off the banked curve. It is unknown whether Burman hit the telegraph pole.