The third post from the John E. Roosevelt Family Album features rare photos of the 1909 Long Island Stock Car Derby, also known as the Long Island Motor Derby and the Long Island Derby.
Gladys Roosevelt, the daughter of John E. Roosevelt and the second cousin of President Teddy Roosevelt, documented the series of five races held on September 29, 1909, one month prior to the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race. One-half of the 18 drivers participated in one or more Vanderbilt Cup Races or Sweepstakes including: Louis Chevrolet, Ralph DePalma, Bob Burman, Frank Lescault, Louis Disbrow, Arthur See, Herb Lytle, Hughies Hughes, and William Sharp.
The races were run over a 22.75 miles course from Riverhead to Mattituck and back. The five classes were determined by the selling price range. Each driver was required to complete four laps (91 miles) to ten laps (227.5 miles) depending on the class.
#1 Rainier- Driven by Louis Disbrow
#2 Mercedes- Driven by George Armstrong
#4 Apperson- Driven by Herb Lytle and mechanician James Bates
Caption: Apperson which upset on the first lap, injuring Lytle and killing the mechanician James Bates.