Mystery Foto #4 Solved: A View of #54 Lancia Crashing at the Massapequa-Hicksville Road Turn in 1910
Chuck Rudy, Jr. challenged you to identify this panoramic view of an accident from a Long Island Motor Parkway bridge.
Answers to Mystery Foto questions:
- Identify the location of the photo and the Long Island Motor Parkway bridge.
The photo was taken from the Massapequa-Hicksville Motor Parkway Bridge looking north at the "Massapequa Turn." A banked temporary road was built to connect the Motor Parkway and the Massapequa-Hicksville Road seen in the middle of the photo.
- Identify the date of the photo and the race Hint: The caption on the back of the photo reads: "the crowd running over to the accident of the 54".
The photo was taken on October 1, 1910 during the Massapequa Sweepstakes, which was run concurrently with the Vanderbilt Cup Race. The spectators were running to the #54 Lancia driven by William Knipper and mechanician August Disher. They had just crashed into a telegraph pole at the Massapequa Turn.
Congrats to Tim Ivers, Dick Gorman, Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner (see Kleiner's Korner), Frank Femenias (see Femenias' Findings), Greg O., and Ariejan Bos for identifying the Massapequa-Hicksville Motor Parkway Bridge and the Massapequa Turn for the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race course.
Kudos to Tim Ivers, Dick Gorman, Steve Lucas, Art Kleiner, Frank Femenias, and Ariejan Bos for identifying the accident involving #54 Lancia driven by William Knipper.
"The crowd running over to the accident of the 54."
There was not one person in the photo who was not wearing a hat or cap.
Massapequa-Hicksville Road Motor Parkway Bridge
Robert Burman driving the #27 Marquette-Buick off the temporary road during the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race. William Knipper crashed into the same telegraph pole.
A view looking south to the Massapequa-Hicksville Road Motor Parkway Bridge at the 1909 or 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
A view from the same bridge during the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
#54 Lancia driven by William Knipper
The Lancia after crashing into a telegraph pole.
One spectator, Morris Levinson of Manhattan, was hit by the Lanica and suffered a broken leg. This photo may have captured Levinson being taking away by an ambulance. Submitted by Chuck Rudy, Jr.
Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 30, 1910
From Detroit Public Library
Motor Age, October 6, 1910
The New York Times, October 2, 1910
Washington Evening Star, October 1, 1910
Femenias' Findings (Submitted by Frank Femenias)
Mount Corona (see below comment)