This weekend's Mystery Foto documented two Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers preparing for the 1906 race.
Mystery Foto questions:
- Identify the two 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race drivers
Hubert LeBlon-Drove the #1 Thomas to an eighth place finish
Albert Clement, Jr.- Drove the #15 Clement-Bayard to a fourth place finish
- What were these drivers preparing to do in this photo?
They were appearing at the weigh-in with their racers the day before the race on Friday, October 5, 1906. According to the 1906 rules, the race cars could not weigh more than 2,204 pounds.
- Where was this photo taken?
The scales were located at the "Garden City Coal and Wood Yard". Does anyone know the address? Update 3/4/2017: See below map.
Congrats to Art Kleiner, Ariejan Bos and Gary Hammond for identifying Hubert LeBlon and Albert Clement Jr. at the Garden City weigh-in. Kudos to Art Kleiner and Ariejan Bos, who both submitted the below November 1906 issue of Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal documenting the 1906 weigh-in.
A judge of weighting?
"...the most noteworthy feature was the presence of well gowned women, who crowded about the scales with lists of contestants in their hands, and then followed the cars back into the coal yard and clustered about them while they were being lighten by heroic stripping. These women asked no questions, had no eyes nor words for men, but simply watched what was done, and recorded results by pencilled memoranda on therir score cards." See article below.
Submitted by Brian McCarthy: Howard. I was trying to locate where the “Garden City Coal and Wood Yard” might have been located. As you will notice, I circled the “Coal Elev. & Silos” in blue. Perhaps this was the location. You’ll see that I penned in some current rds., etc. in either black or red. My penmanship isn’t the greatest, but I guess my writing sort of matches the rest of the map. The “P.O.” refers to the Post Office on Stewart Ave. I remember the rear entrance from where Commercial Ave curves, then crosses the tracks.
Albert Clement, Jr.
Kleiner's Korner (Submitted by Art Kleiner)
Courtesy of the Detroit Public Library
Cycle and Automobile Trade Journal, November 1906 (Submitted by Art Kleiner and Ariejan Bos)
"Henry Ford was at the scale beam..."
Henry Ford at the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Henry Ford, representing the Detroit Automobile Club, was a member of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Commission.
Ford was a judge of weighing at the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Two years later, he would introduce the Ford Model T.
Was the image of Henry Ford captured at the Garden City weigh-in?