One of the most exciting locations to watch the first Vanderbilt Cup Race was the turn from Massapequa-Hicksville Road onto the new Bethpage-Hempstead Turnpike in present day Plainedge. Here's the "Then & Now."
This section of the course was rough and narrow and seen as particularly treacherous. The turn onto the new Bethpage-Hempstead Turnpike had been the biggest problem area in Nassau County, with loose stone and ruts creating a significant hazard. American Mutoscope and Biograph Company elected to station their second film crew at this vantage point.
Fernand Gabriel driving a DeDietrich for France
George Heath driving the winning Panhard for France
Paul Sartori driving a FIAT for italy
Albert Clement, Jr. driving the Clement-Bayard for France
Charles Schmidt driving the Packard "Grey Wolf" for the USA
William Luttgen driving a Mercedes for Germany
1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race Film
In one of the first films of an American sporting event, the Massapequa turn can be seen at the following marks: 0:29 seconds to 1:20 minutes and 1:39 to 1:56 minutes.
As seen in the "Now" photos, the semi-circle design of the turn remains unchanged from 1904.