As a follow-up to last week's post on the 1915 Peugeot EX-3, Harold Osmer, an expert on West Coast racing and co-author of the book Real Road Racing:The Santa Monica Races, has provided this wonderful photo of the winning Peugeot at the 1916 Vanderbilt Cup Race held in Santa Monica. As in the 1915 race, the Peugeot was driven by Dario Resta.
Harold provided the following note on the photo:
Caption: "A lot of people after driving a race like that 1916 Santa Monica Vanderbilt Cup] would have cried aloud for some stimulant such as alcohol. Resta simply requested a bottle of milk, and drank the same to the dregs before dismounting." -LA Times-
Keep in mind that when Miller had a look at the Peugeots, he immediately recognized that the key to race engine design and engineering lay in precision, as opposed to brute force. Seeing the French engines first hand enabled him to finalize his own designs and thus produce the Miller engines, unsurpassed on American board tracks. Millers begat Offenhauser, which, in turn, begat Meyer/Drake.
Thus, the early Peugeot race cars are, quite unmistakedly, the most significant race cars ever built.
Dario Resta and the Peugeot would be the last winner of the William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup. The 1916 race was captured in this 30-second newsreel.
Thanks Harold for your contribution to VanderbiltCupRaces.com!