Darracq #10 (1906)
Winner of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Mechanician: Louis Vivet
Finish Place: 1
Average Speed: 62.7
It’s safe to say the motoring press gave little credence to Louis Wagner’s Darracq racer as a prospect for winning the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup despite a victory by the same marques in the same race just one year prior. The Motor Way described Wagner’s racer as “the peculiar wire wheeled, little blue Darracq,” and The Automobile wrote, “the little car, with its wire wheels and peculiar-shaped radiator, looked anything but a match for the huge juggernauts that had gone before it.”
Mar 15 2017
The Garden City Archives have discovered a small scrapbook of photos from the 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races. The scrapbook was a gift from Dorothy Peters Hubbell, whose family had direct links to the Long Island Motor Parkway and the founding of Garden City.
Sep 07 2016
Michel Marc of France has forwarded a photo of a gift that was given to Louis Wagner by his friends at the Darracq Factory. It currently resides in the home of one of Louis Wagner's heirs.
Sep 03 2016
The location of the grandstand area for the 1904 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races was recently designated by the Village of Westbury as one of six historic landmark sites. Reporter Leigh Anderson takes a "closer look" in this week's issue of Westbury Times.
Aug 19 2016
For over 20 years, artist Peter Helck was a close friend of Louis Wagner, the winner of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race. This friendship was marked a multitude of correspondence between France and the USA, including artwork from Helck and photos from Wagner.
Jun 21 2016
Professor Pau Medrano Bigas, Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona, has forwarded an article on the Vanderbilt Cup Race from a December 1906 French magazine Les Sportes Modernes. Sam Berliner III has provided its English translation.
Mar 21 2016
This weekend's Mystery Foto documented a surprising, memorable moment at Krug's Corner in Mineola.
Mar 14 2015
The Vanderbilt Cup Races made headlines in newspapers and automobile trade journals throughout the United States. The October 11, 1906 issue of The Motor Way featured a 12-page cover story on the 1906 race including these images and illustrations.
Jul 08 2014
Five days after the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race, the winner Louis Wagner was celebrated at a banquet at Cafe Martin in Manhattan. As a special gift for the dinner, each guest received a silk menu.
May 17 2014
On October 14, 1906, the New York Times published a photo of the finish of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
May 10 2014
The recent AmeriCarna "Vanderbilt Cup" episode focused on the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island and the Vanderbilt Cup trophy.This two- minute segment features a trip to Jericho Turnpike in Westbury- the location for the Start/Finish Lines, grandstands and officials' stand/press box for the 1904 and 1906
May 05 2014
This week's Mystery Foto featured a very unique early automobile.
Feb 14 2014
Sam Berliner III, the convenor (and father) of the Long Island Motor Parkway Panel, has forwarded this week's film of the week.
Jan 26 2014
Several of my favorite Louis Wagner images and a film clip from the 1906 race.
Jan 26 2013
One of the most exciting locations to watch the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was Manhasset Hill (Spinney Hill) located now at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and East Shore Road/Community Drive
Aug 16 2012
Presentation:“The Incredible Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island: Racing on Roslyn Roads”, Roslyn NY
As part of the lecture series sponsored by the Roslyn Landmark Society, Howard Kroplick will be presenting an overview of the Vanderbilt Cup Races with a focus on racing in the Roslyn area.
Jul 26 2012
Thechicaneblog.com has a "Reader's Mystery Photo" of "Wagner in 100 HP Darracq making a turn at Krug's Corner in the Vanderbilt Cup Race".
Apr 06 2012
Fred Wagner was the official starter of all the Vanderbilt Cup Races with the exception of the 1904 race. Accordingly, Wagner was the "Zelig" of early racing and captured in hundreds of photos. Here are my some of my favorites.
Jan 31 2012
Krug's Hotel, on the north-west corner of Jericho Turnpike and Willis Avenue in Mineola, was a favorite viewing site for the 1904, 1905 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races. This Then & Now look found a rarity- A building on the Vanderbilt Cup Race course that is still standing!
Dec 17 2011
It’s safe to say the motoring press gave little credence to Louis Wagner’s Darracq racer as a prospect for winning the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup despite a victory by the same marques in the same race just one year prior. The Motor Way described Wagner’s racer as “the peculiar
Dec 15 2011
Born on February 5, 1882 in Pre-Saint-Gervais, France, Louis Wagner had a distinguished racing career lasting 24 years. His greatest victories were the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with a 80-hp Darracq and the 1908 American Grand Prize with a 120-hp Fiat.
Oct 29 2011
No greater evidence of the success of the Vanderbilt Cup Race emerged than when popular culture embraced it.
Jun 29 2011
Eric M: "Can you provide a sampling of your favorite Vanderbilt Cup Race and Long Island Motor Parkway images?":
Dec 10 2010
Photos of the exciting finishes of the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island:
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: February 1, 2012):
Apr 29 2010
Eight drivers won the 11 William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup Races held from 1904 to 1916. Three drivers, Harry Grant, Ralph DePalma and Dario Resta, were two-time winners.
Mar 30 2010
These are the six winners of the Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910:
Feb 15 2010
As Louis Wagner was about to win the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race in the #10 Darracq, starter Fred Wagner waved what is believed to be the first checkered flag used to signify the finish of an auto race. Here are the winners of the six Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island...the
Dec 30 2009
For the last post of 2009, here are the 17 cars that competed in the third Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 6,1906. The race was won by the #10 Darracq driven by Louis Wagner. Remember to click on the photos to enlarge the image.
May 20 2009
Have you always wanted to own a historic race car and a winner of the Vanderbilt Cup Race? No, the Alco-6 Black Beast Racer is not available. In a VanderbiltCupRaces.com exclusive, the Darraqcthat is believed to have won the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with driver Louis Wagner is being offered
Mar 10 2008
The 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was one of the most exciting sporting events of its era- drawing over 200,000 spectators to Long Island. This rare film shows the race action among the French, Italian, German and American cars at the grandstand on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury and the Hairpin Turn at Wheatley