Mercedes #5 (1908)
Owned by William K.Vanderbilt, Jr.-Reportedly same Mercedes that broke the one-mile land speed record in 1904
Finish Place: 4
Jan 02 2017
This holiday weekend's Mystery Foto was a never-before-published image from the Helck Family Collection, gifted from Joel Finn in 1970.
Jan 14 2015
The Velocity Channel's 2013 AmeriCARna "Vanderbilt Cup" episode focused on the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island and the Vanderbilt Cup trophy. This three-minute segment highlighted the Elllison Avenue LIRR Bridge on the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race course and the creation of the Long Island Motor Parkway.
Jan 03 2015
From 1904 to 1908, William K. Vanderbilt Jr. owned 90-HP Mercedes automobile(s) which he used as race car, a hill climber and a course patrol car. The mystery is determining how many 90-HP Mercedes did Willie K. actually own during this period; 1,2,3 or 4?
Dec 27 2014
VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive:The 1908 Race Album of William Luttgen & William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
William Luttgen participated in four Vanderbilt Cup Races, three as a driver (1904, 1906, and 1908) and one as a mechanician (1905). Today, I met with his grandson Robert Luttgen of Key Biscayne, Florida, who brought along a rare photo album of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Dec 15 2014
Mystery Foto #98 Solved:The #4 Chadwick on the Ellison Ave RR Bridge During 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Frank Femenias has forwarded this weekend's Mystery Foto that he discovered while searching the Detroit Public Library's National Automotive Collection.
Apr 30 2014
The MTA is proposing to build a new bridge over the LIRR tracks at Ellison Avenue in Westbury for $39.2 million. The 1899 bridge was used as part of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race course.
Dec 07 2013
Ron M. Jr: "I love the site. Thank you for your hard work on it. I am a Long Island postcard collector and am wondering if you have a complete 'checklist' of the Long Island Vanderbilt Cup postcards that were produced. I have a few and am interested in learning
Dec 05 2013
The primary goal of the newly built Long Island Motor Parkway for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race was to keep crowds under control and off the course. Unfortunately, chaos once again prevailed at the end of a Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Oct 23 2013
In celebration of the 105th anniversary of the Fourth Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 24, 1908, here are several of my favorite race images photographed near the grandstand and press box/officials' stand in the Hempstead Plains (now Levittown).
Feb 25 2013
Last Friday's mystery photos of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race were courtesy of the Witmer Photograph Collection of the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society in Port Washington.
Jan 28 2011
Relatives of William Luttgen, who participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races from 1904 to 1908, met earlier this month for a family reunion. As part of the celebration, this 4-minute film was created documenting the career of this road racing pioneer.
Jan 17 2011
From Lisa Conley: "Howard, I finally can answer your question about what my grandfather William Luttgen did after he quit racing. I got a lot of stories from several family members over the past year and have compiled them. Thanks for all the fun and sharing!"
Aug 11 2010
Robert Richer comments: "Yes, there was a time when the “pit men” who serviced the cars were actually in a pit below the racing surface. What a terrifying view it must have been."
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: December 31, 2011):
Jul 31 2010
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Feb 10 2010
One innovation of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race was the first use of service racing pits in an American automobile race.
Nov 07 2009
In response to a Luttgen family request, this week I have been profiling William Luttgen, who participated in four Vanderbilt Cup Races as a driver and mechanician. Prior posts included his initial success as a driver (1904), his dramatic experince as a mechanician (1905) and his return as a driver (1906). Today, we