George Arents, Jr.
Involved in the first fatality of the Vanderbilt Cup Races
Nationality: United States
Died: 1960 85 Years
George Arents Jr. raced the number #5 Mercedes in the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race. In the second lap, his Mercedes rolled off the course, resulting in the death of Carl Mensel, his mechanician. Arents recovered and continued a family tradition in tobacco.
Jul 27 2016
Professor Pau Medrano Bigas, Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Barcelona, has forwarded several articles on William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and the Vanderbilt Cup Races from the Italian magazine La Stampa Sportiva published from 1902 to 1910.
Dec 06 2014
Search: Information on the Bridgehampton Race Circuit. Submitted by Ed Callo. Posted 12/12/2014
Mar 19 2014
Tony Kaye has forwarded a September 1974 article by Henry Austin Clark Jr. on the Vanderbilt Cup Races describing many of the breakdowns and accidents. Here is the section on the 1904 race.
Aug 31 2013
Linda C: "Howard, who is the current owner of the Vanderbilt Cup trophy and how did they obtain it"?
Dec 12 2011
Eighteen racers participated in the first Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 8, 1904. Photos of 17 of the 18 entrants at the Westbury starting line on Jericho Turnpike are shown here for the first time. The #10 Fiat arrived late at the starting line and began with a running start.
Nov 26 2011
In my opinion, the greatest vintage automobile event ever held on Long Island occurred on October 9, 1954 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Vanderbilt Cup Race. The event was organized by Long Island Old Car Club and the Mineola Fair and Industrial Exposition.
Nov 19 2011
The Vanderbilt Cup Races have been celebrated by vintage car clubs and historical organizations for over 75 years. The grandest and most memorable celebration was held on Long Island on October 9, 1954, marking the 50th anniversary of the first Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Sep 07 2011
The inaugural William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup Race in 1904 was the first major international road race in the United States. Although William K. Vanderbilt Jr. was only 26, he was heir to a transportation fortune and had figured prominently in auto racing for nearly 10 years since sponsoring auto races as a
Aug 01 2010
Links to posts related to the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race (Updated: December 31, 2011):
Mar 11 2008
George Arents Jr. (1875 – 1960) made a fortune on patents for cigar- and cigarette-rolling machines and developed a lifelong passion for fast cars and collecting rare tobacco books and manuscripts. His hobby evolved into an extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts housed at The New York Public Library. Unfortunately, his only
Mar 04 2008
In one of the earliest sports films ever made, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race action was captured by cameramen G.W. Bitzer and A.E. Weed of the American Mutoscope & Biograph Company in Westbury and Plainedge.