Started a total of 41 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most of any driver in the track's history.
Nationality: United States
Born: May 3, 1885 Indianapolis, Indiana
Died: October 15, 1918 Indianpolis, Indiana 33 Years
Fine racing driver who was a victim of the strain of influenza that killed so many in 1918, whilst serving his country in World War 1. Aitken started a total of 41 races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the most of any driver in the track's history. Fluent in French, he helped Jules Goux to success before World War 1. His widow, Bessie, went on to live until the age of 102!
Nov 05 2016
The fourth post from the John E. Roosevelt Family Album features photos of the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Races taken at the Masspaequa-Hicksville Turn in Plainedge.
Nov 23 2015
The weekend has passed, so it is time to reveal answers to the Mystery Friday Foto!
Jul 23 2013
The 34th bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the parkway bridge over Merrick Avenue connecting Westbury and East Meadow.
Jun 04 2013
Going west to east, the ninth Motor Parkway toll collection structure was the Meadow Brook Lodge located west of Merrick Avenue in Westbury.
Jan 08 2011
The decision of the Indianapolis Speedway to hold one major 500-mile race in 1911 with an unheard purse of $25,100 (equal to $571,000 today) attracted the best racing teams and drivers. Not surprisingly, many of the drivers who participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and its associated races also drove in the Inaugural
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: January 31, 2012):
Aug 01 2010
Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com (Updated: December 31, 2011):
Jul 06 2010
A large field of 30 cars raced in the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 1, 1910. The race was run on the same course as in 1909- a total of 12.64 miles including 5.15 miles of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The winner needed to complete 22 laps of the course for a total of 278.08
May 15 2009
In celebration of the Indianapolis 500 Race on Memorial Day, this film shows the first Indy 500 Race held on May 30, 1911. Highlights include:
Mar 04 2009
Three of the 16 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race photos from the Hayden Allen Collection document the first Motor Parkway Bridge encountered by the drivers in the 1908 to 1910 races. I believe these photos are the only known images of the Merrick Avenue Bridge during the races.