America's leading driver in 1908
Born: August 1884 Amsterdam, New York
Died: July 24, 1911 Blue River, Wisconsin 47 Years
Lewis Strang’s life is an old-fashioned story of earning the American dream. Educated in private schools, he was a direct descendent of Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam, best known for urging his troops at Bunker Hill, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”
Nov 28 2016
This Mystery Foto is one of my favorite images of the construction of the Motor Parkway.
Feb 07 2015
Exclusive: Glenn Ethridge in the Isotta Fraschini that Won the 1908 Briarcliff Trophy Stock Car Race
A relative of Glenn Ethridge, the mechanician of the winner of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race Old 16, has forwarded this photo and requesting assistance:
Jan 31 2015
Wayne Peterson: "I am trying to get as much information as possible on the Christie Racer as it is being rebuilt."
Jul 05 2014
The 48th bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Plainview Road Bridge in Central Park (now Bethpage). It was one of the original bridges built for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Mar 11 2014
The 45th bridge in the series documenting the 65 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Central Avenue/Long Island Railroad Bridge in Central Park (now Bethpage).
Feb 17 2014
Bob and Ruth Valentine forwarded this never-before-published photo of a Vanderbilt Cup Racer.
Jun 19 2013
The roads on Long Island have certainly changed over the last 107 years. Here is a "Then & Now" of Guinea Woods Road in Old Westbury to prove it.
Jun 08 2013
In celebration of next month's FIAT Freakout National Convention to be held on July 18-21, 2013 in Hauppauge, all 13 FIATs that participated in the 1904, 1905, 1906 and 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Races are featured in today's post.
Jan 14 2013
Three amazing photos of cars preparing for the start of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Courtesy of Paul Osika.
Jun 23 2012
When the Long Island Motor Parkway was completed in October 1908, the first race using the completed 9 miles of the road was not the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, but a series of five concurrent races called the Motor Parkway Sweepstakes. The story of these races and photo highlights are featured in today's
May 21 2012
Ken Parotte, West Monroe, NY: " I have been a long-time Lewis Strang fan through his connection with J. I. Case who is from Williamstown, NY.. .Over the last 30 days, I have visited Lewis Strang’s grave site in the Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY and researched newspaper clippings about
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):
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Feb 06 2010
These are the 17 cars that raced in the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race held on October 24, 1908. The race was run over a 23.46 mile course including 8 miles of the Long Island Motor Parkway. The winner needed to complete 11 laps of the course for a total of 258.06 miles. Remember to click on the photos
Nov 13 2009
Despite his lack of success and total disruption of the 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race, Christie returned to the 1906 American Elimination Trial and the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race with another of his front-wheel drive creations.
May 19 2009
In addition to donating the trophy for the Vanderbilt Cup Races, William K, Vanderbilt, Jr. was a very active referee for all six races held on Long Island. As shown in this photo of the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race, he was always willing to assist when needed.
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: