Winner of the 1912 and 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Races
Nationality: Italy later United States
Born: December 31, 1882 Troia, italy
Died: March 31, 1956- 73 Years
Early motor racing in Mercedes cars is closely associated with the name Ralph de Palma. One of the highlights in his career was February 26, 1914. At the wheel of a Mercedes racing car named "Gray Ghost", the American of Italian origin competed for the Vanderbilt Cup staged in Santa Monica, California/USA in that year – a thrilling race which he won, as he had done already in 1912, in a 140 hp Mercedes Grand Prix racing car.
Jan 14 2017
James Melton (1904-1961) was a popular singer for over 30 years from the 1920s and had a successful career on stage, radio and film. Melton was also one of the most prominent early antique car collectors.
Oct 01 2016
The third post from the John E. Roosevelt Family Album features rare photos of the 1909 Long Island Stock Car Derby, also known as the Long Island Motor Derby and the Long Island Derby.
Sep 12 2016
The Helck Family Collection challenges you to identify this weekend's Mystery Foto. Louis Slawe also needs your help identifying this automobile or spaceship spotted last month on the Jersey Shore.
Aug 29 2016
Joel Friedman challenged you to solve this weekend's super Mystery Foto.
Nov 20 2015
Automotive historian and author Harold Osmer has posted six videos of his presentation on Sanata Monica road racing. This video features the 1914 and 1916 Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Nov 07 2015
VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive-The Helck Family Memoirs #1: Old 16 at the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race
Jerry Helck, former owner of the Old 16 Locomobile and son of the great artist Peter Helck, has agreed to share family memoirs related to the Vanderbilt Cup Races. In the first post of the series, Jerry recalls when Old 16 was brought to the Old Timers Exhibition of the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup
Aug 09 2015
I was not on the fence whether to use this photo as this weekend's Mystery Foto.
Feb 25 2015
For the first Vanderbilt Cup Race held outside of Long Island, a total of 14 entries raced on a 17.1 mile road course in Savannah and Effingham on November 27, 1911.
Feb 18 2015
Steve Evans has posted a "Classic Profile" of the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race on ClassicCars.com .
Feb 12 2015
In the second post featuring photos from his collection, race car driver, team owner and writer Gary Faules has provided these up close images of drivers and race cars from the 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Oct 22 2014
The 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race was held in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California.
Oct 15 2014
Only eight race cars participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Race held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 2, 1912.
Feb 07 2014
Dick Rowley has forwarded this link to a 26-minute 1953 film on creating a hot rod club in 1953. Ralph DePalma, winner of the 1913 and 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Races can be seen at the 13:18, 23:26, 23:40 and 23:49 marks.
Oct 21 2013
This week's Mystery Foto was a real challenge. Where in the world was the Vanderbilt Cup Trophy?
Oct 23 2012
Despite a long racing career dating back to 1902, Barney Oldfield's first Vanderbilt Cup Race was the 1914 294-mile race held in Santa Monica. Wayne Carroll Petersen, the great great nephew of Barney Oldfield, has provided these photos of Oldfield preparing for the Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Aug 23 2012
Hemmings Daily has posted an article on this weekend's Milwaukee celebration of the 1912 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Aug 13 2012
As a follow-up to the May 2012 post on pioneer driver Joan Newton Cueno, reporter Mike Eldred has forwarded his article on Cueno's 1910 automobile exhibition held in Wilmington, Vermont.
Jul 28 2012
In 1917, three of the most famous daredevil drivers were veterans of the Vanderbilt Cup Races; Barney Oldfield (1914 & 1915), Louis Chevrolet (1905, 1908, 1909,& 1910) and Ralph De Palma (1911,1912, 1914 & 1915). On August 17, 1917, over 40,000 spectators came to Sheepshead Bay Track in Brooklyn to watch match races among the three drivers.
Jul 14 2012
In 1915 both the Vanderbilt Cup Race and the American Grand Prize were held in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California.
Jun 29 2012
Just in time for its 100th anniversary, race historian Joel E. Finn has written a wonderful book on the 1912 Vanderbilt Cup Race and 1912 Grand Prix held in Milwaukee.
May 12 2012
Both the 1914 and 1916 Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on the beautiful Santa Monica, California road course bordering on the Pacific Ocean. Check out the changes over the last 98 years.
Feb 02 2012
David Greenlees' Oldmotor.com website has posted this photo taken prior to the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup Race. I believe it may be the only image of three Vanderbilt Cup Race winners together.
Jan 16 2012
Racing returned to Savannah in November, 1911. The Vanderbilt Cup and the Grand Prize were to be held within three days of each other. Savannah welcomed the racers, holding lavish parties and improving the circuit that AAA’s Fred Wagner called, “the finest road course in the world.”
Jun 09 2010
Congratulations to Michael Ferner of Bitburg, Germany for correctly identifying the drivers in VanderbiltCupRaces.com's first Mystery Photo Contest. Here are the five drivers who posed at an Automobile Oldtimers Club meeting in November 1940.
Aug 10 2008
Excellent article from emercedesbenz.comon Ralph DePalma, winner of the 1912 and 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Mar 10 2008
The Vanderbilt Cup Race was held for the first time on the West Coast on public roads in Santa Monica, California in 1914. The actual race was captured as the backdrop for a Mack Sennett slapstick Keystone film "Mabel at the Wheel" later called "Hot Finish" starring Mabel Normand, Ben Turpin,