Named "World's Speed King" in 1911
Nationality: United States
Born: April 23, 1884 Imlay City, Michigan
Died: April 18,1916 Corona , California 32 Years
Killed in a road race, when he crashed his Peugeot. Land speed record ace, known as 'Wild Bob', he was one of the top early racers, winning at Grosse Point in 1905 and the first ever race at Indianapolis in 1909.
Jan 30 2017
Mystery Foto #4 Solved: A View of #54 Lancia Crashing at the Massapequa-Hicksville Road Turn in 1910
Chuck Rudy, Jr. challenged you to identify this panoramic view of an accident from a Long Island Motor Parkway bridge.
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.
Aug 23 2016
From the John Roosevelt Family Photo Album: Action in Hicksville During the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race
In the second post from the John E. Roosevelt Family Photo Album, Gladys Roosevelt, the daughter of John E. Roosevelt and the second cousin of President Teddy Roosevelt, captured accidents and breakdowns that occurred at her viewing location at Old Country Road in Hicksville.
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.
Oct 22 2014
The 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Race was held in conjunction with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, California.
Jun 04 2014
Before there was an Indy 500 Race, the Alco racer participated in three races at the Indianapolis Speedway from July 1 to July 4, 1910. It won the 10-mile and 20-mile race for its class (piston displacement of 451-600 cubic inches) and finished fourth of 14 racers in the 200-mile Cobe Trophy.
Apr 09 2014
Buick entered seven race cars in the Vanderbilt Cup Races and its associated sweepstakes from 1908 to 1910.
Jan 28 2014
Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series #43: Massapequa-Hicksville Motor Parkway Bridge in Plainedge
The 43rd bridge in the series documenting the 60 bridges built by the Long Island Motor Parkway is the Massapequa-Hicksville Road Bridge in Plainedge.
Mar 18 2013
Congratulations to Arejan Bos, Jean-Yves Lassaux and Randy Reed for correctly identifying the Mystery Friday Foto: Driver Bob Burman and his mechanician Jack Gable with a Peugeot at the 1915 Indy 500 Race
Dec 27 2012
One of the most exciting spots to view the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races was from the Long Island Motor Parkway bridge over the Massapequa-Hicksville Road.
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 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
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
Jan 22 2010
On September 10, 1908, the AAA Race Commission announced plans to christen the Motor Parkway with an event called, “The Long Island Motor Parkway Sweepstakes.” Five concurrent stock car races were scheduled for October 10, 1908. The idea was to create an opportunity to test the new course, timing systems, and crowd control for
Apr 21 2009
A.R. Pardington was William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s right-hand man and helped develop both the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway. Last March, a family member Marshall Davies Llyod emailed VanderbiltCupRaces.com requesting photos and films of A.R. I found the photos but no films...
Jan 01 2009
Andrew, my best guess is the photo shows your relative Joe Grenon standing with drivers Bob Burman, Louis Disbrow, and Jack Tower at the Merrimack Valley Course near Lowell, Massachusetts in September 1909. Grenon, Burman and Disbrow all drove Buicks in these races.
Apr 16 2008
VanderbiltCupRaces.com has heard from several relatives of participants in the Vanderbilt Cup Races including George Robertson, Frank Lee, Al Poole and Harry Grant. If your relative participated in the Vanderbilt Cup Races as a driver or mechanician, leave a post or contact us and I will send you complimentary