Designer and driver of the Packard Gray Wolf
Charles Schmidt was one of the early designer of automobiles. Beginning in 1894, Schmidt had over eight year's experience designing cars in his native France. He had been working as a plant superintendant at the Mors factory and as a part-time racing driver before coming to work for the company which became the Packard Motor Car Company.
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.
Feb 23 2015
This weekend's Mystery Foto documented a rarely photographed location for the Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Feb 22 2014
Walter Gosden has discovered an original October 11, 1904 letter from"Nephew Harvey Bell" to his "Uncle John" describing his adventures in a US Long Distance automobile to watch the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race.
Jul 20 2013
Joe Oesterle: Do you know exactly where these old pictures (of the Hempstead Control) were taken?
Jul 16 2013
The 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race consisted of ten laps of the 30-mile course with controls in Hicksville and Hempstead.
Jul 06 2013
One of the most exciting locations to watch the first Vanderbilt Cup Race was the turn from Massapequa-Hicksville Road onto the new Bethpage-Hempstead Turnpike in present day Plainedge. Here's the "Then & Now."
Oct 08 2012
Monday marked the 108th anniversary of the first Vanderbilt Cup Race on October 8, 1904. In celebration of this historic race, here are the two-minute American Biograph film of the race and several of my favorite 1904 race images.
Aug 14 2012
The CSI (Cup Scene Investigation) Team of VanderbiltCupRaces.com has been asked to estimate the number of people who actually attended the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island. First up, the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race held on a 30.24-mile triangular course in Nassau County and Queens.
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.
Apr 09 2011
One of the five American entries in the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race was the 30-HP lightweight dirt-track Packard Gray Wolf. Driven by its designer Charles Schmidt, the first Packard racer had previously set one-mile and five-mile records in January 1904.
Mar 31 2011
In celebration of their Silver Anniversary, the Packard Club commissioned Peter Helck in 1978 to create a special cover painting for The Packard Cormorant, their official magazine.
Aug 01 2010
Links to posts related to the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race (Updated: December 31, 2011):
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.