In the custom of the day, the crowds typically wore their finest clothes to great public events such as the Vanderbilt Cup Race. Fashion called for virtually all men to wear hats. The dome-shaped bowler with narrow brim was particularly popular.
The six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910 were the greatest sporting events of their day, and the first international automobile road races held in the United States. The races had a far-reaching impact on the development of American automobiles and parkways. This site provides comprehensive information on the races, the Long Island Motor Parkway and current Long Island automotive events, car shows and news.