After his 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race victory, George Robertson
was considered by many to be America’s premier race driver. Only weeks earlier he scored impressive stock car victories driving a Simplex in the 24-hour race at the Brighton Beach track and then in a Locomobile 40 at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. His driving career was cut short while practicing for the 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race when a newspaperman riding with him to develop a story panicked and clutched the driver as he entered a sharp turn. Robertson suffered injuries
to his right arm that made it impossible for him to drive the heavy cars of the day in competition.