Photo of the Week
FROM THE SCHS LIBRARY ARCHIVES
“How shall we know it is us without our past?”
– John Steinbeck
Vanderbilt Cup Race & Course, 1904
by Wendy Polhemus-Annibell, Head Librarian
Vanderbilt Cup Race and Course, 1904. Photograph by Hal B. Fullerton taken in Jericho, NY, on October 8, 1904. (Image from the Harry T. Tuthill Fullerton Collection of the Suffolk County Historical Society Library Archives. Copyright © Suffolk County Historical Society. All rights reserved. [To view the Fullerton photograph, please visit the SCHS website.])
The Vanderbilt Cup Race, the first international road race ever held in the United States, took place in Nassau and Queens counties, Long Island, on October 8, 1904. The race course included over 30 miles of public roads, with Jericho Turnpike, Massapequa-Hicksville Road, and Hempstead-Bethpage Turnpike forming its sides. Running clockwise and beginning in Westbury, the roads were connected by turns in Jericho, Plainedge, and Queens. Eighteen racers participated in the first race in 1904, and George Heath’s French Panhard was the first car over the finish line. The popular Vanderbilt Cup races, held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910, were the most prestigious sporting events of their day, drawing huge crowds from 25,000 to over 250,000 spectators.
Suggested Reading: Vanderbilt Cup Races of Long Island, by Howard Kroplick (2008).
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