Alco Black Beast wining 1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race
photo courtesy: Howard Kroplick
Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
“My Hunt for the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway”
Community Church of East Williston
“Chain your dogs and lock up your fowls!” heralded posters throughout Long Island in announcing the first international road race ever to be held in America. From 1904 to 1910, six Vanderbilt Cup Races were held on Long Island roads. Developed from the imagination of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr., these races were the most prestigious and thrilling auto races of their day, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to Long Island. Town of North Hempstead Historian Howard Kroplick has researched the Races for more than 13 years, written two books on the Parkway, and maintains an excellent website (VanderbiltCupRaces.com). His talk will feature photographs from the private archives of Willy K. Vanderbilt, rare race films, and an assortment of “Vanderbilia.” A book signing follows; proceeds go to local charities.
More information, and directions, are provided on our Calendar page. There you will also find information about past and future meetings.
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