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Published on Jun 22, 2009
The 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race was one of the most exciting sporting events of its era- drawing over 200,000 spectators to Long Island. This rare film shows the race action among the French, Italian, German and American cars at the grandstand on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury and the Hairpin Turn at Wheatley Road in Old Westbury. Among the cars shown are Mercedes, a Fiat driven by Vincenzo Lancia, a front-engine Christie, an air-cooled Frayer-Miller, Panhards and the winning French #10 Darracq. Also look for the 90-hp #9 Locomobile driven by Joe Tracy and his driving mechanician Al Poole. Two years later, this car would become the first American car to win a Vanderbilt Cup Race as "Old 16." More information can be found at VanderbiltCupRaces.com .