May 10 2014

Video:“The Location of the Start/Finish Lines of the 1904 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races”

The recent AmeriCarna "Vanderbilt Cup" episode focused on the six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island and the Vanderbilt Cup trophy. This two-minute segment features a trip to Jericho Turnpike in Westbury- the location for the Start/Finish Lines, grandstands and officials' stand/press box for the 1904 and 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races.


The Vanderbilt Cup episode will be repeated throughout this spring and summer . On Long Island, Velocity Channel's AmeriCarna series can be seen on Cablevision's #27 and #727 (HD Channel), DISH Network #246 and Direct TV #281. The  next repeat will be shown on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm.


Happy Mother's Day,

Howard Kroplick

1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

George Heath crossing the Finish Line

A view of the grandstand and officials' stand/press box.

Looking east down Jericho Turnpike.

Note the film camera on top of the press box.

1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

#10 Darracq at the Start Line.

The Darracq winning the race marked by the first use of a checkered flag.

Grandsatnd crowds empty onto Jericho Turnpike after the race.


May 11 2014 S. Berliner, III 6:26 PM

Hate to rain on your parade but today’s Jericho Turnpike is in TWO towns there.  The westbound lanes are in Old Westbury and the eastbound in Westbury proper.  Not remembering how JT was widened, I have no clue where the actual RoW ran but old surveys should tie that in rather tightly, as should photos of the only surviving old house just south of the RoW and east of the finish line, which you showed on a very early blog.  Sam, III

From Howard Kroplick I

Hi Sam, the sections of the villages of Old Westbury and Westbury north of Old Country Road and approximately west of Cantiague Road are all in the wonderful Town of North Hempstead including the grandstand location on Jericho Turnpike.,+NY/@40.7689166,-73.5881027,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x89c286a5e70e140d:0xabeaa59ad34ab6e4

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