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The year is 1910. There were six Vanderbilt Cup Races held on Long Island from 1904 to 1910. These represent the first international automobile road races in the United States. The 1910 race was held on October 1st, and the course covered a little over 12 1/2 miles of Long Island roadways. The winner had to complete 22 laps.
Faster cars clocked between 60 and 65 miles per hour, not a bad time for 1910. An estimated 300,000 spectators lined the course – sans barricades – often getting in the way of the competing automobiles. Imagine navigating your car at 65 mph through a crowd the size of Woodstock, and you get a fair idea what the drivers were up against.
Shown here is American driver, William Wallace, who finished in 26th place. Sure, Wallace didn’t win the Vanderbilt Cup for 1910 – but, doesn’t his car look awesome? Maybe if he hadn’t stopped to have his picture taken, Bill might have placed 25th.
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