Jul 16 2013

The Hempstead Control in the 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race

The 1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race consisted of ten laps of the 30-mile course with controls in Hicksville and Hempstead.

At the controls, the drivers were required to stop between two tapes 25 feet apart, and, upon doing so, their arrival time was recorded and handed to an escort, who was on a bicycle. If a driver failed to come to a halt between the tapes the clock kept running until they backed up and stopped. Then cars  were then inspected and allowed to proceed slowly over railroad tracks led by officials on bicyles.

In Hicksville, the cars were required to spend 3 minutes in control and in Hempstead 6 minutes. After that their departure time was recorded on the card and dropped in the box. The entrance and exit times were then reported to the officials’ grandstand by telephone for consolidated record keeping and race tracking.

As you can see here, the Hempstead Control made a wonderful photo opportunity.


Howard Kroplick




Jul 17 2013 Joe Oesterle 4:52 AM

Do you know exactly where these old pictures were taken?
-joe o

Jul 17 2013 Ted 10:47 PM

As always,it’s amazing what you find and keep us all informed about it,there’s always something interesting ,that’s why this is one of the top rated sites and most used. Keep it coming.

Jul 17 2013 Howard Kroplick 10:52 PM

Joe, that will need a little more research. Who is up for the challenge?

Jul 18 2013 Ted 11:30 PM

I’ve been searching and found something. The #17 Simplex breaking down near the end of the race at Hemstead Control,it lost the left rear tire. #16 is the Gray Wolf and there’s the Fiat filling station. How’d I do?

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