8 October, 1904 Vanderbilt Cup American Car Races Cars On This Day

The Vanderbilt Cup was launched on this day — a race which would start a reinvigoration of the American automobile industry.

America’s car industry was suffering, so William K. Vanderbilt Jr., heir to a railroad fortune and a pioneering race car driver, decided to set-up the States’ first international road race to rival that of Europe.

The six Vanderbilt Cup races between 1904 and 1910 are still heralded today. Their colour, exhilaration and danger attracted race car fans far and wide, amounting audiences between 25,000 and 250,000 at their peak.

Find out more about some of the classic races here.

Catch a glimpse of some of what it was like in this highlight reel from the Long Island Vanderbilt Cup Races from 1904 to 1937.

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