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Fourth Annual Centennial Celebration of the Vanderbilt Cup Races Returns on September 16th

Fourth Annual Centennial Celebration of the Vanderbilt Cup Races Returns to the Nassau County Museum of Art (Long Island) on September 16, 2007.

In the spirit of England’s Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this year’s meeting will again feature Timed Exhibition Runs for cars with a racing heritage plus a Concours for Classic Cars spanning 100 years of automotive evolution.

Sponsors, participants and spectators are invited to enjoy 145–acres of rolling woodlands with formal gardens and massive sculptures at the museum’s historic Frick Mansion on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn. Meet car collectors and watch sports cars from the past century show their agility on narrow winding roadways reminiscent of automobile racing in the early 20th Century.

In 1904, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. challenged the European automakers to the very first international race in America. Beginning on the farm lanes of Nassau County, these annual races led to completion of America’s first motorway that reached from Queens to Ronkonkoma by 1910.

Mixed media essays on the Long Island Motor Parkway and the early races, an exhibition and sale of automotive art and memorabilia, plus an auction of classic cars are being planned. Families can experience automotive history and sports cars in action. They can also enjoy festivities in the museum: live music, walks through the exhibitions and art activities for children with their parents.

The grounds will open at 8AM on Sunday, September 16th for registration of participants and an awards presentation will begin at 3:30PM. The Nassau County Museum of Art entrance is located –mile west of Glen Cove Road on the north side of Northern Boulevard. The museum charges a parking fee of $2 per car for entry to the grounds and the mansion is open from 10AM to 4PM at $10 per person for non–member adults......Guy Frost