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1936 GEORGE VANDERBILT CUP
1936 Vanderbilt Grand Prix
1936 George Vanderbilt Cup Program

1936 George Vanderbilt Cup

Between 1904—1916, the Vanderbilt Cup was the first major trophy in American auto racing. An international event, it was founded by William Kissam Vanderbilt II, and contested across 30.24 miles of infant dirt roads throughout Nassau County on Long Island, New York. With a World War and depression cancelling the races after 1916, The Vanderbilt Cup was again in business when William Kissam Vanderbilt II´s nephew, George Washington Vanderbilt III sponsored a 300—mile race at the new Roosevelt Raceway, Long Island, New York. Once again, the Europeans were enticed by the substantial prize money and Scuderia Ferrari entered three Alfa Romeo racers. The rather bland course layout saw the race run for only two years, both won by Europeans: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) in ´36 and Bernd Rosemeyer (Auto Union) in ´37.

1936 Geroge Vanderbilt Cup
©Ron Smith

1936 George Vanderbilt Cup
©Ron Smith
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