William K. Vanderbilt Jr.

Willie K's Last Cup


Today marks the 93rd anniversary of the last William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Cup Race, America's first major auto race that began in 1904. Founded by its namesake as a sporting contest first and a commercial enterprise secondarily, this classic road race endured a tumultuous history. Born in Long Island, New York the contest was conducted on public roads, with courses ranging from 12.64 miles to 28.44 miles.

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