Historical Pic: 50s Photo Shows Antique Autos on Long Island


Photo of an antique automobile from the Vanderbilt Cup Race taken in the 1950s.

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Photo: The New York Journal American. Used with permission. Paul Rice, photographer.

Touted as the first international road race in America, the very first Vanderbilt Cup Race took place in 1904 on Long Island. William K. Vanderbilt Jr. proposed the 28-mile race and donated the first Vanderbilt Cup for the winner.


The above photo, taken in 1956, captures two long-gone eras in one shot. Titled “Riding Out of the Past” the description says, “a bewildered contemporary driver watches as a couple driving an antique auto drive past in the Vanderbilt Cup Race in Westbury, Long Island.”