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William K. Vanderbilt, the New York sportsman, established a trophy raced for on Long Island from through except for at distances ranging from to km. After World War I , racing became too specialized for the use of production cars, though occasionally high-performance touring cars were stripped of their bodies and fitted with special seats, fuel tanks, and tires for racing. Still later stock-car racing in started with standard models modified for racing.
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The first speedway purpose-built for automobile racing was constructed in at Brooklands, near Weybridge, Surrey , England. The track was a 4.
Sprint, relay, endurance, and handicap races were run at Brooklands, as well as long-distance runs 1, km in Twenty-four hour races were held in — Brooklands closed in Possibly the best known speedway is the 4-km Indianapolis Motor Speedway at Speedway, near Indianapolis, which opened as an unpaved track in but was paved with brick for the first Indianapolis in , the race continuing thereafter except during wartime.
Oval, banked board tracks, first used before World War I, were popular in the United States throughout the s. Both before and after that decade unpaved dirt tracks of half-mile and mile lengths were in use.
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You are using an outdated browser. It would be the first highway built exclusively for the automobile. Features such as the use of reinforced concrete, bridges to eliminate grade crossings, banked curves, guardrails, and landscaping were all pioneered for the parkway.
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Reflecting its poor profitability and the availability of free state-built public parkways, the historic mile Long Island Motor Parkway closed on Easter Sunday, April 17, Cup Races held on Long Island from to These races were the most prestigious sporting events of their day, drawing huge crowds from 25, to over , spectators. The Vanderbilt Cup Races had a far-reaching impact on the development of American automobiles and parkways and are a testament to the early racing spirit and drama. The rare images in this book, many published for the first time, have been selected from the archives of major museums, libraries, and private collectors.
Florence Ogg, who contributed the foreword, is the director of collections and archives at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.
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Nov 13 Brian, no, the photo has not been cropped, its all there. I remember the maple trees that remained.