Vanderbilt Cup, 1904

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Description
William K. Vanderbilt, Jr. and AAA established America’s first international auto race in 1904. Held annually on Long Island’s public roads, the race was aimed at improving the performance of American automobiles. The trophy, a silver cup made by Tiffany, is inscribed with the winning entries and an image of Vanderbilt in his Mercedes race car. After a spectator fatality in 1906, Vanderbilt constructed the first highway designed for automobiles, the Long Island Motor Parkway, where races resumed in 1908. After more fatalities, the race relocated to Georgia, Wisconsin, and California. Vanderbilt donated the cup to the Smithsonian in 1934.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1904
maker
Tiffany & Co.
Measurements
overall: 23 in x 20 in; 58.42 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
TR.310894
accession number
131820
catalog number
310894
Credit Line
Gift of William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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