May 3 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
For more than three decades, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum has honored William K. Vanderbilt II’s (1878-1944) automotive legacy by hosting classic-car shows on its grounds.
This spring and summer, four regional clubs will offer classic car shows at the Museum. Each show will feature vintage and modern examples of beautiful automotive design on the Great Lawn next to the Vanderbilt Mansion. The Vanderbilt Museum is located at 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, N.Y. Next shows:
Sunday, May 3 | Long Island Corvette Owners Association
Sunday, May 17: Cadillac Club of Long Island car show
Sunday, September 13 | Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island Concours d’Elegance (Rain date; September 20.)
All shows run from 11 am to 4 pm. Visitors pay only Museum general admission; there is no extra charge for the car show. Adults, $8; students/seniors (age 62 plus) with ID, $7; children 12 and under, $5.
(Note: General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Hall of Fishes, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a Mansion tour or a Planetarium show, add $6 per ticket.)
William Vanderbilt: Automotive and Racing Pioneer
Mr. Vanderbilt, a pioneer race driver who competed in Europe, brought auto racing to the United States to help spur the development of the American automobile industry. He inaugurated the famous Vanderbilt Cup Races in 1904. That same year, he set a new land-speed record of 92.3 miles per hour in a Mercedes at a course in Florida.
In 1908, he built the prototype for the first toll road, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway on Long Island, for his races. The parkway was the first road constructed specifically for automobiles – and a prototype for future highways. The roadway still exists in Suffolk County, N.Y., as County Road 67.