Classic Car Shows Honor Vanderbilt Racing Legacy
The Vanderbilt Museum has honored William K. Vanderbilt II’s automotive and racing legacy by hosting classic-car shows on its grounds for more than three decades.
Five clubs have scheduled shows this year. The first will be Sunday, May 21. Held during the summer and fall, the shows display beautiful, restored vintage automobiles.
Visitors pay general admission to the museum; there is no extra charge for the car shows. Admission: adults $10; seniors (62 plus) $9; students (with ID) $9; children 12 and under $7; military and children under 2 are free.
All shows are held on Sundays. Hours: 11 am to 4 pm.
May 21 – Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc.
July 9 – Mustang Shelby Club of Long Island
Sept 10 – Jaguar Drivers of Long Island (rain date: Sept 17)
Oct 1 – Studebaker Drivers Club, Inc.
Oct 29 – Porsche Club of America, Inc.
Vanderbilt, a pioneer race driver who competed in Europe, brought auto racing to the United States. 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. He also spurred the development of the American auto industry and built the prototype for the first toll road, the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway on Long Island.