Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904-1916 by John M. Burns | 9780786424740 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904-1916

Thunder at Sunrise: A History of the Vanderbilt Cup, the Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500, 1904-1916

by John M. Burns
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786424745

ISBN-13: 9780786424740

Pub. Date: 11/06/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

On a bright October morning in 1904, thousands of people flocked to Nassau County on rural Long Island to witness the first international motor sports competition in America: the newly created Vanderbilt Cup. By 1906, the number of spectators multiplied to a quarter million and America's place in motor racing history was assured. In 1908, the Vanderbilt Cup was

Overview

On a bright October morning in 1904, thousands of people flocked to Nassau County on rural Long Island to witness the first international motor sports competition in America: the newly created Vanderbilt Cup. By 1906, the number of spectators multiplied to a quarter million and America's place in motor racing history was assured. In 1908, the Vanderbilt Cup was joined by a second international competition, the International Grand Prize, the first grand prix held outside France. By 1913, the Indianapolis 500 would supplant the Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prize as America's preeminent race, forever turning mainstream America's attention away from road racing and toward the oval tracks then proliferating around the country.

Concentrating on the years between 1904 and 1916 and featuring a wealth of photographs, this book examines the early and relatively unknown history of American motor racing. Beginning with an overview of motor racing history, it covers the French origins of the sport and the first international competitions such as the annual Gordon Bennett Cup and the ill-fated Paris to Madrid race. The primary focus is on America's first three races of international stature: the Vanderbilt Cup, the International Grand Prize and the Indianapolis 500. Compiled in great part from contemporary sources such as newspaper accounts and automotive journals, the book covers not only these races, but also the ways in which each spurred development of the American automobile industry, making it at last a true competitor for that of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786424740
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/06/2006
Pages:
279
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

1 A Cloud of Dust 7

2 The Invasion of Nassau County 18

3 Devil-Wagon Holiday 39

4 A Miracle That Hundreds Weren't Killed 54

5 An Appian Way for the Motorist 70

6 Once a Year I See the Sun Rise 75

7 Showdown at Savannah 83

8 The Predictions of an Invisible Man 89

9 Last Dance on Long Island 98

10 The Young Master 109

11 Mr. Harroun Was a Fine Gentleman 116

12 You Would Have Weeped Today 128

13 Oh Boy! Let Her Ride 135

14 Dago Luck (Part One) 142

15 Dago Luck (Part Two) 152

16 Dago Luck (Part Three) 161

17 The Reason for Multiple Valves 166

18 My M-Time Thrill 187

19 A. Triumph of American Grit 193

20 A Bad Day for America 198

21 As Dangerous a Drive as Has Ever Been Seen 211

22 The Most Remarkable Performance 219

23 The World's Best Race 223

24 Dago Luck Revisited 230

25 Return to Santa Monica 238

26 Winners and Losers 243

27 Epilogue 248

Chapter Notes 257

Bibliography 261

Index 265

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