Mar 25 2014

Images of Automobile Designer/Driver Lee Frayer For His Family

From Bud Frayer Abraham: "I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your enthusiastic and knowledgeable participation in the AmeriCarna episode about the Vanderbilt Cup and the Black Beast race car. A very distant relative of mine, Lee Frayer, raced in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup and the 1911 Indianapolis 500.  It was very interesting to hear about the history of the Vanderbilt Cup and to actually see the cup later in the episode."

Bud, Thanks for the positive feedback and permission to reprint your email. I hope your family enjoys these images of Lee Frayer.



Howard Kroplick

































New York Times, September 5, 1906





The three Frayer-Millers practicing on the 1906 course at the Hairpin Turn on Wheatley Road in Old Westbury.










For the 1906 American Elimination Trial, Lee Frayer's mechanician was 16-year old Eddie Rickenbacker.
















Mar 30 2014 S. Berliner, III 2:35 PM

Interesting to note that they seem to have alternated wood spoke and wire wheels.  Very few cars used wires back then, even though bicycle technology was well-proven.  Sam, III

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