Jun 12 2013

Then & Now: The Hicksville Old Country Road Turn at the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races

One of the favorite locations to watch the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races was the Old Country Road Turn in Hicksville. Here is a "Then & Now" of the turn and another Vanderbilt Cup Race discovery.


Howard Kroplick

1909 & 1910 Courses

The same course was used for both races. The circle marks the Old Country Turn at Broadway and Old Country Road in Hicksville. Note the Hicksville LIRR station was within walking distance of the turn...another reason for the crowds.

1909 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Then: Looking north on Broadway

The north side of Broadway was fenced off for the race. Note the spectators sitting on the patio roof of the building in the background.

A close-up of these spectators.

Now: 2013

One of the busiest intersections on Long Island.

Then: Looking east on Old Country Road

Note the turn was banked.

1910 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Then: View looking west towards Broadway

Then: View looking east on Old Country Road

The Big Discovery

Then: 1909

Several weeks ago, a viewer brought to my attention the house in the background.

A closeup of the house.

Now: 2013

The big discovery is the house is still standing over 103 years later! 


Jun 16 2013 Roger Price 1:52 PM

I’m constantly amazed at how much knowledge is out there concerning the Vanderbilt Cup Race and its surroundings.  Just to look at that house (above) is amazing.  Many thanks.

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