Ralph DePalma

Winner of the 1912 and 1914 Vanderbilt Cup Races

Nationality: Italy later United States
Born: December 31, 1882 Troia, italy
Died: March 31, 1956- 73 Years

Early motor racing in Mercedes cars is closely associated with the name Ralph de Palma. One of the highlights in his career was February 26, 1914. At the wheel of a Mercedes racing car named "Gray Ghost", the American of Italian origin competed for the Vanderbilt Cup staged in Santa Monica, California/USA in that year – a thrilling race which he won, as he had done already in 1912, in a 140 hp Mercedes Grand Prix racing car.

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