Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
American Grand Prize Races
1910 and 1911
Vanderbilt Cup Race, 1911
On November 12, 1910, David Bruce-Brown won the American Grand Prize Race of 415 miles by only one and a half seconds, averaging 70.55 miles per hour in a Benz car. The Grand Prize Race held on November 30, 1911, was also won by Bruce-Brown driving a Fiat, with an average speed of 74.45 miles per hour.
On November 27, 1911, Ralph Mulford, at the wheel of an American-made Lozier, was victor in the Vanderbilt Cup Race, averaging 74.07 miles per hour.
These races which were run over a course of 17 miles of fine roads in Chatham County are considered by authorities as the greatest automobile road races held in this country. Of international interest and importance, the events contributed their share in the development of the early automobile industry in America.
Erected 1955 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 025-33.)
Topics and series. This historical marker Roads & Vehicles • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1777.
Location. 32° 2.749′ N, 81° 5.158′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Waters Avenue and East 46th Street, on the right when traveling south on Waters Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31405, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roll of Honor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Savannah High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Georgia Infirmary (approx. 1.1 miles away); Colored Library Association of Savannah (approx. 1.1 miles away); Mother Mathilda Beasley, O.S.F. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Lawton Memorial (approx. 1.4 miles away); Birthplace of Eighth Air Force (approx. 1½ miles away); The Georgia Volunteer (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Also see . . .
1. The Original Savannah Races. Using convict labor, Savannah prepared the best race course of the time taking painstaking care to build banks at every corner. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. Wikipedia entry for the Vanderbilt Cup. The Vanderbilt Cup was held successfully on Long Island until 1911 when it was showcased at Savannah, Georgia in combination with the American Grand Prize. The next year it moved to a racecourse in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, then for three years in California: Santa Monica in 1914 and 1916, San Francisco in 1915. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
3. Racer David Bruce-Brown. By 1910 this 20-year old won international fame through his victory in the American Grand Prize at Savannah in a factory 120hp Benz (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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