1908 Hitting the Overpass at 100. A Peter Helck painting of the Locomobile driven by George Robinson and his mechanic Glen Ethridge, on its way to winning the Vanderbilt Cup race. It was the first American racing car to win the prestigious event and it instantly became famous and fortunately has survived to this day. The car was near and dear to Peter Helck’s heart as he was able to purchase it from the second owner Joeseph Sessions in 1941 and kept it until he died in 1989. He gave your writer a ride in it at age five, which was an event to treasure forever.
This painting depicts a scene which became famous, as Robinson was photographed coming over this bridge with all all four wheels in the air in his quest to win the race. Follow the first link in this post to see this photo and many more. Peter Helck artwork courtesy of the Helck Family.