American Grand Prize Races

American Grand Prize Races (HM3GR)

Location: Savannah, GA 31404 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 2.749', W 81° 5.158'

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1910 and 1911
Vanderbilt Cup Race, 1911

On each side of Waters Avenue at this site stood the grandstands built for the famous Savannah automobile races in 1910 and 1911. The starting and finishing line was located in front of the stands.

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.
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HM NumberHM3GR
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number025-33
Year Placed1955
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 2:49am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491884 N 3545517
Decimal Degrees32.04581667, -81.08596667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 2.749', W 81° 5.158'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 2' 44.94" N, 81° 5' 9.48" W
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Area Code(s)912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3101 Waters Ave, Savannah GA 31404, US
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