SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:


Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

American Roadster: 1909

American Roadster: 1909

American roadster at the Vanderbilt Cup, 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Did Not Start?

The Vanderbilt Cup Race website states that this vehicle did not start the race.

See the starting lineup details here.

William Edward Haupt (July 10, 1885, East Cameron, PA - April 16, 1966, Elkins Park, PA) started racing in 1906. He was 5' 3" tall with blue eyes and light colored hair. In the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup, in a Chadwick Big Six he came in 10th. He completed in four Indianapolis 500 races with a best finish of 9th in 1913.

He became the first driver to win in a supercharged car by adding a blower to his Chadwick and winning the Giant's Despair Hill Climb at Wilkesbarre, PA on May 30, 1908 (photo below). In the "Special Against Time" race his time was 1:38 and 2/5 seconds , which was 11 seconds faster than the winner the previous year. He also won the "Free For All" race with a time of 1:41 and 2/5 seconds.

He became a works driver for Benz (before it was Mercedes-Benz) and later was a teammate at Duesenberg with Eddie Rickenbacker, the future WWI Ace. Haupt worked as an aircraft engineer later in life.

Bad luck...

Willie Haupt (at the wheel) was not so lucky in the 1909 Vanderbilt Cup... With his American #2, he was the first of the 16 starters to get off the race in the first lap, by a broken crankshaft.

Very steam-punk.

Very steam-punk.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.