Apr 23 2014

First Brigade of Irish Volunteers Guard the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

The Irish Volunteers, a forerunner of the National Guard, happened to be encamped on the Hicksville Plains when the 1908 race was being run. In the above photo, the uniformed volunteers were seen marching  through Hicksville with their trusty muskets.

How the Vanderbilt Cup Race Commission attempted to secure the course will be discussed at tomorrow's presentation to the Long Island Shields, a fraternal organization of Long Island police officers.


Howard Kroplick

Irish Volunteers in front of the Locomobile headquarters in Jericho as George Robertson in the winning Old 16 Locomobile drives by.

The #3 Mercedes driven by Emil Stricker on Plainview Road. The Irsh Volunteers stand ready on the right.

Guarding the Motor Parkway.

As seen near the end of the race, the Irish Volunteers were not very successful in controlling the crowd.


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