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Overall: Pewter
3-D: 17.8 x 17.8 x 14.6cm (7 x 7 x 5 3/4 in.)
Country of Origin:
United States of America
Physical Description:
This trophy is a cup with a triangular shape, having a wide round base and tapering inward at the top. There are three evenly spaced handles connected to the body of the cup. Engraved text: New York Cycle Club, First Annual Road Race C.F. Splidorf Cup, Won by G.H. Curtiss Labor Day 1902. On bottom: 310.
Glenn Hammond Curtiss came to be known as "The Father of Naval Aviation" and "Founder of the American Aircraft Industry". He was a remarkable engineer, beginning his career as a successful motorcycle manufacturer. Curtiss was a fierce competitor, entering and winning many races and keeping up with competition from firms such as Harley Davidson and Indian. On Labor Day in 1902 Curtiss entered his first gasoline-powered race, sponsored by the New York Motorcycle Club in Brooklyn. He was awarded the C. F. Splidorf Cup for the First Annual Road Race.
Credit Line:
Bequest of the Estate of Glenn H. Curtiss
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Restrictions & Rights:
Usage conditions apply
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