Stanley Steam Racer on Old Orchard Beach, September 1911Item 35460 info
L.F.N. (Leon) Baldwin prepares for an exhibition run at the inaugural races at Old Orchard Beach, held on Labor Day Weekend, 1911.
Baldwin’s special Stanley steamer was built in 1906, the year that another special Stanley racer set the land speed record of 127.66 mph at Ormond Beach, Florida. The "Vanderbilt Cup" car shown here was designed for long-distance events, but was still very fast as a beach sprinter.
In one of his runs on Old Orchard Beach in his Stanley race car, Baldwin set a speed record for a mile in 39 seconds, 92.3 mph.
An internal combustion car exceeded this effort the following year, but Baldwin's time remains the steam record for Old Orchard Beach.