So the pros may be Jimmy Van Alen's best bet, and Newport itself may be the logical springboard for VASSS. Van Alen has precedent on his side. Newport has not always been entirely hidebound, not completely bereft of innovation. In The Last Resorts, Cleveland Amory relates how automobile racing was veritably born there—on the beaches and right down Bellevue Avenue. There, at O.H.P. Belmont's cottage, Belcourt, a most spectacular race was held in 1899. It was an obstacle affair, and Mr. Belmont himself, co-piloted by Mrs. Stuyvesant Fish, drove the first car. Years after, harking back to the race, Mr. Fish remembered: "'Nobody dreamed that automobiles would come into general use."
Advantage, Van Alen.