Next to the Rockefeller Off Beach Parking lot at the corner of Rockefeller Drive and A1A in Ormond Beach, there is a plaque titled, “A Billionaire and Beach Racing”, which is shown in the photo below.
John D. Rockefeller created Standard Oil with Henry Flagler in 1865, and was America’s first billionaire. He purchased The Casements in 1918 after spending two winters at Hotel Ormond. Mr. Rockefeller was known as Neighbor John among Ormond residents, attended Sunday services at the Union Church on the mainland, and would give lavish Christmas parties for area children.
The marker tells of Rockefeller’s interest in beach racing during his winters here in Ormond, from 1916 until his death in 1937.
Mr. Rockefeller met Sir Malcolm Campbell and watched his Bluebird race. He met J. M. White, owner of the Triplex race car and the driver, Ray Keech, plus other racers. In the early 1930s, Mr. Rockefeller received one of the first Ford V-8s as a gift from Henry Ford. Stop by to see the sign; it’s worth the trip!