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6 - Behind the Wheel with Marcia H. Moss An exciting season is underway for the Auto Museum
8 - In Their Own Words
Saratoga Automobile Museum Volunteers share their passions
10 - SAM’s Spring Invitational & Auto Show Support the Museum while celebrating 50 years of Mustang!
12 - Technology is Driving Us
Please, turn on your cell phones, enjoy an enhanced experience through our Racing in New York & East of Detroit Displays. Coming in January 2014
14 - Members Fuel the Auto Museum
Support from members is critical to the operation and growth of the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
15 - Silver Arrow Society Members 16 - Membership Form
If you are not already a member please think about becoming one
17-21 REMADE IN AMERICA
Celebrating automobiles, trucks and motorcycles that hit a chord in our souls, whether restored beauties or rusting hulks.
26-27 Watkins Glen: Memories Alive A day of Vintage Racing by Zack Doell
ON THE COVER:
Students from local middle and high schools (ages 10-16) inspect the fuel vapor blower in the trunk (engine is rear mounted) of a 1966 German built Amphicar during 2013’s EDU program, “The Amphicar Chronicles.”
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Marcia H. Moss Executive Director
Brandon Salls Art Director
Director of Marketing & Events
Seth Warden Director of Education
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OFFICERS
Anthony R. Ianniello Chairman D. Lee Miller Vice Chairman Seth Rosner Secretary Kevin McGrath Treasurer TRUSTEES
Bob Bailey Jeff Bennett Susan Carbonaro Dr. Martin Ferrillo Ron Hedger J. Eric King Charles Montano Alan Rosenblum Richard Rosetti Tony Zappone
BEHIND THE WHEEL by Marcia H. Moss Executive Director As I write this, I have just marked one month in my new position as executive director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum.
SAM’s loyal volunteers, and we are very lucky to have such an amazing group of dedicated and talented people.
For those of you who don’t know me, I come to the Museum with twenty-five years of museum experience. Most recently, I was the director of development at The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, and previously I was Deputy Director for External Relations at the Albany Institute of History & Art. I also served on the board of the Saratoga Automobile Museum several years ago. I know quite a bit about museums -- but when it comes to cars I am definitely a novice, so I will be relying on all of you to teach me about all things automotive!
I’ve been working with the board and the staff to begin planning for 2014. We have some ambitious projects on the horizon that will keep us very busy over the winter. We’ll be re-vamping the Museum’s website, making it more content rich, user-friendly and interactive. We’re going to be updating and refreshing our continuing exhibitions; the New York State Stock Car Hall of Fame exhibit will be re-designed and re-installed, and in East of Detroit and Racing in New York we’re going to experiment with a technology that will enable visitors to access more information about the exhibitions through their cellphones. We’re planning some much needed facilities upgrades.
What an eventful first month it has been! In September we had two wonderful, signature car events with two great partners -- the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Hemmings Motor News -- and we’re looking forward to continuing and enriching these partnerships next year. Observing our events and daily museum operations up close, I’ve had the opportunity to meet many of
We’re also developing some new programs for members, and activities to engage our growing audiences and deepen our connections with the communities we serve. Building on the success of SAM’s Garage with the Amphicar project earlier
this year, our Education Department has ambitious plans to develop more hands-on workshops and interactive experiences for youth and family audiences. Most exciting of all, we’re working on the changing exhibition schedule for next year – and while it’s a little too early to announce what we’re planning, I’ll drop the hint that 2014 marks an important and historic automotive anniversary, and we think our summer exhibition will be a part of that celebration. I would like to thank outgoing interim executive director Susan Carbonaro for her hard work on behalf of the Museum over the last year. I’m excited about our plans and the great possibilities here at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. I look forward to working with all of you – Museum members, donors and volunteers, and our incredible and diverse community of auto enthusiasts – to write the next chapter in SAM’s story.
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IN THEIR OWN WORDS Saratoga Automobile Museum Volunteers Share their Passions
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is lucky to have an extraordinarily committed and talented corps of volunteers. Each year, more than 100 contribute more than 8500 hours to SAM – that’s the equivalent of 5 full time employees! These folks work on tasks as varied as vehicle maintenance and repair, exhibition installation, conducting guided tours, planning and staffing car shows and special events, managing our information technology, running the gift shop and welcoming visitors – to name just a few of the hats they wear. Given the specialized and often technical nature of the Museum’s mission, there is absolutely no way we could function without them! Here are just a few of our “Profiles in Dedication.” 8
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Since I was a child, I’ve loved to play with cars. It’s something I’ve never outgrown, and the Museum has some wonderful cars. I enjoy learning about the cars and sharing my knowledge with our guests, as well as benefiting from their knowledge. We have so many interesting guests. We promote the “Lost Speedways” presentations, and I’ve met guests who have actually raced on some of these lost speedways and love to talk about their experiences. I love to listen and learn. Bob Anschutz Volunteering fills some spare time since retiring. I’ve enjoyed keeping up with various cars, but most enjoyable is chatting with customers from all over the globe and other volunteers here at SAM. Bob Pommerer
It’s our favorite day of the week. We work one afternoon, learn a lot about cars, meet a bunch of interesting people, count the take at the end of the day trying to make the numbers add up and then go out to dinner. Joe & Linda Meuse I have always argued with the voices in my head, but that’s ok because, like family, they like me anyway. The one thing we can all agree on is hanging out around such an incredible environment leads to a common discussion of beauty, design and the music of machinery. Visionary designs and the scream of engines at full tilt are all encompassing; you just have to listen. I’m ok, really Tony Tovsen
MUSEUM RENTAL I volunteer because of my never ending love of cars. This interest started from about 8 years of age and continues today with a passion for photography as well. Photography and cars have blended to give me one of my favorite pastimes, going to SAM or a car show and taking pictures. My function at SAM is a docent. This is a fantastic way to learn about all types of automobiles.You learn from the articles written about the automobiles.You may know from experience about the some of the cars on display. Mostly, you learn from the people who visit SAM and share your passion.You will meet many interesting people from all over the world. As car people, motor heads, gear heads, call us what you want; we connect in a special way. No matter what our background or financial status, we become instant friends. We benefit from seeing private collections and meeting celebrities from all walks of the automotive field. I personally have met race drivers, division heads at GM, actors, artists and major collectors of automobiles. This alone should interest anyone to volunteer if you have a passion for cars. Paul Barkevich I find that volunteering is very gratifying, sends a message to others that this person believes in the organization and that it is worthwhile. Although I spread myself too thinly at times, volunteering at SAM is always acknowledged with a personal “Thank you” and other forms of saying “Thanks” to the volunteers. Everyone has a little niche that they fill within the Museum.The experience is rewarding on multiple levels, i.e., working with the staff, meeting new people, seeing new displays and interacting with other volunteers. Henry Ashton
My association with the Saratoga Auto Museum began when I stopped by after an afternoon of cross-country skiing at Saratoga State Park. I mentioned to the person at the front desk that I had recently retired. I was immediately handed a volunteer application form. My job as a volunteer docent had begun. The Auto Museum is a great way to spend time as a volunteer. In addition to keeping a watchful eye on the cars, as a docent I am able to meet interesting people, many of whom have come from distant locations. I continue to be educated by our visitors on the nuances of the cars on display. Their sharing of family histories and memories of cars past has enriched my own presentations. Highlights of my volunteer experience include the Bugatti exhibit,Woodies, Barn Finds and Lost Speedways, among others. Where else could I meet race car drivers, owners and renowned supporters of the auto industry? I look forward to many more interesting exhibits in the future. The staff and fellow volunteers have made me feel welcome. Museum personnel have supported volunteers with pre-exhibit background sessions, volunteer picnics and other social activities. I recommend anyone looking for a rewarding volunteer experience to stop by the front desk.You, too, may be handed a volunteer form. Jim Gelston
I started volunteering at the Saratoga Automobile Museum so that I could surround myself with antique, unusual, priceless, classic and one of a kind vehicles from around the world. What I did not expect was the long lasting relationships that have developed with the staff and volunteers. For me, it has been a “Win-Win” situation. John Pytlovany I volunteer because I like cars and have always enjoyed them since I was a young boy. I also enjoy meeting a wide variety of people who visit our Museum and love hearing why they chose to visit us and what they especially liked. The relationships that I have formed with other volunteers have also been quite rewarding and it has allowed me to meet some very impressive people. Dennis Ulery
Have your next special event at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Nestled in and amongst the Saratoga Spa State Park with its golf courses, spas, restaurants, hotel and Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Saratoga Automobile Museum offers the total package for your special day or conference. The Art Deco Golub, Main Exhibit and Freihofer Galleries provide a unique backdrop for your special event. Combined with the Museum’s historical and exotic automobiles, your event at the Saratoga Automobile Museum will truly be a memorable experience. Its circa 1935 building with Palladian windows and elegant ballrooms allow you to create a fantastic dining experience with ample room for dancing and browsing, as well as silent and live auctions. Please call the Saratoga Automobile Museum, to book your next Special Event, 518.587.1935.
My parents started taking me to the stock car races in Freeport on Long Island when I was 5. That’s a long time ago, but I can still hear the engine sounds and smell the tire smoke and exhaust fumes. The racetrack is now a BJ’s Warehouse, but volunteering at the Saratoga Auto Museum lets me relive that part of my past, especially the racing exhibit upstairs. Before I retired, I spent 30 years in the automobile business so I bring that experience, as well as my love for automobiles, to my role as a volunteer. There are always great exhibits at the Museum, along with other car enthusiasts to share some quality time with in the volunteer group. So, it’s a really good way to indulge your car passion and give back to it at the same time. I encourage the other “car nuts” among us to consider spending some time at the Museum as a volunteer. It’s worth it. Frank Paturzo
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MAY 16th & 17th 2014 Circle the weekend of May 16th & 17th on your calendar as these are the dates for the 2014 Spring Invitational at the historic Saratoga Spa State Park. Held in conjunction with Saratoga Automobile Museum’s traditional Spring Auto Show, the Invitational is a “juried” event that features a unique and select group of automobiles. Entrants in previous years have included classic motor cars from the Golden Age of Motoring, such as Duesenburgs, Mercedes Benz 540Ks, Bugatti Type 57s, custom-bodied Alfa Romeos, Packards, Cadillacs, and boat-tailed Auburns.
For the coming year’s event, we anticipate an extensive variety of significant European and American cars, ranging from the Brass Era to contemporary vehicles. Categories for 2014, at this time, are scheduled to include European and American production cars (up to 1974), sports and GT cars (up to 1974), race cars, motorcycles, a “Made in New York” category, a class for unusual contemporary automobiles, and a class for Classic Car Club of America eligible vehicles. Featured marques will be first generation Mustangs (1964 ½ -1966), classic Lincolns, and a special presentation of the very rare (and made in Buffalo, New York) Playboy automobiles.
If you are interested in entering a vehicle (or vehicles) for consideration in the 2014 Invitational, please contact Tony Zappone at the Saratoga Automobile Museum: email@example.com or 518.587.1935
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In an exciting development, “My Classic Car with Dennis Gage” will be covering the 2014 Invitational & Auto Show. Check our website for updates.
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Schedule your group today! SAM’s Garage is currently booking museum tours and field trips for the 2013/2014 school year. Please contact our Director of Education, Seth Warden, at 518-5871935 x 23 to schedule.
Technology IS DRIVING US! by Seth Warden, Education Director
Technology drives so many aspects of our lives these days, whether you are behind the wheel or simply talking on the phone. Although this combination is a dangerous pairing when driving (laws have been recently created in order to respond to this problem), here at SAM we have put our cars in park so you can use your phones when visiting our Museum. WHAT: The Saratoga Automobile Museum is “going mobile” in 2014. We will be utilizing cell phone audio-guide technology to enhance our exhibitions, East of Detroit and Racing in New York State. Since there are approximately 270 million cell phone users and 62 million vehicles registered in the United States, we felt the odds were in our favor that our visitors would have a phone in tow. WHY? Until recently, most of our vehicles sat quiet and peaceful in our Museum, while the irony is that their history is roaring with sounds and stories that have been, until now, unheard and untold. Cellphone audio-guide technology gives us the platform to share these sounds and stories through your cell phone as you cruise through our exhibits. Have you ever heard a 1950 Allard Race Car ignite its Cadillac V8 engine? Or the story of how “Steady” Eddie Flemke pulled Rene Charland, “The Champ,” from his burning car at the Albany-Saratoga Speedway? You will now have that opportunity with our “Guide by Cell” technology.
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KEY FEATURE: Our favorite feature of this technology is that in addition to adding rich content to our exhibits, it also allows the listener (you) the opportunity to record your own racing history, adventure or moment in time about an automobile or artifact on exhibit. And we DO want to hear from you. Your voices will truly connect our visitors to what they are viewing and hearing. This technology is giving our Museum the chance to bring some of these classics cars “back to life” in a whole new way. At the Saratoga Automobile Museum, it’s all about being mobile, so you won’t get a ticket for using your cell phone here.
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Guests at the Spring Invitational gazing at a beautiful Porsche 906
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THE SARATOGA AUTO MUSEUM by Judy Frolish, Membership Coordinator
Support from members is critical to the operation and growth of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. It is truly about far more than the free admission benefit – it is about doing your part to preserve our automotive heritage and pass along this fascination to the next generation. The Museum’s education program tagline is “Cars move kids through life.” They start as passengers and will soon be drivers, engineers, designers, mechanics …our future! The support of enthusiasts like you will fuel innovative programming for youth and adults throughout the year. Becoming a member of the Saratoga Automobile Museum provides specific benefits for the member, and depending on the level, additional members of their household. These include: free admission to the Museum, subscription to the e-newsletter Horsepower, a discount in the Gift Shop and free guest passes. Special advance notice of programming and several “members only” events are another bonus.
Throughout the year, speakers and demonstrations are held at the Museum which are free for members to attend. Tech sessions have included experts on engine performance, beginning welding, history of motorcycles and more. Defensive Driving classes are offered at the Museum with reduced cost to members. As part of our ongoing education programs, students investigate our 1966 Amphicar.
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A “members-only” reception is held prior to the opening of each new exhibit to the public. Members enjoy a detailed introduction to each of the vehicles on display before the exhibit opens to the general public.
Members who join at the Patron level and above are eligible to use their Saratoga Automobile Museum membership card at hundreds of “North American Reciprocal Museum” locations. The “NARM” benefit may be used for admission plus other perks available to members at the reciprocal museum such as gift shop discounts, reserved ticket sales and more. For a complete list of NARM locations, visit http://tinyurl.com/dcxeqp. Please thoughtfully consider becoming a Museum member at the Family or Patron level this year. The Museum is a 501(c)(3), membership donations are tax deductible. Although we are located in the scenic Saratoga Spa State Park, the Museum is not supported by NY State funds but depends on your continuing generosity. A membership form has been provided (page 16) and is also available on our website – www. saratogaautomuseum.org. We genuinely appreciate your consideration and support.
All automobile enthusiasts are encouraged to join the Saratoga Auto Museum’s Silver Arrow Society, created by the Museum’s founders to encourage the use and preservation of fine automobiles amidst an atmosphere of fun and excitement. The Silver Arrow Society has attracted an eclectic membership sharing a passion for our motoring heritage. We invite you to become a significant supporter of the Museum’s programs and to enjoy the Silver Arrow Society’s many unique events.
Silver Arrow Members
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Anderson Mr. and Mrs Wallace Allerdice and Allerdice Hardware Mr. and Mrs. Bob Bailey Mr. Steven Bouchey and Bouchey Financial Group Dr. and Mrs. Michael Breault Capital Luxury Car Company Mr. and Mrs. Joe Carbonaro Mrs. Dennis Dammerman Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Dariano Mr. and Mrs. Anthony DePaula Mr. and Mrs. Eitan Evan Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Gould Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hanaburgh Mr. and Mrs. Roger Hannay Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Ianniello and
SA list as of October 1, 2013
Ianniello Anderson, P.C. Mr. Kevin Johnson and NYS Long Term Care Brokers Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Keeler Mr. J. Eric King and Mrs. Kathlene Thiel Mrs.Virginia Payson Dr. Mark Lentini Mr. David R. Long Mr. Keith Mallison Mr. and Mrs. Norman Massry Mr. Bruce McCaw Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McGrath Mr. and Mrs. D. Lee Miller Mr. and Mrs. Charles Montano Mr. Phil Moore and Moore Insurance Agency Mr. John J. Nigro
Mr. and Mrs. George Rifenburg Mr. and Mrs. Alan Rosenblum Mr. Richard Rosetti Mr. Richard G. Rosetti Mr. and Mrs. Lou Spada and Total Tools Dr. Joel Spiro Mr. Bruce Tanski Mr. James W. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor Mr. Christian Trujillo and New Country Porsche of Clifton Park Mr. Christopher Turner Mr. and Mrs. Joe Verillo and Prestige Motor Car Co. Mr. Norman Wolgrin Membership Form
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General Benefits for members at all levels:
Free admission to the Museum, special exhibit opening events, lawn events, and lecture series, Museum e-newsletter HorsePOWER to keep you informed, Museum gift shop discount of 10%.
General benefits with free admission to the Museum for one adult, two passes for free guest admission.
General benefits with free admission for two adults and up to three children (age 18 and under) from same household, two passes for free guest admission.
Automobile Enthusiast | Patron $100 | Racer $250 | Classic $500
General benefits with free admission for two adults and up to three children (age 18 and under) from same household, four passes for free guest admission, NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum) program benefits are extended to all members at the $100 level and above, details on free admission to over 1000 museums and more will be provided with new member card, additional thank you gifts are sent annually for each level of Enthusiast.
Silver Arrow Society | Individual $1,000+
Sterling silver lapel pin, general benefits with free admission for two adults and up to three children (age 18 and under) from same household, six passes for free guest admission,VIP seating or pre-event admission for select events, Invitations to special events (private collections, restricted tours), exclusive Silver Arrow logo items, apparel and signature merchandise, scheduling preference for use of the Museum for private functions, NARM program benefits as outlined above, 15% off at the Museum gift shop.
Silver Arrow Society | Benefactor Corporate $2,500+
General Benefits listed above, one complimentary rental of the Museum for your Special Event and twenty five passes for free guest admissions. You can become a member online at saratogaautomuseum.org/membership-levels or fill out and return the form below.
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Automobile enthusiasts everywhere are excited by certain cars, trucks and motorcycles that hit a chord in their souls. Whether it’s a restored beauty or a rusting hulk, the vehicle triggers memories of the past or a longing to own and drive that particular vehicle.
To see more pictures of the restorations and the full story of the vehicles on display visit: saratogaautomuseum.org
More often than not, that desire is suppressed for years or even decades before the holy trinity of time, finances and availability come together to allow the restoration of a rusted truck, the purchase of that “perfect” restored car or the building from the ground up of a long-envisioned hot rod or custom.
“Remade in America” is a celebration of these enthusiasts and their vehicles, no matter their origin. All have been lovingly restored, rebuilt or repurposed and the Saratoga Automobile Museum is proud to showcase these outstanding vehicles and the captivating stories of how they came to their present state.
Results will vary, depending on the enthusiast’s vision, resources and mechanical ability, but the end products will engender one characteristic in each and every owner – pride! That pride, in turn, leads to showing the cars, trucks and motorcycles at car shows near and far, small and large, sharing their vehicle with others who carry the “automotive enthusiast gene” as well as the curious passerby. Often a new enthusiast is born from that curious passerby and the process continues, to the benefit of all.
Some were purchased as they are now, but had a great deal of work done prior to their acquisition. The majority, however, represent hours, weeks and months spent remaking them, part by part, rusted panel by rusted panel, until they fulfilled a dream. Each and every one is a prime example of what vision, hard work and a heaping measure of love can produce. Enjoy!
1932 FORD CABRIOLET HOT ROD
Mounted on a custom frame, the cabriolet body is an original, all-steel Ford unit that even had a On loan from Jay Abend, Westborough, MA. “rust-free” floor when the car was disassembled for its second transformation. Coddington’s Jay Abend’s Ford would be a highly coveted shop chopped the windshield posts 1 ¾ inches, car even if you didn’t know it was put together by an industry legend, the late Boyd Coddington, rechromed them and built a new top, hood for renowned fashion designer Christian Audigier. and bullnose. A bored and stroked Ford “302” that now displaces 347 cubic inches feeds power to a Ford Racing C6 automatic transmission. “I’ve had it well over 100 miles per hour on the highway and I can tell you this,” declared Abend. “It’s brutally fast! But mostly, I just like to go into my garage facility at night, flick on the lights and look at the car sitting there like a giant Matchbox car.”
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1929 Ford Hot Rod
On loan from Brian and Sharon Ross, Ballston Spa, NY NASCAR modified racer Ross marked his retirement by building this hot rod. “I decided I’d rather have a nice hot rod than a restored old car, so I built a modernized Model ‘A’ with good brakes, a V-8 motor, air conditioning, tinted windows and all the other modern touches,” says Ross. Built on a race-car style chassis built from 2”x 3” square tubing, the sedan’s new suspension uses short-track technology while the brakes come from a Sprint Cup car. “I made a lot of the new body panels and the running boards, then sent the car to racer Elmo Reckner and his son Chris,” says Ross. “They did the finish body work and their painter, an extraordinarily gifted Polish immigrant named Miroslaw Weiprzowski, put the color on.” Ross is rightfully proud of the finished product, which generates disbelief when observers find out it is the first and only hot rod Brian has built.
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1934 FORD PICKUP
On loan from Harry Holk, Clifton Park, NY Harry Holck says his truck, which he bought in pieces for $375, is “a combination of a hot rod, a ‘rat’ rod and a restoration.” “I chopped the roof 3” and stretched the cab by 3” to get a little more leg room. Then I had to cut 3” out of the pickup bed to allow for the extra length of the cab. For the drive train, I bought a ’95 Chevrolet Caprice police car for $325 and used the LT1 fuel-injected engine and 4160E transmission.
1956 THUNDERBIRD HARDTOP/CONVERTIBLE On loan from Albert & Gloria Ciejka, Saratoga Springs, NY
Albert Ciejkas sold a very rough “55 T-Bird to buy the ’56 he really wanted. The car then sat until his children were grown and educated. But in 1996, a three-year restoration was launched, capped by an unusual bumper and a coat of “Goldenglow” in place of the green covering the original black.
“The previous owner had removed the Continental kit and replaced it with a front bumper. “The finishing touch was a coat of flat black paint. He also replaced the wheels with a set from a I was trying for a modern ‘rat rod’ look and I was ‘57,” explained Ciejka. “We decided we liked pleased with the way it came out. It’s a fun truck the way the bullets in the bumpers match the to drive, gets 21 mpg on the highway and has centers of the ’57 hubcaps and decided not to go proven to be reliable and worthy of long trips.” back to the originals. “We rebuilt it to enjoy and we love to drive it during the summer months, whether we’re headed for club events or just joyriding.”
1950 CHEVROLET 3100 PICKUP
1955 CHEVROLET “LIMOUSINE”
How dedicated are the “Rebuilt in America” owners? Buddy Conley bought a roadworthy ’53 pickup to get the disassembled, rotted out ’50 Chevrolet he wanted for free. Then he sold the good one and rebuilt the wreck.
Paul Hoffman’s Chevrolet is certainly unusual. He’d seen a similar car, that the owner said took 18 weeks to build, while on National Guard duty in New Zealand. But Hoffman’s saga would be much longer. He started by cutting a “project car” with many new parts and fresh paint in half.
On loan from Buddy Conley, Ruby, NY
On loan from Paul Hoffman, Latham, NY
Some people are captivated by Buddy Conley’s restored pickup truck while others ignore the “I quickly realized I didn’t have a level surface to Chevrolet and turn their attention to the motor- extend the frame, so I took it to a welding shop,” cycle he generally has strapped in the pickup box. related Hoffman. “They cut and welded the frame perfectly with a 48” stretch, which was the width “Today, the truck visually is extremely close to of a two-door’s door.” the way I found it,” sums up Conley. “People ask me all the time about Elvis being painted on the Then he began the arduous process of putting door. It’s because the former owner told me the body back together with a 48” insert, asthe truck sat in front of one of the Staten Island sisted by friends and a local body shop. Amusement parks painted up like that.” “I thought everyone in the world would be interested in it but it turned out to be only car people,” Hoffman says wistfully. “But with those guys, everyone has a ’55 Chevy story.They love it!”
1992 CHEVROLET S-10 “LO-RIDE” PICKUP TRUCK
On loan from Jonathan and Olivia Hoffman, Saratoga Springs, NY Purchased after his first truck was totaled while still in high school in Saratoga, this S-10 has been customized twice. “We started by fabricating custom control arms for the front suspension, then moved to the rear,” recalls Jonathan. “We redesigned and strengthened the frame, then converted the suspension to a four-link arrangement and rebuilt everything to allow installation of the 20-inch wheels. We’d learned the first time that paint and bodywork was not our specialty, so Ziggy Poteralski shaved and painted it for us.” Everything came together with Poteralski’s application of the striking PPG “Radiance Orange Glow” paint with “Radiance Shamrock Green” flames that draws a crowd everywhere the truck is parked. The truck was named the winner in Sports Truck magazine’s Low-Buck Challenge, a contest to build the nicest truck in less than five months for under $6000. Jonathan was rewarded with a $1000 gift certificate from contest sponsor JC Whitney and a colorful feature in the magazine.
BOARD-TRACK MOTORCYCLE On loan from Buddy Conley, Ruby, NY
“People usually think the bike is an old Indian and are amazed when I tell them that I built it,” summed up the proud owner. “It’s extremely hard to say which of the two I like more. I think I love the bike most when I’m out riding it. But then I have the same thought about the Chevy when I’m driving my truck. They’re both just big parts of my life!”
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1953 MG “CONTEMPORARY SPECIAL” On loan from Bob Ensign, Colonie, NY
Bob Ensign’s “Contemporary Special” is a modern design utilizing technology, parts and thought patterns from 1953. Ensign designed the car, then built the body utilizing coach-built construction (sheet metal over wood). “I started with a 1953 MG-TD steel frame and the oldest parts I used were from a 1934 MG while the newest ones came off a ’64,” explained Ensign. “The engine is from a 1964 MG–B and the gearbox from a ’58 MG-A. But the addition that made the biggest difference is the new rear-axle. It has a 4:10 gear ratio, which lets the car reach an absurd top speed. “Using Ash wood, I shaped and fit each piece to create a skeleton for the bodywork, all held together by a whole bunch of wood screws. “Then I hand-formed each body panel. People ask if it was hard to build it and I always tell them ‘No, it was fun!’ When one is lucky enough to exercise their creative talents doing something they love, hard work becomes fun.”
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1954 MASERATI A6 GCS
1957 NASH METROPOLITAN
While it looks sleek and modern, this updated Maserati sports racer’s timeless design actually dates to the early 1950’s.
This Nash Metropolitan truly illustrates the concept of “Remade in America,” as Marc converted a disassembled, rusty “parts car” with a rotted cowl and no floor into a bright, two-tone beauty.
On loan from Steve Schoenberg, Clifton Park, NY
“In 1953-54 Maserati built 54 of these beauties,” explains Schoenberg. “The A6 GCS was the first of the lightweight racers, weighing a mere 1600 pounds, and was the predecessor to the Maserati ‘Birdcage’ design.” Time and racing accidents took a major toll on the original cars and bodies, so very few completely original A6 GCS bodies exist today. “In the 1990’s, a very talented restorer, Darryl Fling, built a body mold from an original body and produced seven hand-formed, one-piece aluminum bodies,” detailed Schoenberg. “My car was the last one built and is by far the most authentic. It was built out of many original parts and era appropriate components, including the drive train and the non-independent rear end with coil springs. “One thing that is not original is the engine, which was built up from a 1969 aluminum Rover V-8 block and carries four Webber carburetors. It’s been modified to Maserati specs and delivers 280 hp.”
On loan from Marc Merkle, Lake Luzerne, NY
“The car was a ‘basket case’ which literally came home in many boxes, some of which contained parts for both this car and another,” recalls Merkle. “I didn’t know which parts went with this car, so I started sorting them all out and eventually completed the restoration completely on my own. “I started it in 2006 and tried to work on it for at least a half-hour every day. I finally finished it 3 ½ years later! People ask about the car’s value but I’m not as interested in that as I am in preserving a piece of history, something most people would have sent to the crusher.”
1966 PONTIAC GTO
On loan from Jennifer Murphy,West Nyack, NY Jennifer Murphy fell in love with her GTO the moment she saw it.
1964 13-WINDOW DELUXE VOLKSWAGEN BUS
1972 BMW 2002 CUSTOM
On loan from Roy Wicklund, Petersham, MA
On loan from the Dan Lucarelli family, Slingerlands, NY
Roy Wicklund’s orange BMW is obviously eyeThis bus is truly a family affair, as father Dan enjoys catching. But few who look it over appreciate tinkering with it and his wife and daughters thrive what a truly unique vehicle they are seeing. “I race it, I show it, I drive it,” declares Jennifer. on the attention it attracts. “That’s what these cars are meant for – “It looks totally ‘factory’ but it is essentially my enjoyment! version of what a BMW ‘M2’ may have been like, “Our 1964 13-window Deluxe Volkswagen Bus had the Motorsports Division of BMW existed was originally owned by an American serviceman “Five years ago I started to restore the car to its stationed in Germany,” explained Dan. “When he when the 2002 was in production,” says Wicknot-so-original glory. The paint was getting old lund. “Since we started with only a body and came back, his beloved Bus came with him.Years and I wanted to save the history. We replicated later, the Bus was purchased by the second owner, chassis, I purchased two parts cars for sourcing the graphics as closely as possible, though we parts that were unavailable new. The original car who had the engine rebuilt, replaced the wheels made some minor changes to the pearl colors. and painted it, changing the color from the original had no exterior trim, interior, engine, suspenAnd everything that was chrome, we re-chromed. red and white to blue. sion or exhaust. The car was literally built from We also rebuilt the engine for racing.” scratch and is a combination of the original body Lucarelli, the third owner, says “The first thing that and chassis, the parts cars and many new parts.” “When I first looked at it, the owner said ‘Are I had to do was add seatbelts, so that our crew you sure you can drive this car? It’s a four speed could travel around safely. Several of the windows The changes from original, included in the with no power steering or power brakes!’ But were not working, so they also needed repair, and car’s museum label, are beyond belief and have I took it down the road, banging the gears, and I replaced the steering box and a few other steer- brought the car exposure in publications includfell for it hook, line and sinker. But what really ing components. Now it drives really well, though I ing Hemmings Sports and Exotic, Bimmer, Perforamazes people is when I get in and drive it to the don’t think I could drive it every day.” mance BMW, Roundel and the Boston Bimmer. starting line. Even though my license plate reads 4SPDCHIK, nobody believes it really is a ‘girl’s Best of all, sums up Wicklund, “It always puts a “The Bus draws a lot of attention because it car’ and I’m the one who races it.”joy, a 1973 brings back memories people have of a time when smile on people’s faces!” AMC Matador that he restored as the cop car VWs like this were everywhere. Area car shows from the ‘Adam 12’ TV show.” are mostly American ‘muscle cars,’ so the Bus sticks out and people think it’s really cool.”
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Monaco. Monza. Silverstone. LeMans. These megaliths of motorsport hold longstanding tradition in the eyes of race fans and in the shadow of driving legends. With daring chicanes and heart pounding straights, these circuits command the exotic, otherworldly allure of wheel-towheel racing, arguably more than anywhere else in the world. Luckily for you and I, we don’t have to travel to Europe for iconic grand prix racing, because in our backyard lies a gem of historic importance, Watkins Glen International. The Glen, as it has been nicknamed, has been home to
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North American road racing since 1948, when Cornell law student Cameron Argetsinger drew up plans for a road race through the town and countryside of scenic Watkins Glen, New York. Settled at the foot of Seneca Lake, that first race through Watkins Glen sparked the fervor that has become America’s passion for road racing seen today in Formula 1 and IndyCar. Constructed in 1956, the purpose built Watkins Glen International replaced the original street circuit of Argetsinger’s Watkins Glen Grand Prix following numerous injuries sustained by roadside fans and a slew of drivers complaints. Drivers noted that the course suffered from poor visibility and featured inadequate runoff areas.The new track shortened
the race length from 6.6 to 2.3 miles, but would become a celebrated circuit in many forms of racing. In 1968, the original Watkins Glen Grand Prix event was modified to become a six-hour endurance race, now known as the Six Hours of the Glen.Two notable winners of this event are none other than legends Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx, which brings us to the source of Glen notoriety. Formula 1 made its North American debut with the 1960 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen. Over the next twenty years, the biggest and brightest stars of Europe’s most popular racing series would descend into the small town, many times with the championship resting on this final race.The greats all won here,
from three-time winner Graham Hill, to Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Niki Lauda, and James Hunt. Over the years however, the track gained notoriety as a killer following fatal accidents involving the blisteringly fast young drivers of Francois Cevert and Helmuth Koinigg. Formula One ended the twenty-year run at the Glen in 1980, but legendary road racing endures from a somewhat unlikely source. NASCAR’s current schedule features two deviations from their usual lineup of oval circuits, one at Sonoma Raceway in California, and the other at Watkins Glen.The Cheez-It 355 at The Glen has been run under various names since 1957 as part of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup schedule and draws race fans from far and wide. Originally a 101.2 mile race, the length has grown and grown to the current 220.5 mile distance, challeng-
ing drivers and teams alike to setup their cars for the unique challenges of The Glen. NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart mastered 2009’s race as he marked his fifth win at The Glen, a record which narrowly edged out 4-time winner Jeff Gordon.
at the Seneca Lodge, the unofficial celebratory bar and restaurant for Grand Prix winners. Adorning the stained wooden walls of the restaurant are an assembly of withered, brown wreaths left In early September I found myself behind by the greatwalking the streets of Watkins Glen est drivers to have following the 2013 Vintage Festival, handled this iconic ogling at the multitude of classics that track. I sat at the bar cast the town in a late 70s sepia glow. after hours, just listening, Amidst the organized sea of classic disturbed by nothing other than Minis, 2013’s sponsored marquee, the faint sound of cleaning staff were an immaculate assortment of working away in the dining room. Mustangs, Porsches, MGs, and about This was the spot; you can almost anything else you could imagine with feel a presence. Champions Jim sporting pedigree. Friday’s events Clark, Graham Hill, James Hunt, and featured the historic reenactment Jochen Rindt all stood atop this bar, laps of the original race set in town, dowsed in beer from mechanics and which brought huge crowds, followed fans as they celebrated into the night. by an induction ceremony for the Now all that remains of these icons Walk of Fame. Determined to furare the wreaths and the memories. ther my nostalgia, I made a pit stop
The following morning I channeled my inner racer, and set out to charge up and down the Seneca Lake countryside, inadvertently stumbling upon a gem. I spotted an innocuous farm with a few cars parked out front. As I slowed to investigate I glimpsed a sea of headlights, bumpers, and windshields glinting up on the hillside. The farm belongs to Joe Ottati, an organic grape juice producer who originally bought the property in 1976 after working for years as a mechanic in New Jersey. Ottati reckons he’s owned over three hundred vehicles.
right there on the spot – finished the race with barely any brakes, had to downshift to first!”
Leaving Watkins Glen that evening, I felt I had brought home this gasoline fumed and rubber seared sense of being that I had been longing for, but with it came a sadness for the days gone by, days which would likely never return to this historic town. For the rest of time,Watkins Glen will be remembered in its heyday of Formula One, its James Hunt’s and Jackie Stewart’s partaking in good ‘ol boy celebration, and the reputation of world class racing that it brought to Upstate New York.The perfect tribute. I reflect fondly on my solemn drink at the Seneca Lodge bar, encircled by the spirits and memories of those legends of The Glen. If these walls could talk...
“If you name it I’ve probably got it. For years I had a junkyard license, but the town took it away, so I figured I’d move the cars from the back up to the front of my property and applied for a used car license. That’s how it all started.”
The collection varies wildly, with a truly unique blend from modern luxury wagons, 90’s tuner imports, to long extinct European saloons. I quizzed Ottati on some of my favor“I’ve got about one hundred Volvos ites, and included a few surprises as around here. I used to get them well.Volvo P1800? Yep, seven P1800s. for free; people would just bring Alfa Romeo Spider? About two or me their old cars. Not anymore three Spiders back there.VW Van? though.” We walked around the Oh definitely a couple of those. fields as he pointed out historic Ottati regarded his prized ’66 VW cars here and there, pausing for a Pop-top as his personal favorite. time at a green Volvo sedan. Other surprises that I hadn’t expected “I drove this 164 as the pace car a few were a pair of Renault Fuego Turbo’s, a BMW Bavaria, dozens of Peugeots, years back at the race reenactment and my personal favorite – a Toyota downtown. We got to the line, I got Corolla FX16 hatchback. going and started losing brake fluid
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Published on Dec 5, 2013