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Saratoga Automobile Museum worth a trip for Charles Lindbergh car

Roderick Wilde, of Wilde EVolutions, Inc., drives his

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ROAD TRIP Saratoga Automobile Museum currently featuring a collection of 14 vehicles that have been American favorites, from a 1929 Ford hot rod to a 1992 Chevrolet S-10 pickup; an exhibit on auto racing in New York State (including Long Island’s Vanderbilt Cup), with a number of race cars on display; a collection of classic cars manufactured in New York, including Charles Lindbergh’s 1928 Franklin;...

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In the Garage: 1940 Mercury Club Coupe

A 1940 Mercury Club Coupe owned by Joseph

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1940 Mercury Club Coupe owned by Joseph Papalia

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING As Americans began to emerge from the Great Depression in the late 1930s, they had more money to spend and there were new cars to buy. There was also a gap in the Ford product line between the basic models and the near-luxury Lincoln-Zephyr, which the company filled with the new Mercury in the 1939...

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In the Garage: 2010 Dodge Challenger

The 2010 Dodge Challenger ?Mr. Norm GSS? edition

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 2010 Dodge Challenger “Mr. Norm GSS” edition owned by Jimmy Psomias

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With auto critics and enthusiasts now proclaiming a second golden age of muscle cars, owners of these newer vehicles are wondering just how many will become collectibles in the future. A prime candidate might be Psomias’ bright purple Challenger, of which only 400 were built...

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Pit Stop: Glen Watkins' International Motor Racing Research Center features heritage vehicles

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo drives his

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ROAD TRIP International Motor Racing Research Center: The center offers a documentary heritage of amateur and professional motor racing, highlighting sports car, Formula 1, NASCAR, and vintage and historic racing. Archives include personal papers of drivers, journalists and authors, as well as reference books and other historical items. Several race cars are on display. Open to the public by appointment...

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New Lamborghini Huracan replaces Gallardo, boasts 601-hp V-10 engine

The new Lamborghini Huracan replaces the outgoing Gallardo


Lamborghini let loose some details on its all-new 601-horsepower entry-level model, dubbed the Huracan. The supercar will replace the outgoing Gallardo, which Lamborghini calls its most successful model of all time, having sold more than 14,000 units during a 10-year production run that ended in November.

The Huracan, named after a famed breed of Spanish fighting bulls, bares closer resemblance...

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Jeep dealership on Long Island illustrates corporate pressures

A red Jeep Grand Cherokee causes controversy at

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For all the automobile knowledge car enthusiasts possess – from engine types, to design elements and interior luxuries – there’s one aspect of a vehicle’s life that remains mysterious to most: how they get sold.

But a report last week by National Public Radio’s '‘This American Life’' program sheds new light on the sales process by shadowing a Long Island Jeep dealership, and each of its salespeople,...

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In the Garage: 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster

The 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster owned by Earl

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1949 Triumph 2000 Roadster owned by Earl Gandel

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Founded in 1885, Britain’s Triumph made its name selling bicycles, motorcycles and cars in the early part of the 20th Century. But when World War II rolled around, the company was nearly dead. It was revived in 1944 by auto executive Sir John Black, who wanted to make sports cars to compete against...

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Classic Ford trucks at the Cold Spring Harbor Fire House Museum

The Cold Spring Harbor Fire House Museum, located

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Cold Spring Harbor Fire House Museum: The restored Teal Building (circa 1866), the hamlet’s first fire house, contains two Model TT Ford trucks: a 1923 fire truck and a 1919 delivery vehicle. There’s also an 1852 “hand pumper” and a host of other fire fighting artifacts, numerous historic photos and a special 9/11 memorial housing a piece of steel from the World Trade Center. Open Sat.-Sun., noon-5...

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Long Island museum's new carriage galleries perfect for auto enthusiasts

This working 1910 Buick Model 16 owned by

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Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages: A large collection of carriages on display in multiple galleries offers a close look at personal transportation before the gasoline engine. Two new carriage galleries opened there last spring. There is also an authentic 19th century carriage-making shop. Open Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m.; admission $9 adults, $7 seniors...

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In the Garage: 1984 Zimmer Golden Spirit

The 1984 Zimmer Golden Spirit owned by Ted

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1984 Zimmer Golden Spirit owned by Ted Paolotti

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With the aura of a 1920s American classic car and easy-to-service mechanicals from a modern Ford Mustang or Lincoln Town Car, the Zimmer bills itself as “the finest neo-classic motor car ever manufactured.” The company’s website touts an exterior design that is “pure classic grandeur right out of...

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