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Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21: Carlisle ‘Bike Fest’ featuring motorcycle rides, stunt shows & exhibits; see site for hours, adults $8, under 13 free; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com
30th Annual ‘FIAT Freakout’ national convention of FIAT Club America featuring drives and gatherings based at Hyatt Regency – LI and Saturday, July 20...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1957 Chevrolet 150 Business Sedan owned by Ron Wozny
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING If Teddy Roosevelt had been a 1950s car guy when he uttered the words, “Speak softly and carry a big stick,” his ride might have been this unprepossessing two-door. The 150 was a popular fleet vehicle with no back seat. But woe to those who challenged this version to a stoplight drag race,...Read more »
Saturday, July 13-Sunday, July 14: 12th Annual Antique, Classic & Working Truck Show held in conjunction with LI Antique Power Assn.’s 21st Annual Antique Engine Run & Antique Farm Tractor Show & Pull; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., adults $5, under 12 free; Hallockville Farm Museum, 6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead; info: 631-821-4845
Saturday, July 13-Monday, Sept. 2: ‘Long Island’s Auto Racing Heritage’...Read more »
For the first time in a decade the Cadillac Escalade is not the vehicle with the highest theft rate in the U.S.
Known for its popularity among rappers and athletes, the Escalade had maintained a theft rate of about 11 claims per 1,000 insured vehicle years since first taking hold of the top spot in 2003.
But among 2010 through 2012 model-year vehicles, the Ford F-250 — a pickup truck...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hardtop coupe owned by Francis R. Wiseman
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The ‘77 Trans Am first became famous as the automotive star of “Smokey and the Bandit,” the action comedy film featuring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. But while the movie may be a distant memory, Pontiac enthusiasts still pine for Firebirds of any era, especially...Read more »
Saturday, July 6: NASCAR Stock Car Racing & Fireworks; 6 p.m., adults $30, ages 6-12 $5, under 6 free; Riverhead Raceway, Rte. 58; info: www.riverheadraceway.com
Sunday, July 7: 43rd Annual Charity Fundraiser Car Show hosted by Cutchogue Lions Club; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; Peconic Bay Winery, 31320 Main Rd. (Rte. 25), Cutchogue; info: www.cutchoguelionsclub.com
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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible owned by Harry Mayors
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With its economical Ramblers and higher-end Ambassadors, American Motors (AMC) touted its 1961 lineup as the “World’s Widest Choice of Compact Cars” with the American heralded as “America’s Leading Economy Compact Car.” So if you wanted to show your thrifty side and still have fun in...Read more »
Saturday, June 29: NASCAR Stock Car Racing; gates open 3 p.m., see site for admission charges; Riverhead Raceway, Rte. 58; info: www.riverheadraceway.com
Sunday, June 30: NY AutoFest Car Show & Pet Adoption Fair; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators free; Adoption Center at Bideawee, 118 Old Country Rd., Westhampton; info: www.nyautofest.com
‘Sunday on the Green’ Car Show benefit hosted by...Read more »
Owners of diesel-powered cars save about $2,000 to $6,000 over three to five years compared to owners of corresponding gas models, according to a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study released yesterday. While diesel-engined cars typically cost more to purchase, they save money over time through a combination of superior fuel economy and slower rate of depreciation.
The...Read more »
If you live on Long Island, there’s no need to splurge an a spiffy anti-theft alarm system for your car. Auto thefts are declining in the New York-metropolitan area, according to a report released today by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, even as they rise nationally.
In 2012, there were an estimated 26,311 auto thefts in the New York-Newark-Jersey City statistical area, which also includes...Read more »