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In the Garage: 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

The 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am hardtop coupe

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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...

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Long Island car shows July 4th weekend

About 800 cars were on display at the

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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

‘LIV...

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In the Garage: 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible

This 1961 Rambler American 400 convertible is owned

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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...

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Long Island car shows June 29 through July 2

Walter Diabo of Merrick displays his 1966 Ford

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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...

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Diesel car owners save thousands in just three years

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, at the 2013

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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...

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Auto thefts plummet in New York metro area despite national rise

Security consultants Don Bailey, left, and Mathew Solnik

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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...

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Car shows around Long Island in June

A 1932 Ford Convertible owned by Bob Gentile

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Friday, June 21-Sunday, June 23: Carlisle GM Nationals Collector Car Show & Swap Meet; see site for hours & admission charges; Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K St., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com

Saturday, June 22: Back in Time Cruisers Car Show to benefit charity; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., donation $5; Mary’s Pizza & Restaurant, 876 Connetquot Ave., Islip Terrace; info: 516-503-2309

Guardians...

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Hicksville AutoMat car show 2013 draws hundreds of auto fans

A 1937 Ford Coupe owned by Steve and

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AutoMat Customizing and Restoration in Hicksville began its 57th anniversary celebration with a free car show on June 15. The show featured more than a hundred cars of all makes and models, from the 1930s to the present. AutoMat started its annual car show eight years ago.

This year, "Oz" and "Sons of Anarchy" actor Chuck Zito made a special appearance with his Supercharged...

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In the Garage: 1969 Ford Maverick

The 1969 Ford Maverick is owned by John

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Ford Maverick owned by John Frohnhoefer

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING As Japanese car brands began to make inroads in the U.S. during the late ‘60s, American manufacturers were feeling the pressure. Ford responded in 1969 with the Maverick, an economical, sporty coupe that became the first car for many a Long Island baby boomer. These “compacts” were fairly spartan,...

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Long Island car events Father's Day weekend

Pictured here is a fully-customized car that was

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Saturday, June 15: AutoMat Customizing & Restoration’s 57th Anniversary Car Show; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., spectators free; 69 Hazel St., Hicksville; info: http://www.autointeriors.biz/AutoMat_Show.html . . .

LI Moose Car Club Show to benefit Wounded Warrior Project; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; Tanger Outlet Center, 200 Tanger Mall Dr., Riverhead . . .

Saturday, June 15-Sunday,...

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