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Wednesday, Apr. 24-Saturday, Apr. 28: Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet & Corral featuring 150 acres of collector cars & parts; 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. until 3 p.m., admission $10, Sun. $5; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com . . .
Saturday, Apr. 27: Ferraris Visiting Ronald McDonald House of LI featuring 50th Anniversary Edition Ferrari...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis 500 pace car replica owned by Joseph Greco
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Starting in 1978, the Corvette’s 25th anniversary, Chevrolet would go on to provide Corvette pace cars for the fabled Indianapolis 500-mile race in 11 different years through 2012. The company also created a limited number of replicas for sale in showrooms. However,...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1969 Dodge Dart GTS convertible drag racer owned by Jim Mango
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Chrysler first offered the Dart GTS in late 1967 as a limited-edition junior muscle car to compete with the Chevrolet Nova SS. In stock form, it would go on to win its share of stoplight drag races. Mango’s convertible kicks things up a few notches. “It has always been a drag race...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNERS 1967 Pontiac GTO hardtop owned by Christopher and Gary Werner
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The iconic Pontiac GTO, offered from 1964 to 1974 and again from 2004 to 2006, is considered by many to be the father of modern muscle cars. By 1967, it had already solidified its place at the top of the heap, with standard models sporting a 335-horsepower, 400-cubic-inch V-8 engine...Read more »
Saturday, Apr. 13: 36th Annual LI Regional License Plate Sale & Show; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., admission $5; Elks Lodge, 2162 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa; info: 631-281-4559 . . .
Sunday, Apr. 14: St. Patrick’s School 8th Annual Spring Car Show Fundraiser; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., adults $5, children free; 280 E. Main St., Smithtown; info: www.stpats.americanhotrods.com . . .
Monday, Apr. 15: ‘Everything...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1954 Packard Convertible owned by Wayne Hedlund
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING What better way to celebrate the first week of spring than to glide down Long Island’s roads in a topless powder-blue Packard? While the Packard would vanish from showrooms a few years later, it was still very much a luxury car in 1954. Putting yourself behind the wheel of a Convertible such as...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1977 Toyota Celica GT Liftback owned by John Herman
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING “You’ll feel Celica excitement the very first time you drive one,” says the Toyota sales brochure for 1977. “And you’ll never get tired of it.” That could certainly apply to Herman, who has owned his Liftback since new and has kept it in immaculate condition. “The Toyota Celica name is derived...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1972 Plymouth Duster 340 coupe owned by Bill Peysson
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The muscular Duster 340 offered sporty good looks and barrels of fun at a modest price, even though it was conceived as the federal government began to rein in horsepower due to more stringent emission controls. “A note of significance, though a somewhat sad note to the muscle car era, is that...Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1978 Ford LTD four-door pillared hardtop owned by Gregg D. Merksamer
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING At almost 19 feet long and over 4,200 lbs., the 1978 LTD was Ford’s top-of-the-line luxury model and it marked the company’s 75th anniversary. Merksamer’s ride accentuates its length and heft with an unusual factory green color combination that would do itself proud at any St....Read more »
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1940 LaSalle Series 52 sedan owned by Andrew Zizolfo
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING While 1940 was the LaSalle’s final year, it did not go out with a whimper. Built since 1927 as a “junior Cadillac,” these cars held their own in the luxury field, with advanced engineering, solid build quality and an emphasis on selling style along with substance. “Back in the late 1920s and...Read more »