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Full slate of car shows on Long Island week of Sept. 6, 2013

A 1934 Aston Martin is pictured at a

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Friday, Sept. 6-Sunday, Sept. 8 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix featuring vintage auto racing, auto show & festival; check site for schedule & admission charges; Watkins Glen International race track, 2790 County Rte. 16, Watkins Glen, NY; info: www.theglen.com

Saturday, Sept. 7: NASCAR Stock Car Racing featuring twin 30-lap contests, Figure 8s, other events; gates open 3 p.m., show starts...

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Bacon-wrapped Ford Fiesta pays homage to America's favorite snack

The full bacon wrap on the 2014 Ford

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No, the bacon craze didn't reach the apex of its absurdity with the establishment of Aug. 31 as International Bacon Day, or even with the inclusion of the salty swine snack in an ice cream sundae at Burger King. Rather, the obsession may have climaxed earlier this week when Ford announced its newest automobile design option: bacon-wrapped 2014 Fiestas.

The automaker said it would offer the...

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Long Island car shows Labor Day weekend 2013

A 1957 Chevy Bel Air 150 owned by

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Friday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 2: Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 31 featuring vintage auto racing & Sunday classic car concours; check site for schedule & admission; 60 White Hollow Rd., Lakeville, CT; info: www.limerockhistorics.com

Saturday, Aug. 31: 24th Annual Boy Scout Car Show for pre-1994 vehicles to benefit Troop 6, Southold; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., spectators $5, under 12 free; Peconic...

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In the Garage: 1972 Plymouth Cricket

The 1972 Plymouth Cricket owned by Rick Nossa.

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1972 Plymouth Cricket owned by Rick Nossa

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING Even as Fiat-owned Chrysler today injects European DNA into its American cars, few remember that the company once marketed a genuine English sedan under its Plymouth brand to compete with Ford’s Pinto and Chevrolet’s Vega. “The Cricket is a rare British import,” says Nossa, “and there are only about 10...

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Corvettes highlight loaded weekend for Long Island car shows

A 1965 Chevy Corvette is pictured during the

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Friday, Aug. 23-Sunday, Aug. 25: ‘Corvettes at Carlisle’ featuring 5,000-Corvette parade, car show, corral & swap meet; Fri./Sat. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m., see site for admission charges; Carlisle Fairgrounds, 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd., Carlisle, PA; info: www.carlisleevents.com

Saturday, Aug. 24: LI Mopars Car Show featuring Chrysler- & AMC-built vehicles; 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Applebee’s...

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In the Garage: 1932 Ford 'street rod'

This 1932 Ford five-window ‘street rod’ is owned

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1932 Ford five-window ‘street rod’ owned by Glenn Wubker

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING One of the most memorable scenes from the 1973 film, “American Graffiti,” is the drag race between a souped-up ‘Canary Yellow’ ’32 Ford coupe and a modified ’55 Chevrolet. The Ford, driven by star character John Milner, wins the race as the Chevy veers off the road and overturns. Over the...

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Mineola Autoseum car show and more Long Island car events

A 1937 Ford Street Rod owned bt Mike

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Sunday, Aug. 18: Autoseum Car Show; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., show spectators free, $5 suggested donation for museum admission; 100 County Seat Dr., Mineola; info: www.autoseum.org

Back in Time Cruisers Charity Car Show; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $5 donation; Mary’s Pizza & Restaurant, 876 Connetquot Ave., Islip Terrace

LI Mopars Car Show; 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Hooters, 25 Smith St., Farmingdale; info: www.longislandmopars.com

Mopar...

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In the Garage: 1977 Chevrolet Corvette

The 1977 Chevrolet Corvette coupe is owned by

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1977 Chevrolet Corvette coupe owned by Mike Filippone

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING The “C3” generation of Corvettes, produced from 1968 to 1982, was distinguished by the unusual “Mako Shark” styling developed by famed auto designer Larry Shinoda. And even though federal emission controls limited horsepower by 1977, Chevrolet still touted that year’s coupe as a “dream car...

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Long Island car shows and events weekend of Aug. 9

A 1966 Pontiac LeMans owned by John Avellino

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Saturday, Aug. 10: 1st Annual Classic Car Show & Swap Meet hosted by Huntington Moose Lodge & East West Classic Car Club; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 631 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn; info: carshow@moose318.com

Saturday, Aug. 10-Sunday, Aug. 11 LI Cars’ Car Show & Swap Meet; 8 a.m.-5 p.m., spectators $7 Sat., $9 Sun., $13 both days, under 13 free; Belmont Racetrack, Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; info:...

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In the Garage: 1968 Shelby GT500KR

The 1968 Shelby GT500KR is owned by Bob

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THE CAR AND ITS OWNER 1968 Shelby GT500KR owned by Bob Ravener

WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING With its initials standing for “King of the Road” and the name “Shelby” on the rear, the Ford Mustang-based KR was a serious muscle machine. The only thing laughable about this car was the 335-horsepower rating, a figure that was likely understated by more than 20% for insurance purposes. “The ‘King of...

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