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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;...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »