Sep 23 2011

Long Island Automotive Event Update: Events, Updates & Recent Comments-Saturday, September 24, 2011

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Upcoming Alco Black Beast Events:

Cradle of Aviation Museum Car Show, Garden City, Sunday, September 25, 2011


Alco Black Beast October Events

Upcoming Long Island Automotive Events

Weather permitting, a total of 15 car shows on Long Island will be held this Saturday and Sunday:

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Updates & Recent Comments

 Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge Series: #8 Alley Road Bridge (Winchester Boulevard)  in Queens

Brian D McCarthy: "In the 1938 photo, I’m guessing the original limp is the path that veers to the right into Union Tpke in the top of the photo? And then follows Union Tpke west until it merges (so to speak) into the Limp?"

Howard Kroplick: "I believe you are correct."


New “Now” Images of Motor Parkway Bridges in Queens"

Frank Femenias :"Love the LIMP Bridge Series you’re posting. Can’t wait to see the next set of bridges and routes in line. That Central RR abutment over Bell Blvd was unexpected!. Please keep ‘em comin’!

Dennis Kelly: "There is another bridge that you didn’t mention, but perhaps it’s not an original bridge? between the Farmway bridge closer to Springfield and the other Wheeler bridge near the tennis courts. When heading east, it’s just before the downhill that takes you under the highway. I can’t imagine why it would have been built after the parkway closed… Let me know if you want me to take a picture of it."

Howard Kroplick: "Please send me a jpeg to [email protected] . I believe the bridge that you are referring to may have been built by Robert Moses to provide access for a bridle path."

Joseph Coen: "I grew up in Queens Village and remember the LIMP bridges well. As little kids we used to call the Alley Pond bridge the “hooting and hollering bridge” because of its wonderful echo effect. Later my dad took up jogging and made use of the existing LIMP roadway from Winchester Blvd. to Francis Lewis Blvd. I recall that in some locations you could see the original roadbed and then a newer, smaller road surface that was paved over it at some point. I don’t recall what bridge Dennis Kelly refers to, but do remember that there was an extensive bridle trail through the park which was still in use when I was a boy. I believe it even extended beyond the park along the LIE service road as far as Springfield Blvd. and maybe even Bell Blvd. Much of it was obliterated when the LIE was widened in the 1960’s or 70’s ."

Highlights from the 2011 Sunday in the Park Concours at Lime Rock Track

Update September 14, 2011 Sport Car Digest:  Lime Rock Historic Festival 2011 – Concours Photo Gallery

"Also making an impression on the crowd and winning the “Risky & Racy” class was Howard Kroplick’s huge 1909 ALCO racing machine. It even managed to blow one of the spectator’s sunglasses off his head with its bellowing exhaust. Built by the American Locomotive Company in Providence, R.I., the impressive machine roared to the reviewing stand to the delight of all. ALCO’s racing history includes Vanderbilt Cup wins in both 1909 and 1910."


 Highlights of the Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

Update: September 21, 2011: County Executive Ed Mangano gets a ride in the Black Beast. (Photos courtesy of the Office of  the Nassau County Executive)

Mark D : "Thank You for letting the public see touch and hear such a famous and valuable car. Most cars of this caliber are locked away in museums and never have their engines started much less driven. Many thanks for supporting our Long Island racing history!!!!!!"

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Old Bethpage Motor Parkway BridgeThe Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society with the cooperation of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration has announced a clean-up day for Saturday, October 15, 2011 beginning at 9:00 am. Heavy equipment has been volunteered to clear a path to remove debris.

Please bring shovels, rakes, shrub cutting tools  and portable chain-saws.  We will meet in the Old Bethpage Village Restoration Parking Lot at 9:00 am.  For early risers, join us for breakfast at the Plainview Diner, 1094 Old Country Road at Plainview Road, at 8:00 am. All are welcome!

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Vintage or unusual cars seen recently in the Long Island area:

1930 Packard A 1930 Packard at the Great Neck Plaza AutoFest and Street Festival.



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