Oct 21 2011

Long Island Automotive Events, Updates & Recent Comments-Saturday, October 22,  2011

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SachemPatch: Motor Parkway Parade Rescheduled for October 30

Rain date quickly approaching for historic fun.

By Chris R. Vaccaro
The First Annual Motor Parkway Parade to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the completion of the Lake Ronkonkoma section will be Sunday, October 30.

This event, run by the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association, will feature the 1909 Alco-6 Black Beast Racer will lead the vehicles, as the car won the Vanderbilt Cup in 1909 and 1910. It will be followed by many local vintage vehicles from private collectors and from the Ronkonkoma Fire Department for an uninterrupted drive from Dix Hills to Lake Ronkonkoma.

The heritage association is looking for as many spectators to attend as possible.

Vintage Vehicles, 1948 and older, will parade from Deer Park Road and Motor Parkway in Dix Hills starting at 9 a.m. to Waldbaum’s Shopping Center on Portion Road in Lake Ronkonkoma

First Annual Motor Parkway Parade, Huntington to Lake Ronkonkoma, Sunday, October 30, 2011

Directions for Participants from the Lake Ronkonkoma Heritage Association:

The starting point has been graciously offered by Rabbi Yackov Saacks at The Chai Center, 501 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills  (at the intersection of Motor Parkway & Deer Park Avenue.  Please pull in to the parking lot, (there is construction) and back into an available spot by 9:00 AM. If the lot fills up, the street will be sectioned off. There will be children being dropped off for school, however all should go smoothly. We will share an opening ceremony presentation by Legislator Jon Cooper and Staff. The motorcade will pulll into position on to the Motor Parkway.  A starting Flag will be waved.  Once at Waldbaums Shopping Center, another ceremony will be presented by Legislator Tom Muratore.  Parade participants and riders will be offered bagels, coffee/tea/juice at the Heritage Booths. The cars will be shown to the public for a period. 


Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

“Clean Up the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge Day” a Big Success



Greg Oreiro: "Incredible day Howard!! Dee and I are looking forward to the next day on the 29th!

Kenneth J. Harris: "Very nice pictures.  Takes me back to the early 50’s when I was a boy scout. Our scoutmaster used to take us on hikes on the Long Island Motor Parkway.  We would access it by going up Hicksville Road for a fairly short distance north of Hempstead Turnpike, turn right (east) into a development, go north on one of the streets that ended at the parkway.  We would then head east and hike until we reached the end (can’t remember exactly, must have been a former bridge there). Thanks for bringing back some memories.

Don Corie: "You did a great job. Sorry not able to be there. Plan to help after recovery from surgery.

George Bartunek: "As someone who is an advocate of preserving Long Island history, I applaud everyone’s work in uncovering the Bethpage bridge. Could the Peconic Bay Region have your permission to reproduce these photos in a future issue of our newsletter? The Alco was a hit at the Cutchogue show yesterday.

Howard Kroplick: "Thanks for all the positive comments! George, feel free to use any of the photos.

Ron Ridolph: "Clearing job and my thanks to all for a super job well done on a most worthy project."

Art: "Thank you to everyone for your help in preserving this part of the Motor Parkway - sorry I could not make it, but I’m so glad a second clean-up has been scheduled - I put it on my calendar as soon as I read about it."

Steve Zacchia: "My name is Officer Steve Zacchia and you should remember me as the curator of the Nassau County Police Museum. Saturday I checked in at the Bethpage Restoration at 3:00 so I could help out but was denied entry and told that it was too late..I left disappointed. I returned Sunday earlier and was able to see all the work that was accomplished. Good job ! It was quite interesting ! Please let me know of any future dates.


 Second “Clean Up the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge Day" on Saturday, October 29, 2011



If you wish to assist in projects concerning the Motor Parkway, please join the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society. Become a member by completing the information in this registration form and sending it to [email protected] . No fees are required-just energy and dedication. Current membership: 86





 The 2011 AACA Eastern Division National Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania

$500 was raised for Child Abuse Prevention Services with the sale of  books Vanderbilt Cup Races of  Long Island and Long Island Motor Parkway at The Society of Automotive Historians Hospitality Tent at the Hershey Meet on October 7, 2011.

Paul Lashbrook (Society of Automotive Historians): "A big thank you to all of the authors and to those who served in the tent during the recent book signing event. Your presence and efforts resulted in a successful opportunity to add to our libraries. One hundred percent of the sale of Howard Kroplick’s books added many dollars to the fight against child abuse. A special thank you to Jim Cox who has donated all of the proceeds of the sale of his book, Simply Bev, to the Society. Thank you Jim."

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1929 ruxton former owned by parker wickham

A 1929 Ruxton formerly owned by Parker Wickham. Seen at the J. Parker Wickham Memorial Car Show in Cutchogue, NY on October 15, 2011.



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