The SouthamptonPatch has posted an article on the fate of the Long Island Automotive Museum. The article, comments to the post and my favorite Long Island Automotive Museum videos and images are presented below.
The Long Island Automotive Museum has been closed for more than three decades — how can new life be given to the abandoned building?
By Brendan J. O'Reilly
April 2, 2012
The site of the former Long Island Automotive Museum on Sebonac Road in Tuckahoe has become overgrown and rundown since closing in 1980, but the massive garage that housed early motor vehicles still stands in 2012.
Vanderbiltcupraces.com writes in a 2008 blog post that the museum was founded by automobile collector Henry Austin Clark Jr. in 1948. The blog continues:
The museum featured many unique cars including the Thomas Flyer car that won the 1908 Paris-New York Race. In the 1950s, the museum employed Joe Tracy, who participated in the 1904-1906 Vanderbilt Cup Races. Sadly, the museum closed its doors in 1980 and the collection was sold off.
Now, "no trespassing" signs are posted all over the main garage, and accessory buildings are covered in graffiti.
What would you like to see happen with the former Long Island Automotive Museum? Should it be revived? Should the building be repurposed? Should the garage be knocked down so a developer can start from scratch? Other ideas? Share you thoughts in a comment below.
Tom Edmonds 9:37 am on Monday, April 2, 2012
Looks like a great site for an art school or academy.
Robert C DiChiara 10:51 am on Monday, April 2, 2012
How about another automobile museum. There are so many old and exotic cars on the East end of LI there has to be a corresponding group of car enthusiasts.
Faustina 11:53 am on Monday, April 2, 2012
Wishful thinking above. This will form part of the "commercial hub" which is a password for zone changes in the Town's Planning Department. You can look for a lousy soda barracks or store there.
Diane Sadowski 3:27 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
Most of us would love to see another auto museum! East end loves collector cars. And changes in the planning Department is not always a bad thing. Change is the future. Look at it as the glass half full.
Camlle 7:50 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
Another auto museum!!
T.Gerard Burns 7:55 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
Another auto museum. TGB III
Peggy Hones Morisen Monday, April 2, 2012
I agree! I knew Austie since I was 10 and went to his funeral. He'd like that.
james white 8:44 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
I think a museum would be great as well as a place for car clubs to meet rally and hey why not a old school burger joint.as well as a place for youth club to work on a car racecar, go kart, or anything that has a engine or rolls and maybe mingle with some elders and learn some valuable lessons, Bring back a community that has left know who lives within a few miles of you i would donate some time to youth.
Peggy Hones Morisen 9:04 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
I was 10 when I first got to know Austie Clark. He was a fellow rallyist and MG Car Club member. I think he would love to see his old museum restored. Many of us miss him. He was a terrific person and one of the most expert people on historic automobiles.
james white 9:28 pm on Monday, April 2, 2012
Austie Clark and Ernie Wilson were true car people and would help anyone with anything at anytime.Back then it was community not monetary
Preliator 8:25 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Yes, just what you need, another worthless museum that no one will go to and suck money out the system. It would be cheaper and faster if you would just take the money you would waste and just burn, at least you can roast some marshmallows.
Brendan Byrne - The East End Broker10:09 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Who owns the real estate now? Who determines the fate of the property?
Peconic Sunset 10:35 am on Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Why not use it to memorialize the Bridgehampton Racetrack? Thought to be one of the most challenging racetracks by the great drivers such as Mario Andretti, with its changes in elevation and overall layout. A great place.
Peggy Hones Morisen 2:26 pm on Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Great idea! I learned to drive at "The Bridge." I remember well, people like Phil Hill and the Rodriguez brothers, Jackie Stewart, et al. I also had an interest in the track, but it was absorbed by Bob Rubin and many of us lost our shirts when it was sold. Memorializing the track is a good thing.