Sep 17 2016

The Motor Racing Archives of Peter Helck to Become Available on

Jerry and Timothy Helck have issued this press release concerning the motor racing archives of artist and historian Peter Helck.

Thank you Jerry and Tim!


Howard Kroplick

The Motor Racing Archives of Peter Helck to Become Available on

Jerry Helck and his son Timothy Helck are pleased to announce that the motor racing archives of artist and historian Peter Helck (1893-1988) have been donated to the Howard Kroplick Collection. The archives consist of letters to and from racing car drivers and other people involved in auto racing, photographs of historic cars and people, racing programs, news clippings, posters, artifacts and other materials related to the history of motor sport. 

Howard Kroplick, town historian of North Hempstead, is a noted authority on the Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway. He will maintain the Helck Family Collection and allow access to the original documents to automotive historians and scholars in Roslyn, New York. It is planned that many of the important documents and photos will be digitized and placed on the award-winning website and Howard can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 516-625-0123


Jerry Helck (left) and Howard Kroplick

Examples of the Helck Family Collection

To be featured in future posts



Friday, June 30, 1950 at Montlhery, France. Smith Hempstone Oliver and Louis Wagner, the winner of the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race. Briggs Cunningham can be standing at the left.

Peter Helck caption: Barney's thanks to me for my partly successful effort to retrieve his scrapbooks from an unscrupulous witer who "intended to write B.O.'s biography."

George Robertson and Peter Helck in Old 16

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. and Joe Tracy at Bridgehampton

Pamphlets, Brochures and Programs


Sep 18 2016 Stuart Middlemiss 3:36 AM

This is grand news indeed. I’m sure the archive will have found a safe and accessible home, even better that you plan to digitize much of the contents so that people all over the world may share its delights. I’m sure all your website readers will look forward to the results of your labours.
With greetings from the UK,  Stuart

Sep 18 2016 Bruce Adams 7:28 AM

What a thrill to have the Helck collection available.  Thank You Helck Family and Howard Kroplick.

Sep 18 2016 Susan Savochka 7:32 AM

Congratulations that is so amazing and wonderful.

Sep 18 2016 Andy Hartwell 10:04 AM

This is wonderful news, Howard. Congratulations on having the honor to be the caretaker of so much history.

I have one of the reproduction posters of the October 2, 1948 Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, signed to me by that events driving force, Cameron Argetsinger, hanging on the wall next to me as I write this.  Helck’s talent is simply amazing.  I love that you will be digitizing his works!

Congratulations on being chosen for this distinct honor!

Sep 18 2016 Lou 10:46 AM

Great !!!

Sep 18 2016 Brian D McCarthy 11:32 AM

I am always impressed when the paintings of Peter Helck would be displayed on your website, Howard. The detail of his works concerning the LIMP is better in my mind than an old photograph. I’m sure his family is delighted that the illustrations will be on display here. Art was my strength when I was younger, but didn’t keep at it. Peter Helck lived to be 95. He was doing something right. We look forward to his collections!

Sep 18 2016 Robert Richer 1:14 PM

Bravo!  What a great gesture on the part of the Helck family, and what a coup for you, Howard.
There was no better automotive artist than Peter Helck!

Sep 19 2016 frank femenias 12:10 AM

Bravo Howard and thank you Mr. Helck for sharing these gems. I think not a better place for these captions to be displayed for the world to educate and learn from.  Where would we be without the auto today? Your dad had something positive in mind that I believe he knew its outcome, eventually displayed for all to see. Thank you all for the efforts, and keeping this important history alive. Priceless stuff guys!

Sep 23 2016 Skip Marketti 4:46 PM

Howard, Great news.

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