Nov 25 2011 Updates and Comments- Saturday, November 26, 2011

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A 1931 Long Island Motor Parkway Plate Being Sold on Ebay

 November 25, 2011 Update: The final bid was $2,551, a record for a Motor Parkway plate sold on Ebay. A total of 14 bids were offered with three bids over $2,367.






Preserving the Maine Maid Inn and the Vanderbilt Cup Races

 November 24, 2011 Update: SyossetJericho Tribune "Venditto Proposes Purchase of Maine Maid Inn"

"Listeners at the Oyster Bay Town Board meeting for granting landmark status to the Maine Maid Inn in Jericho were surprised and delighted (shown by sudden applause) as Supervisor John Venditto proposed the town might purchase the historic building....." 



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  Heavy Equipment Crew Visits the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge

Joseph (Motorpky) Debono: "WOW!!!"


Edith Patricia Klarmann: "Fotos after cleanup reminds me of the Western approach to the LIMP bridge crossing over Ruland Road… that is, from the 1950s when this section was, in and of itself, our private bicycle path (See earlier comments regarding my query as to LIMP from Broad Hollow Road thru Colonial Springs Road).Great work… as this septuagenarian looks forward with anticipation to receiving these weekly E-mails/reports."


Art: "Nice to see progress having been made.  Glad to be a part of it.  Looking forward to additional clean-up efforts at the OBVR and elsewhere. "


David Rose: "Absolutely wonderful…....congratulations."


Dave M:“Although I probably will never see the overpass in person, it is great to see history preserved. Howard, you bring a lot of joy to peoples’ lives. Have a nice Thanksgiving!”


Ken Wiebke: Great job of work. Congratulations to all who participated.  What was the original paving material used on the Motor Parkway?  I suppose something might be considered to restoring the road way at least to prevent the return of unwanted growth.  Also, I suppose a dumb question did the original parkway go over or under the bridge?"

Howard Kroplick: Ken, the Motor Parkway was a concrete surface later covered by asphalt. The Motor Parkway was on top of the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge.

Tom: "Great job to all who have participated. Thanks for saving a piece of history!"


Bruce Adams: "SOOOO rewarding to be a part of the revitalization of the LIMP as it passes through Old Bethpage Village. Can’t wait to hook up with the next phases as they come to being."


Ann: “Great job on the cleanup on the bridge at the Restoration Village. My son has been excited about being a part of the clean up.”

   Preserving the Maine Maid Inn and the Vanderbilt Cup Races

Tom Abbe: "Brilliant reporting Howard. Your contributions to our knowledge about the Maine Maid Inn are important keys to understanding Long Island’s past. Thanks for all the care and attention. I’m inspired! "


Frank Krawiecki: "All Long Islanders, historians and car enthusiasts alike, are deeply indebted to the efforts of Tom Abbe for preserving the heritage of the Quaker’s role in the Underground Railroad and the importance of maintaining historical buildings along the route of The Vanderbilt Cup Races."

    The 50th Anniversary of the First Vanderbilt Cup Race on October 9, 1954

Jim Poole (Grandson of mechanician Al Poole): "Howard, thanks for posting these memorable photos.  I remember being there with my Dad and Grandfather.  I was almost 10 years old."

Howard Kroplick: "It is a pleasure. I hope to soon have a film of the event with your grandfather driving the 1910 Simplex Speed Car."


Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum Selling a Special 1937 Chrysler Imperial

Walt Gosden: "I remember and saw the car when it was stored at the Long Island Automotive Museum and took photographs of it when it was there in storage. The paint was checked, but there was no paint loss, and if the paint was still in the condition now as it was then, you would preserve and conserve it , not repaint it. A rare car indeed, but not for the faint of heart as a restoration project, and I would estimate between $300k to $450k to restore the car properly - the plating alone will be $25K."

More Memories: Return of the Alco Racer to the Indy 500

 Jeffry S: “Hope all is well. I just viewed the video you and the Black Beast being chauffered around Indy by Emerson Fittipaldi. I can only imagine that it was truly an experience of a lifetime!!

What Hampered the Marmon Wasp During 2011 Indy 500 Parade Lap

Paul Hudson: "Loved the videos and pictures. I was helping push the Wasp to try to get it started. When it finally fired up, A.J the mechanic fell and was being dragged down the track. I ran around and picked him before he was run over by the rear wheel. My wife got pictures of the whole event and I would love to share them with you. Truly one of the greatest experiences of my life!"

Howard Kroplick: "Thanks for the amazing photos. I will feature them next week." You can be seen at the 4:20 mark of this film:



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Third “Clean Up the Old Bethpage Motor Parkway Bridge” Day,  Saturday, December 3, 2011




 A meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 beginning at 7:30 PM. Due to our growing membership, the meeting has moved to a new location- the auditorium at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. We will be discussing plans for 2012. 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: 91.


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