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Mar 24 2017 Ted 5:27 PM

Howard,are you going for it,to add to your Mustangs you have already,that would make it,I think.Shorty,Hertz Rental,two family owned and this one? What a collection
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Howard Kroplick

Ted, hope all is well! No, I am “Tuckered” out!

From One of the Three Known Existing 1963 Pre-Production Mustangs To Be Auctioned by Mecum in May

Mar 23 2017 Deborah Pesa 6:13 PM

Not directly about the car, but of interest to those who want to know more about the history of the company. I just started transcribing records in the National Archives as a way of keeping busy. Currently, I’m working on the documents from the Tucker Motors hearing with the SEC in 1949. Fascinating stuff. Just to let you know that this record is available at the Archives (or will be once we finish transcribing it, I’m not sure).
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Howard Kroplick

Deborah, thanks! Let us know when they become available.

From The Dream of the Tucker Torpedo Concept Car Is Becoming A Reality

Mar 23 2017 Mark Lanese 12:44 PM

Howard.
What a great found treasure. Do you know where the exact location of the grandstand was on Jericho Tpke?
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Howard Kroplick

The Mineola grandstand was located about one block west of Mineola Boulevard on Jericho Turnpike.
http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/blog/article/thursday_february_10_2011_the_vanderbilt_cup_race_courses_1904-1910

Jericho Terrace Catering is currently on the site of the grandstand:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jericho+Terrace/@40.747438,-73.6457816,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xa718abfb21237036!8m2!3d40.747438!4d-73.6457816

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: A Vanderbilt Cup Race Scrapbook Discovered in Garden City

Mar 22 2017 Brian D McCarthy 5:24 PM

Yes, Frank. You could just see the rear of that old car. I like to think the auto belonged to a LIMPER like us. He or She was probably the photographer capturing the demolition of the bridge.

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 22 2017 frank femenias 8:37 AM

Strange that though the Motor Parkway bridge is “being taken down in the ‘60s,” there is a 50 year old car parked on the shoulder

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 21 2017 John Tucker Jr 11:45 PM

When I was 12 or 13, I saw one of the GT350 H cars come up the driveway next door to our house in Ann Arbor. I ran to look at it and Carroll Shelby himself was at the wheel! He was friends with our neightbors. They introduced me and before I knew it Mr Shelby was giving me the ride of my life. I will never forget the look on his face as we broke every speed limit in our neighborhood. I think he was having more fun than I was!

From Hold the Date:Thursday, April 20, 2017 Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

Mar 21 2017 frank femenias 11:17 PM

Brian - We’ll be at Ronkonkoma as soon as the snow melts. Hopefully the LIMPPS will join as well, including Howard. Bob DeStefani will try to make the meet as well. This would be a most informative experience for all!

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 21 2017 frank femenias 8:57 PM

David I - I misunderstood, the lodge is also roughly 550-600 feet north of this aerial.

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 21 2017 Brian D McCarthy 4:04 PM

Hi Frank. Your comparison aerials bring back that day when we were tracing the LIMP. Next mission…...Mayan Ruins or Petit Trianon! Whatever comes first!

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 21 2017 George Krug 2:25 PM

Hi,  Great site, love your newsletters, want to point out the date on the heading for the Merchant marine academy is incorrect,  I appreciate the hard work you do to bring all this info and news to all of us.  the best, George Krug
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Howard Kroplick
George, good catch! Thanks!!

From Hold the Date:Thursday, April 20, 2017 Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society

Mar 21 2017 frank femenias 1:02 PM

David I - You are correct, the Great Neck Lodge is only 300ft. east of Lakeville Rd but is just north (right side) of this aerial and out of view.

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 21 2017 David I 8:33 AM

Hi Howard,
I don’t know if comments are still excepted as it’s now after your reveal but…
Something has got to be wrong with 1 or both dates here. You’re showing this weeks Foto with the new eastbound Lakeville Rd. exit as being June 10, 1952, 3 1/2 months before the Sept. 27th Sam Berliner III noted 2016 S/E Foto (above) with the old exit & no sign yet of the new. Robert Moses could & did work fast when he wanted to BUT this weeks Foto has to be at the very least 1-2 months after the S/E Foto assuming they started working the day after it was taken.

p.s. if you enlarge the 1966 aerial above, you can still easily see the remnant of the old exit. 

It was particularly dangerous during evening rush hour as cars trying to exit got backed up all the way from the signal at Lakeville Rd onto the right lane (of only 2 eastbound lanes) of the parkway under both bridges (no room for any kind of shoulder with those bridges) on a curve that starts back by the police barracks. In those days, the parkway wasn’t always at a crawl even during rush!  Even still, 50% of eastbound capacity was blocked. It was probably highlighted while the UN had been there but already a continually increasing problem post WWII with suburban migration.

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 20 2017 Joey Tabaco 11:15 PM

in 1952 the UN Secretariat was still in 1111 Marcus Av, Lake Sucess and this was their parking lot… https://www.facebook.com/1111marcus/

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 20 2017 S. Berliner, III 9:16 PM

Another great find.  “Just passed the drow”?  Really?  However, I am writing about the horse, perforce; of course, he’s not at all calm but about to bolt.  Nuts; that’s screwy.  Mayhap it’s a mare and they’re about to wash ‘er.  But the steed’s not “of course”; it’s off course, of course.  Go on; hate me!  Sam, III

From VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: A Vanderbilt Cup Race Scrapbook Discovered in Garden City

Mar 20 2017 Howard Kroplick 9:13 PM

From Steven Vilardi:
• Identify the location and orientation of the aerial
o Looking southwest, northern state pkwy, Marcus ave at lake view red exit
• Relate the aerial to Long Island Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races
o Long Island Motor Parkway is a little the north by Vanderbilt house, lake success and great neck high school
• Why are hundreds of automobiles parked in the Mystery Foto?
o They are parked at the sperry defense plant.
• What facility was being built in the aerial?
o It looks like Long Island Jewish hospital is being started on lake ills red
• Identify the golf course.
o What year was the aerial taken? Provide a rationale.
- I would say earlier than 1953

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 20 2017 Steve Wepp 5:35 PM

Great car and a great guy best of luck from Steve Wepp gnyr

From Tucker 48 #1044 Featured in Newsday's "In The Garage"

Mar 20 2017 stephen siben 4:55 PM

this car is a real historical beauty

enjoy it howard
i guess well see it at this summer’s shows hopefully

From Tucker 48 #1044 Featured in Newsday's "In The Garage"

Mar 20 2017 frank femenias 12:59 PM

The beginning of the Northern State Parkway at Lake Success looking west. The furthest bridge west overwhelmed by Mother Nature is the abandoned Motor Parkway, which continues diagonally southwest alongside the golf course (North Shore Country Club, formerly Willie K’s Deepdale Golf Club). The first bridge is Lakeville Rd. Ground breaking may have begun for Long Island Jewish hospital (white dirt), also alongside the Motor Parkway opposite the golf course, and the location of the Vanderbilt golfway bridge. Automobiles could be parked at the Sperry Gyroscope Plant (off the photo on left). The NSP exit/entrance at bottom is Lakeville Rd exit 25, later home of the NYS Police barracks. Around 1952 after the NYS Police barracks moved into the patch of trees in the foreground. The 1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race used Lakeville Rd for a tire changing station. Look out today for the red light camera on Lakeville Rd/Marcus Ave.

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 20 2017 tom hutchins 12:45 PM

looks like marcus av Lakeville rd northern state the 1st UN bldg later Fairchild?

From Mystery Foto #11 Solved: Hundreds of Automobiles Seen in This 1952 Lake Success Aerial

Mar 20 2017 Constance Smith 12:19 AM

I have photos of the green Tucker owned by the Stahl Museum taken on the Ford Estate and the blue Tucker housed at the Gilmore. I believe that the blue car was #2 and this color chosen by his wife. (Yes, I also have photos of a red Tucker taken at the AACA Museum and some others they now own.) If you want a physical comparison, send me your email address as I don’t know how to attach them on your site.
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Howard Kroplick

Constance, thanks so much. My email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

The green Stahls Collection’s Tucker is #1015 . http://tuckerclub.org/tuckers/tucker-1015/

The blue Gilmore Car Museum’s Tucker is #1047. http://tuckerclub.org/tuckers/tucker-1047/

The maroon AACA Museum’s Tucker is #1001.  http://tuckerclub.org/tuckers/tucker-1001/

From The Automobile Quarterly 1976 Calendar Car: The Alco "Black Beast"

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