Jan 04 2010

The Vanderbilt Cup Races, LIMP and LILCO

Al Velocci and I enjoyed meeting 50 members of the National Grid Retiree Club and presenting “The Vanderbilt Cup Races, the Motor Parkway and LILCO”. Here are several photos and slides from today's presentation:


Co-authors Howard Kroplick and Al Velocci addressing the National Grid Retiree Club.


The presentation was followed by an interactive Q &A session and a book-signing.


Among the slides shown was this postcard from the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race course showing the Nassau Light and Power plant on Old Westbury Road in Roslyn. This company would later be combined into Long Isand Lighting.


A LIPA utility pole at the Old Courthouse Road Bridge over the Motor Parkway in Manhasset Hills.


After the Motor Parkway closed in 1938, Long Island Lighting purchased or leased land throughout the right-of-way including Deadman's Curve in Bethpage.


As seen here in Bethpage State Park, the utility lines follow the Motor Parkway route.


The remnants of the Motor Parkway pavement can be seen among the LIPA poles in Melville just east of Route 110.


Howard Kroplick


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