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Nov 18 2018 S. Berliner, III 3:41 PM

Freeport closed in the late ‘80s (when?) and the “Bridge” closed in 1998.  I remember midgets racing at Cedarhurst Stadium (now Lawrence High School); that’s where Bill Schindler quite literally lost his head - my Mom saw that horror.  Brian - how’d you ever get a racing license that young?  Sam, III

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 18 2018 S. Berliner, III 3:12 PM

That last looks like the Main Line in Mineola; the Oyster Bay Branch bridge, between Albertson north of the LIMP RoW and Williston Park to the south west of the tracks and Roslyn to the east, is in a cut.  It’s probably facing east, towards Carle Place and Westbury, or you’d see the Mineola Junction appurtenances (Mineola Road bridge, station, village, etc.).  Sam, III

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 18 2018 S. Berliner, III 2:56 PM

To hell with all those Tuckers - love !hat ‘46-48 Ford woodie!  Seriously, though, what’s the black rectangle off-center in front of the Tucker ‘way back at the curb?  Sam, III
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Howard Kroplick

My best guess is that it is a road sign.

From Searching for the 22 Stars of Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 Film-Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Nov 18 2018 Sheri Mignano 1:01 PM

well, he may not have been a car of steel but my fellow musician, now deceased, was in the courtroom scene in Tucker. His name was Rudy Cipolla(1900-2000) and he taught and inspired mandolinist David Grisman. Cipolla is a celebrity in the world of mandolins!

From Searching for the 22 Stars of Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 Film-Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Nov 18 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:06 AM

Update: Added photo of four-year old Brian McCarthy at Riverhead Raceway.

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 18 2018 Kenneth Harris 10:41 AM

I look forward for your rare photos—keep up the good work.

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 18 2018 GUS Oliver 9:53 AM

I just saw the blog on my article.  I also included a history of the LIMP and another article on Charles Henry Davis (feature story) along with color photos of virtually all of the known surviving #25 plates and a census.  Do you have a copy?  If not, would you like one?
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Howard Kroplick

Gus, great job on the articles! Please send me a copy of the Davis article (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 33 Wren Drive, Roslyn ,NY 11576). Thanks!

Also, I am still looking for original Tucker license plates!

From Plates Magazine: Long Island Motor Parkway Plates

Nov 18 2018 Bob Lang 8:59 AM

Howard,

Jeff Bridges was a member of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers.  He had a Widelux swing lens panoramic camera and took photos on the sets of the movies he was in.  He would then have books made of the photos and give them to people involved with the films.

Do you know if he did this for the Tucker film?  If so, have you come across any of these photos?

Regards,

Bob L
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Howard Kroplick

Bob, Jeff Bridges did take photos on the Tucker set:
https://www.usatoday.com/media/cinematic/gallery/1074957002/jeff-bridges-exclusive-photos-from-the-set-of-tucker-30-years-ago/

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 17 2018 ken wiebke 11:33 PM

True historian’s devotion to detail shows in this project.  Good job.    my recollection of the movie was there was one scene wih more than 26 vehicles but gotta see that entertaing picture again….

From Searching for the 22 Stars of Francis Ford Coppola's 1988 Film-Tucker: The Man and His Dream

Nov 17 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:30 PM

Michael:

Congratulations on a beautiful film.  I actually felt at times that I was behind the wheel on the Riverhead track! Marty Himes was fantastic!

I enjoyed the Last Race!

Howard

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 17 2018 mark schaier 8:40 PM

Saw the film, GREAT, better than being at the raceway trackside!

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 17 2018 Brian D McCarthy 7:39 PM

I’ve been here a handful of times and will definitely watch this on cable.

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 17 2018 Michael Dweck 7:47 AM

I want to thank Howard Kroplick for both his support of Long Island racing history and The Last Race. I was raised in Bellmore and spent many nights with my family watching racers like Marty Himes battle on the track at the Freeport Stadium. Sadly, that track and all other well bulldozed over years ago, except for the Riverhead Raceway.

I spent five years of my life and most of my savings making this film with the hope the Riverhead Raceway with endure for many more years.

Enjoy The Last Race!

- Michael Dweck, Director and Producer

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 17 2018 frank femenias 1:24 AM

More rare first-photos, great stuff Howard! The third photo reveals the Central Ave dirt roadway without the overhead girder in place. It will soon be covered in darkness for the next 30+ years.

The last photo is mysterious; is it Mineola or Williston? Both locations had double tracks. Calling all RR experts for help.

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 16 2018 Brian D McCarthy 3:03 PM

Hope you don’t mind me pointing this out, Howard. I don’t believe the last image is the overpass for Central LIRR. There’s no bridge support like the Central had ( support between the tracks and Central Ave ). And there’s no road seen ( Central Ave was routed south of the RR after the overpass was removed. The RR became double track afterwards as well, but this image appears dated. ) Believe the last image could be the Mineola or Oyster Bay LIRR Pkwy Bridge.
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Howard Kroplick
Brian, good catch!

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 15 2018 Brian D McCarthy 10:40 PM

This is like building a bridge 101! So glad this scrapbook was discovered!

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 14 2018 William Frohlich 9:15 PM

Near “Dead Man’s Curve” right?
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Howard Kroplick

Near both Deadman’s Curve #1 and #2

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 14 2018 frank femenias 8:48 PM

What great news to hear at the meeting the church at 51st Ave and Broadway, Queens was able to attain Historic Preservation status, and rightfully so. Amazing in Google Street View, anyone can easily tell this church should be preserved. Check it out. So many walking by all day long not realizing its historic significance. Great job Richard.

From Wednesday Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society on November 7, 2018

Nov 14 2018 Mark Lanese 8:18 PM

Thank you Clinton Robertson for documenting and thank you Howard Kroplick for preserving these great photos.

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 12 2018 frank femenias 11:09 PM

Sorry Gene, YOU got me this time!

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

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