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Dec 14 2019 frank femenias 2:14 PM

Timothy - The above map is upside down, with south up. The Meadowbrook Pkwy now runs along the southern section of the old polo fields. Just to the north of MSP is now mostly occupied by Meadowbrook Pointe condos.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 14 2019 frank femenias 1:49 PM

Nice find, thanks for sharing. Admiring all the open land in all directions; not a building in site on early Long Island. Fire truck at 4:05!

From Film of the Week: An Amateur Color Film of 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 14 2019 Al Prete 9:05 AM

What beautiful work!

From Alexander Buchan's Kinetic Sculpture: The Checkered Flag

Dec 14 2019 Art Kleiner 8:00 AM

Here’s a shot of the racing scene in the play.  Picture is from The Theatre Magazine sometime in 1906.  One car is the Peerless Green Dragon which was driven by Barney Oldfield in the 1914 and 1915 Vanderbilt Cup Races.

From Audio: "The Little Chauffeur" from the 1906 Broadway Show "The Vanderbilt Cup"

Dec 13 2019 Steve Lucas 10:20 PM

Although not the best quality, still a great film. You never know what you’ll find if you just keep looking. Some good shots of the Auto Union. Hard to tell if it was Rosemeyer or not.

From Film of the Week: An Amateur Color Film of 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 12 2019 frank femenias 9:56 PM

David Stephan - In regards to RHR following Queens Ave/46 Ave, was RHR’s western terminus at Parsons Blvd? This is interesting news.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 12 2019 Al Velocci 9:39 PM

Brian, The 50 foot wide spur to Hempstead Tpke. was never built. The cost was too prohibitive. The Parkway would have had to build a bridge over Stewart Ave., the Central Railroad , Sheep Pens Rd., and,  if ever developed that far, Second St. (Meadow St.) which did make it to Oak St. The spur was never in play until July 1, 1918 when the Parkway leased the strip to the federal govt. for $31.99 per month. In 1939 the govt. purchased the spur for $8900.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 12 2019 Brian D McCarthy 5:36 PM

Mr. Poole must have been Mr. Byers official driver. He was probably trying to be on time for something, I hope Mr. Byers stood up for Al.

I’ve been in the position of Joe & Al as far as ‘representing a company’, but thankfully the event wasn’t as dire. A tough spot to be in, especially if you take matters to heart. You just hope that all involved make out. $25,000 versus today is about $730,000. $7,000 is about $200,000 now.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Al Poole's Original Documents from the Helck Family Collection

Dec 12 2019 Art Kleiner 10:06 AM

Marc - Soapbox derby in Akron still going strong - has evolved significantly since 1934 - take aloook -

https://www.soapboxderby.org/akron-area.aspx

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 12 2019 Art Kleiner 6:58 AM

Attached pic is not necessarily a push car but similar.  Couldn’t resist posting it here.  From The Autocar, Dec. 25,1925.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 12 2019 frank femenias 12:41 AM

Don’t know what it’ll fetch but likely the highest $ being iconic, and somewhat depending on condition as well. Absolutely stop the rust and restore before it completely deteriorates, but only under McQueen’s specification of the time. That’s what this car is all about. That’s a hot car!

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 11 2019 Brian D McCarthy 10:24 PM

My hat’s off to this man, he’s amazing!

From Alexander Buchan's Kinetic Sculpture: The Checkered Flag

Dec 11 2019 Brian D McCarthy 10:15 PM

Yes Al, I noticed a Sheep Rd on the 1938 map that Art obtained from Nassau County. It’s shown as heading SW/ diagonally from the LIMP. Map also shows what looks to be the Hempstead Spur that didn’t come to be? I copied a 1914 map you’ll see below that shows Sheep Pens/Westbury Rd on both sides of the LIMP & also shows roads where HWY bridges were planned, but not built. I marked the Station # of the planned bridges ( #331 was Roosevelt Field ) Think I have it right? Realize too that these older roads were scrubbed out due to the military camps.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 11 2019 Jay Jarvis 3:51 PM

Does anyone have any knowledge concerning this trophy? My great uncle was John Larkin and this cup was among my late mothers things when she passed away.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: Another Long Island Race Inspired by the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race

Dec 10 2019 Al Velocci 11:18 AM

Brian, Your mention of the twin bridges/ Merchants Concourse prompts me to share some info I recently uncovered regarding the Parkway bridge at that location. The Parkway was obligated to build three north-south bridges bridges between Clinton Rd. and Merrick Ave. for the Stewart heirs. Howard and I always assumed that bridge was one of them and wondered why there and then in 1908 as there wasn’t any activity in the area. Well, it wasn’t one of the three. That bridge was built over a lightly used Hempstead Town highway called Sheep Pens Rd. that at one time ran from Merrick Rd. near Old Country Rd. diagonally down to Hempstead Village. North of the Meadowbrook it is completely gone.  The section of that road between the Meadowbrook Parkway and Stewart Ave. would be called Ave. C before it became Merchants Concourse. South of Stewart Ave. Sheep Penns Rd. disappeared thru Mitchel Field. It reappears again on the west side of Oak St.,  called Westbury Rd. The bridge built by the Meadow Brook Club came down in 1944, working on when the demo of the Parkway bridge took place.

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 Daniel Timothy Dey 11:41 PM

Two years ago, I saw one in a driveway in the Grant City section of Staten Island. I knew this had to be an imitation, or just another dark green ‘68 Mustang Fastback, but even as that, it’s something that has to be worth a fortune. Maybe not the $3M, $5M, or $7.5M you people are talking about, but still worthy of some serious bank.

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 09 2019 JeRita 9:25 PM

Howard we think it will sell close to 5 million 4.7 if I gotta pick a number We believe it should be stabilized and conserved but safety is the priority Happy Holiday to all PS Howard if you go for it Bouna Fortuna

From Market Watch: Steve McQueen's Bullitt Mustang

Dec 09 2019 Art Kleiner 7:46 PM

Brian, thanks.  I’m still trying to figure out where I got that last map from. So far no luck!

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

Dec 09 2019 Lee Chambers 7:24 PM

1918 Camp Mills photo attributed to me is actually from the New York Heritage digital collection:

https://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16373coll49/id/1797/rec/36

From Kleiner's Kolumn: The Long Island Motor Parkway in Maps (Part II)

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