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May 20 2018 Howard Kroplick 3:55 PM

Gary C:

SCCA footage from 1981
Pro-FFord event at the Bridge, wreck at start

Thanks for posting!
Gary C

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Howard Kroplick 3:47 PM

Terry Stafford:

Howard, I was at the race pictured in your Bridgehampton Video.  I don’t remember the year, but it was the first year the V8 powered Triumph TR8 was racing in SCCA Pro Racing competition.  So I believe it to be 1979. (I think there was a question as to weather they had made enough cars in 78’ to be properly homologated.)

I went to watch Paul Newman in the Bob Sharp, Budweiser, Datson Z car.  It was his last Regional race for the season and he needed the points from 1 more win to qualify for the National Runoffs that year.  (I remember the 25’ tall inflatable Budweiser can in his Pitt.)  The TR8 was pulling ahead of Newman about 50 to 75 feet with every passing lap.  Toward the end of the race he was behind about 600-800 feet and I had to leave with a few laps to go, for a family obligation.  He did not make the runoffs that year.

Two Bridgehampton notes from that race day.
It was the last SCCA Pro Series race ever to run at The Bridge.

And, (after I left,) there was the biggest accident ever at The Bridge, (I don’t think there were any serious injuries.)

As described to me by my friend Guy Frost who watched it…. the Formula Vs, (or Formula Fords,) were the last scheduled race on the card that day.  A Chevelle had blown a big V8 engine on the Pit Out lane earlier that day and oiled it down.

Everyone was cautious the rest of the day as they came thru and tried to avoid the dusted oil patch just before the merge onto the main track.  And with all races being 1/2 hour Sprints that day, (not 3 hr Enduros with pit stops,) no one was roaring out of the pit at full speed after a tire change or something.

As the Formula cars came down the straight at speed and took the green flag, an adventurist driver from the 2nd row was just executing his plan to slingshot into the lead by accelerating early and swinging around everyone thru the Pit Out lane to take the lead.  He did, but jerked the wheel to pull back onto the main track just as he went through the oil.  Even with the Speedy Dry on the oil, not enough cars had driven right thru it.  He lost control and skidded sideways in front of the entire grid as they all stepped fully into the throttle to begin the race.  Only 4 or 5 cars out of more than 30 that started, made it thru the ensuring mess finishing 1 lap, to a Black Flag .  Some of the 29 or so cars involved in the accident might have been able to pound out this or replace that or tape up this, and get ready to restart the race that day.  But they couldn’t get the track cleared and cleaned up before the race was called because of darkness.

Regards,
Terry Stafford

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Ted 11:17 AM

Hi there all
  It’s been awhile hasn’t it? I’m still with you guys and trying to keep up with what’s going on. Same here with the rain. we’re getting 10 days of it, this is only the third. I’ll try to keep in touch as much as I can. Take care.
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Howard Kroplick
Ted, we miss you!!

From Field of Wheels Postponed Until June 16th (Updated 5/19/2018)

May 20 2018 slambert 9:54 AM

A great track. Spectated starting in’68 at the Trans-Am and Can-Am. raced FV later in the 70s. If those right handers after going under the bridge didn’t get your heart racing-you’re not human. Wonder how the golfers like it?

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Laura and Kenneth Harris 9:22 AM

Great presentation!

Ken Harris

From Updated: 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car a Big Hit at the AACA Museum Exhibit Opening Reception

May 20 2018 Gary Cossaboon 9:15 AM

1981
Michael Andretti’s year in Ford #55
Dave Weitzenheit confirms wreck in Pro-FF feature

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 James Spina 7:37 AM

So sad that Long Island abandoned its venerated position in the world of motorsport. That track ignited my passion for all things auto!

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Earl Gandel 1:56 AM

p.s. We “borrowed” the name and called it the Vanderbilt Challenge, along with a picture of the real cup from the Smithsonian.

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 20 2018 Earl Gandel 1:51 AM

In my memory, it was 1980, but John is probably right with 1981. The Formula Ford field was huge, so their race ran last. It was a joint SCCA/EMRA event as part of a 2-weekend event we called “Speed Week”, the track’s 25th anniversary. The F Ford field didn’t even make it to turn 1 when 17 of them piled up, no one hurt except a wrist or two. One driver, Tony Andrews running in front got out of his car and said, “well, gentlemen, the party starts early.”

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 19 2018 Leo Cerruti 11:16 PM

John Clor, good friend, he’s come to our car shows on LI several times now. Always a lot of fun, he and his wife Jennie.
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Howard Kroplick

Leo, John Clor has the best sense of humor of any executive in the automobile industry.

From Updated: 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car a Big Hit at the AACA Museum Exhibit Opening Reception

May 19 2018 Dave Russo 9:45 PM

Tom—-I guess I assumed it was a bike because you said you were 16 years old so either the driving age was younger back then or you were breaking the law! And 80 mph on dead mans curve?? You can see why auto insurance is much higher for youngsters.

What I specifically want to know is: after you crossed over Central Ave, heading north, tell us as much as you can about specifically where the LIMP is in relation to 135. Construction of 135 seems to have started in 1959 and continued through the 60’s so maybe you had moved from Bethpage by that time? But I am very curious to know EXACTLY where the LIMP specifically ran from Central Ave heading north in relation to 135 until it makes the easterly turn into Bethpage Park.

From Mystery Foto #19 Solved: The Motor Parkway East of Clinton Road, Garden City in the 1950s

May 19 2018 Brian D McCarthy 6:41 PM

Was there a commemorative “re-run” of the course similar to the 50th anniversary of the 1904 VCR ? ( Oct 9 1954 )

From Walter McCarthy Collection: Ledyard Pfund's 1906/1907 Renault "Vanderbilt Racer"

May 19 2018 frank femenias 10:53 AM

Hi Tom!

Thank you for sharing your experience on the parkway. This is wonderful to hear! As you approached the toll house (Bethpage Lodge?), was it located on the left side of the road? Is this where you exited off the parkway? There should have been another bridge immediately after the toll house. Was it closed?  Thanks Tom.

From Mystery Foto #19 Solved: The Motor Parkway East of Clinton Road, Garden City in the 1950s

May 19 2018 richard 10:35 AM

Newsday-Field of Dreams sent an email that the new date is     Sat. JUNE 16,
NOT May 26
Rich
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Howard Kroplick
Thanks Richard

From Field of Wheels Postponed Until June 16th (Updated 5/19/2018)

May 19 2018 Al Prete 9:31 AM

The Newsday show has been postponed to June 16, not May 26. Newsday’s link has the correct date. It seems like rain has been postponing or canceling a lot of outdoor events lately.

From Field of Wheels Postponed Until June 16th (Updated 5/19/2018)

May 18 2018 Howard Kroplick 11:52 PM

Tom MacCallum

hello howard….........tom mac callum here..in 1953 and54,55 I did not ride my bike, I drove my 1950 mercury on the motor parkway… the bridges over stewart ave and over central ave where still in place and driveable. I would get on at the stewart bridge and could drlve east all together about a mile and half.. first 1/3 of a mile was straight then a wonderful deep curve to the left ..dead mans curve….took it at 80 easy…. then north but going a little east….them coming to the big bridge up and over central ave and the LIRR. ..both under the bridge at the same place…..made an X then down the other side….went as far as we could but finally the brush stopped us.one time we got thru the brush…......the parkway mostly straight but still a bit to the east way off in the distance there was a building like a toll house not sure at all….not a single picture…...its all in my head..i will answer any question if I know….......otherwise fagetaboutit.  hope I helped some. tom mac callum

From Mystery Foto #19 Solved: The Motor Parkway East of Clinton Road, Garden City in the 1950s

May 17 2018 john mesawich 9:50 AM

I was at this race.  1981.  Newman finished 2nd to Ken Slagle in a TR8.  What a great race track!

From Video/Film of the Week: Classic Bridgehampton Racing

May 15 2018 Brian D McCarthy 7:53 AM

Thank you Howard for presenting this image and providing before and after scenes. Knew that most would recognize this area, but it wasn’t so much about having all scratching your heads. I was quite surprised to come across such clear/close up images of the LIMP. Yes Art, the Heritage website is excellent! Have to visit this area soon being that a clearing up has been done recently. I agree, Dave. If the old pavement is still solid, leave it alone!

From Mystery Foto #19 Solved: The Motor Parkway East of Clinton Road, Garden City in the 1950s

May 14 2018 Dave Russo 10:36 PM

Awesome pic btw Brian. It’s amazing that you can still go to this exact location. I love the old original road spots. Nothing beats it. New bike paths? No thanks. I like original historical remnants. Clean that up for preservation purposes, but don’t pour any new road on top of the original! That’s my opinion.

From Mystery Foto #19 Solved: The Motor Parkway East of Clinton Road, Garden City in the 1950s

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