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April

2013

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Motor Mania Returns to the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds

Schaghticoke, NY – June 15, 2013 – Motor Mania – 10 am to 3 pm

Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show and Giant Flea Market to be held at the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Route 40, Schaghticoke, NY, 12154.

*$10 registration fee *$2.00 Spectator Admission with children 13 and under FREE *Trophies for cars, trucks and motorcycles *Dash Plaques *Goody Bags *Chinese Auction * Food *Music * Games *Bounce House for the Kids *50/50 Raffle for the Veteran’s Building on the grounds of the fairgrounds *Much More *A day of fun for the whole family *Displays presented by Early Engine Club and the Adirondack Live Steamers.

This show is open to all cars, trucks and motorcycles of any year.

This event is sponsored by Rolis Muscle Cars, LLC and Castle Agency, Inc and Hagerty Insurance.

For more information please call Rolis Muscle Cars, LLC at 518-753-7446.  Automotive Vendors and Crafters are still wanted – $25 per 12×12 space

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April

2013

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RARE FERRARI TO HIGHLIGHT INVITATIONAL AT SARATOGA

          While all of the entries for the May 18th Invitational portion of the Spring Invitational and Auto Show at the Saratoga Automobile Museum will be perfectly turned out, Peter Sachs’ sleek 1954 Ferrari 121 LM will certainly rank among the fastest. The photo shows it on-track at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, where it was a hit with enthusiasts who journeyed to the festival from around the world.

This car was the prototype for a series of six-cylinder inline engine cars produced in 1954 and ’55. Expecting a challenge from Mercedes-Benz, Enzo Ferrari and head engineer Aurielio Lampredi decided to add two cylinders to their current four-cylinder powerplants to obtain more torque and horsepower. Unfortunately, the hurried project met those two goals but missed a third, reliability.

This particular car, #0484LM, first appeared in photos taken at the Ferrari factory in November of 1954. It then was shipped to Buenos Aires for a 1000 km race held in January of ’55, where co-drivers Maurice Trintignant and Froilan Gonzalez led until the latter, thinking he was running out of fuel, took a shortcut to the pits and the car was disqualified. A week later the car ran in the rear of a Formula Libre race dominated by the Mercedes Gran Prix cars using larger, 3 litre engines, and changes were in order.

Ferrari then lengthened the chassis of the six-cylinder cars, giving the driver more room and improving the handling. In the May, 1955 Mille Miglia, chassis #0484LM was the only one of four entries to finish, with Umberto Maglioli scored fourth overall in the car’s last race for Scuderia Ferrari.

The car was then rebodied by Scaglietti to a design commissioned by American Tony Parravano before being raced unsuccessfully by Carroll Shelby and Maglioli in England and Venezuela, respectively. In its next outing, in California, Phil Hill won at Palm Springs but shortly thereafter Parravano had tax problems and the IRS seized the car to settle his account.

The car was sold by the IRS and then raced by such notables as Lou Brero Sr., Ken Miles, Tony Bettenhausen, Troy Ruttman and Roger Ward before its racing tenure ended in 1960. The car sat, disassembled, under a semi-trailer in Long Beach for some 20 years before being acquired by Sachs and restored to its configuration when delivered to Parravano in 1955.

Often described as “one of the rarest sports racing Ferraris in the world,” the Stamford, CT based beauty will top an eclectic entry list that includes, among others, a Yenko Stinger Corvair and a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

Bill and Tim Cotrofeld of East Arlington, VT own the unusual Corvair, while the 1921 Rolls touring car is the proud possession of John Parker III of North Stonington, CT. A quick sampling of the early entries shows a great deal of variety, including Bob Duell’s 1937 Plymouth sedan delivery from Sanborn, NY, a “hometown” Ferrari 246 GTS Dino entered by Lee Miller of Saratoga and a pair of interesting BMW’s. Bill and Ruth Williams will bring their 1972 2000 tii from Clarksville, MD while Andy Mair will have a shorter drive from Rensselaer in his 1980 528i.

With more cars being screened and invited daily, the Spring Invitational will be notable for both the quantity and quality of the 2013 entries.

The Invitational field will be displayed around the Saratoga Spa State Park’s scenic reflecting pool adjacent to the Hall of Springs, while entries in the auto museum’s longstanding Spring Auto Show will fill the huge lawn in front of the reflecting pool. Auto show registration may be completed in advance or on the show date, with the $15 fee covering the admission of the driver and one passenger.

Hours for the always popular kickoff to the summer car show season are 10 am to 4 pm, with the $10 spectator admission fee good for both shows as well as a visit to the adjacent auto museum, where the exciting “BMW – The Ultimate Driving Machine” exhibit will be making its debut. The highly anticipated exhibit will feature both BMW automobiles and an array of vintage motorcycles.

More information on all events at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, including the pre-Invitational tour to the Jim Taylor Collection in Gloversville and the BMW exhibit opening, can be found online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

 

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March

2013

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5th Annual Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags & Car Show

5th Annual Dover Drag Strip Nostalgia Drags & Car Show

Aug. 10-11 Lebanon Valley Dragway

By Dino Lawrence

 

Dover days are on my mind. That sounds like a song. Wait a minute, it is. You can hear it, when you go to the home page of www.doverdragstrip.com . A song about that quarter mile of asphalt in Wingdale, N.Y., where every Sunday, from 1961 until 1976, a lot of guys and gals, competed with each other….and had a ton of fun. When it opened in May of ’61, it was touted as the most modern racing facility of its time in the northeast. A patented special mix of new ‘Hi-traction” asphalt was used, and

‘Modern’ timing equipment was installed. It filled the gap left by the closing of racing at the Montgomery, N.Y. Airport drawing racers from 6 states. Chet Anderson, of Brookfield, Ct. and Joe Archire, of Germantown, Ct, were the two main original founders that worked to convince the town, for a year, that a safe, organized venue, would benefit the area, and supply a place to get street racers off the public highways. For fifteen years, it enjoyed a fantastic run, hosting the stars of the sport, including Don Garlits (Four times), Don Prudhomne, T.V. Tommy Ivo, Ronnie Sox, Dick Landy, and the fastest Fuel Dragsters and Funny cars of the period. Fans even witnessed jet cars, wheelstanders, and the Batmobile. Many notables started their racing career at Dover like Dick Moroso, Al Hoffman and scores of Record holders, Division Champions and National Event Winners. The track finally closed in early 1976, for a variety of reasons. And all that’s left is a strip of the asphalt shut down area.

But memories fade away, unless you find a way to keep them alive. How do you remember the cars, the people, the action at that favorite Sunday Haunt over three decades after it closed?  Well, you mix in a lot of communication, using the internet to full advantage, by starting a tribute site with a forum. Then you hatch the idea of a ‘revival race’, one where you can get the old gang back together to party like a youngster, drag out the old racer, and recapture your youth. Next find a safe place to take you back in time and its Dover, All Over. Just like the lyrics in the song states; “in the other lane, you’re the enemy, but back in the pits, you’re family”. That’s the difference Dover had over the other pay and run tracks. Friendships and bonds were established that still hold today.
The website Forum now boasts over 1480 registered, since going online in 2008. There, Dover Guys got the idea to go racing again and have now, each year, since the first race at Island Dragway in 2009. This will be the fifth year of the event, now two days, and the third at their new home, Lebanon Valley Dragway, in New Lebanon, N.Y. Seems in the old days, if  Dover rained out, there would be a convoy of race cars  and fans heading north on Rt.22 to a dry track. That track was Lebanon Valley. So mark your calendars …for the fifth straight year, the gang does it again, Aug 10-11. The event runs two days now, to accommodate a full Fun Family Nostalgia Weekend, with new features being added every year. This will be the third year a Car Show & swap meet is included on Sunday, featuring the finest Rods & Customs in the Northeast. Last years entries were up 30% from the previous year. Top 40 Favorite awards are given out, with the show presided over by the capable Capital Area Rods. Racing? Of course! With two days of action. Saturday is Test n Tune, unlimited time trials, a gamblers race and ‘fun & grudge’. Sunday Is Eliminations day, along with the Car Show. Expect to see many actual Dover era Cars, racing and on display. To keep the Dover Race revival flavor, 6 eliminator brackets are utilized, for bragging rights trophies, just like it was in the old days. These have grown popular with the racers and fans with separate categories’ including:  Comp (Altereds, Dragsters and Gassers), Dover Vintage for pre 1973, and the crowd favorite, Dover 4-Speed. Others are included to include the entire “Dover Family” of racers, with their current race car, and where sons, daughters, nieces and nephews are all in the mix. As if that’s not enough…various racing groups have added the Dover event to their calendars to bring in even more diversity to the Old School Party. Scheduled to compete with their own points races each day are The Northeast Timing Association (NETO), and The East Coast Gassers. Joining them for Sat. racing is the East Coast Nostalgia Super Stock Association, and the North East Nostalgia Drag Racing Association. Oh, There’s more…on Sunday, will be the “Time Warp” parade of still running Dover Cars. Last years Grand Marshalls were Mark Mastrianni, and James Grove, who ran the Dover Reunion in Danbury for 22 years. Real Vintage authentic Dover Trophies will be awarded for: Top Speed, Long Distance, Best Club or Team Participation, and Oldest running Dover Car. Special Exhibition Runs Both days will be afforded by Old Style 180mph Funny Cars, and other surprise feature cars are planned. Add to that, all four Dover ‘No Box” eliminator winners will run for the prestigious title of “King of The Hill” in memorial to Bill Casey and Ralph Feola,the two last racers that ran it at Dover on its Last Day. And the girls can compete in the fun “Powder Puff” race.

For Complete Details on the Race, Show, Swap Meet, directions, schedule, sponsor opportunities, commercial vendors and updates, Visit the website Forum Event heading with all its topics at:

 

http://www.doverdragstrip.com/phpBB3/index.php  ;

OR Contact Dino Lawrence -910-997-4444

We invite everyone with a passion for the Glory Days of   Racing and Hot Rodding, to Join the ‘Dover Revival Party’ to race, show, or wander and reminisce…..Lets Break some records this year

 

 

 

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March

2013

News

What IS The Main Ingredient of WD-40

Before you read to the end, does anybody know what the main ingredient of WD-40?
No Cheating…..

… WD-40 ~ Who knew!

I had a neighbor who bought a new pickup.
I got up very early one Sunday morning and saw that someone had spray painted red all around the sides of this beige truck (for some unknown reason).
I went over, woke him up, and told him the bad news.
He was very upset and was trying to figure out what to do….
probably nothing until Monday morning, since nothing was open.
Another neighbor came out and told him to get his WD-40 and clean it off.
It removed the unwanted paint beautifully and did not harm his paint job that was on the truck.
I was impressed!
WD-40 who knew? 


“Water Displacement #40”. 


The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and degreaser to protect missile parts.
WD-40 was created in 1953, by three technicians at the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company.
Its name comes from the project that was to find a ‘Water Displacement’ Compound.
They were finally successful for a formulation, with their fortieth attempt, thus WD-40.
The ‘Convair Company’ bought it in bulk to protect their atlas missile parts. 


Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.
When you read the ‘shower door’ part, try it.
It’s the first thing that has ever cleaned that spotty shower door.
If yours is plastic, it works just as well as on glass.
It’s a miracle!
Then try it on your stovetop.
It’s now shinier than it’s ever been.
You’ll be amazed.

WD-40 Uses:
1. Protects silver from tarnishing.
2. Removes road tar and grime from cars.
3. Cleans and lubricates guitar strings.
4. Gives floor that ‘just-waxed’ sheen without making them slippery.
5. Keeps the flies off of Cows, Horses, and other Farm Critters, as well. (Ya gotta love this one!!!)
6. Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7. Removes lipstick stains.
8. Loosens stubborn zippers.
9. Untangles jewelry chains.
10. Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11. Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12. Keeps ceramic / terracotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13. Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14. Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15. Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16. Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17. Lubricates noisy door hinges on both home and vehicles doors.
18. It removes that nasty tar and scuff marks from the kitchen flooring.
It doesn’t seem to harm the finish and you won’t have to scrub nearly as hard to get them
off.
Just remember to open some windows if you have a lot of marks.
19. Remove those nasty Bug guts that will eat away the finish on your car if not removed
quickly!
20. Gives a children’s playground gym slide a shine for a super fast slide.
21. Lubricates gearshift and mower deck lever for ease of handling on riding mowers…
22. Rids kids rocking chair and swings of squeaky noises.
23. Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes them easier to open.
24. Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and close.
25. Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards in vehicles, as well as vinyl bumpers.
26. Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
27. Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
28. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
29. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly.
30. Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and other tools.
31. Removes grease splatters from stovetops.
32. Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging.
33. Lubricates prosthetic limbs.
34. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell).
35. Removes all traces of duct tape.
36. Folks even spray it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
37. Florida’s favorite use is: ‘cleans and removes love bugs from grills and bumpers.’
38. The favorite use in the state of New York, it protects the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
39. WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a little on live bait or lures and you will be catching the big one in no time. Also, it’s a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just that purpose.
Keep in mind though, using some chemical laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some states.
40. Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately and stops the itch.
41. It is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray it on the marks and wipe with a clean rag.
42. Also, if you’ve discovered that your teenage daughter has washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry, saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and rewash.
Presto! The lipstick is gone!
43. If you spray it inside a wet distributor cap, it will displace the moisture, allowing the engine to start. 

P.S.
As for that Basic, Main Ingredient…….

Well…. it’s FISH OIL….
Who would have guessed ? ? ? ?

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February

2013

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2013 Hemmings Concours at the Saratoga Automobile Museum

Saratoga Springs, NY – September 27 – 29 – We are already forging ahead with plans to host the 2013 Hemmings Concours at the Saratoga Automobile Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York. This year we are planning for an extraordinary lineup of some of the most interesting and best designed automobiles ever built. The five distinct classes are: 1932 to 1942 Early Ford V-8s, Jaguar E-types, 1966 to 1971 Street Hemis, Class of 1958 (all makes and models invited), and to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Corvette, our goal is to have one example of every model Corvette built from 1953 to 1973. These five special classes are in addition to many other standard classes, such as European sports cars, Classics, Muscle Cars, Vintage Trucks and many others. If you would like to have your car considered for the Hemmings Concours, please send a photo or two, along with a brief write up about the car, to Richard Lentinello at rlentinello@hemmings.com. As always, all cars must be factory originals and in show-quality condition – no modified or customized cars permitted.