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Sep 24 2017 John Benfield 8:44 AM

Howard,
Great Oldest LI car article..it would be fun if vanderbiltcupraces.com issued a 2017 oldest car on LI challenge… you never know what might come out of the woodwork!
Thanks for your newsletter…it’s an enjoyable part of my Sunday morning routine.
John b

From The 1897 Grant-The Oldest Automobile on Long Island

Sep 24 2017 Ariejan Bos 7:00 AM

Thanks for this interesting post about this for me unknown pioneer. Another one, after the Reese tricycle. How many of these must have existed in those days ... Interesting is the passage in the Schrader letter where they promise to take good care of the car. I understand the firm is still in existence, so I would presume they should know!

From The 1897 Grant-The Oldest Automobile on Long Island

Sep 24 2017 mark schaier 4:54 AM

Howard, will the Tucker Torpedo stay on display after the ‘Night at the Museum’ gala?
Mark
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Howard Kroplick:

Mark, the Tucker Torpedo will be at the AACA Museum from October 4-10, 2017:
http://www.aacamuseum.org/tucker-torpedo-2/

From Hemmings: Rob Ida’s Tucker Torpedo to debut at AACA Museum’s “Night at the Museum"

Sep 23 2017 mark schaier 7:35 AM

Was there, nice but not worth traveling there and staying over. The Colonie section of Albany (Wolf Rd./Rt.5 Central Ave. Exit of Rt.87 Northway), within an hour from the meet, great area to stay. What was very good was the steam boat 1 hour cruise of Lake George by the waterfront nearby. What’s better is the Hershey meet. 2 years ago, excellent weather, great turnout, hope to be there again.

From Tucker '48 #1044 Honored with the "Wayne Carini Award" at the Hemmings Concours d'Elegance

Sep 23 2017 Charles Woodruff 2:19 AM

I love this photograph!  Will Faatz was my great-great uncle and this certainly looks like him.

From Update on the Latest Mystery Photo!

Sep 21 2017 Joyce 9:14 AM

I remember as a little girl my parents taking me to ” the High School” to see “The Pirates of Penzance” in the building that was to become Burr’s Lane Jr. High. I was a student there when it was the Jr. High and I graduated from the HS on Vanderbilt in 1968. I also remember a tiny cemetery that could be seen from some of the classroom windows during the fall….

From Then & Now: The Motor Parkway near Burrs Lane, Half Hollow Hills

Sep 21 2017 mark schaier 7:23 AM

Howard
You and Tom have something else in common, you’ve gone BALD.
Your bald groupie Mark

From The Amazing Six Degrees of Separation Between Driver Herb Lytle and Howard Kroplick

Sep 19 2017 Howard Kroplick 10:31 AM

Mike Curry

That’s a fantastic story about the Lytles, Howard!

From The Amazing Six Degrees of Separation Between Driver Herb Lytle and Howard Kroplick

Sep 19 2017 Howard Kroplick 10:20 AM

Warren H.


Amazing- Tom and Howard. To say it’s a small world may be a truism or a cliché but the internet has definitely made it smaller!!!

From The Amazing Six Degrees of Separation Between Driver Herb Lytle and Howard Kroplick

Sep 19 2017 Bob DeStefani 8:51 AM

Howard, thank you answering that question, I’ll be looking for Mr. Velocci’s book it should be vey interesting.
Bob

From Great Turnout to the Presentation on Ronkonkoma and the Motor Parkway in Holbrook

Sep 19 2017 Brian D McCarthy 12:59 AM

Joe Oesterle…..OK Part 2. The building that’s just N/O the LIMP ( vicinity of Lodge, Manager’s Office ) and E/O Clinton Rd is the Clubhouse ( Old Westbury Golf Club ). My mind is fixed on the odd looking house just N/E of the Mayan Ruins. And now I’m fixed on going to bed.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: An Amazing Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway In Garden City

Sep 18 2017 Brian D McCarthy 11:55 PM

Joe Oesterle…... If your wondering about the building ( steep roof ) that’s just a rock’s throw N/E of the Mayan Ruins, so was I. There’s that 1/2 circle landscape design next to it. Makes me think that helicopters or small planes may have landed there? I look around the site here for other images of this area.
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Howard Kroplick

I believe this is the clubhouse for the Old Westbury Golf Club.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: An Amazing Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway In Garden City

Sep 18 2017 Howard Kroplick 8:49 PM

Al Velocci:
Howard, The timing of your question regarding the the disposition of the Parkway’s Petit Trianon Inn property is impeccable. Yes, I am familiar with those details as they are covered in book I am writing on the Inn which I hope to publish later this year. All will be revealed at that time. Originally, this book was to be a chapter in my work on the Motor Parkway. There came a time when I realized I had more than enough very interesting material on the Inn (and the annex ) that it’s story should be told separately. Will keep you informed about the timing of publication. Thanks, Al.

From Great Turnout to the Presentation on Ronkonkoma and the Motor Parkway in Holbrook

Sep 18 2017 Larry Gustin 1:53 PM

In the group picture, I believe the man in striped suit shown in one version of the picture (he’s in background in other version) is David Dunbar Buick. Reason is the man in the same suit is identified by GM as DDB in two other photos taken at Cobe Trophy winner’s circle, with winning driver Louis Chevrolet. I am author of the book “David Buick’s Marvelous Motor Car” and will use several pictures with this ID in a planned 4th revised edition. Let me know if thoughts on this: 248 393-8239 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

From Mystery Foto #28 Solved: The 1909 Buick Factory Racing Team in Flint, Michigan

Sep 18 2017 Frank Mendyk 1:03 PM

The photo was taken facing N/W from over Garden City looking towards Carle Place, Westbury , and Roosevelt air field.

The LIMP structures observe in the photo are The Clinton Ave Bridge, the general manager’s office, the Vanderbilt Cup races track and complex, and the Myain ruins bridge abutments.
Roosevelt air field (Curtiss field)  and hangers, and runways can be seen in the photo. Also you can see the Old Westbury Cub golf course, Meadowbrook Club Polo fields, and the LIRR main line.
I would say the photo was taken in 1936 possibly 1937.  I compared the aerial photo take in 1933 and 1938 to make this determination.  The 1938 photo did have development in Garden City west of Clinton Ave.  The 1933 photo not have any development.  It looks like the cup course was just completed.

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: An Amazing Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway In Garden City

Sep 18 2017 Art Kleiner 8:16 AM

Not much time this weekend. 
Looking northeast over Garden City, Roosevelt Field area.
Motor Parkway bridge over Clinton, Garden City toll lodge, Parkway manager’s office.
Roosevelt Field hangers and runways, polo field remains
1940s?

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: An Amazing Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway In Garden City

Sep 18 2017 Wayne Aberdeen 6:20 AM

Helmut,
Can I ask the engine number and chassis number.  I have a 19118/18PS Mercedes and have been trying to find the whereabouts of this car for over 10 years.  I assume it is the ex-Astor town sedan that for some time was in the Imperial Palace Motor Museum? It is a magnificent original car! I think yours and mine are the only two 8/18ps Mercedes still existing?? Would love to hear more about it from you - and would love some photos. Regards, Wayne

From Can You Identify This Mystery Long Island Mercedes?

Sep 17 2017 Ann 10:19 PM

Great story Howard!  And the beat goes on!!

Ann

From The Amazing Six Degrees of Separation Between Driver Herb Lytle and Howard Kroplick

Sep 17 2017 Ronald Sieber 10:11 PM

Howard:
The side view photo of the Apperson that participated in the 1911 Indy that you displayed was used in the Apperson 1912 catalog with an Indy “Speed Eligibility Certificate” for their Jack Rabbit racer, number 35, and of course the implication was that one would find the same powerful spirit in their street models listed in the catalog. As they wrote, “You will want it because it is a Real Automobile (sic). Ironic that Apperson abandoned factory-sponsored racing after the 1911 pit incident.
Nice collection of photos!
=rdsieber

From The Amazing Six Degrees of Separation Between Driver Herb Lytle and Howard Kroplick

Sep 17 2017 Greg O. 8:27 PM

-Identify the location and orientation:
Looking East (and slightly North) at Roosevelt Field.

-Identify the structures associated with the Long Island Motor Parkway and the Vanderbilt Cup Races.
Motor Parkway front and center with the Mayan ruins almost dead center. Clinton Rd bridge, Manager’s office and Garden City Lodge in the lower right. Grandstands and course for the 1936/37 Cup Races in the distance.

-What other landmarks can be seen in this aerial?
Meadowbrook Polo Club, St Brigids Church

-What year was this aerial taken? Provide a rationale.
Due to the presence of the VCR racetrack, I’ll guess 1936/37

From Mystery Foto #37 Solved: An Amazing Aerial of the Long Island Motor Parkway In Garden City

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