OUTSTANDING PROGRAM GETS EVEN BETTER

Contact: Ron Hedger @ 518-885-7481 or rjhmedia@juno.com

Saratoga Springs, NY The lineup for the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s annual Lost Speedways program got even better this week with the addition of noted sports car owner Rob Dyson, who will journey from his Poughkeepsie, NY home to discuss the IMSA championship winning LMP675 Prototype he recently donated to the museum.

Always the biggest event of the year at SAM, Lost Speedways is once again set for its traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date, November 25th, with an all-star lineup of speakers looking back at a wide variety of topics.

Dyson will be joined by Ken Parrotte, who will recall the 1967 racing season, a landmark year both locally and nationally, while former NASCAR head chassis inspector and post-race teardown supervisor Randy Hedger will tell tales of his encounters with various crewchiefs, creative cheaters and the parts he confiscated from them. He will also recall some unusual experiences while driving the Sprint Cup pace car.

The venerable New York State Fairgrounds mile in Syracuse, recently bulldozed in the name of “progress,” will be the focus of the final two presentations. SAM Racing in NY gallery curator Ron Hedger will take a look back at Labor Day racing on the mile in the 50’s and early 60’s, then interview famed car owner Randy Ross and longtime Syracuse competitor Dickie Larkin about their experiences at Super DIRT Week.

As always, the action will kick off with a display of shared memorabilia at 11 am, followed by the formal presentations at 12:15 pm. Normal museum admission charges will prevail, with museum members admitted free of charge.

More information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, located two miles off Exit 13N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway, is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

LINEUP SET FOR LOST SPEEDWAYS 2017 AT SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

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Saturday November 25

This event is FREE with paid admission

Contact: Ron Hedger at 518-885-7481 or rjhmedia@juno.com

Saratoga Springs, NY The lineup of speakers and interviewees for the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s annual Lost Speedways program, a look back at speedways and racing heroes of the past, has been finalized for 2017.

Scheduled for its traditional “Saturday after Thanksgiving” date, the November 25th program will kick off with the annual memorabilia display at 11 am with the formal program set for 12:15 pm.

“We’ll open with Ken Perrotte looking back 50 years at the amazing 1967 racing season,” said event organizer Ron Hedger, curator of SAM’s Racing in New York gallery. “He’ll recall the exploits of NASCAR Sportsman champion Pete Hamilton, Parnelli Jones, Dennis Hulme, Curtis Turner, Smokey Yunick, Dutch Hoag, AJ Foyt and Mario Andretti, among others. Then we’ll move to a more modern topic, NASCAR Tech, with recently retired rules maker and Sprint Cup garage supervisor Randy Hedger, who will tell insider stories and take questions about NASCAR technical issues, past and present.

“Following intermission, I’ll take a look back at the Labor Day State Fair races at Syracuse in the 1950’s and 60’s. Then we’ll do our annual interview session with DIRTweek winning car owner Randy Ross and longtime Syracuse competitor Dickie Larkin. This has proven to be the longest and most popular segment in recent years.”

As always, the program is free for museum members, while others will pay the standard museum admission fee. Lunch will again be available, as it proved to be a very popular addition last year.

More information on the Saratoga Automobile Museum and its many programs can be found online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

AUCTION EXHIBIT TO PREVIEW EXCITING EVENT AT SPAC

For Immediate Release Contact:  Lindsey Collins @ 518-587-1935

Saratoga Springs, NY  When the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s unique exhibit “The Gavel: Cars of the Saratoga Auto Auction” opens to the public on Saturday, April 1, 2017, the public will get an insider look at the workings of the classic and collector automobile auctions that have become so popular with television viewers.

The Museum’s current exhibit, the extremely popular “Rolling Bones: The Exhibit of G.O.W.,” will close on March 26th.  Once the world renowned Rolling Bones rods have been returned to their proud owners, a variety of automobiles set to go on the auction block at the first annual Saratoga Automobile Auction, set for September 22-23, 2017 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, will grace the Museum’s Golub Gallery.

Car auctions are lively events, energized by the chant of the auctioneer and the enthusiastic bidding process, and the new exhibit will explain both the buying and the selling process.

“Thanks to cable television and the Internet, Americans tune in, research and bid on vehicles and automobilia from the comfort of their homes,” offered SAM Educational Director Lindsey Collins.  “Whether you are hunting the polished Ferrari, the dilapidated barn find, or the everyday commuter car, car auctions offer something for everyone. The Gavel takes a look at American car auctions - the history, process, popularity and potential of automobile collecting.” 

The Gavel exhibit will open to the public at 10 am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 with an opening reception on Friday, April 28, 2017 and run until September, culminating in the Saratoga Auto Auction. Details about the Saratoga Auto Auction can be found at www.saratogaautoauction.org

Vehicles on display in the exhibit will range from a 1931 Ford Model A Woody to a very rare 1957 Chrysler 300C standard shift, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird and a 1957 Continental Mark II. Imports will be represented as well, with, among others, a 2003 Maserati Spyder convertible and a 2013 Lotus Exige Factory Cup on display.  These cars, along with hundreds of others, are all headed for the auction block in September.

Saratoga Automobile Museum Awarded Stewart’s Holiday Match and State Farm Grant

For Immediate Release

Contact: Director of Education and Archives, Lindsey Collins at 518-587-1935

Saratoga Springs, NY

The Saratoga Automobile Museum has been awarded a generous amount from the Stewart’s Holiday Match and State Farm to support the Museum’s Distracted Driving Initiative.

Since the program was initiated in August 2015, deputies from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, area educators and countless museum visitors have used the state of the art simulators to learn how a few seconds of distraction can lead to tragedy and result in injury to yourself and others. In 2016, a trailer allowed us to take our Distracted Driving Initiative on the road to area high schools and businesses impacting over 9,000 individuals. The funds from these grants will be used to expand our impact to over 12,000 drivers in 2017.

More information on the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Distracted Driving Initiative and other museum programs and activities can be found online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.

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The youth judging programs are just part of an ever growing event that traditionally marks the opening of the Capital District auto show season. Held on the huge green space in the center of the Saratoga Spa State Park, the show has two major components.

The front portion of the field will hold the traditional “cruise in” style show, with entry open to all. The adjacent reflecting pond area of the show field will hold entries in this year’s featured marque classes: Model T Fords, Model A Fords, Pre-1972 Muscle Cars and Pre-1949 Street Rods.

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