Spring Auto Show and Family Fun Day

Classic cars to take over the historic Saratoga Spa State Park’s Mall and Reflecting Pool grounds

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (May 9, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced its annual Spring Auto Show being held on Saturday, May 18 (rain date Sunday, May 19) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park. The show plays a major role in funding the museum’s distracted driving safety programs, vehicle restoration programs and educational exhibits. The Spring Auto Show engages car lovers of all ages with spectators receiving free entry to this year’s event.

As part of this year’s show, there will be a special thematical display of vehicles from the 1960’s. This will enhance the Wheels of Change: Cars and Culture of the Sixties exhibit inside the museum. However, vehicles of all makes and models are welcome to register for the Spring Auto Show.

Pre-registration for display vehicles is $10, and day of registration is $20. All registered vehicles will receive two regular admission tickets to the Museum and all pre-registered vehicles will receive two spectator’s tickets to this year’s 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction happening at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Sept. 20 and 21.

“The Museum’s Spring Auto Show is an incredible way to kick off spring here in Saratoga and one of the Museum’s key initiatives to connect with the community. People from all over the Capital Region come to see these vehicles and to be part of this spring tradition,” said Carly Connors, executive director, “We love having hundreds of classic cars in the state park and are excited for this year’s show.”

This year’s Spring Auto Show will also feature the unveiling of the completely restored Hoffman Car Wash and Jiffy Lube 1923 Ford Model TT pickup. This unique Model T variant was restored during the Hoffman Car Wash and Jiffy Lube Restoration Program that occurred from November 2018 to May 2019.

The event offers children ages seven to 14 the opportunity to judge registered automobiles via the Hagerty Youth Judge Program. Youth judges will learn the criteria and guidelines for judging an automobile by experts. The youth judges will have a chance to present an award to the winner. The awards ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m.

Additional fun activities for children will include; family Model T rides, interactive activities provided by Mad Science (Capital District), We Rock the Spectrum — Ballston Spa, The Children’s Museum at Saratoga and local author Vicki Addesso Dodd with Long Shot the Moose from Saratoga Springs Publishing, LLC.

The Museum will also welcome various local vendors to this year’s Auto Show:

· Pie on Wheels

· Ben & Jerry’s

· Creative Catering

· Stewart’s Shops

· High Noon

· Saratoga Auto Auction

· Win A Maserati Sweepstakes

· Saratoga Automobile Museum Gift Shop

· Cartoons by Booth

· Young Living Essential Oils

· State Farm

Saratoga Auto Auction consigns rare Gulf Mirage to 2019 auction

Extremely rare 1969 John Wyer Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 BRM V-12 to be auctioned off in Saratoga Springs this September

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (May 8, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum is excited to announce its newest consignment for the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction; the 1969 John Wyer built Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 with BRM V-12 engine. This race car is one of only three produced by John Wyer Automotive Engineering for the 1969 World Sports Car Championship.

This Gulf Mirage is the only remaining Wyer Mirage that has been returned to its original, as raced, condition. The car is a complete, fresh concours restoration with an emphasis on originality and authenticity. This car was raced during the 1969 season with David Hobbs and Mike Hailwood behind the wheel. The Mirage M2 was the most successful of the three cars that had been built.

“We are honored to have this racing legend heading to our third annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September” said Bill Windham, auction director. “The sale of this Mirage will certainly be another entry into the history books for this incredible racing machine.”

The car boasts a freshened BRM V12 2998/182.9 cid engine producing 315 b.h.p. at 10,599 r.p.m. with a ZF 5DS24 five-speed gearbox. The Mirage’s chassis consists of aluminum monocoque with a rear subframe. Car in trace trim weighs 1,654 pounds.

This is the first time that this Mirage M2 has been offered for public sale. The Mirage M2 has been shown at various concours and auto shows, including; Monterrey Historic, Sebring, Amelia Island, Greenwich, Monticello, Radnor Hunt, as well as the Simeone Museum. It is highly unusual that an iconic John Wyer Gulf racing car is offered for sale. The Mirage presents a tremendous opportunity to own a part of that racing legacy in race ready condition.

In addition to this fully restored and racetrack ready Mirage, racing legend and former driver of this Mirage, David Hobbs will be on hand at the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction to talk with fans about his experiences driving this piece of automotive history.

Questions about this Mirage M2, the 2019 auction or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 587–1935 extension 22 or by emailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org.

The 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction, in support of and presented by the Saratoga Automobile Museum, is happening Sept. 20 and 21 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The auction will have more than 300 vehicles available for bid. There will be opportunities to bid in person, online, over the phone, or via proxy. To learn more, register to bid, or consign a vehicle for the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit saratogaautoauction.org.

Saratoga Automobile Museum announces 2019 sweepstakes to win a car

Sweepstakes winner will take home a 2017 Maserati Ghibli Zegna Edition

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (April 9, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s 2019 sweepstakes, sponsored by Maserati of Albany, will run until Sunday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. when the winner will be selected. The winner of the sweepstakes need not be present to win, and no purchase is necessary to enter the sweepstakes.

The grand prize is a 2017 Maserati Ghibli, Zegna Edition. The exterior color of the sports car is Nero Ribelle and the interior color is Cuoio with a high-gloss carbon trim and black brake calipers. Other features include a premium sound system, driver assistance, and a full factory warranty with 4,000 miles. Manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this vehicle is $85,675.

Sweepstakes ticket prices are as follows: one ticket for $20, three tickets for $50, eight tickets for $100, and 25 tickets for $250.

Entrants can earn a chance to win, in person at the Museum, via phone by calling the Museum at (518) 587–1935, via the Museum’s website, saratogaautomuseum.org, or by mail to 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs.

New Exhibit Celebrate cars of the Sixties

Wheels of Change: Cars and Culture of the Sixties will showcase the radical changes in automotive design concurrently with social changes of the time

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (March 29, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) will present a new exhibit entitled Wheels of Change: Cars and Culture of the Sixtiesbeginning on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

The exhibit will run through Sunday, Oct. 27 and showcases cars that were part of the decade when dynamic changes in design and safety innovations occurred. After the post-war decade of the Fifties, cars became smaller, sleeker, agile, and more fun. This spurred car makers to reimagine what automobiles were and what they could be.

“The Saratoga Automobile Museum is honored to showcase these iconic cars to the region. We are sure that many of these cars will reignite memories for those who visit the museum to see the exhibit and inspire an automotive passion for others,” said Carly Connors, executive director.

A main draw for Museum visitors will be a gold 1967 Toyota 2000GT, on loan courtesy of Toyota Motor North America. This car has a unique history, as it was once owned by Twiggy, a fashion icon of the Sixties. Twiggy was on hand when the car was unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Show in 1967. Toyota re-acquired the car in the mid-Eighties, and it underwent a complete restoration to bring the car back to its original condition.

Cars on display for the exhibit will include:

1960 Plymouth XNR
1962 Corvair Monza Wagon
1963 Buick Rivera
1963 Corvette Split Window
1963 Rambler American 330
1966 Volkswagen 21-Window Microbus
1966 Jaguar E-Type Series 1
1967 Toyota 2000GT
1967 Austin-Healey 3000MK III BJ-8
1967 Mini Cooper US Federal S (on display starting in June)
1969 AMC AMX
1972 Lamborghini Miura SV (on display in late April)

In addition to the Wheels of Change cars, renowned artist, Chris Osborne will display her award-winning automotive paintings with visitors in the Museum’s Golub Gallery. The gallery exhibit will open on Tuesday, April 2, and feature a wide variety of celebrities of the era depicted with iconic vehicles and will run until Sunday, Oct. 27.

“I have a passion for the romanticism of automobiles,” said Osborne, “My acrylic paintings feature iconic personalities with the cars they owned, drove, were filmed with, or wrote about in prose or song. By staging figurative models and actual cars I can create a design unique to my vision, enriched by exhaustive research and biographical study.”

Osborne has exhibited her works widely in galleries, art associations and art festivals throughout the Northeast and New York City. Her automotive related work has been highlighted at a number of major, national car collector events, including the Kruse Auction in Auburn, Indiana, the Louisville Concours d’Elegance, the Hampton Concours d’Elegance, the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, and the Classic Car Club of America’s annual gathering in Michigan.

There will be a special exhibit grand-opening party on Friday, April 5 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. A cash bar of beer, wine, and complementary light fare will be served. Museum members admission is free and non-member admission is $10. Tickets are available at saratogaautomuseum.org.


Renowned artist, Chris Osborne will share her award-winning automotive paintings with visitors at the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s new Golub Gallery exhibit; Wheels of Change: Cars and Culture of the 1960’s. Set to open on Saturday, March 30, the exhibit featuring a wide variety of significant vehicles from the iconic decade will run through Sunday, October 27.

Osborne has exhibited widely in galleries, art associations and art festivals throughout the Northeast and New York City. Her automotive related work has been highlighted at a number of major, national car collector events, including the Kruse Auction in Auburn, Indiana, the Louisville Concours d’Elegance, the Hampton Concours d’Elegance, the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, the Las Vegas Concours d’Elegance, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance, and the Classic Car Club of America’s annual gathering in Michigan.

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Saratoga Automobile Museum to display classic Italian cars at New York International

Forza Italia! showcases fine Italian automobiles at premier auto show

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (April 11, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum is excited to announce its showcase of classic Italian cars as part of the Museum’s participation at the New York International Auto Show (“NYIAS”) from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 28. The Museum’s display will be located in the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center’s North Concourse.

The Museum will host a press conference on Thursday, April 18 that will feature Museum officials and Robbie Wolfe, from History’s American Pickers.

“We’re excited to return to the NYIAS as a platform to promote the Museum and its educational programming,” said Carly Connors, executive director, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Our goal is to increase public awareness about the Museum’s mission and our exciting fundraising efforts that include, our annual Auto Auction and our car sweepstakes.”

The Museum’s classic car display for 2019 is entitled Forza Italia!The display pays tribute to Italy’s love affair with the automobile. Italy has been known for their historically significant architecture, designs in fashion, and its countryside and coastal vistas that have provided inspiration to countless artists and musicians. The Italian automobile industry has long been one of Italy’s greatest and most innovative assets. Forza Italia!features of some Italy’s finest and most stunning automobiles for you to experience during the world’s largest automotive show.

The display will consist of the following classic Italian cars:

1953 Fiat 8V Berlinetta

1961 Maserati 3500 GT 2+2

1966 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

1969 Iso Grifo

1972 Italia Spyder Intermeccanica

1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

In addition to their classic Italian car display, the Museum will be showcasing their sweepstakes car, a 2017 Maserati Ghibli Zegna Edition. This special edition Maserati’s MSRP is $85,675. Entry tickets will be sold during the NYIAS, as well as at the Museum, by mail and online at saratogaautomuseum.org until Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. Ticket prices range from $20 and up. All proceeds benefit the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s educational programs, including their distracted driving initiative.


Veteran auction professional brings decades of experience to post

Windham, an auction industry veteran, comes to Saratoga Springs with a 35-plus year track record in the automotive and racing worlds, most recently as sales and marketing manager for Auctions America and vice president of the automotive division for Morphy’s Auctions. Windham will manage overall auction operations, with a focus on attracting bidders and consigners for the Sept. 2019 auction.

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Kids Day

Saratoga Automobile Museum welcomes the Saratoga Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Museum of Dance for Kids Day

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Feb. 20, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum is hosting a special Kids Day on Friday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Saratoga Automobile Museum. All kids under 12 years old will receive free admission to the museum while adults will pay the regular museum price for admission.

During Kids Day, the Saratoga Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, will be providing lessons on the U.S. Constitution and the National Museum of Dance will be leading mini dance lessons from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For teenagers 16 years and adults the museum will have their distracted driving simulators set up to use. These simulators demonstrate the dangerous consequences of driving while distracted.

“We are so excited for another Kids Day here at the museum. After the successful turnout of the previous Kids Day, we are thrilled to host more of them and expand upon the educational offerings,” said Carly Connors, Executive Director of The Saratoga Automobile Museum.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum announced that the next two Kids Days will take place on Apr. 19 and May 24, also between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Museum. More information about those dates will be forthcoming.


The Saratoga Automobile Museum is proud to announce Megan A. Hennessey has been hired as the new Director of Special Events. 

Hennessey’s background and diverse experience in event management throughout New York’s Capital Region is anticipated to strengthen and expand all current museum events, in addition to creating new opportunities and experiences for museum members and visitors alike.

“We’re ecstatic to add Megan to the team here at the Saratoga Automobile Museum,” said Carly Connors, executive director. “Her myriad experience working in hospitality and lodging will enhance the event experience for those who look to use the museum for weddings, receptions, events, and so much more. For our museum events, Megan’s insight will help enhance our exhibition openings and annual events.”

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NYSSCA Hall of Fame Induction

After a spirited round of voting, the Hall of Fame committee of the New York State Stock Car Association has elected a long time car owner and a trio of outstanding drivers for induction into the association’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

Saratoga Springs, NY car owner Jerry Rose fielded mounts for a number of high profile drivers, among them Brian Ross, Pete Corey, Eddie Pieniezak and Lou Lazzaro.  Many, such as Ross and Giroux, drove the Rose #93 early on in their careers, learning their trade from the master mechanic and owner who fielded mounts for some 18 drivers over a career that lasted from the late 1960’s through 1985.

Like so many successful owners, Rose started out as a driver but decided that end of the sport wasn’t for him.  Never afraid to go on the road, Rose competed at Trenton, Langhorne, Stafford Springs, Thompson and a host of other speedways.  But his biggest score came on Long Island’s 1/5 mile Islip Speedway, where Lazzaro claimed the Islip 300 in a Pinto fabricated by Rose.

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Special Ford Model T snowmobile exhibition

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Feb. 6, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum, Tri-City T’s Club, and the Capital District Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America will be demonstrating two to three Model T snowmobile variants on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

Club members will be on hand to give rides and answer questions about the Model T snowmobiles, free of charge. There will be a presentation on the differences between the snowmobile variant and a regular Model T within the Orientation Theater of the Saratoga Automobile Museum, with regular museum admission.

“The Model T snowmobile is an inherently unique variant of the world’s most famous automobile. The Museum is honored and excited to display this piece of automotive history for visitors of all ages to enjoy,” said Carly T. Connors, executive director.

Virgil D. White, a Ford dealer in Ossipee, N.H., built his first snowmobile attachment in 1913. In 1917, White received a patent for an attachment designed to convert a Model T into a ‘snowmobile,’ a name he coined and copyrighted. The snowmobile became an indispensable convenience for people requiring rapid, dependable transport in winter weather. Country doctors and rural mail carriers were the largest users of this type of vehicle. It was claimed that the Model T snowmobile had the ability to travel over two and a half feet of unbroken snow at an average speed of 18 m.p.h.

Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the Hoffman Car Wash/Jiffy Lube Model T Restoration project that will be taking place concurrently from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. inside the museum.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum offers a wide variety of programming with a focus on collector cars. Part of the museum’s mission is to captivate children, young adults, as well as “kids at heart” to the car hobby and provide them with both lifelong learning and community.

Model T Restoration Program

Saratoga Automobile Museum Partners with Local Business and Auto Clubs to Present Hands-On Experience

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Nov. 9, 2018) –The Saratoga Automobile Museum, Tri-City T’s Club, and the Capital District Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America,have announced the start of their new Model T Restoration Program sponsored by Hoffman Car Wash and Jiffy Lube. The program will center on the history of the Model T; including the mechanics, ignition, electric and giving actual hands on experience restoring a 1923 Model TT.

The program will run from November 2018 to April 2019 culminating with their Annual Spring Auto show in May featuring Model T rides and the debut of the restored, Hoffman Car Wash Jiffy Lube 1923 Ford Model TT, a heavier bodied version of the Model T.

“We’re excited to offer this unique hands-on experience for adults and children to restore a piece of automotive history right here in Saratoga Springs,” said Carly Connors, executive director.

Registration for all six sessions will cost $50 for museum members and $75 for non-members. Classes will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and are open to adults and children 12 and up. Each session is limited to 30 participants in order to allow for a more hands on and personal experience, so early registration is strongly encouraged.

Program schedule is as follows:

Saturday, Nov. 17 — History of the Car

Saturday, Dec. 8 — Mechanics

Saturday, Jan. 12 — Ignition — Electric

Saturday, Feb. 9 — Snowmobiles in the park

Saturday, March 9 — Restoration Project

Saturday, April 13 — Drive a Model T (Licensed Drivers/Learners Permit)

May — Spring Auto Show — Model T Rides, display and debut of Model T Restoration Project

The Saratoga Automobile Museum offers a wide variety of programming with a focus on collector cars. Part of the museum’s mission is to captivate children, young adults, as well as “kids at heart” to the car hobby and provide them with both lifelong learning and community.


From inquiries received and conversations with “racing people” in the region, interest in the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Lost Speedways program on Saturday, November 24th appears to be at a record level.

“We’ve had great guests in the past but the addition of Albany-Saratoga Speedway promoter Lyle DeVore, mini-stock king Bob Hackel and DIRT Hall of Fame driver CD Coville to longtime presenters Ken Parrotte and Bill Ladabouche gave us a combination that appeals to everyone,” summed up event organizer Ron Hedger. “Add in the fact that the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions after each segment and you have an outstanding opportunity to get ‘up close and personal’ with all five guests.”

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Lost Speedways 2018

The program, which typically attracts a full house of enthusiasts, will open with Ken Parrotte’s look back at the AAA/USAC champ car races on the famed Syracuse mile. He will be followed by another longtime favorite, Bill Ladabouche, who will recall how crude racing was in northern Vermont in the early days compared to New York. The final presentation before intermission will feature mini-stock king Bob Hackel, talking not about his exploits but those of his father, who was both a racer and a promoter.

Following intermission, Hedger will interview 2017 Northeast Region Promoter of the Year Lyle DeVore, whose accomplishments at Albany-Saratoga have brought him to national prominence. But the topic of the day will be his start in the industry with promoters C.J. Richards and Alex Friesen, who had built an amazing network of speedways and special events when he suffered an untimely demise in a snowmobile accident. The C. D. Coville segment will then top off the outstanding program.

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Discuss and learn more about consigning a vehicle that could be auctioned at the second annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September at SPAC

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 8, 2018) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) has announced that it will host a drive-in consignment day at the museum on Saturday, July 14 to promote the upcoming second annual Saratoga Auto Auction taking place this September.

From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (following the museum’s monthly Cars and Coffee event), prospective consignors will have the opportunity to meet in-person with the Auction team to discuss consigning their vehicle for the auction. Should the prospective consignor and the Auction team decide the vehicle will be part of the auction, the Auction team will work with the consignor to estimate an auction value range for the vehicle, take professional photographs on-site, and execute a consignment contract with the Auction.

“Our drive-in consignment day is an opportunity for consignors to go through the consignment process in-person with our team,” said Jeff Whiteside, auction director of the Saratoga Auto Auction.

The Saratoga Auto Auction, now in its second year, will take place Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the auction’s inaugural year, more than 200 vehicles were part of the event. This year, the auction will feature 300 vehicles, including a customized 1990 AM General M998 Humvee in which all the proceeds will benefit the Feed Our Vets charity.

To consign, register to bid, to buy tickets, and to learn more about the Saratoga Auto Auction, please visit saratogaautoauction.org.

Red Sox Legend David “Big Papi” Ortiz, Top Chef David Burke & Celebrity Chef Todd English to Headline Saratoga Wine and Food Festival

September 7 – 9

International Bugatti Tour to present once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience display of 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles, including the $42 million-plus Atlantic 57SC

Saratoga Springs, NY – As part of its redesigned Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that Boston Red Sox baseball legend David Ortiz, and renowned celebrity chefs David Burke and Todd English will headline this year’s international destination event September 7-9 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The sports star, known affectionately to his fans as “Big Papi,” will return by popular demand to participate in Friday’s Fired Up! event as well as a “meet and greet” and VIP nightclub appearance on Friday evening, spotlighting his Arias wines collection. The James Beard Award-winning chef, David Burke, and celebrity chef and Emmy-nominated TV star Todd English, will also make special appearances to showcase their favorite dishes and participate in key events throughout the weekend.

“Following the response that we received from Big Papi’s appearance at our festival last year, we were eager to bring him back to participate in our redesigned weekend events, including a new ‘VIP Party’ and an opportunity to mingle with the baseball legend,” said Elizabeth Sobol, president & CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “With the added presence of heralded celebrity chefs David Burke and Todd English, the festival will be a feast for the senses with curated gourmet food and wine tastings and entertainment from our charismatic hosts.”

The 2018 Saratoga Wine and Food Festival will be highlighted by the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the International Bugatti Tour in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum. A convergence of 160 drivers and 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles, the rally comes to the United States only once every ten years and will make its first visit to New York State this September. Descending on the Saratoga Spa State Park’s reflecting pool for a “Bugatti Ballet” auto display, the tour will showcase one of only two Atlantic 57SC’s in existence, valued at over $42 million.

This year’s festival, expanded with the recently announced partnership with Colin Cowie Lifestyle and the Saratoga Automobile Museum, is an annual tradition drawing in food and wine enthusiasts from across the region. In addition to stunning automobile displays coming in from every corner of the globe, the 2018 festival will feature fine wine and gourmet food tastings, luxury car displays, VIP experiences and a lively Sunday “Brunch with Colin Cowie.”

David Burke, known for his role on the Food Network’s Iron Chef and Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and as a fixture on the national restaurant scene for decades, will be a featured celebrity chef at the festival.  In addition to his restaurants in Manhattan, Chicago and Las Vegas, Burke is also the new Culinary Director of The Adelphi Hotel and Salt & Char in Saratoga Springs. Burke will kick of the weekend by participating in the Fired Up! competition as the lead judge. He will also prepare dishes from his restaurants Tavern62, David Burke Kitchen, and Woodpecker by David Burke, at the Saturday Grand Tasting event, in addition to competing in the festival’s own Iron Chef-styled cooking competition to take place on stage Saturday afternoon. 

Considered one of the most decorated chefs in the world, Todd English is known for his international travel and cooking series, Food Trip with Todd English, which garnered him two James Beard Awards as well as an Emmy nomination; national public television series’ Cooking Under Fire, and The Food Network’s Opening Soon. English will co-host an energetic Sunday brunch alongside Colin Cowie, following his appearances at The Super Bowl, Sundance Film Festival, Fashion Week, The Tony Awards, NASCAR, and Dinner In White, among many others.

Held in the beautiful Saratoga Spa State Park, the weekend is anchored by four events: an Adirondack Road Tour and Luncheon, Friday’s Fired Up! Grill Competition, Saturday’s Grand Tasting and—for the first time— brunch with Colin Cowie and Todd English. Presented in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum, proceeds from the festival benefit education programming at SPAC and the Museum.

Saratoga Wine and Food Festival

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Partners with Colin Cowie Lifestyle and Saratoga Automobile Museum for the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, September 7 – 9

International Bugatti Tour Converging at the Festival for a Stunning Display of 80 Luxury Automobiles around the Reflecting Pools

Saratoga Wine and Food Festival serves as SPAC’s primary fundraiser for educational programming

Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center announced that it will partner with Colin Cowie Lifestyle and the Saratoga Automobile Museum for this year’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival, slated for September 7 -- 9 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The weekend destination event is an annual tradition, drawing in food and wine enthusiasts from across the region. This year the festival will expand with the participation of Colin Cowie Lifestyle, a company known for its innovative production and design approach and reputation for throwing one-of-a-kind events. In addition, the convergence of 80 luxury Bugatti automobiles coming in from every corner of the globe will join the festival as part of the International Bugatti Tour. Additional highlights of the 2018 festival include fine wine and gourmet food tastings, luxury car displays, VIP experiences and an energetic Sunday “Brunch with Colin Cowie.”

The Bugatti brand has been made famous by its history and heritage, especially The Atlantic 57SC, Pebble Beach Best of Show, and it’s modern design, Bugatti Veyron and Chiron, driven by celebrities like Jay-Z, Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3, Jay Leno and Ralph Lauren. Guests at the festival will have the rare opportunity to witness Bugatti’s automotive design in person as the 2018 International Bugatti Tour, an exclusive one-week rally, will visit the United States for the first time in a decade -- descending on the Saratoga Spa State Park’s Reflecting Pools for a “Bugatti Ballet” auto display.

“Our Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is always a singular event attracting connoisseurs of great wine, food and cars. This year, partnering with the Colin Cowie Lifestyle team, known for throwing the most creative and elegant events in the world, we offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness 80 of the finest Bugatti cars coming to the festival from every corner of the globe,” said Elizabeth Sobol, President and CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center. “Thanks to our partners at the Saratoga Automobile Museum, guests will be treated to a feast for the eyes with a dazzling show of Bugatti collector cars set against our opulent reflecting pools in addition to our legendary displays of Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche automobiles, to name a few.”

“It’s no secret that I adore Saratoga Springs. I could not be more excited to work with our partners at SPAC to create a new, revamped Wine & Food Festival this September. We’ve made some fabulous additions and are looking forward to taking this event to the next level, of course using our signature five senses approach to ensure everything guests smell, touch, taste, see and hear reflects the DNA of Saratoga, SPAC and the American Bugatti Club. I always want to tell a story with a well thought out beginning, middle and end, and with the help of our collaborative partners have made sure there will be more than a few ‘WOW’ moments throughout the weekend festivities,” said Colin Cowie, Founder & CEO of Colin Cowie Lifestyle.

Presented annually at the end of its classical season, the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival is an epicurean showcase featuring two days of gourmet events showcasing fine international wines, innovative chef-prepared menus, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, expansive tastings, and a luxury auto show. Held under elegant tents on SPAC’s lawn, the weekend is anchored by four events: an Adirondack Road Tour and Luncheon, Friday’s Fired Up! Grill Competition, Saturday’s Grand Tasting, the festival centerpiece and a new Brunch with Colin Cowie. Presented in partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum, proceeds from the festival benefit education programming at SPAC and the Museum.

"We're excited to partner with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and Colin Cowie Lifestyle on revving up this year's Saratoga Wine and Food Festival with the International Bugatti Tour," said Carly Connors, executive director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. "Each Bugatti, ranging from the mesmerizing 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic to newer models including the Chiron and Veyron, is a work of incredible art and craftsmanship. Through our partnership with the American Bugatti Club, guests of the Saratoga Wine and Food Festival will be able to experience the legendary exclusivity of the Bugatti brand at SPAC this September."

“Throughout this weekend, we will celebrate and savor the artistry of flavor in wines, spirits, cuisine and car design -- all in the stunning ambience of the Spa State Park. Our primary fundraiser for educational programming, including Classical Kids, the festival is the perfect way to toast the end of the summer season,” Sobol added. “Stay tuned for announcements about additional attractions including VIP experiences, live music, world-class wines, celebrity guests and chef demonstrations.”


FRIDAY, SEPT. 7 Adirondack Road Tour & Gourmet Luncheon | 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

This spirited 1 ½ hour, professionally-led road rally for auto collectors winds through beautiful Adirondack roads to finish at the historic Lake George Club, where a delicious cocktail reception and three course wine-paired luncheon will be served.

Fired Up! | 7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.

Fired UP! will boast a sizzling new take on grilling. The kick-off to the weekend’s events at SPAC, chefs from the Capital Region’s finest restaurants will battle it out for the FIRED UP! title as guests enjoy great music, exotic performers, celebrity appearances, gourmet food, BBQ, craft beers, wines and spirits and an exclusive VIP nightclub.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Grand Tasting | Saturday, Sept 8, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Against the lush backdrop of 2,000 acres of lofty pines and healing springs, the Grand Tasting is a feast of the senses with curated foods and wines, an exclusive Bugatti auto display, live music and an “Iron Chef” styled competition. Taste New York’s finest creations and enhance your sommelier skills in the VIP Lounge.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 Brunch with Colin Cowie | Sunday, Sept 9, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Colin Cowie will personally host a farm to table brunch including floral arranging demonstrations, custom scent consultations, design competitions, live music and a phenomenal menu with delectable bites and cocktails.

About The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival

The Saratoga Wine and Food Festival is Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s primary fundraiser for its educational programming, including Classical Kids, a collaborative program in which SPAC works with local schools to teach elementary and middle school-aged children about the classical performing arts. SPAC both designs and teaches dance and music curriculums that educate young students about the world-class performances presented at SPAC. Following classroom studies, SPAC hosts students at a summertime performance of the work that they studied. Graduates of Classical Kids receive two free tickets to a SPAC classical performance annually until they graduate from high school.

For more information about the festival, visit spac.org.

Andretti Indy Car to be Featured at SAMs NY International Auto Show Exhibit

When the Saratoga Automobile Museum sets up its exhibit of antique & classic cars along with historic race cars at the 2018 New York International Auto Show, the centerpiece of the highly anticipated exhibit will be the 1994 Newman/Haas Lola T9300 Indy Car piloted by American racing legend Mario Andretti in his final year of competition.

Mario is loaning SAM the K-Mart/Texaco Lola from his personal collection. The car marked the culmination of Andretti’s 12 seasons with the Newman/Haas Team and was given to him by Paul Newman and Carl Haas as a retirement gift. During his tenure with one of the Indy Car series’ premier teams, the Pennsylvanian named Driver of the Century by both the Associated Press and Racer magazine scored some 18 wins, claimed 26 pole positions and won the championship in 1984, his fourth Indy Car Championship. He remains the all-time record holder for Indy race starts with 407 and his 52 Indy Car wins rank second on the all-time list.

Additionally, Andretti’s five-decade career is highlighted by 111 race wins including the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500, three wins at Americas oldest sports car endurance race The Twelve Hours of Sebring, a Pikes Peak Hill Climb win, and winning the Formula One World Championship.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum exhibit, it’s second at the world-renowned auto show, will also feature one of SAM’s state-of-the-art Distracted Driving simulators. The simulators, which are transported to programs at high schools in the Saratoga region by museum staff, provide “real world” experiences that highlight the dangers of texting, drinking, smoking, eating and personal grooming while at the wheel of an automobile. Students see not only the crashes that may result, but other serious consequences, including interaction with law enforcement agencies.

Visitors to the SAM exhibit at the New York International Auto Show will be able to acquire information on the second annual Saratoga Auto Auction, September 21 & 22, 2018 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center adjacent to the museum. The auction, a fund-raiser for SAM’s many educational programs, is expected to offer some 300 vehicles in an event that received rave reviews following its inaugural running.


Seasoned leader focused on increasing reach and potential of SAM in 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) has named Carly T. Connors as executive director.

Connors, a Saratoga Springs resident, will manage the day-to-day operations of the museum and will lead the museum into its most significant year since its founding in 1999. Connors had been a board member of the museum prior to her appointment as executive director.

“We’re ecstatic to have Carly lead the museum to its next great chapter,” said Kevin Biebel, chairman of the board of trustees. “2018 is the year SAM goes big. With the incredible opportunities to raise awareness for the museum, from our partnership with the New York International Auto Show, the International Bugatti Tour, and of course, the Saratoga Auto Auction, we’re confident – under Carly’s leadership – that the museum will reach its full potential this upcoming year and beyond.”

Connors herself is an automobile enthusiast. In addition to her service on the museum’s board of trustees, she served in numerous capacities with the Northeast Chapter of the Audi Club of North America, serving as co-event master of the Watkins Glen High Performance Driving School, bookkeeper, and treasurer. In 2016, she was named the 2016 Audi Club of North America Chapter Member of the Year.

“The Saratoga Automobile Museum is more than a celebration and appreciation of the automobile. We are a resource for the greater Capital Region community to learn ways to exercising greater precautions when on the road,” said Connors. “I look forward to building upon our current successes and for the museum to reach its full potential ahead of our twentieth anniversary.”

Connors is a graduate of Hartwick College and Sage Graduate School. Most recently, Connors served as executive director of the Albany Fund for Education (AFE), a non-profit charitable organization that supports innovative programs for the City School District of Albany.

Before AFE, Connors spent nearly two decades in higher education admissions at Johnson & Wales University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS), Albany College of Pharmacy, Russell Sage College, and Hartwick College.  

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit saratogaautomuseum.org.