Saratoga Automobile Museum to host annual Lost Speedways program in November

The history of racing in the Capital District will be discussed with local racing legends in November

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Sept. 27, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum’s extremely popular Lost Speedways program, a retrospective look at speedways that no longer exist and the racing heroes who excited the fans “back in the day,” will feature a popular speaker from the past, and will add a highly respected newcomer. The program will conclude with interviews of two of the region’s most popular drivers in the 2019 edition.

Lost Speedways will be held on Saturday, November 30. The program will open with a Mark Supley look at motorcycle racing in a segment titled “Motorcycle Madness.”  He will be followed by newcomer Paul Malecki, who has completed exhaustive research on the history of the long-defunct Altamont Fairgrounds Speedway, the site of big car races featuring regional drivers, AAA events and even NASCAR’s top division over the years.

Host Ron Hedger’s interviews with a pair of regional legends will round out the program.  First up will be Dickie Larkin, who had to cancel a scheduled appearance in the past due to a last-minute conflict.  Known for his success on the Empire State’s small block scene early in his career driving the famed “Yellow Banana” Ford Falcon, Larkin went on to great success in the big blocks at Lebanon Valley Speedway, where he had a huge fan base. He also has great stories to tell of his exploits on the Syracuse mile, where he was always a contender.

The program will end with Lebanon Valley hero, John Flach Jr., who had great success on the high banks, then retired at a relatively young age.  The 2019 season found Flach back behind the wheel in vintage events, with wins everywhere the group went, all the time wearing a huge smile. Lost Speedways visitors will certainly enjoy his recollections of the past and the story of his return to racing.

Other highlights of the program will include the annual display of memorabilia that participants bring to share and a quick look at vintage photos from western New York showing the rustic cars used long ago. Additionally, a short home movie of Fonda time trials back in the 1960’s and a Billy Rafter win on the Syracuse mile will be run at noon, before the formal presentations start.

The Saratoga Automobile Museum will open at 10 a.m., and memorabilia will be on display starting at 11 a.m.  with the formal presentations beginning at 12:30 p.m.  Regular Museum admission rates apply, with Museum members admitted free of charge.