The Gavel: Cars of the Saratoga Auto Auction
On March 26, 2017, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s doors will close on Rolling Bones: The Exhibit of G.O.W. at 5:00 pm. Ken and Keith’s Rolling Bones rods have been appreciated by Museum visitors since November 11, 2016.
Opening to the public on Saturday, April 1, 2017, the Saratoga Automobile Museum presents The Gavel: Cars of the Saratoga Auto Auction. Car auctions are lively events, energized by the chant of the auctioneer and the enthusiastic bidding process. Thanks to cable television and the Internet, Americans tune in, research and bid on vehicles and automobilia from the comfort of their homes. 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 be open to the public Saturday, April 1, 2017 through the summer months until Sunday, September 17, 2017 culminating in the Saratoga Auto Auction. Details about the Saratoga Auto Auction can be found at www.saratogaautoauction.org.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located at 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY. Hours of operation during the summer months are Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more information, contact us at 518-587-1935 or visit us on the web at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.
Auto Sketches by Robert Selkowitz
My portfolio of car sketches goes back forty years to the 1977 Vintage Fall Festival at Lime Rock Park. In 1978 I sketched in the paddock at Lime Rock with my baby daughter on my back. In those years I was a budding landscape painter and we drove a 1962 Jaguar Mk 10 Saloon. In 1987 the “Lime Rock Track Record” published my illustrated story, “The Gentleman's Races”. In 2014 my car sketches were published in Woodstock Times to illustrate an article I wrote about the Woodstock British Car Show.
Then in 2015, I began to research and plan a commemoration rally based on the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run which crossed through 14 New York counties. My car drawings focus expanded to include every decade of automobiles from the 1900s through the 1960s. I did more than 100 drawings at many locations and events through 2016.
I have a BA from Cornell University in Social Relations and an MFA from Bard College in Painting. I was a Contributing Editor at Victorian Homes magazine through my interest in painting and aspiring community. The project on the 1903 Automobile Endurance Run has energized my interest in all eras of automobiles and led me to see and draw some amazing and interesting autos. You can visit www.1903autorun.com for more about that story.
One reward of the research process has been the uncovering of the lone woman who took part in the 1903 Auto Run, Edith Riker, wife of A.L. Riker, designer of the Locomobile. She was quoted as saying: “How Glorious it is to fly through the country day or night at railroad speed over all sorts of roads!” This was the birth of the sensation of automobiling, the personal freedom of mechanical transportation. We still ride at railroad speed, and look at all the variety of automobiles we have enjoyed in doing so.
Photography by Michael DiPlecco
Crossing a field from one motorsport rally stage to another, I found the first trailer, which turned into this 12-year ongoing project. This singular blue structure, housed a family, horses, goats and, in the last stages of decay, field mice. In my travels, as motorsport photographer, I have found homes that have been trashed, not only by nature but also by those who stumble upon them, party in the wreckage, or find shelter, as one homeless man did in North Carolina.
Trailer Trash. Too often thought of as a derogatory term. Yet, I have known many people who have called these wheeled houses, Home. The new fad of Tiny Houses finds its roots in our nation’s many trailer parks. Most of these trailers – homes to so many - are no longer, finally dismantled by the owner after becoming an eyesore or nuisance.
As a play on the words, TrailerTRASHED provides a raw glimpse into what once were living, breathing homes – a glimpse into everyday lives – real people who laughed, cried, raised a family and, in one case, died…….in a trailer. Not unlike ours, these are their stories, now exposed and imprinted in the rubble of decay, broken windows, an abandoned mirror, a child’s toy bunk bed. TrailerTRASHED peers into the real lives of those who at some point in the distant past knew these vehicles as home.
I sold a photograph to the Poughkeepsie Journal when I was 12. In college I wrote news for radio and local papers. “Take a photo of that guy when you interview him,” my editor said. I got a camera. Since that day in 1976, not a day has passed without a moment being captured. With 30 years of product photography in my NYC studio, I hit a fork in the road. I was feeling stagnate. I choose left not right and ventured into the field of professional motorsports photography. Not completely away from my studio work, I went chasing the American LeMans Series and Indy Car. I have settled into the world of fine motorcars and vintage racing. Today, I travel to cover Vintage racing, Concours de Elegance’s and photograph fine motorcars for publications and auction houses while maintaining my studio in Rifton, NY. Old habits and passions never die.
My work is featured regularly in a variety of top media outlets, including: Sports Car Digest, Vintage Race Car/Vintage Road Car, Vintage Motor Sport, Racer, Classic Cars, Octane (UK), BestCAR (Japan), Goodwood Road and Racing (UK).
Automobile: Jaguar/ Land Rover, Michelin, Zenith. RM Auctions.
Fine Art Shows:
Photoworks’10, Barrett Art Center, Automotive Art Wall- Saratoga Auto Museum.
Fine Art in Film/TV: Devil Wears Prada, As the World Turns, Mysteries of Laura, Quantico.