SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM TO HOST A SPECIAL EVENING WITH RACING LEGEND DAVID HOBBS

Bob Varsha, and Judy Stropus will be on-hand to help kick-off the third annual Saratoga Auto Auction

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Sept. 6, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced a commemorative evening with David Hobbs, Bob Varsha, and Judy Stropus on Thursday, Sept. 19 starting at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Springs in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, and a silent auction to benefit the Museum.

The evening will also include the featured consignment to the auction, the 1969 Gulf Mirage M2 BRM, that was driven by David Hobbs. The two will be reunited during the evening. The guests of honor for the evening will include:

David Hobbs: David’s racing career spanned 30 years, at all levels, including Indy car, IMSA, NASCAR, Can-AM and Formula One. Hobbs has provided commentary for countless Formula One and GP2 races, working with CBS, NBCSN, and ESPN over the years. He was also a familiar voice in Disney-Pixar’s © animated movie, Cars 2.

Bob Varsha: Bob has long been known as the American voice of Formula 1. He has covered virtually every type of motorized competition in the world, on both two-wheels and four. He has provided commentary for numerous collector car auctions, historical retrospectives, vintage racing, and the all-electric Formula E Championship. He has also been master of ceremonies for the world’s premiere classic car showcase, the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Judy Stropus: Judy is a driver, racer, author, professional timer, scorer, and award-winning public relations expert. She’s worked with the racing industry’s top teams, including Penske Racing, Brumos Racing, Bud Moore Racing, and Al Holbert’s Porsche IndyCar Team. Judy competed in the notorious Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash in 1972. In 1981, actress Adrienne Barbeau played her character Marcie Thatcher, which was loosely based on Judy, in the movie, Cannonball Run.

“We are honored and privileged to be reuniting David Hobbs with the Gulf Mirage that he drove those many years ago,” said Bill Windham, auction director, “This is a once in-a-lifetime event that racing and car enthusiasts won’t want to miss and is the best way to open the Auction weekend.

The 1969 Gulf Mirage M2/300/03 with a BRM V-12 engine is currently on display in the main gallery of the Museum until the Saratoga Auto Auction. Museum visitors will have the opportunity to see this incredible piece of racing and automotive history up close. This race car is one of only three produced by John Wyer Automotive Engineering for the 1969 World Sports Car Championship and its estimated value is 1.3 million dollars.

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.

Tickets for the Hobbs and Friends event are $200 per person or can be added onto auction bidder’s registration by calling Megan Hennessey, Director of Special Events at 518-401-5185 or by emailing megan.hennessey@saratogaautomuseum.org. or visiting the Museum’s website at saratogaautomuseum.org.

The Saratoga Auto Auction, now in its third year, will take place Sept. 20 and 21 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the auction’s second year, nearly 300 vehicles were part of the event. This year, the auction will feature more than 300 incredible rare and classic vehicles.

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



Saratoga Automobile Museum to host drive-in consignment day for Saratoga Auto Auction on Aug. 4

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

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 31, 2019) — The Saratoga Automobile Museum has announced that it will host a drive-in consignment day at the Museum on Sunday, Aug. 4 to promote the upcoming third annual Saratoga Auto Auction taking place this September.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 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 a great opportunity for prospective consignors to go through the consignment process in-person with our amazing team,” said Bill Windham, auction director of the Saratoga Auto Auction.

Appointments for the drive-in consignment day are not required, but are encouraged by either e-mailing bill.windham@saratogaautomuseum.org or by calling (518) 401-5180. For those who are unable to attend on Aug. 4, contact Bill Windham to set up an alternative date for an appointment.

The Saratoga Auto Auction, now in its third year, will take place Sept. 20 and Sept. 21 on the stage of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. In the auction’s second year, nearly 300 vehicles were part of the event. This year, the auction will feature incredible rare and classic vehicles, including a unique 2008 Ford Ravenhawk in which all proceeds will benefit the Double H Ranch.

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

Saratoga Automobile Museum, Double H Ranch partner on vehicle auction

Proceeds will support the Ranch’s programs for children with life-threatening illnesses

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 30, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum and Double H Ranch are proud to announce a new partnership between these two venerable organizations, culminating with the auction of a2008 Ford Ravenhawk Roadster. The Ravenhawk will be auctioned off at the museum’s third annual Saratoga Auto Auction, taking place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in September.

A mix of classic automotive looks and modern conveniences, the Ravenhawk is a modern car that captures the stylings of yesteryear. The Ravenhawk’s underpinnings consist of a Corvette C5 drivetrain and chassis with a LS2 Corvette engine. Boasting 405 horsepower mated with a six-speed manual transmission, the Ravenhawk delivers an exciting automotive experience.   

 “The 2008 Ravenhawk will certainly excite the car lover in everyone,” said Bill Windham, auction director. “We’re honored to help further the mission of the Double H Ranch through our partnership to auction this unique car off at no reserve during the third annual Saratoga Auto Auction.” 

 “The Double H Ranch shares a special relationship with Matt and Lois Emmens who generously support our campers and the mission, and donated this car,” said Max Yurenda, Double H Ranch CEO and executive director, “The car auction will directly benefit our inspirational campers and we are all excited to hear the results of this unique fundraising initiative with the support of the Saratoga Automobile Museum.”

 The Double H Ranch, based in the Adirondacks and co-founded by regional entrepreneur Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. 

 Contemporary Classics Inc., a company founded by a retired Boeing engineer in the early 2000s, constructed this particular Ravenhawk in 2008. 

The Ravenhawk is currently on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum until the auction in September, where it will be auctioned off at no reserve.  

 The Ravenhawk will also be on display at the Saratoga Race Track on Wednesday, August 14, 2019, along with Museum and Double H Ranch officials.

For more information about the Ravenhawk Roadster, the 2019 auction, or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 587-1935 (ext. 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 honors heritage of women and the automobile in new exhibition

Wheels: Women and Independence, 1900 to 1920 showcases the pioneering spirit of important women in American automotive history

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (July 11, 2019) – A groundbreaking new exhibit in the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s Orientation Theater showcases the experiences of seven pioneer female automobile enthusiasts, with New York State as the starting point for their adventures.

At times, each of the featured women played a pivotal role in societal change, with their paths sometimes crossing along the way. Each woman has her own unique story to tell with a passion for motoring at the center.

Coinciding with the national centennial celebrations for Women’s Suffrage, The Wheels: Women and Independence Exhibit explores the role of the automobile in the suffrage movement. August 18, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the official certification of the ratification of the 19th Amendment by the United States Secretary of State,

“The Museum’s look at how automobiles changed society continues with our new exhibit dedicated to strong, independent women that used the automobile as a means of protest and progress,” said Carly Connors, executive director. “We’re proud to showcase how important the automobile was to cultural change and this new exhibit does just that.”

The exhibit features:

Wheels: The Jewel Sisters – Acting, Activism, and Automobiles
Izetta Jewel Kenney Brown Miller
Hazel May Jewel Kenney Godwin Horne

Wheels: House Calls - Medicine and Politics
Dr. Elizabeth Van Rensselaer Gillette

Wheels: Banned! Women and Racing
Joan Newton Cuneo

Wheels: Westward - From Hell Gate to the Golden Gate
Alice Taylor Huyler Ramsey

Wheels: “The Car, The Girl, and The Wide, Wide World”
Blanche Stuart Scott Tuttle Hennings

Wheels: Driving for Freedom
Sarah Breedlove McWilliams Davis Walker, better known as Madam C. J. Walker

A grand-opening for this new exhibit will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Orientation Theater. The opening will feature insight and background on the exhibit by Anne Rockwood, guest curator for the exhibit, Chris Leonard, the Schenectady City Historian, and by Museum officials. This event is open to the public, with regular Museum admission.

The exhibit grand-opening coincides with the Museum’s second Hoods-Up evening; select cars will have their hoods opened up to give visitors a different perspective on automotive design and a rare glimpse into the priceless cars in the Museum.



Saratoga Auto Auction consigns classic Ventures T-Bucket Roadster, made famous by 'Ventures in Space' album cover, to 2019 Auction

Fred Steele and Don Spinney built 1920 Ford T-Bucket Roadster made famous by The Ventures in Space album cover.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (June 24, 2019) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum is excited to announce its newest consignment for the 2019 Saratoga Auto Auction; the 1920 Ford T-Bucket Roadster that was featured on the iconic, 1964 Venture’s album cover, Ventures in Space.

The Ventures, are one of the best-selling rock-instrumental groups of all time (with nearly 110 million albums sold, worldwide). The Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Oh. on March 10, 2008. Ventures in Space was their 14th album and featured the now iconic 1920 Ford T- Bucket on the cover, overlooking Los Angeles.

The car was purchased by Bob Collins, from Fred Steele, who has maintained the originality of the car. The T-Bucket boosts the original 1956 Chevy 265 cu. in. engine that was selected by Steele for the build. The black Naugahyde upholstery is a strong contrast to the white body was installed in Tijuana, Mexico after Fred Steele relocated to California from 1962 to 1964.

“We are excited to have this piece of automotive and music history consigned to our third annual Saratoga Auto Auction in September,” said Bill Windham, auction director. “We hope that many music and automotive fans come out to see and bid on this beautiful car and help maintain its legacy of great music and great automobiles.”

The T-Bucket Roadster is currently on display at the Saratoga Automobile Museum until the auction in September.

Questions about this T-Bucket Roadster, the 2019 auction or current consignments can be made by calling Bill Windham at (518) 587-1935 (ext. 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.

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.


CHRIS OSBORNE TO SHOWCASE ARTWORK AT SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM

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.

SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSEUM NAMES BILL WINDHAM AS AUCTION DIRECTOR

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.


SARATOGA AUTOMOBILE MUSUEM ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

LOST SPEEDWAYS INTEREST AT RECORD LEVEL

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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SARATOGA AUTO MUSEUM TO HOST DRIVE-IN CONSIGNMENT DAY FOR SARATOGA AUTO AUCTION ON JULY 14

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.