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Nov 17 2018 Michael Dweck 7:47 AM

I want to thank Howard Kroplick for both his support of Long Island racing history and The Last Race. I was raised in Bellmore and spent many nights with my family watching racers like Marty Himes battle on the track at the Freeport Stadium. Sadly, that track and all other well bulldozed over years ago, except for the Riverhead Raceway.

I spent five years of my life and most of my savings making this film with the hope the Riverhead Raceway with endure for many more years.

Enjoy The Last Race!

- Michael Dweck, Director and Producer

From The Last Race: Film documents the beauty & intensity of racing at the last track on Long Island

Nov 17 2018 frank femenias 1:24 AM

More rare first-photos, great stuff Howard! The third photo reveals the Central Ave dirt roadway without the overhead girder in place. It will soon be covered in darkness for the next 30+ years.

The last photo is mysterious; is it Mineola or Williston? Both locations had double tracks. Calling all RR experts for help.

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 16 2018 Brian D McCarthy 3:03 PM

Hope you don’t mind me pointing this out, Howard. I don’t believe the last image is the overpass for Central LIRR. There’s no bridge support like the Central had ( support between the tracks and Central Ave ). And there’s no road seen ( Central Ave was routed south of the RR after the overpass was removed. The RR became double track afterwards as well, but this image appears dated. ) Believe the last image could be the Mineola or Oyster Bay LIRR Pkwy Bridge.
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Howard Kroplick
Brian, good catch!

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 15 2018 Brian D McCarthy 10:40 PM

This is like building a bridge 101! So glad this scrapbook was discovered!

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 14 2018 William Frohlich 9:15 PM

Near “Dead Man’s Curve” right?
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Howard Kroplick

Near both Deadman’s Curve #1 and #2

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 14 2018 frank femenias 8:48 PM

What great news to hear at the meeting the church at 51st Ave and Broadway, Queens was able to attain Historic Preservation status, and rightfully so. Amazing in Google Street View, anyone can easily tell this church should be preserved. Check it out. So many walking by all day long not realizing its historic significance. Great job Richard.

From Wednesday Meeting of the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society on November 7, 2018

Nov 14 2018 Mark Lanese 8:18 PM

Thank you Clinton Robertson for documenting and thank you Howard Kroplick for preserving these great photos.

From Updated: Clinton Robertson Photo Album: Central Park Avenue/LIRR Motor Parkway Bridge in Bethpage

Nov 12 2018 frank femenias 11:09 PM

Sorry Gene, YOU got me this time!

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 12 2018 frank femenias 11:07 PM

This mystery was out of my scope. I was unable to identify Jeff Bridges and Preston look-a-like. Further complicating, Preston sitting next to his younger (older) son. Impossible to solve. You got me this time Howard.

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 12 2018 Howard Kroplick 10:06 PM

Rob Ida
Several people that I can identify:

-This is my good friend Carlo “Chick” Delorenzo who passed appx ten years ago. He was the owner of #51. If not for Chick I never would have been able to do many of the Tucker related projects early on. He was a great guy and a great friend.

-Richard Jones, he buried the burned up Tucker in his back yard

-Bev Ferrara, probably logged in more miles on a Tucker than anyone.

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 12 2018 Howard Kroplick 10:04 PM

Martyn Donaldson

I’ll have to look through the Tucker Topics newsletters from the late ‘80s to refresh my memory on the identities of all the fine people in the photo, but I can place a few. 8 and 9 are Curtis Foester and his wife, 7 may be Steve Nicas (#1017), but I’m not 100% sure on that. I think the Burtons and Russ Brownell (former Tucker employee) are in the pic too, but will have to check to be certain. Many other Tucker people were on set that are not featured in the photo, including Phil Egan, one of the original designers and a technical consultant on the movie.

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 12 2018 Dick Gorman 11:13 AM

Mystery Foto #45… Here are my guesses since my research came up empty. Most of the people in this photo are Tucker owners. They gathered for the 30th anniversary of the Tucker movie. Photo taken in August of this year ... at Pebble Beach???  The two people in the front of the car are actors Jeff Bridges and Joan Allen. I believe that Martin Landau is also in the photo behind Joan Allen.

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 12 2018 R Troy 1:52 AM

Very, very nice!

From On the Road to Pebble: Two Days Until a Trip to the Beach!

Nov 11 2018 Steve Lucas 8:51 PM

Since I don’t really have a clue for most of the questions, I’m going with some wild guesses. Most of the people in the photo could be actual owners of the Tuckers used in the filming of “Tucker: A Man and His Dream”. The group could be celebrating the completion or premier of the film. It was probably taken in 1988, maybe on the set of the Tucker factory. The two people in the front are Jeff Bridges and possibly a son of Preston Tucker, either Preston Jr., John, or Noble. As to the rest of the people, good luck with that.

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

Nov 11 2018 S. Berliner, III 2:34 PM

I never realized before but “I know nothing” about GOV.  Art’s usual plethora of info. rectified that - thank you.  Frank F, would it be asking too much for a detailed overlay from Alley Pond Park to Clinton/Commonwealth, taking us under the cloverleaf and through Queens High and P.S./I.S. 208, please.  Sam, III

From Mystery Foto #44 Solved: Glen Oaks Village Being Built Along the Motor Parkway Right-Of-Way in 1947

Nov 11 2018 S. Berliner, III 1:12 PM

Another flat forehead “Well, duh!” moment.  Gettin’ old - everything looked familiar but nothing clicked.  Thanks muchly, Richard; keep ‘em comin’ please!  Sam, III

From Special East Meadow Mystery Foto from Richard Panchyk Revealed at the Preservation Society Meeting

Nov 11 2018 S. Berliner, III 1:05 PM

Thanks for the peek!  Pardon my ignorance but just what might “winlace” be, please?  Also, why risk damage to the rims by switching tires in midstream (i.e. - why sport the incorrect whitewalls at all)?  Sam, III

From Limited Edition: "The Restoration of Tucker 1044" Hardbound Coffee Table Book

Nov 11 2018 Mark Thomas 8:50 AM

Howard

Wonderful story and legacy of the tucker. Glad to see that you and the tucker family made this one of the best in the world.

Congrats for being a true historian and custodian of famous cars.

Regards, Mark

From Limited Edition: "The Restoration of Tucker 1044" Hardbound Coffee Table Book

Nov 10 2018 David de Muzio 12:02 PM

This 1911 Fiat is now in the collections of the Audrain Automobile Museum in Newport, Rhode Island. AudrainAutoMuseum.org

From Vanderbilt Cup Race Driver William Wallace Jr.'s 1911 FIAT Touring Car

Nov 10 2018 Steve Busch 12:35 AM

That brings back memories, Bev and Dorthy were great , Richard Jones, John and Jane, Gene Cofer and his wife, Jay . Had many great Tucker talks with all the folks pictured. They were all lucky to have their cars in the movie and also be extras in many of the scenes

From Mystery Foto #45 Solved: Jeff Bridges and Members of the Tucker Automobile Club in 1987

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