May 03 2014

Images From the Himes Museum of Motor Racing Nostalgia in Bay Shore

Last month, stock car driver and auto racing historian Marty Himes invited  the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society  for a special tour of  the Himes Museum of Motor Racing Nostalgia in Bay Shore.

Below are some of my favorite images from the museum.

May the 4th be with you,

Howard Kroplick

Marty Himes Racing

•July 1952: Moved from Merrick to Freeport-Home of the Freeport Municipal Stadium
•July 1952: Observed Soap Box Derby Races at Freeport Stadium. Built first soap box derby car with brother Reggie and father.
•1955-1962: Raced the 1937 Hudson Sedan  #150 in the Stock Car Division. Became Stock Car Track Champion in 1962.
•1963- Moved into the Sedan Class, Non-Fords and the top division Modifieds

•1962-1965: Raced a 1956 Ford Victoria in Freeport Speedway, Islip Speedway and Riverhead Speedway
•1965: Qualified for the 100-mile Stock Car Championship in Langhorne, PA
•Until 1972: Raced a 1936 Chevy Coupe with a 396-cubic Chevy engine
•1973: Returned to Islip Speedway as a fireman with the grounds grew
•1975: Started the Hine Museum  of Motor Racing Nostalgia in Bay Shore
•1989: Finished first in class in a 1.7-litre Offy midget at Lime Rock, CT

Freeport Stadium (1934-1983)

Islip Speedway (1947-1984)

Marty & Mickey Rooney

At the opening of "Mickey Rooney's Weene World"

Long Island Motor Parkway

At the Start-Finish line of the 1908-1910 Vanderbilt Cup Races on the Motor Parkway.


May 04 2014 RLR 12:11 PM

Hope the following link works. Try copy/paste if this doesn’t come through as a link. If all else fails go to the Lime Rock Facebook page and look for March 28 entry. It’s to the list for the starting grid of the 1989 Formula Libre Recreation Event at Lime Rock, listing Marty Himes driving #25. It was a fun event to watch. My father-in-law attended the original 1959 event and said it was one of the greatest races ever. Howard, thanks for starting every Sunday with something interesting.!/photo.php?fbid=10152166587959003&set=a.84709764002.81001.44115954002&type=1&theater;

May 04 2014 Roger Price 12:55 PM

Thanks for the pix.  I’m sorry I couldn’t make it that day due to a conflict.
I’ve been to Marty’s place numerous times and he’s always a terrific host.


Mar 20 2019 DON CORIE 11:49 PM

marty ;
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