Aug 30 2017

Motor Parkway and Vanderbilt Cup Races Featured in New Book on Plainview-Old Bethpage

A chapter of the new Arcadia book Plainview-Old Bethpage by Thomas Carr features our favorite parkway and road races. Below are 12 photos and their accompanying captions.


Howard Kroplick


Aug 31 2017 Greg O. 10:21 AM

The photo of the crowd near Round Swamp Rd appears to show 2 of the Long Island Auto Club’s signs placed in 1901. These seem to be slightly different though as they show direction to 3 locations rather than the 2 locations seen on other signs.

Last weekend’s mystery photo was supposed to be the only known photo to show the signs in their original locations. Could this be a second photo, or am I incorrect?
Howard Kroplick

Greg, great catch! See above.

Sep 03 2017 Laura and Kenneth Harris 11:31 AM

Enjoyed your latest Motor Parkway presentation as usual.  Can still remember walking on the Parkway in 1953 when I was 15 years old.  This would have been in the Bethpage area.


Sep 03 2017 roger monfett 1:52 PM

I agree with Greg O. that there are two Long Island Automobile Club signs on the telephone pole in his photo. I personally have two Long Island Automobile Club signs with three towns listed on them. The one and two town signs are all 9 inches high. My 2 three town signs are 12 inches high. One sign lists Locust Valley, Glen Cove, and Bayville, while the other lists Locust Valley, Glen Cove, and Lattingtown. It would be nice to get the actual photo Greg mentions to get a clearer image of the signs to see what towns are listed. If you want a picture of my 2 signs I would be happy to send it to you.
Howard Kroplick

Great, please email them to me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) . Thanks!

Sep 04 2017 S. Berliner, III 1:52 AM

“Pictured is a motorist paying a toll - - “?  Not hardly; not unless they threw the money out as they raced madly by!  Similarly, the SECOND” “Initially, - - ” caption is off.  Sorry ‘bout that.  Sam, III

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