Don’t Call it the Off – Season

For all of us north easterners November signals the tail end of the last hurrah of the most optimistic car show efforts. The season is over. It is well past over. Even stalwart and true car enthusiasts have been forced to put their convertible tops up on the drive home.

So, what do we car enthusiasts, who have the grand misfortune to live where there are seasons, do when the summer is over? Here are a few ideas to help get you through the bleak, show-less winter months.

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George Barris Was More Than the Batmobile

When George Barris died at age 89 on November 5, most of the published obituaries referred to him as the designer of the Batmobile for the 1960s television series. But among dyed-in-the-wool car guys from the 1950s and 60s, Barris was much, much more than that.

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On the Track at Monticello

Monticello, New York does not seem like the kind of place where automotive enthusiasts might go to live out their teenage fantasies. But this past week we did just that, enjoying two days of testing, on track, road, and off-road, a range of new cars and vehicles.

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The Car Industry Role Model (T)

In what would become one of the broadest reaching, longest running, most influential car productions of the 21st century, the Ford Model T was released on this day, October 1, 1908, and would go on to turn the existing car industry on its head.

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Throwing Dirt on “Super Dirt Week?”

In October, 1972, dirt-track stock car racing came to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse for a year-end championship event, and this October, the 44th annual “Super Dirt Week” will take place there. For the last time.

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Reliving the 50’s (From a Gal Who’s Never Been)

This year, some two decades after my first Lead East Car Show, I am still complaining of tired feet – but I do so with a smile on my face. Lead East is more than a car show. It more than a philly cheese steak vendor in the hot summer sun. It is more than a couple of ripped up Chevy t-shirts bearing nudey lady tattooes. Don’t misunderstand – it is all of those things. But it’s more too.

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The All American Falcon

It was an era that would see the end of Hudson, Packard, and DeSoto, as those who did not sense the changing of tides suffered in the new age of American Automobilia.

But if the times were changing, so were automakers, and before long America was privy to the Plymouth Valiant, the Chevrolet Corvair and, on this day September 2, 1959, the Ford Falcon.

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