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Green Light: The Long Island Motor Parkway

Filmmaker Dean Romano, a working draft of his documentary "Green Light: The Long Island Motor Parkway".


Video approx 35 minutes (undone, still in process) very interesting...some NY history, origins of local car racing, and origins of LI roads. Locals will recognize names, places, etc. Riverting historic info and photos.

What the hell, too cold to ride anyways. Give it a whirl...prologue and 4 chapters...ends abruptly

This vid linked to me by an official LI town historian, owner of a 1909 ALCO ex-Indianapolis race car.
Met Howard K. at a historic car show...asked him if he went to NAPA to get his spark plugs....that was it..we had a good laugh..a lengthy discussion then ensued on his mechanical efforts...a real gentleman..we got along great.

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Watched a bit, looks interesting. Looking forward to watching the rest when time permits.
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His "in process" production needs to lose the immature crude ass "joke", the distasteful Jesus H..comment, and the amateurish cartoon overlays...all out of place in such a documentary...but all in all, the subject and content historically interesting, especially for us locals riding in some of the locales and on some of the very roads pictured and mentioned, albeit 100+ years later.

I look forward to further content...I'm sure they will be rediscovering obscure, long lost, abandoned artifacts and remnants from the track/parkway.
Again, interesting from a locals' point of view.

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Interesting stuff, on a few different levels; for the pure history of it, and a glimpse into the life of the ultra rich. I can't imagine having so much money that you're able to live out a dream, and to pursue it for thirty years,even though it consistently failed.
One head scratching moment, though; the narrator says it wasn't until the late 1940s that average people owned cars. I guess he never heard of the Model T or the Model A.

Still, a worthwhile time to spend 40 minutes. I can see how a local would just love this.

BTW, you Long Islanders may have the first paved road in the US, but we here in Plymouth have the nation's first official street.
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yes, thats him, Howard K....the official Town of North Hempstead historian, owner of the ALCO...and a nice guy to boot!

http://www.northhempsteadny.gov/cont...810/19929.aspx

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His ALCO (as he mentioned in vid) actually raced the 1st Indy 500 and Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.

A few years ago, he did a parade lap at the Indy 500...driven by Emerson Fittipaldi, Howard rode mechanic, both dressed in period gear, of course. What an honor and a distinction. Fully deserved, I might add.

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There are are a number of videos of that car on youtube. There's one where it takes a few laps at Indy along with 60's vintage (I believe) indy cars cruising on by it. You could see sixty years of racing progress. The old ALCO hiccups, belches, and doesn't take to upshifting very well, and you can see the driver making constant little adjustments of the steering wheel, as the steering column flexes away.
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I've posted before (after riding the '38 BMW I worked on years ago) vintage ownership is not for everyone. The reason I sold my '56 BMW...a collectors dream...but hopelessly outdated in todays riding environment.

The ALCO truly a dinosaur, a huge commitment to ownership...in every conceivable aspect.

Howards website http://www.vanderbiltcupraces.com/

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