The field of presenters is set, the huge video screen is up and hundreds of chairs are ready to be filled by racing enthusiasts attending the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s most popular program of the year, “Lost Speedways,” on Saturday, November 29th.
The annual look back at speedways that no longer exist and driving legends of the past will get the green flag at 11 am with memorabilia displays in the Golub Gallery and racing videos in the presentation area. In the “Racing in New York” gallery, Jamie Moore and Doug Holmes will be on hand to answer questions about their restoration of the famed Jim Shampine #8 Ball offset supermodified, which has been attracting a steady stream of visitors.
The slate of formal presentations, set for 12:30, will include a talk on the original Oswego Speedway by Ken Parrotte; a look at Vermont’s Pico Speedway by Bill Ladabouche; John Snyder’s recollections of New Jersey’s Harmony and Flemington Fair Speedways and the Nazareth, PA half-mile; Capital District motorcycle racing venues as recalled by author Mark Supley; the NASCAR modified division through the eyes of former drivers Brian Ross and Reggie Ruggiero and a discussion of the stars who purchased race cars from longtime builder Walt Schwinning by Schwinning and event organizer Ron Hedger.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of the Adirondack Northway, with more information online at www.saratgaautomuseum.org.