SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The photos are in the computer, the memorabilia is polished and, most importantly, an all-star lineup of speakers topped by Fox Sports' Dr. Dick Berggren is ready for the green flag to be thrown for the Saratoga Automobile Museum's biggest program of the year, the Nov. 30 Lost Speedways.
Traditionally held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the wildly popular look back at speedways and racing stars of the past will kick off with memorabilia on display at 11 am and the showing of previously unseen slides from PJ West at 11:30. Participants are encouraged to bring memorabilia to be shared, with a variety of items from the museum's ever-expanding Collection Room on display as well.
The formal presentations, set to begin at 12:30 pm, will include Roger Liller's discussion of the old Rhinebeck Speedway, Mark Supley's look at motorcycle ice racing and Brian Ross' recollections of the old Saranac Lake Speedway along with an appearance by the speedway's biggest star, Wes Moody, for whom the Syracuse mile was nicknamed the "Moody Mile."
Following a brief intermission, part two will kick off with historian Bill Ladabouche recalling the glory days of the Stateline Speedway and Ken Parrotte's look at the All-Star League and an event at the nearby Albany-Saratoga Speedway. Then famed writer, Stock Car Racing, Open Wheel and Speedway Illustrated magazine editor and Fox Sports broadcaster Dick Berggren and longtime writer Andy Fusco will close out the program with tales of the era when Stafford Speedway was dirt and New York legends Bill Wimble, Pete Corey and Kenny Shoemaker dominated the Connecticut oval.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park, just off Exit 13N of I-87, the Adirondack Northway. Further information is available online at www.saratogaautomuseum.org.