More to see and do at 2018 Lost Speedways event

SARATOGA SPRINGS — From the time the Saratoga Automobile Museum opens at 10 a.m. on Nov. 24, visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of activities related to the day’s featured program, Lost Speedways 2018.

Thanks to Bob James of Bobco Video, videos featuring racing legends CD Coville and Jack Johnson, among others, will be run on the big screen beginning at 10 a.m. 

From 11:15 am, memorabilia will be on display in the main gallery, with attendees encouraged to bring their own treasures to share with other enthusiasts.  

And to kick the recollections and stories triggered by the memorabilia into high gear, noted author Lew Boyd will be on hand to sell, sign and chat about his highly-anticipated book on the Lebanon Valley Speedway.

On the culinary front, beverages, barbecue and other lunch offerings will again be available from Dinosaur Barbeque.

The day’s featured presentations will begin at 12:45 p.m., opening with Vermont racing historian Bill Ladabouche comparing his area’s rather primitive cars of the 1950s and 60s to the more advanced New York racers.  He will be followed by Ken Parrotte’s look back at AAA and USAC championship car events on the historic Syracuse mile. 

Bob Hackel who has provided some great vintage photos, will then discuss his father’s racing exploits and promotion of the Burden Lake Speedway with Lost Speedways host Ron Hedger.

Following intermission, the program will continue with Hedger interviewing 2017 Northeast Region Promoter of the Year Lyle DeVore about his time working with two notable promoters, the late C.J. Richards and Alex Friesen, who was building a vast network of speedways when he was taken by a tragic snowmobile crash. 

Lost Speedways will then conclude with the traditional driver interview session featuring modified legend C.D. Coville, which will conclude with Coville fielding questions from the audience.

As always, there is no extra admission charge for the annual event.  Regular adult and senior admission charges will prevail, with members admitted free of charge.

More information on the Saratoga Automobile Museum, located on the Avenue of the Pines in the Saratoga Spa State Park just off Exit 13 of I-87, the Adirondack Northway, mau be found online at

By Jim Ellis

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