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    • #58547
      Sy Block
      Participant

      I plan to meet the Town of North Hempstead Parks and Recreation Special Events and Concert chairs next Wednesday to discuss plans for our United XXXVII Concours and possible British Car Day (with Sunbeam as the featured Marque) and a British Invasion Concert.
      Wish me luck as dealing with any municipality is always difficult.
      Sy

    • #66922

      Hi SY
      Sounds great ! Good Luck

      Dave/Carrie

    • #66923
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Thanks and we’ll discuss the trophy issues soon.

    • #66925
      Jim Stone
      Participant

      I’m looking forward to it! Let me know if I can help.

    • #66926
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Thanks Jim.
      I’ll certainly be in touch soon. Trying to get the Autocross nailed down and should see the Posche guy, who I hope to piggyback onto for the United, on Sunday and get an update. Will keep you and tge Firum upfated.

    • #66928

      sounds like good progress
      Thank You and Good Luck.

    • #66934
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi to all folloowing the news
      The meeting with North Hempstead Park Asst. Commissioners went very well and we’re now on first name basis. I sent a proposal that puts us at North Hempstead Beach Park for the day with park, beach, prominade and pavillions. The plan would be for TEAE to show our cars but they would publicize the event and possibly have a DJ or a band at the meet along with food trucks and possibly invitations to other clubs to come as well. It’s now with the Commissioner but the Special Events Chair and the Concert Chair and the head of Park Recreation are all on board.
      The Porche club will be out of town on our weekend, but I’ve made contact with the Autocross SCCA guy who was very responsive. They do not have their schedule up yet, but they had an Autocross on the the Sunday of the same weekend in Sept. this year, which looks good for us.
      The lunch at Grimaldi’s for Friday after the Cradle of Aviation Museum tour is set and I’m working on us being able to visit the garage owned by the person I’ve contacted to speak at the Banquet on the History of Vanderbilt Racing on Long Island. He has a Tucker and about 7 other very vintage cars. I’ll also speak to the Dyna-tune specialist who did my car as a possible Friday afternoon place to visit.
      I’m holding off on the Sagamore Hill (Teddy Roosevelt Home) Sunday morning reservation as still want to speak to the Mayor of Glen Cove about them again having a ferry (18 minutes) to Manhattan next Sept. If so, I think many of us would like to take it as within walking distance from the 911 Memorial. Also, the Feast of San Genaro is ongoing in nearby Little Italy that same weekend. Lot’s still to do but things are coming along.
      Any questions or comments, please respond.
      Sy

    • #66935
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Sy

      It sounds as if the planning is coming along very well. I checked out the park and it looks to be an excellent location…right on the water. I lived on LI for 30 years and never been there.

      Do not worry too much about the Auto-x, I am sure it will come together. This year the SCCA guys were not able to confirm the site until March…and things worked out fine.

      I love the idea of the ferry ride on Sunday for the non-auto cross participants. A trip to downtown manhattan is a fabulous excursion and the ferry ride makes it even better. We should be able to do that and get back in plenty of time for the banquet Sunday night.

      Let me know what I can do to help.

      Jim

    • #66936
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Thanks Jim
      As I just told Tom Hillmann in an email, I want to get the Concours and Autocross basics down (not necessarily in stone, but secure) and then discuss more of the particulars in more of a committee fashion as there are always some issues that are coming up that require input from you as VP and past chair especially, but also some of the other guys who have been around and can offer informed thoughts and opinions. Even some of the issues brought up by the most difficult people can have some merit.
      I’m also dealing with a repainting of the Alpine which was hit at my mechanic’s shop by the son of a body shop owner, who is a great painter, who uses the shop for alignments after he completes the body work. There wasn’t that much damage but the quarter didn’t match by a shade after the clear was applied. He now wants to do the whole car; we’ll see how that plays out.
      Never a dull moment but at least the SCCA Autocross guy and the North Hempstead people are alive and responding.
      Sy

    • #66963

      Sy, I sure hope the alpine that received the "hit" was not that absolutely beautiful one that took 1st Place at the United?

      All is well here in Sunny South Carolina:)

      DanR

    • #66964
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Dan
      It was the exact one that was hit; however, the damage was minimal and since the kid who hit it was the son of the owner of a nearby body shop, the entire car was repainted and probably looks better now than when you saw it in Virginia. It’s a little more blue than green but is a better paint job all around. There should be a picture of the car in the upcoming Rootes Review as it was at the Javits Center in NYC last week at a trade show in the Mavis Discount Tire display. It just so happens that the car color and the Mavis logo are very similar and they needed a small car for their booth.
      I’m working on the Tiger which is now complete in primer and the doors, custom LAT hood (made from an original stock hood), and trunk lid are done in Oh So Orange. The remainder of the car should be in paint soon.
      Thanks for the good thoughts.
      Hope to see you in New York next September.
      Regards,
      Sy

    • #66972
      Gilles Boudrias
      Participant

      Good Morning I imagine their will be a TAC session .!!!
      Need to have my car re-TAC.

      If there anyone already appointed I wish to send him all info on my car ahead !!!

      Thanks

      Gilles
      Terrebonne Québec

    • #66973
      Sy Block
      Participant

      I will be speaking to Tom Calvert about a TAC session at the Concours as all the cars and members should be in one place for the day.
      Thanks for the reminder!

    • #66974
      Sy Block
      Participant

      PS You really don’t need to send any information ahead of time, but if you want to contact Tom Calvert, he’s usually in charge of the TAC session.

    • #66975
      Gilles Boudrias
      Participant

      I will contact Tom , a bit later ,
      Thanks

      Want to give him Head on because the need a Re-Tac , The car already been TAC and passed in 2010 , but I need a Re-Tac .Tom was one of the officer who looked at my car .!!!!

      Thanks

      Gilles Boudrias

    • #66976
      Sy Block
      Participant

      I too will call him as I plan to put the TAC session availability in a Rootes Review article for the United.

    • #66999
      salem7
      Participant

      I am also desire to get my car TAC’ed. Please let me know the contact info and or how I sign up!

    • #67000
      Sy Block
      Participant

      There will be a place on the registration form to sign up for TACing.

    • #67001

      Hi Sy,

      If I want to come two days early can I still get the room rate? The link won’t accept the dates I put in.

      John

    • #67002
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Call the hotel as they will have it in their system.

    • #67003

      Thanks

    • #67004
      Sy Block
      Participant

      You’re welcome John.
      By the way, I was going to call and ask if you would be willing to be the Autocross chairperson. All you really have to do is show up, which I expect you plan to do, with the list of names which you’ll get from Kerch through the registration as SCCA is really running the show and we just pay our fees.
      Please let me know what you think.
      Regards to you and Laurie,
      Sy

    • #67034
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      Could someone post directions for those of us pulling trailers and coming from the west on how to get to the hotel. I’ve been told that some roads are closed to vehicles with trailers.

    • #67035

      That’s true. You cannot pull a trailer on the parkways, but can on the highways. It was discussed some time ago, and Sy said he will make that information available well before the United.

      Tom

    • #67036
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Tom and Eric (I think that’s you)
      Tom is correct and we’ll definitely be giving the directions long before the actual United.
      Kerch has made it clear to me that she can’t put too much in the RR too soon.
      Regards and looking forward to a great experience,
      Sy

    • #67039
      Ron and Cathy Stein
      Participant

      Hi Sy

      Wanted to let you know that momentum for the United is building in Canada. So far owners of about a dozen or so Canadian cars in Ontario and Quebec have told me they intend to attend the United. Some, including myself, have already booked their hotel room. Looking forward to it…..

      Ron

    • #67040
      Sy Block
      Participant

      That’s great Ron.
      I hope to get a short update to RR for the next issue; I’ll email you a copy as well to include in your publication.
      Regards and so looking forward to seeing you and the rest of the Canadians,
      Sy

    • #67045
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      It would be great if someone would post directions showing the route owners pulling trailers will have to follow which will give us an idea of the time involved to get from point A to point B. The wife may have to put in for extra vacation time due to possible extra travel time. This requires lead time for scheduling others to cover for her. A short time prior to the event does not help. I’m sure we’re not the only in this position. COULD SOMEONE TAKE THE TIME TO POST DIRECTIONS FOR FOLKS COMING FROM THE WEST INSTEAD OF WAITING TILL THE LAST MINUTE.

    • #67048
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Bob

      Coming from the west, it is very likely you will cross into NY on the George Washington Bridge. I-80 runs right into it.

      I am sure Sy will be getting something to us soon, but to allay your fears…back in the day when I lived on LI, i made the commute EVERY day across the George Washington Bridge to northern NJ. I took the same route you will take with your trailer. Only on the absolute worst days was the drive more than 1-1 and 1/2 hours and that was to a point further out on LI. The GW Bridge is 30 miles from the hotel.

      Jim

    • #67049
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      I will not be on I 80 coming from the west. I’ll be on I 78 coming from Harrisburg. Not knowing the area and AAA has no idea as far as routing me since I’ll have a trailer behind me all I’m asking for is for someone to make an effort to tell me and others where I can drive and where I can’t drive in order to make it thru to Long Island.

    • #67050
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Bob
      I’ll send you all the details by the end of today. Since you’re going thru PA, as I did to United 36, you’ll be taking I 78 into New Jersey which takes you to the George Washington Bridge. From there, you just go straight on I 95 which is the Cross Bronx Expressway to the exit for the Throggs Neck Bridge. I think that’s exit 6B and takes you to the Throggs Neck Bridge. At the end of the bridge, you either can take the Clearview Expressway or the Cross Island Parkway. The only thing you have to know is that trailers are not allowed on Parkways. Therefore you’ll take, or really continue on, 295 (the Clearview Expressway) going south to exit 4E which puts you on the Long Island Expressway (I 495) East. Form there you’ll be traveling East to the exit for Glen Cove Road (exit 39). The distance on 495 is about 9-10 miles. At the exit, stay in the left 2 lanes and turn left onto Glen Cove Road. You’ll take that about 7 miles north to the end of the road, where you’ll see a fire house. There you’ll turn right onto Glen Cove Ave and go a half mile to Dosoris Lane on your left. Make a left onto Dosoris and go just over a mile to the Mansion at Glen Cove which you’ll see on your right.
      All of these directions to the hotel are ok for trailers as you’ll be in Expressways or regular streets. We may be putting the trailers and/or modern cars, if you don’t want to separate them, on a lot a mile from the hotel to avoid the congestion like in Atlanta, but I’ll have more on that later.
      I hope that gives you a sense of the trip.
      Getting over the GW is the biggest pain but tolerable. The time from the Throggs Neck Bridge to the Mansion is about 35-45 minutes.
      Regards,
      Sy

    • #67051
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      Thanks!

    • #67052
      Sy Block
      Participant

      I was going to do the directions sooner or later.
      Glad to give you the details.
      Jim Lindner also wrote up directions to get to the GW Bridge.
      Sy

    • #67067
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Hi All

      Today I traveled home to Long Island to visit with my mom. I drove in through PA so I thought I would give a breakdown of the drive and the traffic.

      The trip was very easy. I traveled during the late morning and drove in across the George Washington Bridge and the Cross Bronx Expwy. Traffic was probably a bit lighter than ususal given it is July 5th and, although a work day, some commuters likely made their 4th holiday into an extended weekend. Anyway, below is a breakdown of the trip

      Location Miles Travelled Elapsed Time (Mins) Traffic Conditions
      I-78 NJ State Line Start Start
      I-287 North 24 25 Light
      I-80 East 21 17 Medium
      GW Bridge/ 28 25 Heavy but moving
      Throgs Neck Bridge 9 12 Heavy – moving (lane closed)
      I-495 (LI Expwy) East 5 8 Medium
      Glen Cove Rd Exit 9 13 Heavy-moving

      Totals 96 100

      As you cn see pretty much clear sailing all the way.

      Jim

    • #67068
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      Jim,
      How much of this is toll road and can you pull a car trailer on this route?

    • #67069
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Bob

      Trailers are good to go all the way along this route…it is all interstate.

      Two tolls…One to cross the GW Bridge ($10.50 ezpass amount) and one to cross the Throgs Neck Bridge ($5.86 ezpass amount). If you do not have an ezpass it will cost a few dollars more. Also probably a few more dollars for that extra axle on your trailer.

      Enjoy the drive and see you in Sep.

      Jim

    • #67070
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Bob
      Just one more word about Jim’s route: when you get off the Throggs Neck Bridge, you can either take the Clearview Expressway (going straight) or the Cross Island Pakway (bearing to the right). With a trailer, you have to take the Clearview as trailers are not allowed on Parkways. They both get you to the Long Island Expressway (I-495) and to the hotel in almost the same amount of time as the Clearview is faster but intersects I-495 a few miles west of the Cross Island. Once on I-495, the traffic east is a little heavy until you cross the Nassau County line at which time it lightens up and takes you to the Glen Cove Road exit where you take aleft to go north.
      Hope that helps.
      Regards,
      Sy

    • #67071
      Sy Block
      Participant

      PS There’s no toll on the George Washington Bridge heading back to New Jersey!!

    • #67073
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Hi All

      Here is another NY driving experience. This one will be of interest to those who like to get an early start when departing from the hotel, heading home after the United. The route taken is for those DRIVING their cars and heading south. No trailers on this route

      Last Friday I departed for home from my Mom’s house. She lives about 10 miles further east out on the island from Glen Cove. She also lives on the south shore so I usually take the Belt Parkway over the Verrazano Bridge, though Staten Island and across the Goethals Bridge onto the NJ Turnpike south.

      I departed my mom’s house at 5:30 AM and I was across the Verrazano in 40 minutes and across the Goethals and onto the NJ Turnpike in under an hour. That is fantastic time.

      From the Glen Cove Mansion, just get on the Long Island Expressway west, just a few exits to the Cross Island Parkway south. The Cross Island Parkway runs right into the Belt Parkway. Take that to the Verrazano Bridge. BUT you need to leave early to beat the rush hour traffic.

      See you in September.

      Jim

    • #67080
      James Lindner
      Participant

      Hi All

      See the photos for a peek at our host hotel, he beautiful Glen Cove Mansion and our Concours venue, the North Hempstead Beach Park. We have the picnic pavilions reserved and they are only steps from the beach, the comfort facilities and our show field.

      See you in Sep.

    • #67096
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      When I mailed my United registration I noticed there was no mention of tables needed by those of us that sell parts. How do we reserve tables?

    • #67112
      Jim Stone
      Participant

      Is there any word yet on TAC sessions?

    • #67113
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Jim
      Tom Calvert is doing TACing at Concours. Just let Kerch know that you want a car done. Fee is $50.
      Sy

    • #67114
      Jim Stone
      Participant

      Thanks, Sy. I checked the TAC box on my registration form, but will contact Kerch to be certain.

    • #67115
      Sy Block
      Participant

      She is the one as she got all the forms.

    • #67117
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      Has anyone tallied up the current number of registrants for the United?

    • #67118
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Hi Bob
      It’s around 90 registrations and around 35-40 cars.
      Sy

    • #67119
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      Sounds good!

    • #67120

      Look like you may need a row boat for this one! :mrgreen:

    • #67121
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      George,
      The current report shows you folks in the Carolinas will need a large boat. The weather for Glen Cove shows a decent weekend. Stay dry!

    • #67122
      James Lindner
      Participant

      The weather report for Long Island is excellent. Mid 60s to Mid 70s temps, partly cloudy with little chance of rain.

      Jim

    • #67123
      Sy Block
      Participant

      I go along with the above 2 posts, but I’m still saying whatever it takes to make the weather spirit look kindly on TEAE

    • #67124
      Gilles Boudrias
      Participant

      Leaving Wednesday Morning from Montreal Canada Will take I 87S , switch to I 90E at Albany , then I 91-S I 95-S and I 495 .

      We Will make the trip in 2 days .

      See you then !!!!

      Gilles Boudrias

    • #67125

      Might be helpful if a list of any other "wagon trains" would get posted here so other can join in.

    • #67126
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Great idea Tom but I’m not sure how many people are looking at the Forum.
      Perhaps Joe can send out a blast email notifying membership to check their respective chapter heads to determine if there’s a caravan going from that region?
      Would you please email him about that?
      Really appreciate,
      Sy

    • #67127
      James Lindner
      Participant

      I sent out an email blast weeks ago to most of the regional reps asking them to contact their flock and offer to organize convoys from their respective areas. If it ain’t happening by now, I doubt it will. The only one I know of is being led by Joe Parlanti. It will leave from the Wash DC area and head north through central PA and then turn east through PA and NJ and across the GW Bridge.

      If anybody out there is interested contact Joe, but hurry, the train leaves the station in less than 48 hours.

      Jim

    • #67128

      Super Job by Sy and the merry band of helpers putting on a great event.
      THANK YOU!

      Mark & Nancy

    • #67129
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Thank you Mark and Nancy.
      I so appreciate all of you who made the trek to Long Island. It appears to have been a very positive United and I so enjoyed the cohesiveness of the group.

      I received a text from Bryan Jesia who was the SCCA rep who ran the Autocross. He had nothing but praise for our cars and our drivers!
      The DJ Mark told me that he never worked for a nicer group and Meghan at Grimaldi’s couldn’t stop admiring the cars and how much we enjoyed the pizza. The hotel staff can’t wait for us to return although I told them it’s not likely soon.

      Kudos to a great time and hoping all returned home safely.

      Thanks for being such a positive club! It’s really like family, only better.

      Sy

    • #67130

      Thanks to all for all for their hard work. Debbie and I had a great time and hope all got home safely. I took a lot of video and pictures which will be edited by a professional and a link will be posted soon.

      Tom

    • #67131
      Sy Block
      Participant

      Just a word on video: I hired the kid who was at the Concours to do the video and put it on U-tube. We emailed last night and he should have it in a week or two. He’s also doing it as part of a school project and I think it should turn out quite positive.
      I’ll let everyone know when it’s ready.
      Sy

    • #67132

      United 37 Video

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fuF1_O … e=youtu.be

    • #67134

      Thanks to Sy and the whole United team for a great time! It was a good place to visit and to evacuate from the hurricane as well. Eric

    • #67137
      Bob and Jean Webb
      Participant

      It seems like there is always a great little eatery close by.

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