Saratoga Lost Speedways Program Canceled

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s popular Lost Speedways program will not be held in 2020.

Originally set for Nov. 28, the program would have included Ken Parrotte’s look at vintage highlight photos and the story behind them, Dick Hansen’s presentation on midget racing at the old Rhinebeck Speedway, motorcycle expert Mark Supley’s program on the steel cage “hell riders” seen at countless fairs over the years and program organizer Ron Hedger’s interview of retired driver Jack Cottrell.

“We were hoping that the State of New York would increase the number of visitors we may host at one time, but it appears they will be sticking with 50 patrons at least through the fall,” said event organizer Ron Hedger. “We always have a full house for Lost Speedways and we’re not about to turn loyal supporters away because we’ve reached the limit. That’s just not fair.  We considered multiple programs of 50 people each but even then, it’s impossible to maintain the recommended social distancing. Hopefully things will be back to normal for 2021.”

In the meantime, racers and fans are welcome to visit the Saratoga Automobile Museum to check out the current Golub and Dammerman Galleries exhibit, “Dyson Racing – The Private Collection,” which features antique cars from Rob Dyson’s past, world class road racing cars and a variety of Indianapolis cars, including the first rear-engine racer to participate in the Indianapolis 500 and a WWI era chain-drive Indy car.

Additionally, the Racing in New York exhibit was recently updated with the addition of an all-original ’37 Ford sedan that raced at the old Pine Bowl Speedway, with the last modified driven by legendary DIRTcar star “Jumpin’ Jack” Johnson and an exhibit honoring NASCAR short track champion Jim Reed set to join the display in the near future.