Category Archives: Auto photos 1946 – 1965

A New England Classic – The Historic Festival 32 at Lime Rock Park


One of the most enjoyable of all vintage racing and concours events in the country, the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Park will celebrate its 32nd edition, two weeks from now on Labor Day weekend. The Honored Guest this year is Sir Stirling Moss, and you can meet him at the track located in one of the most-picturesque areas of New England, Northwestern Connecticut.

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The Festival starts on Thursday with a vintage and race car parade on the scenic roads of the surrounding towns and ends up with a gathering for all in the center of quaint Falls Village. Track practice and qualifying races run on Friday and Saturday, while Sunday is reserved for the respected Concours. The event will include both racing and street-driven cars along with an impressive selection of vehicles from Ralph Lauren as he has been chosen as Honored Collector of the year.

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The Concours, named Sunday in the Park, will include up to 250 rare and desirable cars that will be displayed along the entire half-mile front straight of the race track. Also of interest is the Gathering of the Marques that attracts over 700 cars to the event by car clubs and private owners from all over the Northeast, that will line the entire length of the rest of the picturesque 1.5-mile race course.

In the video above, Skip Barber and Chief Festival Organizer Murray Smith discuss just what the event is all about and what it encompasses. You can view scenes showing some the exciting racing action you can expect to see there along with the cars from Ralph Lauren’s Collection that will be on display.

Monday starts with the running of the feature races with more than 300 cars in nine different races with morning and afternoon sessions separated by a break for lunch. You will see some of the most desirable and interesting vintage competition cars to be found anywhere racing wheel-to-wheel on the challenging circuit. Expect to see everything from pre-war racing cars to exciting post-war competition machines, the newest that date to the mid-1970s. You can learn all of the details here at Lime Rock Park.

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Seen On the Streets of Portland, Maine

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  • Woodfords Corner Portland, Maine, May 12, 1947.

The photo above shows the scene on May 12, 1947, at Woodfords Corner in Portland, Maine. Something must have been going on at the time when the photo was taken as a policeman is at the corner with a sign and is directing oncoming traffic from Forest Street that has clear signage stating that it was one way. A truck can be seen parked on an angle  in the lane the officer is standing in.

All of the main buildings seen here have survived, and Forest Street is now open to two-way traffic. On the far-left hand side of the photo can be seen a Jenny Gasoline Station and on the right a truck from Yudy’s Tires (which may still be in operation) is headed down the side street.

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  • Monument Square Portland, Maine, 1938.

Seen here is a view of traffic on the brick-paved Monument Square in the City looking up Congress Street, that has been dated 1938. This area has also remained much as is seen in this photo with the exception of the two buildings on the far-right that have been replaced with a modern building.

The streets in the square have been reconfigured, and a larger plaza has been built around the monument. See and learn more at the Portland Press Herald in a series of flashback photos. Tell us about any interesting vehicles you may see in these photos.

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Route 66 Photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection


Here are a pair of interesting photos from the Joe Sonderman Collection and hopefully we can help him identify some of the vehicles in the photographs. The Weight Station above was on Route 66 somewhere in Franklin County, Missouri. The officer’s car appears to be a 1942 Chevrolet, but what can our readers tell us about the trucks?

The photo below dates some ten years later and was taken in St. Louis two-miles west of Lambert Field, supposedly in June of 1958 at St. Charles Rock Road and Natural Bridge Road; the photo shows us that traffic tie-ups are nothing new. The most-interesting sight in the image is the Ford tractor pulling a trailer-load of new Edsels.

You can view over seventy-five more of Joe Sonderman’s Route 66 photos here on The Old Motor along with his series of books that cover Route 66 here.


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