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#1 cushmankid

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

Does anyone know if anything is being planned in Flushing Meadows park? I am restoring a vehicle that was used at the Fair and would like to return it "home" for a ride.



#2 JOHNNY AT THE FAIR

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Posted 10 February 2013 - 06:24 PM

Well for one thing we will be working on the inside of the NYSP. To match the outside, and I have already had talks with the new FMCP commioner to get permission to paint the correct color on the base of the Uni. And we have some exciting ideas that would be great for the 50th. ....Johnny
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#3 Randy Treadway

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

I think it would be good if one of the locals worked with Parks to set up an "Authentic Vehicle" World's Fair reunion sometime in 2014 for the 50th.

There is the Cushman, and at least one if not two Escorters.  Maybe somebody could get a loan of a Glide-a-Ride from upstate.

I think we know of at least one car that has been traced by VIN to the Ford Magic Skyway.

Perhaps there's a World's Fair fire truck?

There's the Long Island Railroad kiddie train.

 

There's a couple of cars of the AMF monorail down in Texas, which even unrestored would be interesting to truck in for a weekend.

 

What else?  Some of the cars from the custom car show that was in the T&T Pavilion still exist.

 

And perhaps the coup de grace- get one of the still-running Chrysler turbine cars back to take some spins around FMCP.

I think there are a couple of people here who probably have Jay Leno on their speed dial. :D

 

The car that brought JFK to FMCP for the dedication of the U.S. Pavilion also still exists - but the Ford Museum would NEVER allow it to be moved.  It also happens to be the assassination car.

 

Anyway, I would think enough vehicles could be brought to a 'reunion' that it would be a great weekend, and might attract a lot of folks to the park if well advertised.

 

I'm sure you guys could think of other qualified vehicles too.  That James Bond Aston-Martin qualifies, if it could be found.

 

There's that English GM bus, if anybody wants to bring it back across the pond. :)

 

OH- a "Great Race" movie car in the Peterson museum out here in L.A., was also in the T&T Pavilion in '65.

 

I think a couple of the NYA S-61 helicopters are still flying too.

 

I WOULD have suggested the Bounty, up until a couple of months ago. :(

 

Oh...and a few years ago we traced some of the Greyhound World's Fair buses to a retirement yard in the Pacific Northwest, after they'd done duty for many years in local bus service- I think in Vancouver.

 

The trailer that was parked inside the Wisconsin Pavilion for two years, housing the 'big cheese', was back in Wisconsin next to the radio station for many years, but now has been moved... probably somebody up there knows where it went.

 

If somebody could get all of THAT list together, it would be quite an assemblance of 1960's vintage vehicles- to say nothing of World's Fair legacies.  Even a 1964 model year Amphicar could be part of the show, and give rides on the lake.



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 04:53 PM

Randy, sounds like we could use your help. Hey your only 3000 miles away.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:47 PM

Does anyone know anbody that could help me get this off the ground? Besides my Cushman and Mike's Escorter, I don't know where any of these other vehicle are located. Also, anyone know who I would contact in Flushing to get permission for such an event?



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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:03 PM

I can't imagine the vintage Mustang mavens won't be around the FG in 2014, this being their 50th, also.
At the "birthplace" of the car...



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

Hi all, I've heard from the Queens Chamber of Commerce that they have begun planning next summer's (2014) anniversary celebrations, to include the 75h anniversary of the '39 NYWF and the 50th anniversary of the '64 fair. I don't know anything more, but it sounds promising!



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Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:01 PM

Thanks for the information. Please let us know if you hear more.






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