Empire Lambda New York Automobile Club


Empire Expedition to Old Spokes Auto Orphanage – Home of the Hudson

by Roger on Apr.09, 2017, under Club News, Outing

Mike writes:
Saturday March 18th was a great day for our visit to Bob’s Old Spokes Museum/Auto Orphanage, dedicated to the memory of the fabulous Hudson. This is one little jewel of a museum tucked away on rural Old Route 22 in the hamlet of New Smithville Pa.

Empire Lambda member, Wade, set up this special event for us with the museum owner. George chauffeured Chris, Joe and me (swinging into Manhattan –thanks) in his comfy Lincoln Town Car. This was my first much needed escape from NYC in a while. We met up with more of our guys and fueled up with a hearty pre-museum breakfast at the Starlight Diner in Allentown.

When we landed at the Orphanage we got a warm greeting from the caretakers who could not have been more gracious. More of our group members and friends showed up, for a good total turn out of fourteen.

What gorgeous cars!! I’ve always loved the step down generation and as a kid I admired their sleek looks on the road. Several stunners from that ’48 to ’54 generation were there as well as older beauties, e.g. Agnes Moorehead’s ’41 Woodie Wagon. There were also two knockout interlopers, a ’47 Pontiac and a ’60 Chrysler 300 F –convertibles both. I liked the Twin H Power six on a stand and the vintage diagnostic equipment. There was an impressive showing of pre-war Hudsons from the twenties and thirties – all in fine condition.

I donated two vintage Dinky Hudson toy cars from my collection, a ’48 and a rare ’57 as I felt they should be there. Do check out our pictures for stunners from the final years after the Nash/Hudson merger. Note the very rare Hudson Rambler wagon and Hudson’s extravagantly styled Nash bodied ’55, ’56 and ’57 models, all with wild continental kits.

We hated to leave but we certainly made a few new friends. Finally, we enjoyed a festive late lunch at Fegley’s Brew Works in Bethlehem. This was a perfect ending to the day and the handsome young waiters didn’t hurt. A fun event – all agreed.

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Empire Lambda Annual Bowling Event 2/19/17 – CANCELLED

by Roger on Feb.12, 2017, under Club News, Outing


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Empire Fall Foliage Weekend 2016

by Roger on Nov.24, 2016, under Club News, Outing

Mike Writes:
Spectacular weather and gorgeous peak Fall colors were the hallmarks for Empire’s 2016 Fall Foliage event. This year the venue was moved to the Hunter Inn at scenic Hunter Mountain in the Catskill’s Greene County. On Friday afternoon, I met up with Patrick and his vintage Charger in the Bronx at a Citgo/DD stop on the Hutch. It was a lovely drive upstate for our mini-caravan. The leafy red carpet extending up the hillsides really glowed in that warm autumn sunlight!

I knew this would be my last shot this year at either top down or tops off motoring. The Firebird T/A convertible and I both enjoyed the open air- including on the trip home.

We had good member participation and our weekend kicked off at the Friday night pizza party. Inspecting everyone’s cool rides always goes with that. David K’s impressive 1968 Pontiac Executive “woodie” wagon was a fresh sight. George debuted another new baby, a 1970 Ford LTD sedan in amazing original condition. It was great that our NJ members drove up and some of the Nutmeg fellas stayed over too – adding to the fun. There were various options for spending Saturday.

After the breakfast, a bunch of us headed out to the beautiful Hunter Mt. ski resort. Fortunately, nobody fell off as we rode the lift to the top – what a view! Our hike descending down the mountain was going well until my thigh muscles gave up. Alas, I was saved with a little help from my friends. Those repeated immobilized ‘face down’ periods post assorted eye surgeries are now being compensated for with more exercise.

Next on the Saturday agenda was a fabulous feast graciously hosted by David and Michael. Their lovely historic country home actually dates 1781. You would never know that the tranquil meadow and stream in back was the scene of terrible damage done by Hurricane Sandy. The destruction of a number of their vintage cars was traumatic and debris was deposited everywhere. David and Mike also now had a new baby, a 1970 Cadillac Deville 4 door hardtop – another newbie in remarkable original condition. Thanks again guys!

The Saturday night dinner was festive (we are Gay after all!) and the food at the Hunter Inn was excellent. Sunday morning looked perfect for the Mills mansion car show. A hose was available for pre-show fluffing. George led us all on a beautiful curving back road tour to the Staatsburg “Gathering of the Cars”. I loved that. Sam did his usual excellent job with the club’s show arrangements. We therefore have the best perch over looking the Hudson. Our Nutmeg buddies turned out in force to again make us the biggest club presence. A stunning newly restored 1959 Ford Ranchero came with them. Steve T.’s knockout 1964 Bonneville really should be mine! Lots of pretty cars decorated the mansion grounds as always and without snow this time. Of course, the best part of this event is always the reconnecting with good friends.

Thanks to George and our Board for all their efforts in planning our event!!

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Spring Dust Off at Captree 4/24 – 10AM

by Roger on Apr.22, 2016, under Club News, Outing

Weather is looking good for Sunday so join us on Sunday April 24th for our annual Spring Dust Off.

We will meet at Captree State Park Sunday morning and stroll around the cars. Coffee and/or Breakfast is available (cost is on your own)

Around Noon we we caravan to the Oak Chalet in Bellmore and have a small car show in the parking lot. Around 2 or 2:30 we will have lunch. This will be a price fix menu for $33.00 per person. Cash bar is available.

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