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Old proposal for a 1965 NYC Central Park race….and a resurrection?

My mate over at Automobiliac has revived a great idea; a race through central park!  There isn’t a time that goes by where I don’t imagine race cars pounding through the streets of NYC.  Although I must admit that part of my racing fantasy involves the Williamsburg Bridge, FDR, and then pounding through central park.  A bit over the top—-yes…….but hey!

As per Automobiliac’s article, I found this most interesting!

“I’m obviously not the first to fantasize about this race through the park.  Back in 1965, race promoter Alec Ulmann, of Sebring 12 Hours fame, proposed the very same idea in Automobile Quarterly (Vol. 4, No. 1). He felt that New York should have a Monaco-style Grand Prix right in its heart, and reserved harsh words for the all-powerful Parks Commisioner Robert Moses for scuppering his plans, as well as multiple previous attempts in the 1950’s to run exactly such a race.”

Read the full article and some ideas here: Automobiliac

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