Sep 27 2015

A Special Hamptons Evening:“A Tribute to Henry Austin Clark, Jr & the Long Island Automotive Museum”

Rain or Shine: Please join Walter McCarthy and me for a special evening paying tribute to Henry Austin Clark, Jr. and his memorable Long Island Automotive Museum in Southampton.  We will discuss the life and times of this Long Island automobile icon using  personal experiences, photos, memorabilia and films.The presentation is being held in conjunction with the 22nd Annual Bridgehampton Road Rally weekend.

The meeting will be held on Friday,  October 2, 2015 beginning at 7:00 pm at the auditorium at Bridehampton Museum Archives building, 2639-A Montauk Highway. The Archives building is on the south side of the road, second building on the right after you pass the monument at the intersection of Montauk Highway, Ocean Road and Bridgehampton/sag Harbor Turnpike.

5:30 pm Buffet dinner with Howard Kroplick & special guests (by reservation-tickets $15)
7:00 pm Howard Kroplick and Walt McCarthy’s presentation on Henry Austin Clark’s famous Long Island Auto Museum

Please bring your friends and family to relive a part of Hampton's history.


Howard Kroplick

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. and Waleta (Wally) Hunter on their wedding day in November 1944. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

Opening day of the Long Island Automotive Museum in August 1948. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

Southampton fun in 1948. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

Driver Montague Roberts, Henry Austin Clark, Jr., Wally and their daughter Ann in 1948 in the 1908 Thomas that won the New York-Paris Race. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

From left to right: Walt McCarthy, Walt Gosden and Henry Austin Clark, Jr.

Courtesy of The Henry Ford Museum.

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. washing "car parts". Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

Actor Gary Cooper and Clark in 1965. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.

Henry Austin Clark, Jr. back at the museum after it closed in 1980. Courtesy of Walter McCarthy.


Sep 19 2015 gene martin 11:38 PM

I will try to be there,as i was the first employee of the museum,and also raced the mercer at bridgehampton,with austie,i think in 1951.Me and Noriss Hopping brought most of the cars to the museum,from around the hamptons.

                          See you there Gene Martin

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