South Shore Sports Car
Once upon a time there was a raucous and rowdy, though genuinely devoted and loyal beer drinking society whose hobby was sports cars. Then one night, about six cases in, was born the SSSC&BDS. The SSSC&BDS became a driving force in organized sports car racing, rallying, hill climbing, gymkhana and the infamous ice-gymkhana. They went on to become a founding member of EMRA.
Arnie LeveyWord has just reached us that founding member Arnie Levey passed away this past February at age 81. From an article in Newsday concerning Hempstead's annual car show: Car enthusiasts and spectators took a drive down memory lane Saturday to admire more than 500 classic vehicles and pay tribute to Hempstead Town's Seaside Spectacular Car Show co-founder, Arnold "Arnie" Levey. For the first time in seven years, the annual event at Town Park at Point Lookout took place without Levey, who died in February at age 81. Town Supervisor Kate Murray and about 5,000 attendees observed a moment of silence in honor of Levey, an avid car collector, car-racing champion, cartoon illustrator, film producer, television stuntman and lifeguard. "He was a throwback kind of gentleman," Murray said. "He knew a lot about everything. To know Arnie was to love him." During the show, car collectors displayed classics -- American and foreign models from 1987 and older -- from carmakers like Ford, De Tomaso, Rover, Volkswagen, Chevrolet, Mercury, Plymouth and Buick. Among the hundreds of vintage cars were Levey's 1917 Ford Model T and 1931 Ford Model A, which were on display in his honor. "This car show was like his baby," said his daughter Missy Miller, 48, of Atlantic Beach, adding that his son Andrew, 47, inherited the Model A. "It would have made him unbelievably happy to know that he was being honored like this." Levey, who grew up in Cedarhurst, started collecting cars at age 16. He owned hundreds of cars over his lifetime, including cars from Rolls-Royce, Morgan Motor Co. and Allard Motor Works. In 1959, he was crowned the Sports Car Club of America's Northeast Regional Racing Champion. He established the South Shore Sports Car and Beer Drinking Society in the 1960s. "We both liked cars in high school," said his brother Marc Levey, 77, of Malverne. "We never lost the drive for cars." The car enthusiast also worked on many popular commercials and characters, including Mighty Mouse and Alka Seltzer's Speedy. Levey also participated in a rodeo and performed as a stuntman in the Elizabeth Taylor film "National Velvet." "He did everything he ever wanted to do in his life," Marc Levey said. Arnie Levey, who lived in Atlantic Beach, served as the village's parks commissioner and as a lifeguard from 1962 to 1987. The Army veteran, who served for two years in Korea, culminated his career as an artist and video producer for the Town of Hempstead's Office of Communications. "He was like a renaissance man," said his friend Maria Clifford of Floral Park. "He was a phenomenal person. It is great that they are honoring him because he deserves it."
Frank DominianniDear Joe -
The Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your father, Frank Dominianni this week. Frank was an example to all of us younger racers – not only was he a fierce competitor but he was something much rarer, a true gentleman on and off the track, and a generous soul. I am too young to have attended the lavish feasts he prepared for crew and friends at his speed shop, one of the last old time speed shops in the state. But I know from personal experience how he instantly made everyone feel like family.
And of course, Frank’s name was indelibly linked to the great Bridgehampton Race Circuit. He was there at the first race in 1957, terrorizing the track, and he was there at the last event in the summer of 1997, along with his legendary #69.
To think, only last month we saw him at our Bridgehampton event, nattily dressed as usual, hugging everyone, watching the 1958 movie and saying with his quiet, pleased smile: “That’s me in the red car.”
No need to tell you, the red car was passing everyone in sight.
Please know that you are not alone in your grief for the passing of a special man. We will miss him.
and the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group
Just received word that Vinny passed away Thursday, May 6, 2010 from complications of pnumonia.
1957 - 2007 South Shore marks it's 50th anniversary this year!
The 50th reunion was held at the Best Western Mill River Manor in Rockville Centre on Saturday, November 10, 2007
Photos are on the 50th Reunion page!
Or, if you have further questions, send a message on the Comments page.
At least in memories! The Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group, a band of enthusiasts who kept racing alive at Bridgehampton for nearly two decades has a new Web site. If you ever experienced The Bridge, they welcome your photos and comments. Through this site, the excitement of Bridgehampton lives on! Be sure to pay them a visit!
1966 Shelby Mustang!
Some of you may remember Frank Dobias and Jan Nelson from Ray Cuomo's shop! They campaigned a 1966 Mustang prepared by Carroll Shelby in the Trans Am series. They still own and run the car! They have documented it's history here!
Early History !
Mike Kamm from the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club is trying to put together a history of the Ellenville Hill Climb. If you have and memories, memorabilia, photos, etc please go to their forum at:
and contribute what you can!
Volume 1, Number 1
I have received a copy of the original membership list from 1958! Additionally, I have a copy of Vol. 1 No. 1 of The Mug, South Shore's original newsletter. These were provided by Pat Merget, wife of one of the founding members, Jim Merget.
Some early history:
1st President - Frank Scimeca 1958
Now, as South Shore reaches it's 50th anniversary, some of the original members have found our site and want to know: