Saratoga Springs is probably best known for its rather legendary one-mile thoroughbred race track. Just up the road however, is another gem, the 2,500 acre Saratoga Spa State Park. Nestled here, down the Avenue of the Pines, at the park’s heart is the old Saratoga Bottling Plant. The beautiful neo-classic structure was built in 1934 and today is home to the Saratoga Auto Museum.
The registered cars were numbered from 1 through 32. Museum staff was waiting for us as we started rolling in around 7:00am. They carefully aligned the cars in numeric order in preparation for the 9:00am start sequence. Each car was to go off at 9:00AM plus your car number. Lynn and I, as car #3 were destined to depart at 9:03am.
Just as in year one of the rally’s revival, the cars registered were divided into one of three categories. There were “Original” cars, cars from 1957 or earlier. These are cars that would have existed at the time of the 1953-1957 running of the “original” rallies. Cars from 1958-1978 are regarded as “Classic” cars. Cars with a model year newer than 1978 are “Modern” cars. In the photo above you can see Car #1, a dark blue 1971 Volvo, followed by Car #2,
a 2017 red Fiat Spider, followed by our Car #3, a 1952 Hudson Hornet. In this case, first off the line would be a “Classic” car, followed by a “Modern” car, followed by an “Original” car!
There were a number of things I was excited about for this year’s running of the GAMRR. Chief among them was the fact that we were NOT the only Hudson registered for the rally. Noel and Cynda Renner are wonderful friends that we know through our membership in the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane Club. Noel is an expert mechanic in general, a transmission-specialist in particular and a Hudson lover through and through. It is people like Noel and Cynda who have inspired Lynn and me to do crazy things like setting out half way across the continental United States in a 67 year old automobile. Early this spring Cynda came to me and told me that she and Noel had read about our adventure in the 2018 running of the GAMRR. The more questions she and Noel asked, the more excited they got. In the end, they too registered to join us for this year’s rally!