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Dave DiEugenio And TV Host and Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op in front of The ETV Car at thr New York International Auto Show
Entertainment Attorney and Activist Deborah A. Sable and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op in front of the Exact Replica of The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car Exhibited at the NewYork International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center
Exact Replica of The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car Exhibited at the NewYork International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center
It was ten days of non-stop excitement, unmatched entertainment with over one thousand unbelievable cars as visitors from around the globe visited the New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center from March 25th through April 3, 2016.
The 2016 New York International Auto Show showcased an incredible collection of cutting-edge car designs and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers featured the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks were on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show, which dates back to 1900.
I had the pleasure of interviewing two fascinating individuals about their unique cars. One was Dave DiEugenio from the Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey about the extraordinary ETV Car and Entertainment Attorney Deborah A. Sable about an exact replica of The Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car.
Members of the Vintage Automobile Club of Ocean County are working to establish New Jersey’s first antique automobile museum. Although there are museums and attractions throughout New Jersey that have a number of antique cars, there isn’t one true antique car museum in the entire state. The Vintage Automobile Museum of New Jersey’s goal is to provide a facility that will display, preserve and educate the public about the automobile and how it shaped the growth of this country. In the interim, the members of the organization have a “museum on wheels” that visits schools, health care facilities and public functions to provide these opportunities.
For more information please visit their website at http://www.vintageautomuseum.org,
Another remarkable automobile was an exact replica of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Car that was seen in the 1960’s Film starring Dick Van Dyke. Entertainment Attorney and Activist Deborah A. Sable revealed the story behind why the owner, Mr. Garofolo, hand built this car.
Some people know Long Islander Tony Garofalo as a retired New York City Police Department sergeant. Others know him as a Douglas Elliman real estate agent. Still others know him as the talented John Lennon impersonator/vocalist/guitarist from The Beatles tribute band he founded in 1991, “Strawberry Fields.”
But up until now, only a few insiders knew of Garofalo’s lifelong passion with the movie musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” starring Dick Van Dyke, after first seeing the premier of the film in 1968 with his mother, Anna Garofalo, at Radio City Music Hall.
Mr. Garofolo did complete the car which was exhibited at the 2016 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. The car was completed on June 30, 2015. The project took over 5 years to complete at a cost of over $100,000. The last finishing touch was installing retractable wings that fold out from under the car using two 12-volt actuators, just like in the film. Tony is continually asked; “does the car ﬂy?” Now he says, “Yes! Ha!!”
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