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2017 New York International Auto Show

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2017 New York International Auto Show

Art Director/Designer Brandon Salls and TV Host Cognac Wellerlane pose for a photo-op at  2017 New York International Auto Show

1969 Boss302 Mustang

CEO and Co-Founder of Christopher Bruno poses for a photo-op in front of the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang at 2017 New York International Auto Show

CEO and Co-Founder of Christopher Bruno and TV Host C ognac Wellerlane  pose for a photo-op in front of the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang at 2017 New York International Auto Show

Ushering in the latest automotive trends, the 2017 New York International Auto Show showcasef an incredible collection of cutting-edge design and extraordinary innovation. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers  featuref the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display this year at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.
In 1900, the New York International Automobile Show became North America’s first automotive exhibition. For over one hundred years, through depression, war, boom-time, oil crisis, recession and growth, it has continued its pioneering tradition of bringing new and innovative ideas to a national and world stage.

In addition to its place as one of the world’s greatest public shows, NYIAS has expanded its range of world-class trade and industry events. No other event brings the business, consumer and lifestyle press, Wall Street’s financial community, the marketing and advertisers of Madison Avenue, and the nation’s largest and most diverse metropolitan population together in such a unique way.
This year Saratoga Auto Museum exhibited an array of fabulous vintage automobiles.  During the event I had to opportunity to talk with Art Director/Designer Brandon Salls about the fabulous cars exhibited at this year’s New York International Auto Show.
From Manhattan to Buffalo to Saratoga Springs and beyond, many people are surprised to learn that New York State was once home to over 100 different automobile manufacturers.  This year the 2017 New York International Automobile Show organizers are celebrating New York State's automobile heritage with a special exhibition curated by the Saratoga Automobile Museum.  Listed below are just some of the vehicles -- made or raced in New York -- that are on display at this year's Show:

• 1909 Alco-6 Racer (raced)
• 1923 Franklin Series 10B Sedan (made)
• 1947 Playboy Prototype (made)
• 1950 Allard J2 (raced)
• 1956 Midget Racer (raced)

 The Saratoga Automobile Museum was organized in 1999, and opened to the public in 2002. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, interpret and exhibit automobiles and automotive artifacts. The museum celebrates the automobile and educate the general public, students and enthusiasts regarding the role of the automobile in New York State and in the wider world. In addition to technical and design aspects, their educational focus is on the past, present and future social and economic impact of the automobile.

The Museum is located within the 2,500 acre Saratoga Spa State Park, in the heart of historic Saratoga Springs, New York, world famous for its legendary, much honored one-mile thoroughbred track. The museum’s facility is the totally restored and renovated Saratoga Bottling Plant, a beautiful neo-classic structure built in 1934. The Museum is adjacent to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and near the landmark Gideon Putnam Hotel. Within walking distance in the Park are the National Museum of Dance, the Spa Little Theatre and the lavish Hall of Springs banquet facility.

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This year the 1969 Boss302 Ford Mustang was exhibited by  CEO and Co-founder Christopher Bruno discussed the pros of owning this fabulous automobile.

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 302

The Cleveland was conceived as Ford’s mainstay midsize V-8 for the 1970s. With relatively minor modifications, the Cleveland heads were tested on a Tunnel Port 302 racing long block and showed great potential. The heads were modestly retooled to work on the 302 block and got a solid lifter valvetrain. The engine, at that time, was given the name Street/Sedan 302. Automatic transmissions needed not apply: This car and engine were meant to homologate a race car, and the latter ran only four-speed manuals.

According to author Donald Farr, in his book Mustang Boss 302, Knudsen decreed that this special Mustang had to be “the best-handling street car available on the American market” — a tall order given its live rear axle and rear leaf springs.

Ride and Handling engineer Matt Donner was tasked with developing the bits required to meet Knudsen’s requirements. Donner’s principal tool was a ’68 Mustang GT notchback coupe fitted with ’69-spec suspension, then heavily upgraded, modified, and tested. That meant stiffer springs, additional shock tower bracing, beefier spindles, purpose-tuned shock absorbers, different anti-roll bars, and F60-15 tires. The weight was brought in line with what was projected for the ’69 body, and a hot rodded V-8 was cobbled together to simulate the Street/Sedan 302’s power curve.
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