50th Anniversary of the
Incorporation of the
Adirondack Motor Enthusiasts Club
Feb. 9, 2004 and it was the official 50th. birthday of A.M.E.C
Here’s a note from Rob Dickson, the A.M.E.C. Vice-President from 1969 till 1974;
Here’s a letter from one of the founding members of A.M.E.C.;
February 6, 2004
To: The Members of AMEC
From: David Hastings
Congratulations of your 50th anniversary! It is so gratifying that you have survived and thrived. I’m sorry I can’t be there for the celebration but thought you would enjoy some recollections.
I came to Schenectady from Philadelphia in 1953 at the invitation of G.E. At that time the company had 30,000 employees (can you imagine). I was a member of the Philadelphia Region of the SCCA and owned a 1950 MG TC ESU. Like people who meet because they have dogs, I found some people who owned sports cars and we began to talk about starting a club with idea of running rallies. Bates didn’t have a car so he was my constant navigator and a moving force in getting organized. Bates and I thought up the name (I’m still looking my club dash plaque – doesn’t Dick Vedder have one?).
In late 1954 I was transferred to Philadelphia, and a year later sent back to Schenectady, this time with a Triumph TR2 and a wife. I will never forget a rally when I lost the slave cylinder on the clutch and finished the rally without a clutch. Nor will I forget the tragic death of Bud Mason, who rolled his Arnolt Bristol (He was host of a popular local childrens’ TV show).
Sherm Havens was in the process for building a special. Don’t remember the chassis and engine, but the body was fiberglass over a tubular frame. Mal Buffum was also building a boat-tail special. Inspired by these two, I decided to do the same. I found in a field (literally!) near Burnt Hills a rusting 1947 Standard Eight convertible and set out to turn it into a English trials special. As you know English trials were events where competitors ran uphill in the mud. Time was not a factor – the idea was to see who could get to the top. I stripped the body and moved the engine back 18”, added a seat (original) and new brake cables which didn’t work. All I did to the engine was to put in new points and plugs and it ran, making its debut at a Fo Castle Farm autocross. (Entry fee 50 Cents?).
Sherm Havens was instrumental in building a new autocross course in a field I don’t remember where. He rented a road scraper and carved a road course in the field. It was great fun. I don’t remember the hill climb proposed by Ward Allen and Mal Buffum.
Some of the cars I remember were a Nash-Healy (Sherwood Smith?), Sunbeam Talbot (Ray Miller), DKW (Bob Winter), Siata 850 Spyder (Ward Allen – fastest car in the club, by far) and, of course Dick Vedder’s VW Combi (is he ice racing this?).
One last personal note. After three kids and decades of station wagons, I bought and restored a 1951 MG TD in 1991. Shortly thereafter I modified it (slightly) for racing, joined the VSCCA and have since raced at Lime Rock, Watkins Glen, Pittsburgh and Pocono. Now that’s fun!
I hope you found this amusing and look forward to seeing you in July.
And a note from past member Mike Mazoway;
Congratulations on 50 years of AMEC! I remember going to my first ice race in Inlet in the winter 1971, I’m pretty sure it was an AMEC event. Back in the days of Phil Cooper, etc. We stayed in the Marina Motel. I think we had 16 people in one room. Talk about racing on a budget! Rubber to ice, lots of 2 stroke SAABs, a few Corvairs, occasional Mini, VW’s, two Citroen’s, and I remember a DKW running at the time. My first race had about 35 starters in my class. I started last on the grid. The hot shoes were passing me on the 2nd lap!
Were you ever a member of the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club (A.M.E.C.)? If yes, then you are invited to a 50th. anniversary get together on the weekend of July 17th & 18th, 2004! We will have a weekend-long gathering of all racers, members, and families of anyone that was a part of this great club over the last 50 plus years.
In the early 50’s, a group of men from Schenectady, New York got together and formed an informal car club called the Adirondack Motor Enthusiasts Club (A.M.E.C.). In February of 1954, A.M.E.C. was incorporated. The founding members listed on the incorporation papers are David Hastings, Bates Murphy, and Robert Butler. From the beginning, the club met, and continues to meet, on the second Monday of each month.
It is written into the original incorporation paperwork that the founding members envisioned a club that would “encourage participation in the sport of motoring, to raise standards of maintenance of automobiles, and to foster and develop adherence to the principles and practices of safe motoring”.
A.M.E.C. has a long established history in and around the Schenectady, Scotia, and Saratoga areas of northeastern New York State. The club has held Road Rally’s, Economy Runs, Time Trials, Hill Climbs, Ice Races, Autocrosses and many other forms of performance related automobile events.
Please come and be a part of this once in a lifetime achievement, our 50th anniversary! There are not many clubs that have endured as long, and even fewer that have continued to thrive, as has A.M.E.C. Stay tuned for details of this great event as it comes together.
If you would like to be added to our 50th anniversary e-mail list, please send an e-mail to Dave Burnham at Dave@icerace.com We are also looking for any photos or other historical items that you might have stored away in your attics or basements. We would gladly accept written submissions about the early years, or any years you have been involved in the club. These items may be used for the enhancement of the weekend and later compiled for a written history of the club.
If you have any bench racing stories or interesting anecdotes, the members of A.M.E.C. and the visitors to this page would love to read them. Please follow the link below to our message board where you can tell the world all about the time you kicked everybody else’s butt, or got yours booted. Everyone loves a good story!!!
Here are additional pages of A.M.E.C.’s history
Below is a complete list of A.M.E.C. Officer’s from 1954 to the present.
|Date April to April||President||Vice Pres||Secretary||Treasurer||Meeting Place|
|2005 to 2006||Claude Hutchings||Mike Kamm||Becky Glock||Mike Glock||Poor John’s|
|2004 to 2005||Claude Hutchings||Mike Kamm||Jamie Burnham||Mike Glock||Brooklyns|
|2003 to 2004||David Burnham||Claude Hutchings||Jamie Burnham||Mike Glock||Brooklyns|
|2002 to 2003||David Burnham||Claude Hutchings||Jamie Burnham||Mike Glock||Knotty Pine|
|2001 to 2002||David Burnham||Claude Hutchings||Jamie Burnham||Mike Glock||Carneys|
|2000 to 2001||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Jamie Stevens||Mike Glock||Carneys|
|1999 to 2000||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Mike Kamm||Mike Glock||Carneys|
|1998 to 1999||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Mike Kamm||Mike Glock||Carneys|
|1997 to 1998||Dan/BruceCarltonAug||Bruce Carlton||Mike Kamm||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1996 to 1997||Dan Carlton||Bruce Carlton||Mike Kamm||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1995 to 1996||Dan Carlton||Bruce Carlton||Mike Kamm||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1994 to 1995||Dan Carlton||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1993 to 1994||Al Duval||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1992 to 1993||Al Duval||Bruce Carlton||Dave Burnham||Mike Glock||Poor Johns|
|1991 to 1992||David Burnham||Ken Marshall||Suanne Burnham||Dick Pashley||Poor Johns|
|1990 to 1991||David Burnham||Ken Marshall||Suanne Burnham||Dick Pashley||Poor Johns|
|1989 to 1990||David Burnham||Ken Marshall||Suanne Burnham||Dick Pashley||Poor Johns|
|1988 to 1989||Bob Pashley||Ken Marshall||Suanne Burnham||Dick Pashley||Poor Johns|
|1987 to 1988||Bob Pashley||Ken Marshall||Mychell Morris||Dick Pashley||Marys Pizza|
|1986 to 1987||Bob Pashley||Ken Marshall||Duane Stangle||Dick Pashley||Marys Pizza|
|1985 to 1986||Marty Foley||Ken Marshall||Lisa Foley||Dick Pashley||Wagon Wheel|
|1984 to 1985||Vern Pashley||Ken Marshall||Dick Vedder||Sue Marshall||Wagon Wheel|
|1983 to 1984||Vern Pashley||Ken Marshall||Dick Vedder||Sue Marshall||Wagon Wheel|
|1982 to 1983||Dick Pashley||Glen Watkins||Dick Vedder||Vern Pashley||Roc’s|
|1981 to 1982||Dick Pashley||Glen Watkins||Brenda Page||Dennis Page||Roc’s|
|1980 to 1981||Tony LeBoutillier||Dick Pashley||Brenda Page||Dennis Page||Good Times|
|1979 to 1980||Bruce Carlton||Tony LeBoutillier||Brenda Page||Dennis Page||Good Times|
|1978 to 1979||Bruce Carlton||Dick Vedder||Debbie Watkins||Glen White||Good Times|
|1977 to 1978||Bruce Carlton||Dick Vedder||Sylvia Crayford||Mike Crayford||Good Times|
|1976 to 1977||Dick Vedder||Al Duval||Sylvia Crayford||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1975 to 1976||Dick Vedder||Al Duval||Sue Mills||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1974 to 1975||Joe Strykiewicz||Bob Dickson||Nancy Strykiewicz||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1973 to 1974||Joe Strykiewicz||Bob Dickson||Nancy Strykiewicz||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1972 to 1973||Joe Strykiewicz||Bob Dickson||Nancy Strykiewicz||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1971||Joe Strykiewicz||Bob Dickson||Nancy Strykiewicz||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1970||Colin Taylor||Joe Strykiewicz||Sylvia Crayford||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1969||Colin Taylor||Ken Watkins||Sylvia Crayford||Mike Crayford||Colonial Inn|
|1968||George James||Colin Taylor||Sylvia Crayford||Bob Bennick||Colonial Inn|
|1967||Joe Strykiewicz||Ken Watkins||Nancy Strykiewicz||George James||Colonial Inn|
|1966||Bill Smith||NO VP||Bea Smith||George James||Colonial Inn|
|1965||Bill Smith||NO VP||Kay Thompson||Robert Bennick||Colonial Inn|
|1964||Lauren Thompson||NO VP||Kay Thompson||Robert Bennick||Colonial Inn|
|1963||Bill Smith||NO VP||Bea Smith||Robert Bennick||Colonial Inn|
|1962||Bill Smith||NO VP||Bea Smith||Janet Winter||Colonial Inn|
|1961||Dick Vedder||NO VP||Howard Teetz||Floyd Moore||Colonial Inn|
|1960||Andrew Murphy||NO VP||Bil Davis||Floyd Moore||Treadway Inn|
|1959||Win Bigelow||NO VP||Jim Brookman||Janet Winter||Big Maple Tavern|
|1958||Gordon Morris||NO VP||Jack Paul||Bill Smith||The Maples|
|1957||Sherm Haven||NO VP||John Wessels||Dick Vedder||Chelsea House|
|1956||Mike Gould||NO VP||Robert Winter||Mary Nolan||Chelsea House|
|1955||Ward Allen||NO VP||Malcolm Buffum||Norma Shire||Union Inn|
|1954||Bates Murphy||NO VP||Richard J Shine||?||Canterbury House|