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    dino
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    Please Note Date of this First Post…Noticed The Shop needed to be included in The Speed Shop Heading.(moved it from “Where Are They Now”) From just A General Auto repair shop ..Bill & Ron ,expanded the Automobile Shop to include a full blown Speed Shop retail area in front with 5 mechanics bays in the rear.Drive on alignment -heli-arc welding -the works.At one time having three active racers as mechanics and doing tons of Race Car prep work.Worked closly with Richie Matoney and Bob Ingels.

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    Drake informed me Today that Bill Davitt, has made his last run. I worked with Bill and his partner Ronnie Scruletta at the Automobile Shop in Bedford Hills, N.Y. Bill was one we were trying to locate, and His obit. was just posted in the Westchester Journal …says Drake. He’s suvived by his wife, Deborah andson William. At one time Lee Valentine ,Willy Hormente and Bill ..all ran the red,white and blue cars with the Automoblle Shop name. Here’s a shot of Bill’s personal S/Stock Duster on the lawn in front of his Bedford Hills ,Automoblie Shop ,just after I painted and lettered it. . Bill supported many Racers and Even Dover, sponsoring events and even the Time Slip printing in the Seventies. We will miss him and I’ll find some photos to post .


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    #16603
    vbob
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    HEY
    found this up in the attic!

    ‘V’


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    #16607
    dino
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    Thanks V-Bob …You and I both seemed to lose a “good Buddie” this week. Well …Nobody can take our memories ….Glad we all have them ….our Racing family…..Gods ‘Speed’ ….someone invented that with the right word …Huh?

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    dino
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    Bill’s Ad From the ’73-’74 Competition Elim. Meet Progam


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    #16621
    dino
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    Here’s Lee’s ‘Auto Shop’ Camaro….Bill and Lee were running a black Camaro on Dover’s Last Day.


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    dino
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    Willy Hormente’s “Auto Shop” Camaro…..


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    #16626
    dino
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    Just posted this in the “Guest Book” for Bill…….his funeral will be tomorrow (wed.) in New Baltimore,N.Y.

    March 31, 2009
    We All knew Your Dad well, from the old days Racing .I worked for him at The Automoblie Shop,and at Kelties. We have posted a Topic about him on the forum at http://www.doverdragstrip.com. Our prayers go out for you and the family . Dino and All the ‘Dover Guys’ at the website.
    ~ Dean Lawrence, Rockingham, North Carolina

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    thekidd312
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    good by bill you will be missed. it just shows you we are all getting old . lets enjoy life now. make the Nostalgia Dragsat island…and Reunion In danbury.

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    dino
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    First (so Far)and only shot of Al Manchester’s Nova.Notice chrondek Tree.(1974)Lee remembers this one .was Davitt’s first. Tripped over these shots in the ‘Jungle George “pile of Hawthorne Auto Parts photos.


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    Another from George (Hawthorne Auto) Davitt squares of with Ralph Feola. Poor quality,BUT better than nothin…Saving the action !


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    Got dredging around trying to remember names and such from the past, and stumbled into this place! Seeing lots of familar names that I had forgotten. Guess a reintroduction is in order. I’m George Dreisch, I worked at Millers Auto Parts in the machine shop for a time, was a shithole, 1977? then worked for Bob Ingles at J&B Auto in Katonah with Gary Bard and later, Lee Valentine. Ended up unassing the area ’bout 1980, as legally it seemed prudent. Some ya’ll might remember my father, John Dreisch, was a cop for Bedford Hills PD up till -78 I think, he worked with Joe Hanraddi,(spelling?) who was a regular at the Automobile Shop.

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    dino
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    George ! …Welcome aboard…Millers ! Yes …When I worked At The Automobile Shop…We’d call for Parts…They’de ask what color the Seats where? Remember Hanratty the Cop…Ran a Nova At Dover…I did some Cool murals on a 56 chevy Sedan Delivery he had…My drinking buddie out of uniform…then the next day he’d pull me over. Glad I don’t drink anymore.

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    Dave Pasello just called.His Dad Ray worked in the shop as a mechanic.Had a passion for Alfa Romeos. Dave worked with me in the front speed shop after school.He’s been a Mt.Kisco Cop for the past 28 years,and actually bought his present home from Ronnie the partner to Bill Davitt in the place. Both Ron & Bill are passed away ….BUT former mechanic and welder extroidinair ,Jerry Phelps, that was also a mechanic is Still around. Dave see’s him all the time driving his 30’s coupe on the street. Next time he see’s him , he’s gona tell him about the site……never know who’s gonna call next.

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    Hi. Dave remember our trip to Pamona,We sure had some good times those days. Hope all is well,Lee.

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    dino
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    Lee…I’ll pass that info along to him.Don’t think he’s registered yet…Watch your speed in “Kisco” 😆

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