Press Releases




May 18, 2018

The 1966 Batmobile replica to be present in the museum beginning Sunday, May 20 at the Spring Auto Show through the Saratoga Auto Auction

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (May 18, 2018) – To promote the upcoming Saratoga Auto Auction this September, the Saratoga Automobile Museum will display one of this year’s consigned vehicles, a 1966 Batmobile Replica. The Batmobile will make its debut on Sunday, May 20 at the Spring Auto Show until it is auctioned off at the Saratoga Auto Auction at SPAC on Sept. 21 and 22.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase this Batmobile Replica at the Spring Auto Show and at the Museum this summer ahead of the Saratoga Auto Auction,” said Carly Connors, executive director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum.

The owner and builder of the 1966 Batmobile replica spent seven years crafting this car. Starting with the frame and drive train from a Lincoln Continental, the owner/builder completed this project with a fiberglass body with steel reinforced mountings, a 460 V8 engine, automatic transmission and all the licensed accessories including triple rocket tubes with LED lights, emergency beacon, display parachutes, working propane-fueled flame thrower, rear back-up camera, CD/DVD player with a 7" screen, and electric actuator-controlled hood and trunk. The finishing paint was completed with perfectionist detail.

The Spring Auto Show will take place on Sunday, May 20 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit To register to bid, consign your vehicle, or purchase tickets as part of the Saratoga Auto Auction, visit





March 27, 2018

Customized 1991 HMMWV Humvee to promote efforts to support Feed Our Vets

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (March 27, 2018) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum (“SAM”) is excited to announce its partnership with Feed Our Vets as it displays a customized 1991 Humvee as part of the Museum’s participation at the New York International Auto Show from March 30 through April 8.

The customized 1991 military High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle to be auctioned at the Saratoga Auto Auction in September was developed by the military as a replacement for Jeeps previously used in Vietnam. This vehicle was regarded as one of the toughest and most reliable utility vehicles of its time and aided in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Since then, it has been refurbished by nationally recognized restoration specialist Steve Hale (History Channel’s American Restoration).

Using the Humvee as a salute and benefaction to veterans began with an idea from the founder of Feed Our Vets, Rich Synek, when he saw CNN restore a H1 Hummer that has been used in the Iraq was auction at $1.35 million for charity.

“Feed Our Vets is proud and honored to have our totally refurbed FOV 1 military Humvee showcased at the New York International Auto Show. This amazing opportunity at NYIAS will bring attention to the new face of hunger in the United States: The American Veteran,” said Rich Synek, founder, Feed Our Vets.

“We’re excited to expand our presence at NYIAS as a platform for this worthy cause,” said Carly Connors, executive director, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Our ability to utilize our resources to help men and women who have served our country is truly an honor.”

After 1,000 hours of rejuvenating the Humvee, completely cleaned, repainted, and renovated, it is ready to be auctioned this fall. The original engine, a 6.2-liter GM diesel V8 with GM fuel injection has been freshened and is in excellent condition. The transmission is a three-speed automatic and features an independent four-wheel drive accompanied by a rebuilt suspension. With four doors and a wide wheelbase, there is a good amount of room in the interior, which has been redone as well.

The 1991 HMMWV Humvee is sparking with its off green and black paint theme and is sporting its new paint job courtesy of Crystallance paints which includes crushed glass in the mixture to provide an extra sparkle. Additionally, the vehicle has 13 stars painted on its hood, along with saluting soldiers and the Feed Our Vets logo on the truck sides.

The Humvee will be displayed at the Museum back in Saratoga Springs after the auto show.

For more information about the Saratoga Automobile Museum, visit






Nov. 1, 2017

Inaugural auction supports Saratoga Automobile Museum’s regional community efforts

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Nov. 1, 2017) – The first annual Saratoga Auto Auction, organized by the Saratoga Automobile Museum, raised more than $150,000 to support the museum’s distracted driving, education, and exhibit programs.

Led by auction director Jeff Whiteside, the auction took place on Sept. 22 and 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). The event was attended by thousands who either bid or witnessed more than 200 cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles being auctioned.

“The proceeds raised at the auction will help make our roads safer,” said Jim Letts, executive director, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Our distracted driving safety program reaches more than 10,000 high school students across the Capital Region each year. This program is more crucial than ever, as young drivers are tempted with the allure of the screen while their eyes should be focused on the road at all times.”

A total of $156,000 was collected by the museum for the auction, as a percentage of each vehicle auctioned and sold is earmarked for the museum. A select number of vehicles were donated as part of the auction, in which 100 percent of those proceeds were given to the museum.

“A first-year auto auction is a tremendous undertaking and its success could not have been realized without the incredible partners and sponsors that the museum was able to attract,” said Kevin Biebel, board chairman, Saratoga Automobile Museum. “Bravo and kudos to Jeff Whiteside for putting together this world-class auction together. This auction, next year and in succeeding years, will become the major autumn destination event for the Spa City.”

The auction featured appearances by television celebrities Steve Hale (History Channel’s American Restoration) and Paul Teutul Jr. (Discovery’s American Chopper). Additionally, the auction was complemented with a regional food truck show that featured food and cuisine made by local entrepreneurs across Upstate New York.

The 2018 auction is set for Sept. 21 and 22 at SPAC. Further details, information about consigning vehicles, sponsorships, and more will be made available via

The Saratoga Auto Auction was presented by through support from Mohawk Honda, Ianniello Anderson, P.C., DePaula Auto Group, Keeler Automotive Group, New Country Porsche of Clifton Park, Putnam Leasing, Saratoga National Bank, Sierra Nevada, Towne, Ryan & Partners, Racemark, Saratoga Spring Water, Intercity Lines, Inc., Bouchey Financial, JJ Best and media partners Townsquare Media.






Sept. 7, 2017

Over 200 vehicles set to be auctioned off at fundraiser auction to benefit Saratoga Automobile Museum

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Sept. 7, 2017) – The Saratoga Automobile Museum will host the inaugural Saratoga Auto Auction, slated for Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

"We have an exceptional collection of cars, boats, trucks and motorcycles set to be auctioned off on the Saratoga Performing Art Center stage," said auction director Jeff Whiteside. "The event, a fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum to support its education programs and distracted driving safety initiative which grows more awareness every day. We will have over $8,000,000 worth of vehicles consigned and bidder registrations are now open."

With Whiteside closing in on his goal of over 200 consigned vehicles, spectators seated in the SPAC amphitheater will see cars from throughout across the Northeastern United States and Canada auctioned to the highest bidder.

"We expect a large crowd to attend along with the buyers and sellers," said Whiteside. "We have American, Foreign, Antique, Classic, Exotic, Modern and Hot Rod cars consigned along with a number of boats and motorcycles, all in a broad range of prices."

Buyers will have the opportunity to join the "hobby" with a wide variety of vehicles under $20,000 as well as the avid collector will have a spectacular group of vehicles to choose from that have never been for sale at any auction before.

"As the mayor of Saratoga Springs, we are very proud that our city is the location for one of the largest automobile auctions in the Northeast. The Saratoga Automobile Museum is a wonderful asset to our community and attracts people of common interests from all over the country. I'm very excited about this event and look forward to attending,” said Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen.

“I’m pleased to help support the Saratoga Automobile Museum for its first ever Saratoga Auto Auction, which will help support the distracted driving safety initiative that is so critical to the safety of motorists not only on the roads of Saratoga County, but across Upstate New York,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo.

“We are so fortunate to have a wonderful partnership with the Saratoga Automobile Museum at its beautiful home in the Spa State Park,” said Elizabeth Sobol, SPAC’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to host the inaugural Auto Auction on SPAC’s stage and look forward to continued collaboration with the Museum. We are grateful to Jim Letts and Anthony Ianniello for their vision and leadership in making this unique and singular event a reality.”

“We are so excited about the buzz around the first ever Saratoga Auto Auction! The backdrop of the Saratoga Spa State Park with the cars (who are definitely the stars this time around) on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center will create a setting people, whether they are serious buyers, sellers or spectators will really enjoy and embrace,” said Todd Garofano, president, Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Thousands are expected to be in attendance at the two-day auction. Ahead of the auction, a preview/media day will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., followed by an abbreviated preview on Friday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The live auction, with famed auctioneer Brent Earlywine wielding the gavel, will commence at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Bidders and spectators will also have some of the Capital Region's best food trucks will be on site with their culinary delights. TV personalities on hand will include Steve Hale of the History Channel's American Restoration with his 1936 Chevy custom truck which took first place at 2017 Detroit Autorama, a restored 1940 GMC tow truck and his 1972 roller skate car as seen on American Restorations and his 1990 US Military Humvee fully customized for Feed Our Vets organization. Hale will be joined by the star of the Discovery Channel's American Choppers, Paul Teutul Jr., who will show off a few of his one of a kind custom motorcycles. Both Hale and Teutul will be available for photos and to greet the public.

Bidders have the option to bid live, online, or by phone through Proxibid. To register online, please visit or by contact Olivia Harrison at 518.587.1935 x13.

More information on the auction as well as spectator tickets, at $20 a day or $30 for both days can be found online at Through Sept. 10, spectator tickets are $5 off with promo code AUCTION5OFF.

The Saratoga Auto Auction is being presented by through support from Mohawk Honda, Ianniello Anderson, P.C., DePaula Auto Group, New Country Porsche of Clifton Park, Putnam Leasing, Saratoga National Bank, Sierra Nevada, Towne, Ryan & Partners, Racemark, Saratoga Spring Water, Intercity Lines, Inc., Bouchey Financial, JJ Best and media partners Townsquare Media.