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Mod134
08-15-2006, 04:26 PM
I was recently researching Al DeAngelo. I've read the he is the all-time winner at Islip Speedway and according to the records at LIJ, was a 6-time Islip Mod champ (1949-50, 1953-54, 1959, 1963).

My question is: I found the records for an Al DeAngelo from Kings, NY. The birthday is March 10, 1902 and the deathdate is June 1982. Is this the same Al DeAngelo that dominated LI tracks in the 50s?

Fat Albert
08-15-2006, 11:14 PM
Yes, I do believe that that is "The" Al DeAngelo, the all time feature winner leader at Islip. But to be sure contact Marty Himes at The Himes Museum. He will have all the information you need.

RickFigure8
08-15-2006, 11:44 PM
I'd have to agree that is "The" Al DeAngelo. The Kings part probably would be Kings County, which is Brooklyn. I would guess Al was born in Brooklyn.

Rick

Mod134
08-16-2006, 11:39 AM
Thanks guys for your help. I never realized that he was still winning at Islip into his early 60s :).

Captain History
08-24-2006, 01:19 PM
Al was still racing around in the early 1970s.

RickFigure8
08-29-2006, 03:52 AM
He was referring to Al's age as being early 60's

OTIS RATBONE
10-25-2006, 03:19 PM
I Have The Drivers Door From Al Deangelo Sr's Modified When He Drove For Cheap Mikes In Richmond Hill,i Will Get Back With The Car Number Soon,it Is Blue And Yellow.

Dwight Clock
10-31-2006, 12:11 AM
Al DeAngelo died around 1982 but he was nowhere near 80 when he died. He was in his sixties.

The Bullfather
10-31-2006, 12:29 AM
http://www.retroridesbyrich.com/ace.html

Former Long Island photgrapher Rich Oakley, he visits our site from time to time, actually seems a lot to keep up on whats going down! He built this car as a tribute to the Ace. If Ace ever drove a midget (a race car, not an actual little person) it would have looked like this! This car has won many top tens at huge events as Goodguys and NSRA events.

Dwight Clock
10-31-2006, 02:21 PM
Actually, the roadsters were raced all over the country. What seperated California from the rest was that they took the time to make them look good. In most areas they raced with no paint at all, and in some cases full of rust. A great view of roadsters can be had in the early portions of the movie "The Big Wheel", a 1949 film starring Mickey Rooney.

randomrodder
10-31-2006, 08:10 PM
Good movie, I remember watching it as a kid. Richie's car in reality is an early Track T. The cars were stripped down Motel T roadster pick-ups (or Turtle decks), in most cases running sans pick-up beds and shortened frames. Many other modifications came along as they evolved.

Hot Rodding split into three distinct catagories; Street cars, oval racing and drag racing. Most believe it all started on the west coast. I am one that totally disagrees with that assessment. Vanderbilt, Astor, and many others where modifying and running their cars in time trials on Osmond Beach in 1904 or so, and on the street of Mineola/Jericho in 1907.

California gets a lot of credit for being the automotive hot bed for one reason, and one reason only, coverage. Hot Rod magazine came out and made California the Mecca of the car culture. The weather didn't hurt any either.
At that time, there were as many customs, hot rods and oval track cars in Kansas as there were per capita in California. You just didn't hear about it.

Sorry, I got carried away.

Captain History
12-05-2006, 07:30 PM
Al DeAngelo was 56 when he passed away on 6/6/83 of an apparent heart attack. His racing career was from 1949-1981 with him scoring 107 stock car victories and 10 T.Q. Midget victories.

Dwight Clock
12-05-2006, 10:16 PM
Al DeAngelo was 56 when he passed away on 6/6/83 of an apparent heart attack. His racing career was from 1949-1981 with him scoring 107 stock car victories and 10 T.Q. Midget victories.Thank you for that info, Captain!

Fast & Legal
12-19-2006, 06:11 PM
What was the last car that Al drove ?

310fig8
12-20-2006, 09:16 AM
Just a guess here......... the 7$

rydogg97
12-20-2006, 09:28 AM
The Ace of Spades coupe. Black & white?

mod fan99
12-21-2006, 05:00 PM
The last car I remember him driving, I think, the Gorman brothers owned???

vsmidge68
12-21-2006, 05:56 PM
The last car I remember him driving was a black Vega, Ace of Spades in the late seventies... not sure how long he drove it...

Dwight Clock
12-21-2006, 09:58 PM
The last car I remember him driving was a black Vega, Ace of Spades in the late seventies... not sure how long he drove it...Didn't his son Hank drive that car also?

Fast&Legal
12-22-2006, 06:43 PM
Both Al and Hank Drove the car. It was a black and white painted Pinto, flying zero was the number.

Captain History
01-20-2007, 05:26 PM
http://www.lasheefs.com/PagesDrivers/deangelo1.html

RickFigure8
01-26-2007, 02:33 AM
I think Bill's (310) right, or very close. I think the last car Al raced was a pinto that was a team car with Al Scribelli. One car was the 7$, I just can't remember the other cars number. Scribelli's shop was on Old Country Road in New Cassel. I just happened to run into Al De working on his car when I was in there for work one day outside a building down a side street from Scribellis. I remember these cars being an off-white with heavy pearl and think I have a photo of the 7$.

310fig8
01-26-2007, 08:19 AM
Rick The other car driven by Alex was 8$.

AJAnderson
12-22-2012, 07:06 PM
In fact my father (Don Anderson #171, Non-Ford) raced against him at Dexter Park & Freeport Stadium in 1952 & 53. Attached is just one of the race results clips from back then. He also placed 2nd to Axel Anderson on another occasion. Great memories!!! 2699

hasbeen
12-23-2012, 02:54 PM
I think Bill's (310) right, or very close. I think the last car Al raced was a pinto that was a team car with Al Scribelli. One car was the 7$, I just can't remember the other cars number. Scribelli's shop was on Old Country Road in New Cassel. I just happened to run into Al De working on his car when I was in there for work one day outside a building down a side street from Scribellis. I remember these cars being an off-white with heavy pearl and think I have a photo of the 7$.

Rick

Would you know whatever happen toAlex Scibelle?? Is he still on the Island?

Thanks