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Flymall September 2023 Wheels & Wings Newsletter

Friday, September 29th, 2023

Welcome to the Kraemer Aviation/Flymall.org Wheels & Wings Newsletter

You can view past newsletters here. This month our theme is “Great Races”

You can visit the Wheels & Wings section of the Flymall for more information on great races held around the globe.

Kraemer Aviation hosted it’s annual Labor Day cookout. Click here for more pictures.


Interested in living at an airport?  Visit our Aviation Real Estate page here. You can view price data for airport property in our Market Watch section of the Flymall. Here is the data for all airport property. You can refine the search by “state” simply by searching for the desired state under “Model”.

Want to have your business highlighted on the Flymall???  We offer inexpensive rates to have your business featured on our Wheels & Wings page.  Contact us for more info. We also have advertising spots available on the all new website 3-Wheelers.com.

History Trivia: According to information online, the first motorcycle race involving exclusively two wheel designs occurred at Surrey, England, in 1897.

If you enjoy history we have a new aviation history fact each day at the bottom of our webpages.  Some days there may be more than one, just refresh the page.  And if you like Beatles history, checkout our Events Calendar and select the Beatles category.  This is a work in progress, we’re building the most comprehensive calendar of important dates in Beatle history.  For those that like to stick with current news, we have an aviation news ticker on our home page.  This is updated daily to show the current aviation news.

Achievements & Special Recognition: Harry’s friends Lin & Carlo had a very special wedding this month. Both are pilots and they eloped and got married while flying in a DC3. How cool is that? After a 15 year engagement, an opportunity came up to get married in a DC3 in the air! So they hurried and made the arrangements very quickly and off they went. They met each other at a fly in and Carlo took Lin for a ride in his Air Cam and the rest is history. Click here for more pictures. Carlo is an award winning aircraft builder and Lin is a flight instructor. Lin is currently preparing Carlo for his commercial pilot certificate.

On September 30, Harry attended the Frederick Festival of Flight at the Frederick Municipal Airport. It was an excellent event. The weather was perfect. Lots of aircraft on display, venders, and more. Click here for more pictures. The Frederick airport is a growing airport and it is well supported by the county.

Instructors, what to highlight your students first solo or other achievement here?  Just send us a short write-up and a picture or two and we’ll post it here for you.  Click here for our contact info.

Aviation/Aviators in the news: Since our theme this month is “Great Races”, we should also include something on a great racer, Glenn Curtiss. Earlier this month, Harry was in Hammondsport for their annual Wheels & Wings event that includes a seaplane fly in. In 1907 Glenn Curtiss earned the title the fastest man in the world on a V-8 motorcycle that he designed. And by 1909, Glenn Curtiss was the fastest man in the air after competing in the Grande Semaine d’Aviation aviation meeting at Reims, France.

The aviation section of the Flymall is full of aviation news, training info, and much more for the aviator.

Air show season is always just around the corner.  Want to travel to air shows in your own aircraft?  Visit our used aircraft page on the Flymall to view our inventory.

This month we said good by to the Reno Air Races.

Car/Motorcycle Show News:   The Laytonsville Cruise In is the place to be on a Friday night in Montgomery County.  The Laytonsville Cruise In was started by Harry in 2010. It has become one of the most popular cruise ins in the area. You can follow Harry on Facebook for daily updates during the many shows and events he attends.

September 15 was an award night at the Laytonsville Cruise. The weather was perfect and the turn out was even better. Click here for pictures from that night. Click here for our award winners from the 15th.

Earlier this month some of the Kraemer Aviation employees were at the start of the 2023 Motorcycle Cannonball race in Virginia Beach. Click here for Harry’s YouTube video of the bikes crossing the starting line. Click here for a YouTube video showing an overview of the bikes on the fishing pier and then crossing the starting line. Click here for a YouTube video of the bikes arriving at Neptune Park. Click here for a YouTube video showing an overview of the bikes at Neptune Park.

Click here for pictures from day one of the event. Click here for pictures of the bikes on day one.

Click here for pictures from day two of the event. Click here for pictures and videos of the bikes on day two.

Click here for pictures from day three of the event. Click here for pictures and videos of the bikes from day three of the event. On day 3, the bikes gathered at Neptune Park on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk.

Our Events Calendar has the most current info regarding local and national car shows, air shows, and more.  With nearly 30 categories, there is something for everyone.  The Day Tripper section of the Flymall has dozens of day trip ideas and interesting places to visit.  Check it out here.

We need to say Congrats to Todd for his run in the Motorcycle Cannonball this year. Todd raced his 1909 Indian single across the USA with a perfect score.

Todd Cameron from Monrovia, CA is a a 2 time Cross Country Chase Legend and now a Motorcycle Cannonball Champion! Congratulations to Todd for successfully navigating his 1909 Indian Motorcycle from coast to coast starting in Virginia Beach, VA and ending 3800 miles later in Oceanside, CA in the hardest antique motorcycle event in the world!

In early September, the Flymall Team was at District Harley Davidson for their open house. We had our 1917 Peerless motorbike on display.

If you love classic cars, antique motorcycles, and seaplanes, then Wings & Wheels of Hammondsport is the place to be in late September. That is exactly where Harry was earlier this month.

Wings & Wheels of Hammondsport 2023:

We can’t talk about great races without talking about the great racer Glenn Curtiss. On Friday, September 15, Harry visited the Glenn Curtiss Museum for a Wings & Wheels event. Glenn Curtiss was the fastest man alive on two wheels and then he was the fastest man alive in the air.

Click here for pictures of the engines on display.

Click here for pictures of the boats on display.

Click here for pictures of the bicycles on display.

In 1907 Glenn Curtiss went over 136 miles per hour on this Curtiss V-8 motorcycle. He shattered the world speed record on this bike.

Click here for pictures of the motorcycles on display.

Click here for pictures of the aircraft on display.

Click here for pictures of the automobiles on display.

Later that evening, Harry visited Depot Park where the seaplanes were arriving for the big event on Saturday. Click here for pictures and videos of a few of the seaplanes arriving. Click here for Harry’s YouTube video of the seaplane action at Kueka Lake on Friday evening.

The Finger Lakes Beer Company is a local brewery in Hammondsport with some very good locally brewed beer on tap. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and have a taste.

Saturday, September 16 was the big day for the car show and the seaplane competition at the lake.

Click here for pictures from the car show.

Click here for pictures and video of the seaplanes in action. Here’s Harry’s YouTube video montage highlighting the seaplane activity at the lake on Saturday.

Harry was able to fit in a visit to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum on Saturday as well. Click here for pictures.

Barn Finds/Hangar Finds:  Need an appraisal on your barn find?  Visit our Appraisal Page for information on our appraisals. 

The use of a solid mold for boat construction has its origins in the Canadian canoe making industry. The first known use in sailboat building was with the Comet class. It was part of the Skaneateles Boats, Inc. entry in the 1938 New York Boat Show.

In the mid 1930s, Skaneateles Boats, Inc. engaged marine architects Sparkman & Stephens to design the Lightning. The goal was to produce a one design boat that was family friendly and would be a fine racer and could be built by professionals as well as amateurs. Skaneateles Boats, Inc. had no trouble with the rights of the design being sold to the newly formed International Lightning Class Association. They believed that their solid construction technology would make them very competitive in this new market.

While design was intended to minimize construction costs, its arched hull created some production challenges. Skaneateles Boats, Inc. constructed their boats with double planked bottoms.

The 17-foot mold on exhibit at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum was built by Skaneateles Boats, Inc. in 1939. This was the first year of Lightning sailboat construction. The boat on display at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum is #167 and it was build on this very mold. At some time later, Skaneateles Boats, Inc. created a more sophisticated mold using metal surfaces that served as a backing iron to clinch the brass tacks that held two layers of planks together. This mold pictured here was retired and set aside. It was removed from the factory and placed in an open area under the factory floor where it sat until 2016 and brought to the Finger Lakes Boating Museum. A lot of the deterioration is from the result of exposure to years of flood waters that at times, partially buried the mold in mud and debris.

Visit our online store to search for hard to find car parts, aircraft parts, and much more.  You can pay online in our secure store, just click on the Store button on our home page.

Visit the Test Drive section of the Flymall for reviews on automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and more. Read about it before you buy it.  You can also research price info on a wide variety of vehicles, collectibles, and more in the Market Watch section of the Flymall. 

If you’re restoring a fabric aircraft, Ira Walker of Walker Aviation is your resource.  Visit his page on the Flymall by clicking here

CFI / DPE Notes:  Visit Harry’s Practical Test page for information on his checkrides.  You will also find useful information there to help you prepare for your checkride.  You can also visit Harry’s Lesson Plan section of the Flymall for other flight training information.  Visit our Flight Training page for information on our aviation training classes. This month we started revamping our training section of the Flymall. We made some changes to our Lesson Plans page. They are now grouped by certificate and/or rating. Soon, this section will be searchable via the codes in the ACS.

Weather in the news: On Saturday, September 23, we had a tropical storm hit the Mid-Atlantic area.

Three Wheel Association (TWA) & 3-Wheelers.com:  Harry started the Three Wheel Association in 2013 to promote/support the industry of three wheel vehicles of all types. Visit the Three Wheel Association page on the Flymall for more info on the association.

The new 3-Wheelers.com site is up and running. The A to Z listing has about 600 entries in it. There is also a section in the A to Z listing for current production 3 wheelers which includes links to their sites. With the A to Z listing you can also find 3 wheelers that were at major events that Harry has attended over the years, for example: the motorcycle Cannonball can be found under “C”. Another example is 3 wheelers at the AACA/America’s Transportation Experience can be found under “A”.

Want a reproduction vintage 3 wheeler.  Walker Aviation can scratch built from pictures or drawings.  Visit his page on the Flymall.  

Prototypes: We have a lot of cool motorcycle info this month and to keep going with that. Here is a 1909 Harley-Davidson prototype. This machine is the first known Harley-Davidson with a magneto ignition, and also the only produced with a V-belt drive along a 500cc engine, with atmospheric intake valve. This is currently owned by and located at the Dale’s Wheels Through Time museum. Dale purchased the machine in 2016 and it is run only on special occasions.

Nautical Notes: On Harry’s September trip to the Finger Lakes, he visited The Finger Lakes Boating Museum. The main museum building, the former Taylor Wine Company’s main building was built in 1886. Click here for pictures of the wine cellar at the museum.

The museum is dedicated to preserving the rich history of Boating and Boatbuilding in the Finger Lakes.

The historic Taylor campus consists of 14 acres and 19 buildings.

Riding The Rails: Since we’re featuring great races this month, we’re going to introduce you to the Blue Train Races. The Blue Train Races were a series of record-breaking attempts between automobiles and trains in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Here’s an interesting article on AutoWeek.com about a Bentley and the great Blue Train Race.

Native American Indian Transportation: Have you heard of the Indian Relay Race? There are different accounts of it origins. One account says it started like this; “When the horse that they rode got played out, they would jump on another horse, and they would do that all the way back home. That’s where the Indian relay started.”

Animals in the headlines: Its likely that we have all heard mention of the race between the tortoise and the hare. Click here to read about the origins of this tale.

We close this newsletter with these words: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.

Motorcycle Cannonball 2023

Wednesday, September 13th, 2023

3-Wheelers.com owner, Harry Kraemer was on hand for the 2023 start of the Motorcycle Cannonball in Virginia Beach. This was basically a networking and reconnaissance trip. Harry plans to participate in the race in the near future.

Enjoy these pictures and video from the event.

On day one, the bikes had their inspection and then they were lined up on the boardwalk for the public to see. Click here to open up a new window in Flickr to view the pictures of the bikes from day 1.

On day 2, the bikes were lined up on the Virginia Beach fishing pier for display and then they crossed the starting line. Click here for pictures and videos of the bikes from day 2.

Here is Harry’s YouTube video of the bikes going across the starting line.

Here is Harry’s video of the bikes on the fishing pier and then each bike crossing the starting line.

On day 3, the bikes gathered at Neptune Park near the boardwalk for the local media and for the public to see them one more time before they headed for their next location.

Click here for Harry’s pictures and video from day 3.

Here’s Harry’s video of the bikes arriving at Neptune Park on day 3.


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