American Car Culture Lives On In Upstate N.Y.
Automotive memorabilia has found a home in upstate New York. (RacinToday photos by Tony Grago)
By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
HOLLAND PATENT, N.Y. – For many curious visitors, Mark Theobald’s hobby shop is the last business they expect to find in this sleepy, Central New York village.
“It’s a very common response,” said Theobald, owner and curator of Adirondack Motorbooks & Collectibles. “There’s only a couple of stores like this in the whole country that have an equal amount of books, magazines and die-cast.”
Downtown Holland Patent is an equidistant 10 miles north of Utica and east of Rome in the bucolic Mohawk Valley. Theobald’s store is located at 9554 Main Street, two lanes of blacktop dotted with similar mom-n-pop shops after one drives past a gazebo and a small cemetery.
“Thankfully, it’s (his store) on State Route 365, which is kind of the western gateway to the Adirondack Mountains, so there’s a lot of traffic between Memorial Day and Labor Day,” Theobald said on a late summer afternoon. “Unfortunately, very little of it stops. It’s a great place to live but I’d still rather be in Vermont.”
Theobald and his “SWAG” reluctantly relocated from their former home in Wells, Vt., in the Green Mountains, after Mark’s wife, Sarah, accepted a psychiatrist’s position with New York State.
“I didn’t want to move here because I had a great place to stay,” said Theobald, a 56-year-old native of Read the full story »