OCTOBER 30, 1963
Preview at the New York World's Fair 1964-1965
The Auto Thrill Show performances will take place in a
6,000-seat stadium, the only stadium specifically de-
signed for thrill driving. It will include a unique, banked ,
figure-eight auto track layout where thirty world cham-
pion Helldrivers will perform.
Excerpts from transcription of
remarks made by officials of the
Auto Thrill Show and the Fair at
a preview of the Auto Thrill Show
at the New York World's Fair,
October 30, 1963.
DR. ROBERTO de MENDOZA [Deputy Chief of
Protocol]: Mr. Gottlieb, Mr. Lippert, Mr. Constable, Mr.
Tozzoli, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. This
ceremony today will undoubtedly be one of the most
thrilling to be held at the Fairgrounds before opening
day. I understand that this banked, figure-eight track is
the first to be specially constructed for thrill driving. It
was designed in consultation with the nation's leading
race drivers, with a view to making possible the per-
formance of the most daring and sensational feats that
have ever been executed in this spectacular and popular
sport. This morning we will have a chance of viewing
some of the highlights of that great achievement in the
world of sports.
After serving with distinction in the Navy, our first
speaker had an outstanding career in engineering before
assuming the responsibility for the design, construction
and development of this Transportation Area of the Fair,
where all participation primarily concerned with trans-
portation has been brought together in a glittering con-
centration of fabulous exhibits. It is my pleasure to present
Mr. Guy Tozzoli, director of the World Trade Depart-
ment of the Port of New York Authority.
MR. GUY TOZZOLI: Thank you very much, ladies
and gentlemen. We are extremely proud of the exhibits
that we have in the Transportation Area of the Fair, and
we are quite pleased to have an Auto Thrill Show. This
is the kind of exciting entertainment that we think the
Fair will offer not only to grownups but to children, the
type of entertainment that we want at the Fair.
I would like to pay special tribute to Alan Gottlieb and
Bill Lippert who have put this together with Dodge Di-
vision of Chrysler Corporation, and I wish them good
luck on their enterprise. Thank you.
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Tozzoli. Our
next speaker is an architect and administrator with a
long and distinguished record of public service. For many
years he was chief designer and later executive officer of
the Department of Parks of the City of New York, as
well as acting commissioner of the New York City Plan-
ning Commission. He was also consultant for great proj-
ects both at home and abroad before coming here to
cooperate with Mr. Moses in the creation of this, the
greatest international fair in the history of the world. I
have the honor to give you Mr. Stuart Constable, vice
president of Operations of the New York World's Fair
MR. STUART CONSTABLE: Ladies and gentlemen.
I remember when these boys first came here and brought
this exhibit — this idea — in to us, I didn't think they
1963 New York World's Fair 1964-1965 Corporation
A demonstration of the Helldrivers show at the preview
of the Auto Thrill Show at the Fair.
could pull this thing off at all. I never thought they"d
get there. But one of their good friends, and one of my
old friends, called me and said the boys really would
deliver if we would do what we could to assist them. We
did what we could — it wasn't much — and they helped
themselves and here they are with what we think is going
to be one of the real attractions of the Fair. We wish
them luck and hope they make a lot of money.
And now it is my pleasant duty as the representative
of the World's Fair to present to Mr. Gottlieb and to Mr.
Lippert the World's Fair medal.
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Constable. The
success of Jimmy Lynch's exciting presentation in the
1939 New York World's Fair inspired the Helldrivers'
Auto Thrill Show which Transportation Productions, Inc.
is presenting at the Fair. Our next speaker, is a graduate
of New York University, has served in the United States
Army, and is an enthusiastic and enterprising business-
man who waxed with enthusiasm when the idea was con-
ceived for an Auto Thrill Show at the 1964-1965 World's
It is in great part due to his energetic determination that
the original idea culminates today in this unique preview
of the Helldrivers' Act. I now have the privilege of
introducing Mr. William L. Lippert, vice president, Trans-
portation Productions, Inc.
MR. WILLIAM L. LIPPERT: Thank you, Dr. de
Mendoza. I want to thank all of you for coming here
today to witness the preview of the Auto Thrill Show.
It has been a pleasure working over the past two years
with all the fine people of the New York World's Fair
Corporation and the Port Authority.
I am sure that many of you remember the Jimmy Lynch
Daredevil Auto Show that took place here during the
1939-1949 World's Fair. I am proud of the fact that
our program will be put on by the organization which is
the direct successor to the Jimmy Lynch show. That organ-
ization is headed by Jack Kochman, who is here today.
I'd like to pay tribute to Jack for all the help he's given
us in putting together this project. Thank you.
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you. Mr. Lippert. Our
next speaker attended New York University, served in
the U. S. Navy, and is president and fourth generation
representative of a family-owned concern. He has spared
no effort to make the New York World's Fair Auto Thrill
Show a glowing reality. Today's preview to dedicate the
Auto Thrill Stadium is for him a proud moment indeed,
and crowns with successful achievement his vigorous
determination to produce the Helldrivers' Auto Thrill
Show. I have the honor to give you Mr. A. Alan Gottlieb,
Mr. Guy F. Tozzoli, director of the World Trade Department at the Fair, Mr. A. Alan Gottlieb, president of Transportation
Products, Inc., Mr. Stuart Constable, vice president of Operations at the Fair, and Mr. William L. Lippert, vice president of
Transportation Products, Inc., are shown at the preview of the Auto Thrill Show.
president of Transportation Productions, Inc.
MR. A. ALAN GOTTLIEB: Thank you, Dr. de Men-
doza. First, I'd like to endorse what Bill Lippert said
about the fine cooperation we have received from the Fair,
the Port Authority, and in particular Mr. Guy Tozzoli,
Mr. Fran Miller and Mr. Neil Lynch.
We are very proud of this project, and we are sure
that you will enjoy it when you see it next spring. We
have brought together the finest team of daredevil drivers
that we could find, and we have provided them with the
world's only figure-eight track and stadium, designed and
constructed from the ground up for this type of show.
We have the utmost confidence that the Fair will be
an overwhelming success and will provide an unprece-
dented audience. Our aim has been to provide a great show
as befits a great Fair. Once again, thanks for coming
out today, and please accept my personal invitation to
come back and see us next April. Thank you.
DR. de MENDOZA: Thank you, Mr. Gottlieb. Ladies
and gentlemen, Mr. Gottlieb and Mr. Lippert will now
have the pleasure of presenting some preview highlights
of their great World's Fair Auto Thrill Show. Mr. Bob
Conto will give a crash-by-crash narration of the daring
performance. I have the honor and great pleasure of an-
nouncing the Helldrivers' Act.
TRANSPORTATION PRODUCTIONS, INC.
MR. A. ALAN GOTTLIEB, President
MR. WILLIAM L. LIPPERT, Vice President
BILL DOLL and COMPANY, Public Relations
NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 CORPORATION
Flushing, N. Y. 11380 Tel. 212-WF 4-1964
ROBERT MOSES, President
THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of the Executive Committee
WILLIAM E. POTTER, Executive Wee President
CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits
STUART CONSTABLE, Vice President, Operations
WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations
ERWIN WITT, Comptroller
MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section
GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority) Transportation Section
ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretary of the Corporation and Assistant to the President
WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer