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A Cherry Chitty Bang Bang

Cast members rehearse with the then unfinished vehicle. Photo by Jim Harris

She’s a compact, being 11 feet long by nearly five feet wide, but seats four nicely – namely, Truly Scrumptious and Caractacus Potts, plus a modest entourage. This extremely limited edition gets unbelievable gas mileage, both on the ground and off. Her dashing wood and aluminum exterior, blood-red wheels and brass oval grille recall ever-so-swell motor cars of yore. Bottom line, she’s a classic.

“Don’t over-think it,” was Patrick McCauley’s alleged mantra on his pro bono project for the thespians at Valley Regional High School, his alma mater. On March 25, 26 and 27, they, along with Patrick’s surreal car, will debut on stage in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” a classic musical about love, invention, backfiring, and international skullduggery at the dawn of the auto age. Continue reading A Cherry Chitty Bang Bang

The Model of Loveliness (video)

In the clip above, Master Model Maker Patrick McCauley explains his process for planking the deck of Aphrodite.

Long and sleek, well accessorized, and built for speed, she is the center of attention wherever she goes. Her torpedo stern allows her to maintain a horizontal posture in the water even at speeds of 40 knots. She draws a dainty four feet.

The Aphrodite, a 74-foot, twin-engine waterborne missile, was christened in 1937 by financier John Hay “Jock” Whitney to commute from Long Island to Wall Street faster than his brother-in-law could make the trip. He boarded Aphrodite in his pajamas and 45 minutes later disembarked in lower Manhattan showered, shaved, and dressed to the nines.

Whitney’s nautical (and nice) guests included the likes of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Shirley Temple, and Tallulah Bankhead. After Pearl Harbor, he loaned his yacht to the U.S. Coast Guard, which used the lovely lady to ferry President Franklin D. Roosevelt up the Hudson River to Hyde Park.

Aphrodite at the Ocean House. Photo: Derek Hayn

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