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Calling on all vintage club owners from the East Coast. I was recently in Germany and a colleague of mine with ties to the BMW archive showed me this original photo that was found in the BMW archive some time ago. It's of two R51/2's. They look to be pretty new in the photo, so I'm guessing the pic is from the very early 1950's. At that time AMOL Precision had just become the first official BMW dealer in the states (1950).

The back of the pic has written in pencil "Hudson". So one would assume Hudson River. However, my investigation thus far has failed to turn up what bridge that is in the background. Can any locals lend a hand? Remembering the time frame some NY area bridges hadn't been built yet. Some were modified. Has me stumped.

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Verrazano-Narrows

Not an east coaster, but I did live there for a year back in the 1970s. That's the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge...constructed started in 1959. Probably just north of the bridge on Staten Island in the little battery parks that are there.

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Bronx Whitestone Bridge...

...built before WWII, with very early pattern R51/2 (early pinstripe pattern, early valve covers). Old school tug and sailboat...

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The Whitestone Bridge goes

The Whitestone Bridge goes across the East River...why would "Hudson" be written on the back. Plus the Whitestone doesn't have the bracing along the sides of the bridge like the picture.

The Verrazano-Narrows does span the Hudson River. Still my guess!!

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Stephen is correct

After further scrutiny Stephen (R68) is absolutely correct. It is the Bronx Whitestone bridge. If you look at old photos of the Bronx Whitestone there was previously stiffening trusses which zig zagged across the edge of the bridge. These were later removed hence the difference in appearance today. The key is the shape of the uprights or towers. The Verrazano Narrows wasn’t built until ‘59 as pointed out well after this pic was likely taken. Thanks for solving this puzzle!!

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OK, glad you worked it out.

OK, glad you worked it out. I still don't understand what "Hudson" means unless it is the name of one of the owners. The engines appear to be early R51/2s from say 1950. I figured why not take a picture 10-15 years next to a bridge. According to Wikipedia, the Verrazano-Narrows bridge opened in 1965.

Your picture doesn't shown any cars or vehicles, although it is an lower angle, so might not be seen. Admittedly, the material that is above the arch is much taller on the V-N bridge than the Whitestone bridge, so that's probably the real clue.

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OK guys all very good guesses

OK guys all very good guesses but the bridge is non of the above, this is a picture of the George Washington bridge, on the Hudson River. Taken from the NJ side in Fort Lee I would guess from the Ross Dock area off the Henry Hudson dr, it’s an old scenic wooded road that passes under the bridge and it is mostly used by joggers and bicyclists now with some light traffic down to the park where this picture was taken many many years ago. I’ll try and post a picture I took this winter just on the other side of the bridge.

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I’ll try it again

I’ll try it again

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After looking at them in a

After looking at them in a side by side I realized and confirm as well that it MUST and absolutely is/ has to be the Whitestone and not the GWB. My apologies.

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