Summertime it is without a doubt the coolest time to be a car owner. It’s where a full tank of gas in your ride fuels the excitement of getting to your next destination. With the sun shining bright, you have a choice of rolling to the local cruise night, hitting the beach, or packing your bags and heading out to a weekend event where the drive is only a part of the experience. If you dig the sounds of a hot-huffed, Chevy-powered big-block or a turbocharged LS V-8, we’re here to tell you there’s nothing like taking in a massive East Coast event.
Celebrating its 16th year, the Syracuse Nationals continues to wow visitors with a horsepower festival bringing in well over 8,000 cars again this year. We’re talking everything from muscle cars, hot rods, custom cars, resto’s, and classic trucks creating a virtual kaleidoscope of color and sounds to get your adrenalin flowing for the entire weekend. The well-manicured New York State Fairgrounds covers 365 acres with endless roadways carving across the property, many tree-lined streets and plenty of classic old-timey buildings, horse and livestock barns, and classic state fair-style outdoor eateries, and more.
Once you were checked in and had your credentials, getting into the grounds was a breeze. With your program in hand outlining the weekend’s festivities, there was plenty to check out from an endless array of indoor and outdoor vendors, scheduled tech seminars from aftermarket industry leaders, and plenty of live music. But the highlight for the more active attendees was pushing the limits of their rides on the autocross, which was active throughout the weekend.
There was an Old-Skool Roundup in an open-air pavilion showcasing traditional hot rods and customs with its own unique culture, Gasoline Alley featuring the hottest vintage drag cars, the Winfield Award presented by legendary car customizer Gene Winfield, and the work area and stage for the legendary Artie’s Party pinstriping and panel jam to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. It was an amazing event, and we’re only touching the surface regarding all of the cool car-related stuff it includes.
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