On the Road

Street Rodder - - Contents - BY JERRY DIXEY

Each year in July the New York State Fair­grounds hosts the largest spe­cial-in­ter­est ve­hi­cle event in the North­east. Or­ga­nized by the Right Coast As­so­ci­a­tion, the Syra­cuse Na­tion­als was first held 19 years ago and has been grow­ing ev­ery year. Last year the car count to­taled more than 8,000 street rods, mus­cle cars, cus­toms, and all types of pre-'86 spe­cial-in­ter­est ve­hi­cles. More than 400 ven­dor spa­ces were filled with good­ies and 90,000 spec­ta­tors passed through the gates to en­joy the amaz­ing show.

The Syra­cuse Na­tion­als had been a des­ti­na­tion of many Road Tours over the past 10 years. Last year we teamed up with the Right Coast As­so­ci­a­tion and cre­ated The Syra­cuse Na­tion­als Week Road Tour. With plenty to see and do within driv­ing dis­tance of Syra­cuse, we felt that we could spend the en­tire week lead­ing up to the event do­ing daytrips to mu­se­ums, hot rods shops, and tourist at­trac­tions in Up­state New York. Our base of op­er­a­tions was the head­quar­ters ho­tel. Road Tour par­tic­i­pants started a fan­tas­tic week with a Sun­day night kick­off cook­out and ended with a hos­pi­tal­ity tent and spe­cial park­ing all week­end at the fair­grounds.

Ev­ery­one had such a good time last year that we de­cided to head back to the Syra­cuse Na­tion­als this July. We will again spend the week en­joy­ing the sur­round­ing area of Cen­tral New York, vis­it­ing some of the same places we all en­joyed last year and adding some new des­ti­na­tions to the mix. The fun starts on Sun­day evening July 15 and con­tin­ues through the Syra­cuse Na­tion­als July 20-22.

Check out the United Pa­cific/ STREET ROD­DER Road Tour sched­ule on page 113. Head to streetrod­der.com for a reg­is­tra­tion form and call the Road Tour Hot­line at (800) 664-1362 with any ques­tions. See you in Syra­cuse this July.

OnTheRoad ♦ • Des­ti­na­tions on the 2017 Syra­cuse Na­tion­als Week Road Tour in­cluded the North­east Clas­sic Car Mu­seum, Tucci’s Hot Rods, the Glenn H. Cur­tiss Mu­seum, and the Fin­ger Lakes Re­gion with a stop at Watkins Glen. This year we will again be in...

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