July 19, 2013
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Syracuse Nationals Auto Show Roars into New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse This Weekend

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Syracuse Nationals Auto Show returns from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21. The show will feature an array of classic cars that have been professionally restored as well as traditional music, and a lively, diverse crowd with a passion for classic automobiles.


"I am excited to announce the return of the Syracuse Nationals Auto Show to the State Fairgrounds which is beginning today," Governor Cuomo said. "The show will feature thousands of real masterpieces to thrill classic car enthusiasts like myself and help drive visitors to Central New York. With live music, demonstrations and art, this event is a can't miss opportunity for fans and families this weekend."


The show attracts more than 80,000 visitors to view the roughly 7,000 cars. All of the cars on display were built before 1981 some even date to the early 1900s and have been carefully restored and maintained. Additionally, approximately 400 vendors from 30 states and several Canadian provinces are drawn to the region for this annual event.


The Syracuse Nationals Auto Show also features one of the most important awards in the world of auto restoration. The Winfield Award is named for Gene Winfield, one of the earliest pioneers of customizing autos. Known as the King of Kustoms, Winfield built unique custom vehicles used in movies and on TV, such as the flying DeLorean in Back To The Future, 25 custom vehicles for the film Blade Runner, and even the Galileo 7 shuttlecraft for the Star Trek TV series.


Winfield himself, now 86 years old, will come to the State Fairgrounds to select the winning car from among 6 finalists. The winner will be the vehicle that Winfield believes best represents the craft of car customization and will receive a first place prize of $10,000. More than 100 cars were entered in the competition.


Other attractions during the show include live music, a crafts show in the Art & Home Center, a demolition derby, and more. There will also be an opportunity to exchange increasingly rare parts for older vehicles. Airbrush artists will auction off original works to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. Syracuse Nationals registered participants can sign up to drive their car through a timed autocross trail located in the parking lot between gates 10 and 11. Morrisville State College is also offering seminars on the technical aspects of automobile maintenance and repair.


Additionally, multiple celebrities will be in attendance. Mike Wolfe from the show, American Pickers will be signing autographs from 9 a.m. 11 a.m. on Friday in the Center of Progress Building. His cast member Danielle, will be there on Saturday from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Candy Clark, cast member of the nostalgic film, American Graffiti will be at the show to sign autographs throughout the weekend as well.


A complete schedule of events is available at the events website, http://www.rightcoastcars.com/syracuse-nationals-event-schedule.php.


Tickets are $17 for adults and $8 for children ages 6 12. Advance sale tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 12. Advance sale tickets are available at Fastrac Markets convenience stores.


The New York State Fair runs from August 22 September 2, 2013. The Fairs theme is Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.


The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fairs website, located at www.nysfair.org. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook or follow NYS Fair on Twitter. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas on the Great New York State Fair at statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.