The 17th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals presented by your local Ford store, will kick off Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17, and is the first event utilizing the campgrounds at the newly renovated New York State Fairgrounds. The three-day automotive extravaganza has become a tradition for thousands of classic car and truck owners and their families from all over the country and Canada. The event is open to hot rods, muscle cars, classics and customs manufactured in 1980 and before. Advance-sale discount tickets for spectators are now available online at www.syracusenationals.com.
We went last year and it was so much fun! Unfortunately, this year we will be out of town (we should have planned better, I am so bummed we are missing it). The whole family had a blast when we went – even my young girls. There were so many cool cars to check out. You can read about our whole experience here.
10th Anniversary “Artie’s Party” featuring pinstripers’ panel jam – presented by 1 Shot Company
Inside the Horticulture Building, pinstripe and airbrush artists at the pinstripers’ panel jam, known as “Artie’s Party,” work almost around the clock during the PPG Syracuse Nationals to hand-paint original automotive artwork on items of all kinds, from vehicle panels to skateboards to mailboxes. The one-of-a-kind items are then auctioned throughout the weekend, with this year’s proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. The nonprofit organization serves as a “home away from home” for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. Last year, “Artie’s Party” raised more than $73,000 for the charity.
Doc’s Rod Shop presents “Gasoline Alley” Nostalgic Race Car Exhibit
The Horticulture Building will become “Gasoline Alley” again this year, displaying more than 40 vintage race cars. In addition, the Frantic Ford Mustang funny car will be parked in front of the building and started three times daily, 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each Artie’s Party auction.
“Backyard Build-Off at Ol’ Skool Roundup” sponsored by Kammer Towing
The fourth annual “Backyard Build-Off” will take place again in the Ol’ Skool Rodz Building, near Gate 10. The event will feature a car build-off involving five builders each with a $5,000 budget. The purpose of the Ol’ Skool Roundup “Backyard Build-Off” is to bring back the tradition of hot rod and custom building as it was in the early days. Builders used the cars and components available from junk yards, yard sales and handmade parts. The contestants include Cory Chappell, of Canandaigua, New York; Kevin Kimmerly, of Rochester, New York; Arthur Pfund; Bill Smeal and Corey Kolz. The builders will unveil their never-before-seen creations at 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, in the Ol’ Skool Rodz Building. Spectators and car owners will decide the winner by popular vote. The winner will be announced on Saturday, July 16.
Also in the Ol’ Skool Rodz Building, there will be valve cover racing sponsored by Ken’s Auto Detailing as well as a pin-up girl contest taking place on Saturdayafternoon. Contestants can register at the Ol’ Skool Roundup office all day Friday and Saturday morning
American Muscle Sunday
“American Muscle Sunday” returns Sunday, July 17. Owners with specialty American-made performance vehicles newer than 1981 will be allowed to display their specialty cars or trucks at the Fairgrounds on Sunday, July 17. Owners can register on-site at Gate 7.
“Million Dollar Garage” – Winfield Award presented by Meguiar’s
One car owner at the 2016 PPG Syracuse Nationals will be selected to receive the Seventh Annual Winfield Award presented by Meguiar’s Car Care Products. The prestigious award for automotive excellence will be presented by master car customizer and builder Gene Winfield. The winner will receive a custom trophy, a jacket and $10,000. The five runners-up will each receive a custom trophy, a jacket and $1,000. The Select Six vehicles will be on display all weekend in the Horticulture Building.
Swap Meet and Car Corral
The KBS Swap Meet and Car Corral will be held on the paved area near the back of the Fairgrounds where the Midway used to be located. Registration for both areas is on-site only and will take place on July 13 and July 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For the past 16 years, hundreds of volunteers from the Central New York Car Club Association (CNYCCA) have worked to make the PPG Syracuse Nationals run smoothly and to ensure everyone who attends the show is informed, safe and comfortable. The association also designates many of the charitable organizations and causes that receive donations from the event proceeds.
- Advance-sale discount tickets for the PPG Syracuse Nationals are available now until July 8 online at www.syracusenationals.com. One-day adult tickets cost $18 at the gate, or $13 with a $5 presale discount. Children’s tickets (ages 6 to 12) are $8 at the gate, or $6 with a $2 presale discount. Children 5 and under receive free admission. Parking is free at the event.
- Come for the cars. Stay for the stars: Nationals will offer a $2 ticket discount for on-site purchases made at the gate on Friday, July 15, for attendees who show tickets for the Jason Aldean concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater that night. The discount is not available on advance sale tickets.
For more information on the 2016 PPG Syracuse Nationals and a full schedule of events, or to register a vehicle for the event, call 800-753-3978 or visit www.syracusenationals.com or “Like” Syracuse Nationals on Facebook and follow @syracusenats on Twitter and @syracusenationals on Instagram.
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