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More than a just a custom car show, this year's Syracuse Nationals, a three-day family-style extravaganza, offered something for everyone. The producer, Right Coast Association, welcomed more than 6500 custom street rods, custom motorcycles, hot rods, trucks, muscle cars, antiques and classics on hand for what was by far the largest gathering of its kind in the East. No matter what your taste in customs, it was there July 14 through 16.

People traveled in from all over the country to take part in the car show. John from Long Island, who declined to give his last name, came to admire the cars as well as show his own.

We go to a lot of car shows, John said. We've been to shows from Vermont to Florida to Tennessee and Kentucky. The Nationals are similar to other shows, but they do allow late-model cars. Others, they have to be '48 or earlier.

Dominick Carbone from Boston, who has been showing cars for 20 years, attended the show with his son Dominick and brother Rick for the first time this year. We heard this was big, he said. They were right.

This year's feature-packed schedule included grandstand events, such as the ground pounding, tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday, presented by the American Tractor Pull Association, spectacular flame throwers and burnout competitions. Indoor activities included the mini nationals, featuring scale modelers handiwork with hundreds of cars on display, radio controlled tenth scale tractor pull competition, garden tractor pulls, and a new addition to the lineup, an auto auction for hot rods, classic and custom vehicles.

There were also over 50 craft/family-oriented vendors and merchandise displays located at the Art and Home Center in the main area of the fairgrounds. This part of the Syracuse Nationals is growing each year, and a great lineup of crafters were on hand with merchandise for all members of the family. The show also hosted 185 vendors exhibiting all things automotive and of general interest.

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