Nationals speed into Syracuse

Nationals speed into Syracuse

Eighth annual event a succes

By Kimberly A. Michalak

The Syracuse Nationals rolled into the Fairgrounds from July 20 to 22 for a weekend of classic cars, fireworks a demolition derby and much more.

The event attracted more than 6,500 car entrants and over 75,000 participants from 40 states and Canada, which makes it the largest event of its type on the East Coast. The three- day event was expected to have an $11-million impact on Central New York.

The event included thousands of cars, musical entertainment, hundreds of automobile and truck parts vendors, technical seminars, a huge swap meet, a car coral , fireworks, a demolition derby, an auto thrill show, flame-throwing cars, burnouts, great food and lots of prize giveaways.

"A featured attraction at this years event that we were very proud of was the live taping of two episodes of Dan Gage's popular television show "My Classic Car", said publicity director Bryan Weinsztok. "The show airs on the SPEED channel and is a location based show that focuses on classic automotive hobby."

The Syracuse Nationals segment of the show will air six times on the SPEED channel.

"ESPN2 will also film two episodes of "Mothers Polish Car Show Series", Weinsztok said.

"Each episode will air three times on ESPN2."

The national coverage for the Syracuse Nationals didn't stop there. Street Rodder magazine also choose 10 hot rods to be included in the "Street Rodder 100" for 2007.

The event was a great success in helping to place the Fairgrounds on the map as a great place to hold events.

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