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Plans underway for 10th Anniversary DuPont Hot Hues Syracuse Nationals this July

Adam West-Original “Batman” and the “Batmobile”
on Hand All Weekend July 17-19!

Syracuse, NY—A significant milestone will be achieved this summer when the 10th Anniversary edition of the DuPont Hot Hues Syracuse Nationals kicks off at the NYS Fairgrounds July 17.

This three-day automotive extravaganza has become a tradition for thousands of classic car and truck owners and their families from all over the country.

This year’s show will be even more exciting with the appearance of Adam West, the original “Batman” along with the “Batmobile”, in the Verizon Center of Progress Building all three days of the event.

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This three-day automotive extravaganza has become a tradition for thousands of classic car and truck owners and their families from all over the country.

West’s portrayal of “Batman”, in the extremely popular TV series show which ran on the ABC television network from 1966 to 1968, began what has become a more than 40 year fascination with the super-hero that continues today.

The Syracuse Nationals, which started as an idea in the summer of 1999, has grown each year since its record setting debut in July of 2000 when more than 4,300 vehicles and 30,000 participants filled the facility with bright colored hot rods and sounds of roaring engines.

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Adam West, the original “Batman” along with the “Batmobile”, in the Verizon Center of Progress Building all three days of the event.

Last year’s Nationals attracted 6,794 registered vehicles and some 72,000 participants making the show one of the largest in the country. All totaled, some 50,000 vehicles, and hundreds of thousands of participants, have cruised onto the fairgrounds and into the Central New York for this event over the last nine years.

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Richard and Deb Gift from Hamburg, PA. make the Syracuse Nationals an annual family vacation whatever happens….we will be there, we love the show”!  

At last count, there are some 600 car owners who have never missed the show making the trip every year from as far away as Florida.

At last count, there are some 600 car owners who have never missed the show making the trip every year from as far away as Florida.

Among this group are Richard and Deb Gift from Hamburg, PA. Rich says, “We enjoy the show very much and we have been coming for the last 9 years. The first year we we’re there we won a jacket and two tickets to the New York State Fair. We came back for the Fair with the kids and we loved it! 

We knew then that we would make the Syracuse Nationals an annual family vacation whatever happens….we will be there, we love the show”!

The Nationals started almost by accident. After the NSRA decided to move their annual national event to Louisville and the Goodguys folks passed on local rodders’ requests to host a show in Syracuse, the idea of an independently promoted, national scale show, here in Syracuse began to take shape.

“We thought that the combination of a venue with tree lined streets, grassy parks, great exhibit buildings and ample food and beverage facilities was not only great for a traditional fair, but just what we needed to attract participants, sponsors and vendors to a major classic and custom car event …and we were right”, said Bob O’Connor, Syracuse Nationals founder and director.

After two very successful events in 2000 and 2001 the country suffered the horrible events of 9/11. Right after that, like most Americans, things seemed a little scary and uncertain for hot rodders and large events with huge crowds suddenly became unnerving for some. 

“But, the 2002 show came roaring back with another record turnout and we have not looked back since”, said O’Connor.

The economic and charitable impacts of the show would be hard to overstate.  

Over the last nine years, the thousands of classic and custom car and truck owners that have motored into Central New York from virtually every state and Canada to spend up to a week cruising the streets, staying in the hotels, eating in restaurants and patronizing local stores and businesses has been good news for the local economy. 

Large automotive-related companies have recognized the value of having a presence at, and sponsorships of, events like the Nationals. Some of the most prestigious of these include companies like DuPont Hot Hues, title sponsors for the show since 2005, presenting sponsor Advance Auto Parts and Chevrolet.

Each year the event attracts some 300 other exhibitors of all types from all over the country. In addition to the main sponsors, the Nationals has become an “A” list event for a who’s who of custom and classic car parts and service companies like Air Ride Technologies, Coast to Coast, Hemmings Motor News, Ididit, Mac’s Antique Auto Parts, Borgeson, Tucci Hot Rods, Cool Flex, Meguiar’s, Year One, Yearwood and many others.

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The “Fonz” from the 70’s and 80’s hit TV show “Happy Days” and Cindi Williams from the “Laverne & Shirley” show were a huge crowd favorite at the 2008 Nationals.   

The show also has something for the whole family including a large Women’s Worlds consisting of dozens of non-automotive related vendors and exhibitors. And, over the years, the entertainment has been first class with national recording artists like the Turtles, Dion and the Belmonts, Gene Chandler, Freddie Cannon and many others. 

Henry Winkler, the “Fonz” from the 70’s and 80’s hit TV show “Happy Days” and Cindi Williams from the “Laverne & Shirley” show were a huge crowd favorite at the 2008 Nationals.  

The show has also been an exciting motorsports event featuring flame throwing cars, burnout competitions, tractor and truck pulling, modified garden tractor pulls, figure eight racing, demolition derby, snowmobile drag racing and more each year

Giving Back in a Big Way 

Bob O’Connor says that one of their goals, when they started the show in 2000, was to give back to the community and, with the help of thousands of Nationals participants, hundreds of car club volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors, they have done just that.

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The show has also been an exciting motorsports event featuring some crowd pleasing shows to include flame throwing cars.

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“The Nationals has generated more than $300,000 for a variety charitable and community organizations over the last nine years. Each year the show donates proceeds of the event to charities designated by car club volunteers for causes in their community.

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“Artie’s Party”, have been a huge success raising a total of some $81,000 for great causes”.

“The Nationals has generated more than $300,000 for a variety charitable and community organizations over the last nine years. Each year the show donates proceeds of the event to charities designated by car club volunteers for causes in their community”, O’Connor said.

“And, the last two year’s panel jams, “Artie’s Party”, have been a huge success raising a total of some $81,000 for great causes”.

 The pin striper’s panel jam was held for the first time at the 2007 Syracuse Nationals. Over 29 pin striper’s, from as far away as Canada, California and Great Britain, helped raise more than $33,000 for Parent Plus, a local charity that gives support to children who have lost an important person in their life.

This 2008 panel jam raised $48,000 to benefit the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site, located in downtown Syracuse, NY. 

McMahon/Ryan House is a non-profit organization established to honor the ideals of members of the McMahon/Ryan families and provide support to existing community efforts that address child abuse.

Participating artists at the jam work almost around the clock during the event to paint original designs on items of all kinds…from vehicle panels to mailboxes. The items are then auctioned off to the highest bidders with all the proceeds going to a great cause!

Planning and executing a show of this size and complexity would not be possible without help from dedicated volunteers. For the past nine years, hundreds of volunteers from the Central New York Car Club Association have worked to make the show run smoothly and make everyone who attends the show informed, safe and comfortable. The association also designates many of the charitable organizations and causes that receive donations from the proceeds of the event.

Dennis Connor, president of the CNYCCA says, “Over the last ten years, our relationship has grown and prospered. Unlike other organizations

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that I’ve worked with, the Syracuse Nationals and, later, the Right Coast Association, put that extra work into the show that makes it so much fun! 

More importantly, our association is extremely proud to have been instrumental in raising an incredible amount of money for some great community organizations as the official hosts of the Nationals.” 

This year’s 10th Anniversary edition of the Nationals promises to be the best yet. Plans are underway for a number of special promotions and contests to mark the event. Stay tuned for more details.

Make your plans now to attend this milestone edition of the show. For more information on this year’s Syracuse Nationals, to include a detailed event schedule, or to register for the event, call (800) 753-3978 or visit www.rightcoastcars.com.

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