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Hot rods, classic cars, and two TV hosts to highlight this July’s Syracuse Nationals

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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The Syracuse Nationals classic-car show returns to the New York State Fairgrounds during the weekend of July 19-21, organizers announced Wednesday. Pictured here (from left to right) are Grazi Zazzara, co-owner of Syracuse Nationals; Dom and Dave Tucci with Tucci Hot Rods; Carrie Wojtaszek, COO of Galaxy Media; Brian Badger, operations manager of Syracuse Nationals; and Ed Levine, co-owner of Syracuse Nationals, as well as president and CEO of Galaxy Media. (Photo credit: Galaxy Media)

GEDDES, N.Y. — The hosts of a show on MotorTrend TV will be among the attractions as the Napa Auto Parts Syracuse Nationals returns to the New York State Fairgrounds in the town of Geddes during the weekend of July 19-21.

Described as a “hallmark of summer,” the Syracuse Nationals is the largest car show in the Northeast, drawing hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and even around the world, Galaxy Media said in its announcement.

Organizers held a Wednesday news conference at Mercurio’s Garage in Cicero to announce details about this summer’s Syracuse Nationals. One new aspect of this year’s show is kids ages 12 and under are admitted free.

Fans will get to check out more than 8,000 hot rods, classic cars, and trucks. They’ll also be able to browse the wares of more than 400 vendors.

Those attending can also enjoy the event’s “signature features,” which include the Syracuse Signature Showcase; Sparky’s Rockabilly Roundup; Nitro Row; Memories on Main Street; Swap Meet & Car Corral; and Brush Fest.

This year’s show will also include Dave Kindig and KevDogg, the hosts of “Bitchin’ Rides” on MotorTrend TV. They’ll be on-site greeting fans and signing autographs, and they’re bringing three custom cars, including their 2024 Ridler Award winner.

The event will also feature a special appearance by Optimus Is Here, the only officially licensed Optimus Prime replica, Galaxy Media said.

“This year’s Syracuse Nationals promises to be another great show, and we can’t wait to welcome Dave Kindig and KevDogg. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their many fans,” Ed Levine, president and CEO of Galaxy Media, which co-owns the event, said in the announcement. “Now that kids under 12 get in free, we hope to see multiple generations out enjoying the festivities together.”

Paradise Galaxy LLC — a joint venture between locally owned businesses Paradise Companies and Galaxy Media Partners — purchased the Syracuse Nationals car show in May 2023.

Last year’s Syracuse Nationals had an economic impact of more than $19 million, Galaxy Media said, citing Tourism Economics and Visit Syracuse. It also raised more than $85,000 for local charities.

Pre-sale tickets, show-car registrations, and camping registrations are currently available at SyracuseNationals.com or by calling (800) 753-3978.

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