Syracuse Nationals Roll Into Town

By Keith Hunt

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV)-- Hotrods and spectators took over the state fairgrounds Saturday as the Syracuse Nationals got underway.

Do you remember playing with 'Hotwheels' when you were a kid!? Well, thats kind of what the Syracuse Nationals is, just on a little bigger scale.

They come from just about every state. 8000 cars, 80,000 people and tons of chrome. Fords, Chevys, Buicks and even a Frazer.

Dave Tucci, of Tucci Hot Rods in Marcy says," its basically a cruise night times 10,000"

This is the 13th annual National and each year it takes up more and more of the State Fairgrounds just off of 690, west of Syracuse.

Director of Syracuse Nationals, Robert O'Connor says, "We're almost to the point where it can't grow too much more because we basically fill the whole fairgrounds."

Big kids with very expensive toys. Rows and rows. Every car has a story. Every story has a color.
Gas may have been around twenty cents a galloon when this piece of history first rolled off the assembly line, but todays four dollars gas isnt slowing them down.

You still have one more day to take in this history lesson. Gates open Sunday, July 22nd at 8 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m.

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