Nationals car show starts Friday

Published Jul 13, 2017 at 4:00pm

SYRACUSE — The 18th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals kicks off Friday, July 14, and continues through Sunday, July 16 at the NYS Fairgrounds. The three-day event is the largest car show in the Northeast – a festival with something for everyone.

Tickets are $20, children’s tickets (ages 6 to 12) are $8, age 5 and under receive free admission. Parking is free. More information online at

More than 8,000 cars and 430 vendors are the core of the event that features live music, food, giveaways, a poker run, pinstriping demonstrations and artwork, a huge car corral and swap meet, a mountain-bike stunt show, fireworks, a Women’s World expo, an opportunity to experience a drag car start up, and more.

Special guests this year are American Chopper’s Paul Teutul Jr., Monster Garage’s Brett (Big Schwag) Wagner, and Candy Clark from American Graffiti.

New this year is the Kenda/ Mike Steidley Stunt Show presented by Haro Bikes and Syracuse Nationals After Dark, featuring a pig roast on Friday night and a Saturday night barbecue.

About the Syracuse Nationals

• Street rods, muscle cars, rat rods, antique cars, trucks, classics and customs manufactured up to 1985 are eligible to enter. A Sunday Muscle Car show allows all muscle cars – manufactured after 1985 – to go on the show field. 

• Money raised for charity surpassed $1 Million during the 2016 show, and more will be added this year. Since the show began 18 years ago a large donation to charity has been a constant. This year’s event will benefit Ronald McDonald House, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, Clear Path for Veterans, Honor Flight of Syracuse, Humane Association, JDRF, Make a Wish, Matthew House, Francis House, Brewerton Food Pantry and Food Bank of CNY. 

• Cars and trucks competing for the prestigious international Winfield Award presented by Meguiar’s, will be on display.

These vehicles are high-end contestants, each valued anywhere from $250,00 and $1.5 Million. The Winfield trophy will be presented at the awards banquet on Saturday night, along with a check for $10,000, courtesy of Meguiar’s Car Care Products. The event this year will be at the Nationals After Dark tent.

• The Convention and Visitors’ Bureau estimates the event funnels about $12 Million into the local economy. The show drew nearly 90,000 people and more than 8,000 classic cars last year from the U.S. and Canada.

• Hundreds of volunteers from the Central New York Car Club Association (CNYCCA) help make the PPG Syracuse Nationals run smoothly. The association also designates many of the charitable organizations and causes that receive donations from the event.