Event to feature "American Pickers" stars and Pinstripers' auction to benefit CNY Ronald McDonald House Syracuse, N.Y. - The 14th annual PPG Syracuse Nationals presented by Fastrac Markets and Ford Tri-State Dealer Group will kick off this summer at the New York State Fairgrounds, Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21. The three-day automotive extravaganza has become a tradition for thousands of classic car and truck owners and their families from all over the country and Canada. The event is open to hot rods, muscle cars, classics and customs manufactured in 1980 and before. In 2012, the Syracuse Nationals reported the largest turnout since the founding of the annual car show with more than 400 vendors, more than 650 campers, 7,700 various cars on display. Since 2000, the show has donated $622,644 to charity, and this year it hopes to reach the $700,000 mark. "SSBC Performance Brake Systems Autocross" - NEW! A new element at this year's show is "SSBC Performance Brake Systems Autocross." Owners with vehicles registered in the Syracuse Nationals and a valid license will be able to test their skills on an autocross course. In addition, stars from SPEED's hit television show "R U Faster than a Redneck," Brian Finch, Bill Howell, JB Granger and Yancy Johns, will be running the autocross course and handing out sage advice to drivers. "American Pickers" stars - NEW! Mike Wolfe and Danielle Colby-Cushman, stars of "American Pickers," the reality-television show on the History Channel that centers on Wolfe and Colby-Cushman "picking" antiques and collectibles around the country to sell, will appear this year. Wolfe, who is also the spokesperson for American Vintage Hard Tea, will meet fans and sign autographs in the Center of Progress Building Friday, July 19, from 9-11 a.m. Colby-Cushman will be available Saturday, July 20, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. "Gasoline Alley" - NEW! The Horticulture Building will be turned into a "Gasoline Alley" this year, displaying more than 30 vintage race cars representing all types of racing, including asphalt and dirt oval, drag racing, and road course and grand prix. Attendees may take a ride in one of the two race car simulators. "Back-Yard Build Off at Ol' Skool Roundup" - NEW! The first annual "Back-Yard Build Off" will take place at the 2013 Syracuse Nationals. The event will feature a car build-off involving three men with a $4,500 budget each who have dozens of years of auto-building experience among them. The three builders will unveil their creations on Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. in the Beef Barn located near Gate 10. The winner will be decided by popular voting by participants at the Nationals and will be announced on Sunday, July 21. "Million Dollar Garage"-Winfield Award Nominees One car owner at the 2013 Syracuse Nationals will receive the Fourth Annual Winfield Award. The prestigious award for automotive excellence will be presented by master car customizer and builder Gene Winfield. The winner will receive a custom trophy, jacket and $10,000. The five runners-up will each receive a custom trophy, jacket and $1,000 each. Artie's Party featuring pinstripers' panel jam Inside the Horticulture Building, pinstripe and airbrush artists at the pinstripers' panel jam, known as "Artie's Party," work almost around the clock during the Syracuse Nationals to hand- paint original automotive artwork on items of all kinds, from vehicle panels to skateboards to mailboxes. The one-of-a-kind items are then auctioned throughout the weekend, with this year's proceeds benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York. The not-for-profit organization serves as a "home away from home" for families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. Last year "Artie's Party" raised more than $77,000 for the charity. "We're proud that Syracuse Nationals is not only known as a car show but as an event that supports local organizations," said Bob O'Connor, Syracuse Nationals founder and director. "We're so fortunate to be able to give back to the community each year, and through the hard work and help of thousands of Nationals participants, car club volunteers, exhibitors and sponsors, we've been able to ensure that we'll make a difference for an organization in our area." A few auction items and information about Artie's Party and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York are on display in The Canyon area at Destiny USA through July 18. For the past 14 years, hundreds of volunteers from the Central New York Car Club Association (CNYCCA) have worked to make the Syracuse Nationals run smoothly and to ensure everyone who attends the show is informed, safe and comfortable. The association also designates many of the charitable organizations and causes that receive donations from the event proceeds. Additional 2013 highlights
- More than 350 automotive-related vendors and manufacturers.
- A large Women's World, consisting of more than 50 non-automotive-related vendors and exhibitors in the Art & Home Center.
- Syracuse Mini Nationals, a model car contest, will be held in the Center of Progress Building's North Wing. The contest area will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. All models must be registered by 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Prizes will be awarded Sunday at noon.
- As in past years, a custom-built vehicle will be given away at the end of the Syracuse Nationals. This year's giveaway vehicle is the Wintec Roadster built by Tucci Hotrods of Marcy, N.Y.
- American Muscle Sunday will be held again on Sunday, July 21. Owners with vehicles newer than 1980 will be allowed to display their specialty cars or trucks at the Fairgrounds that day. Only specialty American-made performance vehicles newer than 1980 will be allowed to register. Registration will take place at Gate 7 from 7 a.m.-11 a.m. on Sunday.
- Seventeen bands will perform throughout the weekend on three stages.
- Advance-sale discount tickets for the Syracuse Nationals are available from now until July 18 at participating Fastrac Market locations. One-day adult tickets cost $17 at the gate, or $12 until July 19 with a $5 presale discount. Children's tickets (ages 6 to 12) are $8 at the gate, or $6 until July 19 with a $2 presale discount. Children five and under receive free admission. Parking is free at the event.