Governor Cuomo Welcomes Syracuse Nationals Classic Car Show Back to The New York State Fairgrounds This Weekend

90,000 Fans Expected at 18th Annual Car Show in Central NY

Expanded Show to Feature More Vendors, Classic Cars and New Events

Event Boosts Tourism and Complements "Central NY Rising" - The Region's Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today welcomed the Syracuse Nationals classic car show back to the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse for its 18th year. The show, which opened Friday morning, is the first to use the new large event spaces created through Phase 1 of the Governor's $50 million plan to revitalize the 137-year-old Fairgrounds. The car show runs through Sunday, July 16 and with the high volume of pre-event ticket sales, event organizers are hopeful to break attendance records and su rpass last year's record of approximately 90,000 visitors. The Syracuse Nationals is one of the nation's largest classic automobile shows, providing an estimated $13 million in visitor spending.

"The Syracuse Nationals is a premier event for fans of classic cars, and I am proud to welcome some of the greatest automobiles from across the country to Central New York for residents and visitors to enjoy," Governor Cuomo said. "Historic investments in the Great New York State Fair are helping the region rise to new heights, and with the addition of new events an d the expansion of established ones, like the Syracuse Nationals - there are more reasons than ever before to visit and experience the Fair this year."

In 2016, the Nationals were the first to use the transformed Fairgrounds, which feature a brand new Main Gate, the newly expanded Midway area, and the new 313-site Empire RV Park with underground water, sewer and electrical service. The Nationals quickly sold out space in the RV Park and began usi ng some of the open spaces in the heart of the grounds.

This year, show organizers are maximizing space and including for the first time, a category for cars from 1981 - 1985. A record 430 vendors will offer automotive-related and lifestyle products, including some from nat ional brands, which were enticed to participate by the large event spaces available. In addition, a record 30 companies will sell food during the show.

New this year is an event called "Nationals After Dark," which includes a Friday night pig roast and Saturday night barbecue, both accompanied by live music. The Mike Steidley Stunt Show, an internationally-touring mountain bike show, is another new addition to this year's event. Single day tickets at the gate are $20 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 - 12, and children 5 and under are free.

Department of Motor Vehicles Participation The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will also return to the Fairgrounds to provide customer service transactions and promote vintage and historical plates. The DMV exhibit in the Center of Progress building will offer vision tests, and the opportunity to book visits to a local office, enroll in the organ donation program, renew a registration or driver license, and order a custom license plate. Many of these services are part of the DMV Customer Service Initiative, an agency-wide directive by Governor Cuomo in 2012 meant to streamline and increase the efficiency of DMV services. For the second year in a row, DMV will a lso give away a new poster (while supplies last) to guests that showcases New York vintage plates through the years. The poster  is a visual representation of the evolution of the state's license plates, featuring the first owner-provided plates in 1901 to the red, white, and blue "Liberty" plates of 1986 and beyond. In addition, a limited number of commemorative Syracuse Nationals exhibit plates will be available for visitors to the DMV exhibit.  Vintage plates are the original plates issued by New York State in the year the vehicle was manufactured. Any motor vehicle man ufactured prior to 1991 and that is used as a collector's item or exhibition piece only, and not for daily transportation, may be registered with vintage plates. Historical plates are new plates issued by DMV to a vehicle that was manufactured more than 25 years before the current calendar year and that is used only as a collector's item or exhibition piece, and not for daily transportation. More information on vintage and historical plates is available here  and here.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "The Syracuse Nationals car show this weekend will draw tens of thousands of visitors to Central NY - to stay at our hotels, experience local attractions, and eat at our restaurants. The State Fairgrounds is bigger and better than ever before and the car show is just the beginning, thanks to investments made by Governor Cuomo to modernize Onondaga County's greatest tourist destination. Improvements made through the state's $50 million revitalization plan have already enhanced the fairgoer's experience , and it's clear the Governor's laser focus on this region will continue to boost the economy for years to come."

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "As a result of the Governor's vision, the reinvigorated Fairgrounds are becoming an even greater attraction for major events of all kinds. The addition of brand new events and the return of great long standing events like the Nationals are attracting even more visitors to Central New York this year, which will help boost the region's economy."

"We look forward to attending the Syracuse Nationals Classic Car Show and bringing our services to this event," said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. "We want to make sure everyone enjoys a great classic car show experience. It is the perfect opportunity to obtain a historic or vintage plate while visiting one of the best venues in the Northeast."

New York State Fair Acting Director Troy Waffner said, "We look forward to hosting the Syracuse Nationals every year and every year they come back with an amazing plan for three days of classic cars, great food and vendors that attracts car enthusiasts from across the country. With even more 1980s models and several new events, the Nationals promise to be bigger and better than ever before."

Rob O'Connor of Right Coast, Inc., Owner and Promoter of the Syracuse Nationals, said, "We look forward to bringing our premier classic car show back to the Fairgrounds year after year, and we believe this will be our best year yet. The renovations to the Fairgrounds have provided additional space to showcase even more rare and unique cars, and have made it easier for visitors to enjoy our event. We are excited to welcome car enthusiasts from all around as we kick off the 18th annual Syracuse Nationals this weekend."

Accelerating Central NY Rising Today's announcement complements "Central NY Rising," the region's comprehensive plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan - capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in. Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State's $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion - and the region's plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

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