For many car owners, the cruise out to the Syracuse Nationals has become a must on the summer event calendar. It's a diverse happening that offers a myriad of things to do not just at the fairgrounds, but everywhere else.

Syracuse is a city that is rich in architecture, culture, and history, and it allows rodders plenty of enjoyable things to do during the day and lots of exciting nightlife to take in after hours. Being the birthplace of the Franklin automobile in 1901, it's a city that has never forgotten its automotive roots and to this day celebrates them with The Museum of Automotive History, which is packed with one of the world's largest collections of early automotive memorabilia.

If you were lucky enough to have planned an extended stay in the area, it was a sure bet that you might have checked out the picturesque Finger Lakes region that boasts over 60 local wineries, or quite possibly the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum located in nearby Cooperstown that was just brimming with culture and Americana. There was also the chance to have motored over to Heid's of Liverpool, which is a well-known drive-in landmark that was established back in 1883, famous for their grilled coney-style dogs and fries...you get the picture.

Settling in for the weekend, car owners arrived to the massive New York State Fairgrounds which encompasses 360 acres complete with loads of vintage buildings, tree-lined roads to cruise, and plenty of character that makes this fairground bitchin'. Despite temps that rode heavy into the 90s throughout the weekend, crowds weathered the heat and spent plenty of time crisscrossing the fairgrounds, checking out well over 200 vendors that had all of their latest cutting-edge products available. If you needed to duck out of the heat, there were numerous informative tech seminars being offered on Friday and Saturday including ones from Loctite, Air Ride Technologies, and Meguiar's with Barry himself there meeting with many of his loyal fans. Street Rodder Road Tour with Jerry Dixey and the Speed33 roadster made quite an impact all weekend long with an endless stream of visitors stopping by to both check out the car up close and to be able to talk with Jerry about what it's like on the long haul with such a killer ride.

With an event program that's jam-packed with things to do throughout the day, there was plenty of opportunity to stop by and meet entertainment legends Henry Winkler and Cindy Williams, whose popularity kept the lines to hang out with them deep every day. Artie's Party once again pulled in some of the world's leading pinstriping artists for a tremendous panel-jam with auctions benefiting charity of some of the most creative pieces ever presented. Plenty of entertainment from numerous stages kept the crowds hopping with searing sets from bands like The Royal Crowns, Fab Cats, Krypton 88, Gary Dunes, and Ruby Shooze who defied the hot temps while delivering the goods. While strolling the grounds it was easy to see that there were a multitude of build styles with everything from slick contemporary to ultra traditional rods and customs in attendance. Syracuse has become an event where car owners will often debut their newest creations with rides like John Favaloro's stoke Hemi-powered '36 Ford Deluxe roadster and Sam and Dave Wilczak's evil little chopped and channeled '30 Ford coupe making the scene.

Sounds like a pretty full dance card with all the cool happenings, right? Well, we're here to tell you that once the evening comes, you'd better grab a bite for dinner and head back to the fairgrounds, cuz the team from the Right Coast has assembled a nightly hoedown that's not for the faint at heart! Getting the evening program started at the huge grandstand area, everything kicks off with a wild tire burning competition that leads into a Demolition Derby, followed by a blistering flame-throwing exhibition by some of the country's most well-known pyrotechnic artists, and finally capped off with a dazzling fireworks display. A signature of the Syracuse Nationals is their endless giveaway program where a weekend of prizes offered to those car owners in attendance caps off on Sunday afternoon when the one lucky attendee gets the chance to win a new turnkey hot rod. This year the promoters knocked out the crowds with a stunning contemporary-styled Coast to Coast '39 Ford roadster that had everybody wishing they'd have a chance to take it home. By the time all of the excitement was over, it was Susan Lawton of Pennellville, New York, who was the lucky holder of the keys. By the time the festivities came to an end 6,790 registered cars had cruised through the gates while 67,000 visitors stopped in to dig the cool vibe. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the Central New York Car Club Association, event hosts, and area service clubs, donations were made from proceeds of the event in the amount of $70,000.00 (which included $48,000.00 from the Panel Jam auctions) to a number of local charities, bringing the nine-year donation total to $300,000. This is one event that's not to be missed so mark you calendar now for the 10th anniversary next year, 'cause we're sure it will be a blast! You can check it all out at www.rightcoastcars.com

Turtle Wax Tech Tips
Interior Cleaning
It seems as if it's just as hard to keep the inside of a car from getting dirty as the outside. Interior surfaces include vinyl, fabric and leather upholstery, carpeting, plastic or rubber floor mats and dashboards.

Recommendations:
Before cleaning these areas, we recommend vacuuming to remove loose dirt, particularly from the folds of the upholstery.

To save time, use ICE Total Interior Care for cleaning multiple surfaces at once. It cleans, shines, and protects soft vinyl, plastic, and leather surfaces. It even works for removing stains on carpet and fabric.

To get the headlining back to its best, a coarse decorator's sponge is the perfect tool.

Rub an ice pack over chewing gum to make it hard and easier to shift.

Keep cleaner off steering wheel (unless you are using ICE Total Interior Care), gear lever, and pedals.