Still want more . . . Artie’s Party was back with its massive pinstripers panel jam (featuring 50 pinstripers and airbrush artists) turning out an amazing array of artwork, which was auctioned off throughout the weekend to benefit charity. If this sounds like a wicked fun weekend you haven’t seen anything yet! As the sun begins to set, it’s time to hit the road and grab a bite, top up the tank, and head back to the grandstands at the fairgrounds to await the start of the evening’s festivities. Everything got started with old timey Figure 8 races, followed by a demolition derby and car rollover contest. Once everything started to heat up the crowds were dazzled by a scorching flamethrower exhibition by some of the country’s top pyrotechnic artists capped off by a brilliant fireworks display to complete the night.

On Sunday afternoon excited crowds of registered attendees assembled at the main stage for the start of the highly anticipated Syracuse Nationals giveaway program and announcement of weekend award winners. The main event surrounds the announcement of the winner of the yearly giveaway car. This year, it was a vibrant red Factory Five ’33 hot rod assembled by students enrolled in the Automotive Technology program at Morrisville State College. The lucky award winner was Richard Jack of Albany, New York, who received the keys. As the weekend came to an end over 7,500 cars had cruised through the main gate (arriving from 30 states and five Canadian provinces) along with over 86,000 visitors who stopped in to check out all the fun.

Thanks to the tremendous support of the Central New York Car Club Association (who are the hosts of the show) and area service clubs, donations were made from proceeds of the event in the amount of $89,200, (which included $67,000 from the Panel Jam auctions) to a number of local charities, bringing the 12-year donation total to an incredible $521,678. This is one event that continues to grow larger with each passing year, and we can’t wait to check it out again in 2012! You can see more at

Painless Performance Products presents Street Rodder TOP 100

For the Top 100 program, Street Rodder attends 10 particular car shows each year and picks 10 vehicles at each to make up the Top 100. For more on where those shows are and how they’re voted on, check

Tech Tip

VoltMeter vs. Ammeters

Voltmeters have taken the place of ammeters due to safety. Voltmeters read (sense) the voltage in the system rather than reading the amperage going through the system. With today’s high-output charging systems, ammeters have become a potential fire hazard under the dash.

Wire coatings/coverings

Automotive wiring has several different options for the plastic covering. Old wiring from the ’20s-50s had a cloth covering while today’s have mostly plastics. GPT covering is a low melting point PVC covering but XL (cross link) coverings are high temperature. Be sure to insist on some type of XL covering on your harnessing.

Dick Brereton, Anderson, SC

’32 Ford roadster

Best Ford in a Ford

A thorough walk through the event brought us to Dick Brereton of Anderson, South Carolina, who is our latest award recipient of the Ford Racing Best Ford in a Ford with his bitchin’ ’32 Ford roadster fitted with a 302ci Ford Racing crate V-8 linked to a Ford Racing five-speed transmission. Crowned with an Inglese EFI induction system topped with Hogan Racing air cleaners, polished aluminum valve covers, and plenty of dazzling chrome makes it a standout in any crowd. Built by Mason’s Hot Rods in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Deuce features a Mason’s chassis loaded with a Ford 9-inch rear out back and classic drilled and dropped Super Bell axle and SO-CAL Speed Shop hairpins up front. Traditional American Racing Rod Master wheels shod with Uniroyal rubber sets the stance. A Brookville Roadster steel body was massaged to perfection and coated with PPG Ultra Jet Black while inside Petter Davidsen laid out yards of supple tan leather rolls and pleats. An Auburn-style dash insert was filled with Haneline gauges to monitor the vitals while a So-Cal banjo steering wheel navigates the course. Congratulations to Brereton who will receive a Limited Edition jacket as the award winner.