Car Show Season Is Here 

We wait all winter for this time of the year. Especially her in the north east. This weekend is the start of the regular Car shows in the area. What I mean by that is the annual shows that we all try to make it too every year or so. Last Sunday there was a cruise and Show  here in Cortland, NY. I guess you could say that is the beginning of the season. Norwich, NY has its annual cars show every year on Memorial Day weekend. I remember going to this show a child with my dad, and members from the street rod club. 

Saturday is the muscle car, and Streetrod show. Sunday is for the purist car guys, with the antique portion of this historic show. I enjoy making the trip to Norwich to check out some. Cars that I do not get to see all the time. During the car show season we end up seeing a lot of the same cars at a lot of the shows. This is ok, but I do like checking my out different cars. 

I will be shooting for APEX Auto Magazine. So stay tuned for Car Show coverage in up coming issues of APEX magazine. We are going to be busy all summer covering these shows for you car buffs. Syracuse Nationals, Adirondack Nationals, and a bunch of shows in between. So shine up your ride and head out and support a local show. You will have a good time I’m sure. 

Take care,



Are New Cars Show Cars?

   Ok everybody here is the question. What is a Show car? We have all seen new cars at cars shows filled with the normal show cars. 32 Ford Coupe, 57 Chevy, 63 Vette, and on and on.I grew up with Street Rods, 50’s- 60’s cars as the normal show car. Well that was back in the 70’s and 80’s. It s now 2016, so a late 90’s or early 2000 car is about the same to today’s youth right?

   With this being said what about a Gen 5 Camaro, or a 2016 Mustang GT 350, or a very powerful Dodge Challenger Hellcat? These car are wicked cool and very hi tech to boot. Recently I have heard car guys talking about how they think the new stuff should be left in the parking lot, instead of in the show area. I can understand their thinking, but on the other hand where is the future of Hot Rodding? I can tell you where it is, it is with our youth. Do you think a 16 year old young man likes a 1953 Chevy more than a 2016 ZO6 Corevette? Heck no. They like the cars that are being made now, and are crusing the streets in their neiborhood. They might enjoy looking at a car from the 40’s or fifty’s, but they want something current.

     Like this Nissan GTR NISMO above, this is what our youth drool over, not a 32 roadster. Have you ever driven a GTR? I am lucky enough to say I have, WOW what a car. Are you kidding me? Twin turbo with wicked acceleration, and brakes that stop you right now. This is a machine for sure, and so are a lot of the new so called muscle cars being built today. Now a young man or women can not afford a full blown street rod, or a Nissan GTR, but they can affor a late 90’s or early 2000 car. They save their hard earned money just like we all did, to get the car of their dreams. Who cares if it is not a 1980 or older car, it’s still cool car that somebody really loves. Who are we to say what should be allowed in a car show? 

   I understand if it’s a classic car show then that’s all that should be allowed in the show. Or if it’s a all Ford show no Chevy’s are allowed to enter. As a whole we need to be careful not to give the wrong impression to the young car lovers out there. I am not saying I have the answers, but when you go to a car show and 85-90% of the cars are being driven by gray  haired men. That’s telling me the young guns are not in the game. The Rat Rod Group has tapped into the younger builders with their form of Hot Rodding. These young kids can get a old heap and weld some cool parts onto it, and dump a Diesel engine into it, making it their creation. They do not need $50 – $80 grand to build a car to take to the shows. If a young man has a nice 1988 Monte Carlo SS, and has done to it what he can, then good for him. Let’s welcome him in to show off his hard work. What is the difference between somebody that goes out an buys, or pays someone to build him a show car, or a guy that visits his local dealership for a new car? 

   What is wrong with a brand new muscle car that the owner as worked hard for to purchase? His love will shine through when he gets to the show ,and people watch him as he drives in. He spent hours cleaning and preparing his Pride & Joy so maybe someone will stop and look at it for a minute. Isn’t this what we all really want? Is t have somebody stop and tell you nice car. Or better yet ask you a few questions about it, then you are really happy Right? That’s why we bring our cars out on a Sunday afternoon for a few hours with a bunch of other car lovers. 

   If I’m walking around at a car show and I see a car that I do not care about I just walk on by. But this does not mean I do not want it there, it just means it’s not my style. The bottom line is we are car lovers period, why can’t we just enjoy our cars, while hanging out with other car lovers no matter what year it may be. Check out Street Scene 2016, this is a huge show held at Long Branch park in Liverpool,NY. It is mostly foreign cars and trucks, but high end stuff that will make you say, that is a what? Wow that is tough looking. This show is huge and growing every year. The younger generation is promoting it as well as supporting it. These guys got it going on. 

   I guess that’s all I have to say. What about you guys? What do you think about this topic?  I love cars and just would like to see a bright future for car shows, car clubs, and the whole Hot Rod scene. 

Thank you for stopping by, 

I will see you at the show,


Syracuse Nationals 16

   A couple of weeks have passed since we enjoyed yet another year at the Syracuse Nationals. This year my nationals started on Saturday, because I had to work on Friday. I was a tough working Fruday knowing what was going on at the fairgrounds. 

   Again this year my son and I worked the early shift will our 7 Valley Street Rod friends. Arriving a little before 5:00 am was a tad tough at first but well worth it once the cars stated rolling onto the fairgrounds. This year was a little bit different as far as the layout of the show. New York State removed the one mile dirt oval last fall, creating more room around the grounds in Syracuse.

  I think it really sucks that they removed the track, because I was a longtime Super Dirt Week attendee.😩 They took away a lot of tradition for 1000’s of race fans. I understand that it will. work great for other events held at the fairgrounds for many years to come. Like the Nationals, the State Fair, and every other event that happens on the grounds through out the year. With all of the extra room, the show felt a bit strung out, making for more walking for everybody attending.  A golf cart or scooter is definitely a good idea to take in all 8200 entries. 

   Saturday morning the line of cars waiting to get in when the gates opened was pretty long. We checked windshield passes, and punched the tickets as the participants rolled up in their pride and joy. This is great fun for us to interact with these fellow car lovers before all of the spectators arrive for the day.

   All of the 7 Valley Street Rod volenteers work a four hour shift each day to help out the Right Coast promoters with the show. After my shift I went out into the vast show area and started taking pictures for APEX Automotive Magazine. Our APEX table was set up in the Tucci Hot Rods tent for the entire weekend. We also worked shifts handing out free Magazines to show goers as they pass by the tent. Tucci Hot Rods has become one of the nations top builders in recent years. They have been to SEMA, appeared in Hot Rod Magazine, and a few times in APEX. Being with Tucci was great for APEX, giving us more exposer then we might have received on our own.

   Saturday was defanitly the busiest day of the weekend. The place was packed with people and cars all day. As I walked around the show I started thinking about how much we love our automobiles. Thousands of people come from all over the East Coast and Canada to show off their hard work, or to enjoy looking at other peoples pride & joy. I get it I’m one of them for sure. It just hit me that all of the things going on in the world these days here we are looking at Automobiles for three days. 

  Sunday the car count was down a bit from the first two days, but the American Muscle car part of the weekend made up for some of the people that headed home early Sunday morning. 1980 is the cut off year for the show, but Sunday we get to see some new iron grace the show for a nice little change of pace. Car lovers across the nation debate the old car new car thing all the time. As for me I love them both. Allowing the new cars into the show brings in our younger car lovers, they are the future of this “Sport”. 

  The quality of the vehicles this year was spectacular as always. Builders are pushing the envelope with their ideas more and more every year. Plus technology is changing the way old cars are being built today.  A lot of the new builds are modern cars with old bodies sitting on top of them. Owners get the best of both worlds, the old-school look with all of the modern options avalobke on today’s thing that stood out to me as I walked around was how many 55 Chevys there were among the ocean of vehicles.  

   I ran into a bunch of people I know on my journey around the show. It’s always fun catching up with friends you don’t see enough of during the year. My camera had a good work out, taking over 1500 images of great looking rides. I guess that’s not to many shots when there were around 8200 vehicles on hand. I love documenting the cars and people that support this show. 20 years from now it will be fun to go back and see how things change generation after generation. Good stuff.

  Anybody that loves cars should make a point to attend this show some year, you will love it. Right Coast does a great job as always. We look forward to this weekend every year, and will for many years to come. Check out my website to see some of the images of the show. If you could not make it to this year show maybe my pictures will help hold you over until next year. 

John Zachary PhotographyApex Automotive Magazine the next big show for me will be the Adirondack Nationals (Lake George, NY). in September. This is one of my favorite show too. You should check it out, it’s a good one. 

Thank you for stopping by,

Take care,