Norwich Car Show 18

Our second car show of the 2018 season was the 53rd annual Norwich car show. We met up with a few Seven Valley Streetrods members and headed over to Norwich early Saturday morning. My wife tammy and I drove our 2017 Camaro SS over to show it, and to enjoy a ton of beautiful cars and trucks.

The weather was perfect for our full day at the show. When we arrived we drove onto the show grounds, and the volunteers guided us to were we needed to be. Tammy and I had to park on the other side of the dirt road off the main show area. This is were they put the new cars for the show. There wasn’t enough room for all of the cars that entered our class. It was kinda a joke. They acted like we were not part of the show.  Well I can tell you we had a lot of people stopping to look at our Red Hot SS.

Today’s young car fans are into the new mustangs, challengers, Camaros, etc. They could give a hoot about cars built 50 years ago. They like cars from the 90’s to present, they are the cars they read about, and dream about driving some day.

I spent hours cleaning my car to almost spotless condition for this show. I was planning on winning, but I was not going to show a car that wasn’t show worthy.

After we parked our beast we touched it up from the drive and headed out onto the show grounds to enjoy other people’s vehicles on display. I overheard other people in our class talking about how they put us in the handicapp section right next to the dusty road. So I was not the only one thinking 🤔 this.

Tammy and I walked around taking pics, and shooting some video for this blog post. We ran into some friends and chatted with them before moving on through the show. We helped a bit with the APEX Automotive Magazine booth http://apexautomag.com/ by handing out our latest issue and talking to fellow car enthusiast.

I forgot to mention when we arrived the volunteers helped us register for the show and took our $15 for entering our Camaro. Our class was class T. There had to have been 15-20 cars and trucks in our class.  It was not like we had two entries in the class.

The show was very busy all day with entries, spectators, and the huge vendor area. The food was good with great service to boot.

Around 3:45 or so they started handing out the awards to the top three in each class.  After a while of listening to the winners over the PA system we decided to walk over and watch the recipients get their trophies  🏆.

One of our club members Dusty Keys won first prize for his beautiful pickup truck in his class. It was cool seeing these people get some recognition for their time and effort that they put into their vehicles.

‘The show grounds were starting to empty out as the awards were being handed out. Tammy and I hung around to see if we even had a sniff at a trophy. I mean why not stay and see where we stand in this class.

Class s was up next the announcer called the winners to the stage and then said ok now its time for our special awards. We were like what about class t?  I mean we did pay the entire fee, we were giving an windshield card ( filled out by an official), and a very nice show packet giving by the club .

Nothing for our class? Ok I guess but why were we told were to park, handed a packet, and paid an entire fee?  Not cool, it was kind of a bummer being treated like we don’t belong, and then not even being recognized as a class of entries.

We are all there because of our love for automobiles, and the friendships that we have built over the years. The future of car shows is with today’s younger generation. If the industry continues to favor the older cars and not accept the new cars they will be in trouble.

I grew up loving streetrods, and muscle cars of my day, no different from today’s youth. Today’s new car owners love their cars the same as a person with a 57 Chevy.  All of these cars were built by a manufacture, not by guys in their garages. Sure older cars could be modified more buy a cutting torch and some fabrication, but new car owners can personalize their cars as well in their garage just like their fathers did.

We had a great time in Norwich and look forward to the next show we make our way to.

52nd Annual Antique Auto & Classic Car Show

This Memorial Day weekend marked the 52nd Car Show in Norwich, NY. The Rolling Antiquer’s Old Car Club host this great event each year marking the start of the car show season in upstate NY. 


Cars and Fea Market goers fill the huge Chenango County Fairgrounds for two days on the holiday weekend. Saturday the fairgrounds are host to muscle cars and street rods, and Sunday Amtique car lovers roam the grounds looking at vintage automobiles from back in the day. Both days also have the vast flea market for all things automotive. Along with a nice Car Corral for the person looking for a project. 


Last year my wife and I made the 60 min drive on Sunday for some Antique cars and good food.  This year I thought I would change it up and check out the show on Saturday. On my drive over it was rainy, I was like what am I doing?  The closer I got to Norwich the brighter the sky’s were getting. I parked across the street supporting the local Lions Club. These volunteer workers do a fantastic job getting everybody parked and into the show with ease. 

When I walked through the gates the grounds looked well stocked with cars and show goers. It was good to see that the weather didn’t stop people from coming out to this historic show. 


It felt good to walk around and look at beautiful machines from days gone by, as well as the modern day muscle cars that were well represented in Norwich. My visit was not only for my enjoyment, but I was was also doing coverage for Apex Auto Magazine. While I was walking around the show snapping pictures I ran into a few people I know. Rick Jackson from our car club, was handing out Show flyers for 7 Valley Streetrods 25th annual show in August. I also ran into one of the creators of Apex Auto Magazine Justin Palmer.


As always the quality of cars and trucks at this show was good. Like I said in a earlier post I get to see different stuff at this show. Which makes a car guy smile. 

Like the Kaiser that raced at Fonda Speedway, and the Classic  car hauler that it sets on. Not only was the car and truck cool, but all of the pictures and liteture from the time that this car was making laps on the dirt. 

As I walked around the sky’s were getting darker and rain was in the area. I picked up my pace of walking so I could capture the entire show for you guys that didn’t make it to Norwich. 

Food vendors had lines at there booths all day long.  This is just a good ole show for car lovers of all kinds. People working the show are nice and helpful. Oldies music is playing all over the grounds giving us the full car show feel. 


I your looking for that hard to find part for you project, you might have a good chance of finding it at this flea market. It looked to me like there was a little bit of everything on hand. 

Mark this on your calanders for next Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday streetrods and Muscle Cars. Sunday Antique Cars are on display for you enjoyment. $5 donation for parking, and $5 to get into the show. Well worth it for any car enthusiast.  Here are a few mor shits from the show. 


Enjoy!

Take Care,

John

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,

John