What’s going to be new this year at the Syracuse Nationals?

SYRAUCUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — We are just over 100 days away from the everyone’s favorite annual car show, the Syracuse Nationals.

The largest car show in the Northeast will return to the New York State Fairgrounds on July 19-21, 2024.

Last year’s Syracuse Nationals raised over $85,000 for local charities and, according to Tourism Economics and Visit Syracuse, had an economic impact of over $19 million.

And although the classics will remain, the event is kicking it up a notch this year.

The COO of Galaxy Media and co-owner of Syracuse Nationals, Carrie Wojtaszek, announced that Onondaga County provided them with an additional $100,000. The money will go towards efforts to market outside of Central New York.

They want to reach markets beyond Syracuse. According to Wojtaszek, the plan is to hit Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Scranton, Toronto, and Southern Ontario.

From left to right, Grazi Zazzara, co-owner of Syracuse Nationals, Dom and Dave Tucci, Tucci Hot Rods, Carrie Wojtaszek, COO of Galaxy Media, Brian Badger, Operations Manager of Syracuse Nationals and Ed Levine, co-owner of Syracuse Nationals. Photo courtesy of Galaxy Media.

New this year, the Syracuse Nationals is looking to reach a younger audience. Their focus is to bring in younger kids and see more families. Kids 12 and under can now get in for free.

Grazzi Zazzara, co-owner of Syracuse Nationals, said that just yesterday, March 26, he got the approval to bring in an Optimist Prime — from Transformers– replica. He explained it will be a big rig truck to be seen during the event.

Additionally, the 2024 show will include two special guests: Dave Kindig and KevDogg, the iconic hosts of Bitchin’ Rides. They’ll be on-site greeting fans and signing autographs, and they’re bringing three custom cars, including their 2024 Ridler Award winner. 

“This year’s Syracuse Nationals promises to be another great show, and we can’t wait to welcome Dave Kindig and KevDogg. It’ll be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their many fans. Now that kids under 12 get in free, we hope to see multiple generations out enjoying the festivities together,” says Ed Levine, President and CEO of Galaxy Media, which co-owns the event.

What else is new this year:

  • Every person who registers will be entered to win a brand-new engine
  • Pro Street Alley – A dedicated section for Pro Street vehicles
  • Supercar showcase – Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Masseratis
  • New food vendors

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