22nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts’ Syracuse Nationals 2022

Classic Truck Takeover at New York State Fairgrounds

By Chuck Vranas   –   Photography by the Author

For classic truck owners there’s no better adrenalin rush than opening the shop doors to greet a new event season, especially if you live in the Northeast portion of the country where the long winters give you plenty of time to wrench on your ride. Regardless of whether you’ve been putting the finishing touches on a platform change, engine swap, or tuning a hard driven hauler back to perfect health, one thing for sure is that once the temps start to rise it’s time to top off the tank and start laying down the miles. Sure, heading out to the local burger stand or cruise night is a gas but hitting the open road with a destination in mind rules, particularly when you’re mapping out plans to take in a large-scale national event like the 22nd Annual NAPA Auto Parts Syracuse Nationals in Syracuse, New York.

- Advertisement -

02 third gen Ford F Series lowered and matching wheels

Read More: Behind the Scenes At L&S Customs

Being one of the largest horsepower festivals in the Northeast, the level of excitement paving the way to the New York State Fairground also gave drivers the ultimate opportunity to experience firsthand the area’s very picturesque Finger Lakes region along with plenty of timeless architecture as they rolled into town. Once you’re at the fairground, it’s the perfect time to get into cruise mode as you roll across 360 acres of manicured grounds, featuring plenty of neat vintage buildings, tree-lined roads, and classic outdoor eateries that’ll transport you back to when you were knee-high to an F100 bumper. Once settled in it was time to hit the pavement and check out an endless stream of classic trucks covering a myriad of build styles, from traditional to contemporary and everything in between, perfectly complemented by loads of hot rods, muscle cars, customs, and restorations.

- Advertisement -

03 classic trucks of different tastes showed up

Read More: Sandfort’s 1965 Chevy C10, Factory Style Redefined

There was plenty to check out, starting with catching up on the latest technology and parts offerings from vendors and seeing plenty of fresh builds from a select grouping of builders all while listening to live music throughout the day performing across multiple stages. It’s always a blast seeing the nominees for the Designer Dozen awards, sponsored by Pfaff Designs and Pilot Transport, selected by a team of well-known automotive celebrity judges, as well as the competition for the Tucci Hot Rods Pros Picks. Nitro Row brought plenty of thunder with vintage Funny Cars and Dragsters firing up at scheduled times to wow the crowds while Sparky’s Round-Up located across the fairground in an open-air pavilion that packed the house with traditional hot rods, customs, culture, and searing live music.

04 Classic C10 bagged and clean two tone paint job

- Advertisement -

Read More: Is It Better To Buy A New Door Vs. Repair The Original Door?

The Winfield Award, presented by legendary car customizer Gene Winfield and sponsored by Meguiar’s, featured heavy competition with the Select Six on display to see which one would earn the big prize. This year’s award winner was the ’53 Ford Customline owned by Jeff Jones. The Exposition Building also featured the Syracuse Charity Brush Fest with many of the nation’s top pinstriping artists participating in a three-day panel jam auction benefiting the Ronald McDonald House of Central New York.

This is one event to add to your must-do list for next year! For more details head to rightcoastcars.com.

- Advertisement -

Related Articles

Search Our Site

More Classic Truck Performance

How To Swap an L83 Engine in an Old Ford Pickup

Classic Ford With Modern L83 Chevy Power By Ron Ceridono  ...

C10 SLO Down 2022 Truck Show

CALIFORNIA’S Classic C10 Scene By Fuelish Media As the C10 scene...

31st Annual Cruisin’ Ocean City 2022

Classic Trucks Take Over Roland E Powell Convention Center By...


Keep On Truckin’: 50 Years of Classic Haulers Is...


LMC Truck Keep On Truckin’: 50 Years of Classic...

Timeless Truck: LS Swapped 1968 Chevy C10

Building New Memories for the Next Generation of Classic...
More Classic Truck Performance

A 1955 Chevy Cameo That’s Sweeter Than Candy!

 “Cotton Candy” from Farm Truck to Showtruck! Daryle’s  Sweet...

Everything You Need To Know About Radiator Fans

Radiator Fans Keeping Your Classic Truck Cool By Ron Ceridono ...

A Family Affair–1948 Chevy 3100

Rocket’s Hot Rod Garage Restores Grandpa's Old 1948 Chevy...

Is It Better To Repair Or Replace A Fender?

2nd series 1955 Chevy Truck Part 1: A Time-is-Money...

Once a Daily-Driven Longbed Truck, This Shortbed 1966 C10 Has a New Life!

Affectionately known as “Buford,” This 1966 C10 owned by...

Stylish Styleside

This F100 is a Prize—in More Ways Than One By...