STAKING AN EARLY CLAIM — At about noon Thursday, Randy Barrett of Queensbury relaxes in his lawn chair on the sidewalk in southern Lake George Village — to reserve space for watching the vintage, classic and custom cars cruise Canada Street later in the day, as entrants in the Adirondack Nationals Car Show arrive for the weekend full of activities. Enjoying a cup of coffee, Barrett sits in front of his 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Coupe. The show features not only classic cars, but hot rods, experimental vehicles, and muscle cars.
For about a century, Americans have been engaged in a love affair with their automobiles.
The personal mobility that motorized vehicles provide has changed our lives dramatically, but the attraction goes much further — the brilliant chrome, sultry shapes, flashy paint as well as thundering exhaust — have entranced us through the years.
And there’s no place in central New York here this love affair is more evident, than at the Adirondack Nationals Car Show, which runs from Thursday Sept. 6 to Sunday Sept. 9 in Lake George.
While based in the middle of lake George Village at Fort William Henry Resort, the celebration of the custom and vintage vehicles, hot rods and muscle cars extends through the village. Nearly 1,500 vehicles annually register, and hundreds more turn up for the event, which includes a cruise through the village on both Friday and Saturday nights. Expect the sidewalks to be jammed with people throughout town for these two sessions.
While witnissing the cruise through town is free, there’s a $10 admission for adults to attend the sanctioned show at Fort William Henry, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. until noon on Sunday. children under 12 are free.
However, those on a budget can see hundreds of the cars parked at all the venues through the village — at no charge.
Awards are pesented to the top show cars, and results are announced at 4 p.m. Saturday.