The Road Tour has been coming to the Syracuse Nationals in New York for the past 10 years. As was the case with most of the early Road Tours, we usually started the week at a distant location. We would then spend the next five days traveling and arrive in Syracuse on Thursday in time for the start of the event. This year we decided to try something different. After talking to the folks at the Right Coast Association we decided that there was so much to do in Syracuse and the surrounding Central New York area that we could spend the entire week leading up the event right in Syracuse. We put together a great week of daytrips and things are getting off on the right foot.
We had a meet and greet cookout on Sunday night. The credentials, itineraries and goodies were handed out and the plans for the week were discussed. Monday morning we rolled out at 8 a.m. with plenty of sunshine and beautiful blue skies. Our destination of Norwich, New York, and the Northeast Classic Car Museum was a beautiful 90-minute drive through the rolling green hills of Central New York. We have visited the Northeast Classic Car Museum on a number of previous tours. With over 170 vehicles on display there is always something to see. Starting with the auto collection of local resident George Staley the museum is home to some of the most unusual classic vehicles in the country. Most of the cars are in excellent restored condition. Another of the unique features at the museum is the display of period-correct clothing that shows the styles from the era of the cars on display. It was a great morning at the Northeast Classic Car Museum in Norwich. Be sure to check out our Facebook Live posts and the video we shot during our visit.
From Norwich it was another beautiful drive to Marcy, New York, near Utica. Dave Tucci and his family have welcomed the Road Tours to their shop many times over the past years. It is always a treat to see the fantastic projects underway at Tucci’s Hot Rods. Besides the vehicles that are in progress it was a real thrill to see the 1939 GMC pickup truck that Dave and crew built almost 20 years ago. It was a trend-setting vehicle and really put the Tucci name on a nationwide stage. We were also able to see Dave Sr.’s very cool expresso machine made like a V-8 engine. Some delicious pastries topped off our visit. The Tuccis are a great family and some of the most talented builders in our hobby.
Many of us wrapped up our Monday with a visit to the famous Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in downtown Syracuse. It was a fantastic first day and we are just getting started. Be sure to follow our adventures all week on the ARP/STREET RODDERRoad Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance.