LOCATED in the Horticulture building.
Visitors to the Horticulture Building during the 2014 PPG Syracuse Nationals, at the New York State Fairgrounds, will enjoy a display of vintage racecars.
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To make sure everyone in the area knows Gasoline Alley and Artie’s Party, are inside the Horticulture Building, a vintage funny car known as the Frantic Ford, will be parked in front of the building and started three times daily, 15 minutes prior to the beginning of each auction.
“This is our attempt to improve the show each year, so anything we can throw into the mix and get more people into the building who will spend money at the auctions is worth while,” Schilling said.
At the same time, Schilling said he recognizes that the Syracuse Nationals is in the entertainment business, so this is a case of adding value to the cost of admission.
Named Gasoline Alley, the display will bring together at least 40 retired racecars including dragsters, dirt cars, open-wheel cars, sports cars, and road-rally cars.
The display is the work of Art Schilling, director of the annual Artie’s Party, also at the Horticulture Building. Artie’s Party is the fund-raising event that features over 50 pinstripe and airbrush artists who create works of art for auction during the Nationals. This year there will be three auctions each day of the event, July 18, 19, 20. Proceeds from the auctions will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central New York.
Schilling, owner of East Coast Artie’s of Surf Side Beach, SC., is a long-time race aficionado and a guy who in his younger years drove a top-fuel dragster and a funny car. He said the idea of bringing old race cars to one spot for visitors to enjoy is something he's been pondering for a while.
“Over the years I’ve been involved with a lot of people in the racing business because I’ve lettered a lot of cars. I know a lot of people so I thought it might be a good idea to have these cars in one spot where people can enjoy them and get a sense of the rich history and evolution of racing,” Schilling said.
He began making phone calls and reaching out to people who own and in many cases have restored vintage racecars, and discovered a good reception to the idea of showing them as a group.
Gasoline Alley will be located on the eastern end of the Horticulture Building, in an area formerly utilized by a display of model cars. The modelers will be moved to the Center of Progress.
Below are some of the cars planned to be on display