Syracuse Nationals Heats Up the Summer

Syracuse Nationals Heats Up the Summer

by John McCartney

Each July, the Syracuse, New York, Fairgrounds are turned into a one big car lovers’ paradise.

Syracuse’s Ol’ Skool Roundup is a highlight for everyone and the Back-Yard Build Off is one of the favorite parts of the Roundup. This marked the fourth year for this event, in which builders come up with their own special creations and then the fans vote to determine the winner. This year’s four cool rides (Cory Chappell’s 1955 Chevy pick-up, Arthur Pfund 1948 Chevy truck, Kevin Kimmerly’s 1950 Dodge Coronet, and Corey Kolz’s 1946 Dodge truck) kept fans busy checking out all the cool details. Also under the Roundup’s roof, one could take in a crazy pin-up contest, great live music, and even valve cover racing. Once again Sparky came up with some out-of-this-world trophies, which were awarded over the span of the show.

Artie’s Party, marked it’s tenth year at the Syracuse Nationals, once again bringing together some of the country’s finest pinstripers and artists. All of these talented folks come to Syracuse on their own time and money to produce fine artwork, which is then auctioned off, with all of the proceeds donated to Ronald McDonald House. This year, over $70,000 went to this very worthy charity.

Walking around the fairgrounds, fans could check out acres and acres of cars, displays, a huge swap meet, and car for sale area. Over 12,000 cars were on the grounds in all. Check it out this coming July. Info is at www.rightcoastcars.com

Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals

Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals
Syracuse Nationals

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A Visit to Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan

A Visit to Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan

Photos: Mitzi Valenzuela; Words: Tokyo Soul

Japan is full of things that don’t make sense. We drive on the left, sometimes “yes” means “no,” and hot rods are legally illegal. Self-proclaimed outlaw Tsuyoshi Sato, or “Shorty” to just about everyone, breaks the law on a daily basis. But as long as nothing really bad happens in the cars and machines that he makes, there’s really nothing to get in trouble for. For a country with such an image of newly-modern and perfectly-structured, it’s weird that hot rods exist at all.

As in any kustom car kulture, models and styles of vehicles run the gamut of modern automotive history. Whatever you can think of, someone somewhere has done it, and even added a few homegrown specialties into the mix.

Shorty lives at his garage. Not actually in it, but out the front in a silvery vintage Streamliner. It’s not very big inside, but Shorty doesn’t need much room. Sleep, eat, build cars, repeat.

The garage itself, affectionately known as “Pumpkin Sally,” used to be a supermarket, frequented by quaint ladies on bicycles stocking up on eggs and milk. Now it’s a four-booth garage (five if you count the plastic-curtained corner set aside for paint), bristling with automotive relics inside and out. Some are alive, some are destined to be, but all have seen better days. They are all on their way to something better with tender loving care from Shorty, and his #2, Fuku-chan. It’s not a big operation by international standards, but it’s hardly an undiscovered garage band waiting to break into the Top 20 either.

Check them out on facebook.

Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan
Pumpkin Sally Shop in Japan

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