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Last weekend the Seven Valley Street Rods Club of Cortland, NY held their 21st annual car show. This show seems to get bigger and better every year. This year was no different with over 200 entries on the ball field for a great day of Hot Rodding.


The participants started rolling into the show around eight o’clock in the morning from all over the New York area. Each participant had their own stories to go along with the Shiny Paint and Big Engines that give their vehicle’s character.

Above is Joe Nauseef’s old fire truck that he drove from McGraw to the show. Joe also provided the Music and MC work for the days festivities.

Weather this year was perfect with a little cloud cover and temps in the 80’s. Seven Valley club members did a great job cooking and serving food offering cold drinks and hot food to fill the bellies of all the spectators that walked threw the gate.


Quality cars and trucks is what this show brings each year from the oldest hot rods to the modern day muscle cars. Anybody can enter their Pride and Joy no matter what it is and enjoy a few laughs with some of their friends. I remember as a kid going to cars shows all over the east coast during the summer and in the winter for the indoor shows. These were good memories as a youngster, seeing all of these cool cars that people built with their heart and soul.


It was good to see some young people at the show showing off their rides. I hope more of our youth will get involved in these car clubs around the east coast. It is just a great way to meet life long friends, while having good clean fun.


Next up for cars shows in the Central NY area is the Annual Labor Day weekend show at Fillmore State Park in Moravia, NY. The Fillmore show is a big show along with a wonderful Swap Meet as well. Come check it out you won’t be disappointed.


Check out my car show pictures from past shows on my web site.John Zachary Photography



Two weeks ago the “Salt City” Syracuse, NY held its ever popular Syracuse Nationals again at the New York State Fairgrounds. This years event was sponsored by PPG who had a few years off, but became the leasing sponsor for this years event. Saves Auto Body Supplies represented PPG from the Syracuse area setting up shop next to the center of progress building.

My two sons joined me on Friday at the a nationals for a great day of admiring wonderful cars and trucks. These people that own these vehicles take great pride in their creations and it shows with the turn out this year. Friday was one of the hottest days of the summer reaching almost 98 degrees. I thought that it was very nice if the venders not to charge a arm and a leg for a bottle of water. Most of them where Asking $1.00 -$1.50 a bottle.

It seemed like almost every inch of the fairgrounds had a beautiful car or truck sitting pretty with tons of people walking around them. RU faster than a Redneck had a small road course set up in the parking lot. Participants could take their vehicle over to the track and try their hand at a little road racing. Each driver would make a timed lap and try to put them selves atop of the leader board.

Every year this show seems to get bigger. I’m not sure about the numbers but it just seems like a really good show that people drive from all over to partake in.

Friday morning our UPS driver dropped off my new camera the a fugi XE-1. I removed the battery and charger from the box and plugged it in to charge when we where at the show. This was a tough thing for me to do because I have been researching thus camera for weeks and now it was in my hands and I couldn’t use it. So I took my much loved Canon G15 for the day and shot a lot of great shots.

Saturday my son Cruz and I set off for another day of dreaming and wishing at the Nationals. The weather was much cooler than Friday, but with a chance of rain. I had my brand new XE-1 in hand looking forward to shooting with it all day. After a little while I had figured out the menu system and put the. XE-1 in aperture priority mode and started shooting.

I tried the different film modes, as well as all manual mode. This camera felt great in my hands and definitely easier on my back and shoulders. I normally shoot either a Canon 50D or my 7D. I love these cameras but I am tired if carrying them around at events like this. So I am hoping this Fugi will live up to all of the hype, and I can leave my DSLR’S home for some of my jobs.



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