LAKE GEORGE Thundering exhaust, brilliant chrome, sultry shapes, and flashy paint jobs of hot rods and customized vehicles will undoubtedly draw tens of thousands of spectators to Lake George this weekend as the annual Adirondack Nationals car show takes over the village.
This year’s car show, however, is likely to set records as it hosts the most cars and attracts the most spectators in its 25-year history, an event official predicted this week.
The car show will have about 1,400 registered vehicles on display at the Fort William Henry Resort complex, plus many hundreds of other non-registered cars scattered in parking lots and elsewhere through the village.
Michael Kilmer of Albany Rods & Kustoms, the car club sponsoring the Nationals, said that registration for the show closed out in a mere six days — record time.
Beside the sunny weather predicted, another factor may be generating strong interest in the event: this year is not only the 25th anniversary Adirondack Nationals show, it’s the 30th anniversary of the car club.
For this landmark year, Adirondack Nationals is featuring an appearance of reality television star Danny Koker of the show Counting Cars, in which Koker and staff procure and customize vehicles in their Las Vegas shop.
Koker will not only be greeting auto enthusiasts and signing photographs, but he will likely be browsing among the vehicles on display and chatting with their owners, Kilmer said.
“Danny said he was excited to come to Lake George,” he said. “He’ll be wandering the grounds looking at cars, and he may be hanging out and having a couple of beers with our club members.”
In celebration of the 25th anniversary, fireworks shows are planned for both Friday and Saturday nights. Special Anniversary trophies will join the regular awards as well.
Area officials say the car show is unparalleled in the northeast in its size and scope, and that it is one of the premier annual events in Warren County, alongside the Adirondack Balloon Festival and Americade.