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Adirondack Nationals car show to descend on Lake George

Event expected to break records

A Canadian exhibitor at the 2012 Lake George Adirondack Nationals car show (left rear) talks to spectators about the capabilities of his customized 1930s vehicle. The 2013 Adirondack Nationals show, to be held from Friday Sept. 6 through Sunday Sept. 8, is expected to be a record-breaker.

A Canadian exhibitor at the 2012 Lake George Adirondack Nationals car show (left rear) talks to spectators about the capabilities of his customized 1930s vehicle. The 2013 Adirondack Nationals show, to be held from Friday Sept. 6 through Sunday Sept. 8, is expected to be a record-breaker.

— “Most of the hotels and motels are completely booked already for the car show weekend,” Lake George Chamber of Commerce President Michael Consuelo said Tuesday.

The Lake George car show has annually featured customized vehicles, from hot rods to modified antiques. Customization ranges from the merely artistic interpretations of the original classic vehicle to bizarre innovative creations. Rare antique sedans, like Nashes, Willys, Hillmans and Studebakers are featured, alongside vintage and contemporary sports cars, and a wide range of meticulously restored vehicles.

Kilmer said that a half-dozen or more exhibitors spend $100,000 or more on their restorations, whether it’s equipping a vehicle with a super-powered engine, or a one-of-a-kind body.

“Some of our auto enthusiasts don’t spare any expense or time on their vehicles,” he said.

The main feature of the Adirondack Nationals is two sponsored processions at 7 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights of the registered vehicles down main street. Annually, tens of thousands of people — area residents as well as visitors — line the streets and watch the parade of cars, normally several miles long, Kilmer said.

“Our cruise down Canada Street is a show in itself,” he said.

Albany Rods & Kustoms has documented their recent car shows with professionally produced videos that include featured vehicles, interviews with their owners, and footage featuring the car parades. Videos from prior years, as well as show memorabilia, are available at their vendor booth near the entrance to the Fort William Henry property.

Spectators who register for the show for the $10 fee are admitted to a variety of events at no charge, including a tour of Fort William Henry and a “Women’s Oasis” expo held both Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fort William Henry Conference Center. The offerings include jewelry, crafts and household goods as well as games of Bingo.

Adirondack Nationals includes an array of vendors of vehicle accessories and customizing equipment, and the booths are located along Beach Road. A full schedule of events is available at: www.adirondacknationals.com.

Kilmer, who’s been a Rods & Kustoms club member since 1999, said he was looking forward to the 2013 show.

“Every year, I see half-dozen cars with completely new ideas in customizing — It’s unbelievable what some people can come up with over one wintertime,” he said. “And we love it in Lake George — we really enjoy the atmosphere.”

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