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Careening vehicles, burnouts threaten future of car show in Lake George

Traffic backs up in Lake George Village during the recent Adirondack Nationals Car Show. Local officials are concerned about the lawless behavior occurring during the annual car show which attracts tens of thousands of people. The problems are not associated with those registered for the car show, but people who come to town and drive recklessly — some spinning their tires and skidding around on highways, others doing burnouts that emit clouds of noxious smoke.

Traffic backs up in Lake George Village during the recent Adirondack Nationals Car Show. Local officials are concerned about the lawless behavior occurring during the annual car show which attracts tens of thousands of people. The problems are not associated with those registered for the car show, but people who come to town and drive recklessly — some spinning their tires and skidding around on highways, others doing burnouts that emit clouds of noxious smoke. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The noise of screeching tires and massive clouds of noxious smoke emanating from “burnouts” during the recent Lake George Adirondack Nationals car show held in the village recently were bad enough. Such incidents as well as the traffic gridlock during the three-day event prompted dozens of complaints from emergency response officials, local citizens and business owners this last week.

But when crowds moved into the street and surrounded vehicles whipping around in circles spinning their tires, dozens if not 100 or more people could have been killed — and the practice must be stopped if Lake George is to continue hosting the popular event, village officials said Monday Sept. 14.

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said that he would be meeting soon with officials of the club sponsoring the event, Albany Rods & Kustoms, to devise remedies for the long list of problems associated with the car show, held this year from Sept. 6 through Sept. 8.

“The number of complaints have been enormous,” he said. “We want them to hold the show in the village, but it’s got to be safe and sane.”

In addition to the vehicular mayhem and unruly crowds egging on outlaw drivers, problems included noise — particularly through the nighttime hours, the tons of garbage strewn on sidewalks and properties, and lack of parking.

Also, local fire police and ambulance squad officials have warned that if an emergency were to occur, responders would not be able to provide assistance due to the extreme traffic backups occurring during the weekend.

2013 Lake George car show was the largest ever

Blais told village board members Friday that this year’s Adirondack Nationals, the 25th annual held in Lake George, was a record-breaker in attendance as well as number of registered vehicles and spectators throughout the village.

“This year show attendance was up enormously,” he said. “Club officials said the 2013 show was by far their biggest in history.”

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