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Lake George to host Cadillac-LaSalle Club's Grand National convention

A 1959 Eldorado Brougham and its over-the-top style cues represents the epitome of traditional Detroit automotive body design. The vehicle is one of many classics owned by members of the Capital District chapter of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, which is to hold its annual Grand National convention in Lake George this July.

A 1959 Eldorado Brougham and its over-the-top style cues represents the epitome of traditional Detroit automotive body design. The vehicle is one of many classics owned by members of the Capital District chapter of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, which is to hold its annual Grand National convention in Lake George this July.

— The Cadillac-LaSalle Club’s grand national convention will take place in the village of Lake George this summer — its first time ever here — and local officials say they are happy to host the prestigious event. The club, with its 7,000 members with 18,000-plus collectible automobiles built by Cadillac, is the largest, longest-established Cadillac club in the world.

The convention will take place from July 8 though July 12 and offer tours of area attractions, a car show and parade, as well as visits to private and public car collections.

“Lake George is a beautiful area and we’re excited to be in an Adirondack setting with all these wonderful cars,” said Joe Roglieri of the Capital District Chapter of the Cadillac-LaSalle Club.

The event is estimated to draw 1,200 to 1,500 people to the region from about a dozen countries.

Held in a different region of the country each year, it was hosted in Albany in 1995 and Saratoga in 2003 and has proven to provide a boost for the host community’s economy.

Club officials estimate that the event will inject about $700,000 to $1 million to the Lake George region.

Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said he’s very happy to see the event in Lake George.

“Lake George thrives on large groups coming to the village anytime of the year. This classic automobile show will expose hundreds of auto enthusiasts to our area. Similar to the Americade Rally or Adirondack Nationals, folks attending return with their families year around.”

Between 250 and 500 automobiles are expected to be present throughout the week of events — from 1920s and 1930s classics to high-end modern day vehicles.

“Some of these cars haven’t seen a drop of rain,” said Roglieri about their pristine condition.

He added that Lake George will provide great access for many Canadians that usually make the event as well as several local collectors in the immediate area.

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