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Hot rods to serve as more than eye candy

First Saratoga Nationals to be held at county fairgrounds

Hot rods with a lot of chrome and impressive motors will be on display at the Saratoga Nationals Expo. Photo submitted.

Hot rods with a lot of chrome and impressive motors will be on display at the Saratoga Nationals Expo. Photo submitted.

— Bill Schroeder and Joe Cole share a fondness for both classic cars and their communities.

They’re bringing those passions together this year to present an inaugural event: Saratoga Nationals Expo at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa.

Last year they hosted a car show at Wilton Mall that raised money for the Regional Food bank of Northeastern New York. They’ve also helped Pastor Charlie Muller in Albany with some of his inner-city initiatives. Now they’ve outgrown the space at the mall and wanted to provide a bigger, more centrally located venue.

Saratoga Nationals will be held on Saturday, April 28, and Sunday, April 29, and will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Tickets for adults are $5 and children under 12 get in free. Registration to participate in the car show is $10. Cars from 1900 -1970 will be on display Saturday and model years from 1971-2012 will be on display Sunday.

Proceeds from the event will be given to Make-a-Wish Foundation, and that amount will also be matched.

The show will serve as a resource for area businesses as well as car enthusiasts, collectors and hobbyists. Family oriented events like go-kart races, a bounce house and a variety of food vendors will also be on hand, as will a mobile wood-fired pizza oven.

But most of all, the two days will center on family fun for a good cause.

“I got to know the Make-a-Wish people on a personal level. They’re wonderful, wonderful people, they’re believers like we are and they do a great job giving their hearts to help these kids. It’s awesome,” said Cole.

Cole, owner of Cole’s Collision, sponsored a 7-year-old-child with Leukemia this past March through his business and was able to send the child and his entire family to Disney World.

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