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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.

— “That was the coolest thing we ever did,” said Cole.

Schroeder said, “We’ll also be having a 50/50 raffle on both days and that revenue will also be given to Make-a-Wish.”

Both men know a lot about organizing car shows and restoring automobiles. Schoroeder, is now retired, but at 14 he decided to restore a 1957 Ford. He bought it for $15 and it took him two years, but he got the car running and made a profit of $85.

Cole has built three cars in the past. Both agree that it’s a lengthy process but it’s the love of doing the work that got them involved. Much like organizing car shows.

Vendors at this weekend’s event will include parts suppliers, restoration services, specialty items and even apparel for hot rods and motorcycles. There will also be two car appraisers at the show available for those enthusiasts who want to know the value of their vehicles.

Folks who are showing their cars for the two days will be coming to the fairgrounds from about a 20-mile radius and some cars will be for sale running anywhere from $15,000 to $100,000.

“There’s a point where you can restore a car to try to keep its value. If it was a really rare car, a numbers car where everything matches … that can be a high dollar car, people can restore it and try to get their money back, but there’s also a passion level with these cars that’s huge and you’ll typically see $50,000 to $60,000 put into a $35,000 car,” said Cole.

The most popular models for restoration include cars from the ‘60sbecause they’re “still doable” and some models from the ‘50s. Once you start getting into parts for cars older than that, Cole said, the parts are “harder and harder to come by and the cars themselves are almost impossible to find.”

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