It was a beautiful morning as we headed out on the two-hour drive to the Northeast Classic Car Museum in historic Norwich, New York. The green, rolling hills of central New York made a great backdrop for our vehicles on the drive. The museum opened on Memorial Day weekend 1997 and contains almost 200 vehicles, dating from the 1890s to the 1980s. The cars and trucks on display are in fantastic condition and represent a wide range of American-manufactured vehicles.
We spent some time viewing cars on display and then at noon we enjoyed a box lunch in the reception area of the museum. Museum Director Bob Jeffery gave us some background about the history of Norwich and the story of George Staley. Mr. Staley was the gentleman who began collecting classic vehicles many years ago and who was responsible for the start of the museum by donating over 50 vehicles form his collection. It was an interesting talk and we all appreciated the hospitality of Bob Jeffery and the entire Northeast Classic Car Museum staff.
From Norwich it was another beautiful drive to Utica where we visited Tucci Hot Rods. We were greeted by Dave Tucci and his family. We got to tour the shop and enjoyed some great desserts. We also got a first look at the Syracuse Nationals 1932 Ford Coupe Giveaway car that was being completed at Tucci’s.
It was a great day on the Syracuse Nationals Week Road Tour. There is plenty more ahead as we get closer to the 20th anniversary of the Syracuse Nationals.
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