It was an honer (at first) to be part of the Gene Winfield "select six" at the Syracuse nats this year. the quick details go like this. you get a jacket, a trophy, and a thousand bucks to be in the six. the winner who is announced saturday at the banquet dinner receives ten grand from Maguiers. unfortunately 5 of us had no chance at all to win. now remember, Gene is the only person judging the cars. the cars on display were my 37 chevy pickup, a 19?? lincoln, a 63 riviera, a killer hudson, a 58 el camino and a chopped merc. Also on display with us (but not in contention) was Genes "pacifica" econoline pickup. now im not slingin mud here but the merc in my and just about anyone else's opinion really had no shot at winning. sooooo who won the ten grand you ask? the guy with the merc. who also happens to be the same guy who the "pacifica is registered to, and keeps it at his place for Gene. how coincidental!!! so after its all over, im back in the building where the cars are, i just happen to be standing next to the merc guy, and here come Gene. the merc guy say's Gene you ready to go? Gene says yeah lets get outta here. and they walked out of the building and in to the sunset. I personally still had a blast. won a top ten for the show and a top 100 in the country from street rodder mag. met bunch of great people, and the guys running the event could not have been any cooler. but i do feel let down to know that one of the biggest names in the business is just another guy pullin a scam. boy Gene, that's pretty sad!