Nice weather and cool cars go together like…well, like every good cliché of things that go together. For two days in June (21-22), the Carlisle
Nice weather and cool cars go together like…well, like every good cliché of things that go together. For two days in June (21-22), the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds came to life with nearly 1,000 cars spanning the history of the Chevrolet brand as part of the annual Chevrolet Nationals. The National Parts Depot Showfield was bustling with over 100 years of history, hosting a greater turnout of cars than the year before.
Chevrolet weekend offered many things to many people – seminars, cool displays, activities (autocross rides with UMI Performance, Nitrofest), contests (burnouts, beauty, Real Street Shootout), special guests (Bruce Larson, Matt Avery, Charlie Morris, Larry Lombardo, Linda Vaughn and more than a half a dozen other greats from the history of Hurst) but it was the Bandit Jump that literally had folks craving more.
Vendors were coming to Carlisle days in advance of the weekend, with showcars quick to follow. Indoor displays like the Solid Lifter Showroom in Building Y and the Featured Display showcase within Building T were in place by Thursday evening. Additional spotlights like Novas at Carlisle and the Hurst Showcase also came together in advance of Friday’s 7 a.m. opening. Once in place, these “best of the best” features helped anchor another great Chevrolet Nationals weekend.
With many great cars on display, many more cruised in to be part of the judged showfield. From Fiero’s to Buick’s, Cadillac’s to Oldsmobile’s, Corvette’s to trucks and more, there was a little bit of something for everyone.
As previously noted, the Bandit Jump was the star attraction of the show. On Saturday at around 1 p.m., the Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt team launched a Smokey and the Bandit themed Trans-Am through the air on the southside of the grounds. After soaring some 30 feet in the air and 120 or so feet in distance, the front-end impact left the crowd cheering and its driver, Ray Kohn wanting more. This was also the first-time Kohn and the NEOD have jumped a Trans-Am and also the first time a jump like this was attempted anywhere in the country this year. Needless to say, the crowd standing rows deep were appreciative of the efforts.
In addition to all of the fun at the fairgrounds, the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center came to life for the second annual Summer Sale, powered by Carlisle Auctions. From 11 a.m. until around 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, some 200 consignments crossed the block; again, spanning automotive history. There was even an all-Chevrolet hour, offering a perfect compliment to all the fun happening across the street. The top selling auction car was a 1966 Corvette going for $61,000, while another Corvette, this one a ’63, selling for $46,000. Each sold during Carlisle Auctions’ all-Chevrolet hour late Saturday afternoon.
As the last of the vendors and showcars load out at Carlisle, everyone is making plans for 2020’s event. Save the date, because the 20th edition of the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals take place June 26-27. Registration is now open for that event and would be attendees are welcome to call 717-243-7855 or visit www.CarlisleEvents.com to learn more.