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The 2019 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals run June 21-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and have many great features and guests slated to appear. …
The 2019 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals run June 21-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and have many great features and guests slated to appear. One such guest stands head and shoulders above all others due to her iconic affiliation with an equally iconic brand. Linda Vaughn is coming to Carlisle to honor the Hurst brand as part of a very special Hurst Showcase. This is Vaughn’s first appearance at the Chevrolet Nationals since 2008, making this a much anticipated return to this special event weekend.
In an automotive world dominated by men, Vaughn, also known as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, burst onto the scene in the early ‘60s and perfectly blended Hollywood, sex appeal and women into the ranks of motorsports. She is, without question, the First Lady of Motorsports and was the trophy girl at nearly every type of major motorsports competition, including Indy Car, Formula One and NASCAR. She’s been crowned the queen of many different tracks, products and organizations, but her attachment to the Hurst brand in the ‘60s propelled the one-time dental assistant and local beauty to an international superstar. She was so popular that she did USO type tours to Vietnam and even had similarly “built” assistants work as stand ins (Hurstettes) during the height of her popularity due to demand.
As part of her visit to Carlisle, Vaughn will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about her time in the automotive world as one of its preeminent beauty queens. The Chevrolet Nationals is a can’t miss two-day happening and when combining that show with the long awaited return visit for Vaughn to Carlisle, there is no reason not to get involved.
“When you think of the Hurst brand you almost instinctively think of Linda Vaughn. They are almost inseparable,” said event manager Ken Appell. “From an event planning perspective, getting Linda to the show was arguably as important as anything else and I’m glad we were able to make it happen.”
Again, autographs and photos are free and her appearance schedule will be announced closer to event weekend. Rest assured, she will be in Carlisle throughout the weekend to meet everyone who wants to meet her. Complete details about the Chevrolet Nationals, including the Bandit Jump, special displays additional Hurst guests, links to purchase single day or weekend tickets, specifics on Ms. Vaughn’s time at Carlisle and more can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
In November of 2010 Carlisle Events purchased a 50+ acre plot of land south of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds referenced by many as the former IAC or …
In November of 2010 Carlisle Events purchased a 50+ acre plot of land south of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds referenced by many as the former IAC or Lear Plant. This footprint included a massive factory, plus acres of parking. While the initial purchase was made to preserve parking, which supports the annual automotive events at the fairgrounds, Carlisle Events also had plans to redevelop the industrial landscape for mixed use commercial and residential.
As the work has progressed, the landscape on the southside of Carlisle along Route 34 (Carlisle Springs Rd.) has changed dramatically. Trees have been planted where a factory once stood, lining streets that will connect parts of town that haven’t been directly connected in over 100 years. While some trees have gone in, others have come out on the opposite side of the road. This was done as a precursor to a much-needed storm water runoff area.
Another aspect of the project that has necessitated a temporary new look to the landscape was the removal of a large rock, some shrubs and more importantly, a war memorial plaque. The plaque was positioned on the west side of Carlisle Springs Rd. near the parking area closest to Hamilton St. It was placed there decades ago to honor and remember factory workers who served and sacrificed via military action/service as part of World War II. The plaque, while a long-standing fixture at the facility, was not visible to the masses as of late due to overgrowth in its area. In addition, it was affixed to a large rock, which over time and due to various aspects of attrition, had deteriorated and crumbled to a point where it could no longer be maintained or fixed.
This plaque will return as soon as possible (likely mid-summer). With its return to the factory site, the plaque will continue to honor those who worked at the factory, served our country and made many sacrifices along the way.
Complete details on the project can be found at https://www.carlislepa.org/carlisle-plan/. In addition, car show season commences in less than six weeks with Spring Carlisle. Parking areas adjacent to the main project footprint will be open, but guests may experience some delays as it is an active construction site.
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