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CARLISLE, Pa. – The Carlisle All-Truck Nationals brought 32,006 enthusiasts to the Carlisle (Pa.) Fairgrounds Aug. 5-7, 2005. Big rigs, 4x4s, pickups, SUVs, sport trucks, minis, monsters and more filled the show field sponsored by Toyota. There were 1,604 trucks on the show field and 581 vendors to shop at.

“This truck show was huge!” said event manager Lisa Leathery. “All kinds of trucks came to the show, and you could see the care and attention to detail the owners give them.”

Monster trucks Virginia Giant and the Hulk entertained crowds with high jumps and car crushes. Also, guests could feel all the power of a monster truck by riding on the Virginia Giant Ride Truck. Cledus T. Judd, country music’s “Funny Man,” performed Saturday night, sponsored by Venezia Inc.

Professionals took on the Rock Crawl, sponsored by Quadratec, to show how their four-wheeled trucks could climb over boulders on the custom-designed road course created just for this event. Guests could also test their ability as drivers and determine the true balance and mettle of their trucks on another section of the course.

Many guests to the event took home trophies from the numerous contests held throughout the weekend. The 1956 Ford F100 owned by Gary Koontz of Coatesville, Pa., won the Best Ride on BFG Tires award, sponsored by BF Goodrich. Trevor Long of Carlisle spun and exploded the tires on his 1994 Toyota to win the burnout competition. The 1987 Toyota truck owned by Matt Snyder of Nazareth, Pa., was the highest off the ground at 52-¼  inches. Sam Calderwood of Hancock, Maine, won the trophy for the lowest truck with his 1997 Chevy S10, which was only half an inch from the ground. In the Hydraulic Hop contest, Don Wickett of Springville, Ind., made his 1991 Chevy full-size truck dance the best to win the trophy.

Dan Lynch of Montoursville, Pa., won the wing-eating contest, sponsored by the N. Hanover Grille. Evon Rotski of Milesburg, Pa., earned the title of Ms. 2005 Carlisle All-Truck Nationals as the beauty contest winner.

The National Association of Show Trucks made its debut at Carlisle. In the NAST contest, Randy Brown of Narvon, Pa., won the Best of Show Non-Working class with his 1969 Peterbilt. The 2002 Western Star owned by Pierre Cinq-Mars of Iron Bridge, Ontario, won Best of Show in the Working Bobtail class. In the Working Combination class, Tom Blittersdorf of Toughenamon, Pa., won Best of Show with his 1995 Peterbilt NRC wrecker.

The Meguiar’s Big Rig Show & Shine competition returned to judge big rigs at the event. The Best of Show Working Combination award went to Fred Angle of Hopatcong, N.J., and his 1980 Kenworth. Dennis Landis of Willow Street, Pa., won Best of Show Bobtail with his 2000 Peterbilt. Carlisle Events’ co-owner Bill Miller chose the 2004 Kenworth owned by Ernie Adams of New Florence, Pa., for his pick. Al Pomponio of Jackson, N.J., and his 1967 Peterbilt won the Movin’ Out magazine pick.

Other activities included the Axcelerated Motorsports dyno tester to see how much horsepower truck produced. The Invitational Display featured unique and well-maintained trucks of all sizes. Children’s activities included rides on battery-powered trucks, a visit from a clown, henna tattoos and caricatures, all for free. Returning to the show were the SLAP stereo competition, SteelYard balancing platform, a Sunday morning worship service by the Salvation Army and more.

In addition to all those great attractions, the All-Truck Nationals also included a huge swap meet for enthusiasts to shop for parts, accessories, memorabilia and more as well as the Truck Corral with trucks of all types, makes, models, years and conditions for sale.

Don’t miss next year’s Carlisle All-Truck Nationals Aug. 4-6. Visit or call (717) 243-7855 for more information. Carlisle Events thanks Advance Auto Parts, official auto parts store of Carlisle Events, and eBay Motors and Meguiar’s, sponsors of all Carlisle events.