Carlisle Events set another
record for attendance and show vehicles at this year’s Carlisle
All-Chrysler Nationals, July 8-10, at the Carlisle (Pa.) Fairgrounds
with 45,962 attendees and 2,243 show cars. There were 1,323 vendors
offering all sorts of DaimlerChrysler products.
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“What a great
showing of Mopars,” said event manager Lisa Leathery. “There was
something for everyone. Mopar owners are all about their vehicles, and
you could see the pride in each and every vehicle displayed.”
activities entertained attendees. DaimlerChrysler had spectacular
displays with interactive games for attendees. Concept cars from
DaimlerChrysler, including the ME Four Twelve, Hot Rod Magnum, Chrysler
300 and Jeep Rescue, were displayed. Chrysler fans could test drive new
vehicles such as the Dodge Charger, Chrysler Crossfire convertible,
Dodge Magnum, convertible PT Cruiser, Dodge Dakota, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Diesel, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Durango. The test drives were a huge
hit; it seemed everyone wanted to get into the seat of the new Charger.
Salvation Army Benefit Auction raised $35,572.50 for the local
Salvation Army. Twenty-two vehicles were donated and auctioned,
including a fire engine donated by Carlisle Borough. “I think it was
wonderful,” said Major Colin Devault of The Salvation Army. “The
commitment from Carlisle Events is absolutely amazing to me. I’m just
so thrilled for this to come in the middle of the summer when donations
Special exhibits celebrated the 35th anniversary of
the AAR and T/A cars, Letter Series cars and a 1969-1/2 A12 Lift-off
Hood Reunion also took place. The Mopar Survivors display featured
original, unrestored Chrysler vehicles. Dodge, Chrysler and Plymouth
were represented from the early years up to and including the newest
Special guests included Tom Hoover, “Godfather of the
426 Hemi”; Galen Govier, Mopar “numbers guy”; former Indy and Formula
One racer Sam Posey; and drag racers Ted Struse, Butch Leal and Herb
Many contests filled the weekend. The Standard of
Mopar Excellence (SME), sponsored by Totally Auto, saw a 1967 GTX 440
four-speed built by Dickie Wolfe and owned by John Garnet score the
most points with 98 out of 100. Bruce Hogson’s 1970 Plymouth Fury III
produced the most smoke and even blew a tire to earn him the Best
Burnout trophy and a gift certificate for Mancini Racing. Amber Gangi
of Fredericksburg, Va., stunned the judges to win the beauty contest
The Northeast Hemi Owners Association won the Club
Challenge with 112 vehicles on the show field. Mopar Mailing List came
in second with 56, and in third place was the Viper Club with 47
members. The club with largest increase from previous year was Mopar
Madness of Lehigh Valley with 44. Each club received cash prizes and a
In the Dyno Challenge sponsored by Year One, Scott
Schwanger won on Saturday with his 2001 Ram 2500 pushing out 642
horsepower. Jerry Frederick won on Sunday by hitting 510 horsepower in
his 1970 Dodge Charger.
Winners at the South Mountain Dragway
included Walt Little’s ’69 Charger in the Super class, a 1971 Cuda
owned by Rob Roberts Jr. in Heavy and Craig Meyer’s 1999 Chrysler in
Trophy. In the Match Races, the 1969 Roadrunner (Ted Struse’s Project
six pack car) driven by Louie Carbone overtook Allen Kohn in a 1968
Super Bee. Bob Karakashian drove a 1969 Super Bee to victory over Tom
Cannon, driving a 1970 Challenger.
Robin Hall of Uniontown,
Ohio, shoved down 25 wings the fastest, winning a gift certificate to
the N. Hanover Grille. In the Cook-off contest, Barbara Engle of
Clearfield, Pa., won over the judges with her tasty chocolate cake.
Most Miles Traveled William Quellette of Lawrence, Calif. 1970
Chrysler Dodge Challenger T/A
The giveaway car, a 1983 Dodge
Mirada CMX, was won by 16-year-old Tom Doyle of Williamstown, Pa. Other
activities included the Women’s Oasis and numerous kids’ activities.
year’s Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals takes place July 7-9, 2006.
Visit www.carsatcarlisle.com or call (717) 243-7855 for more
information. Carlisle Events welcomes Advance Auto Parts, official auto
parts store of Carlisle Events, and Meguiar’s.