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A great crowd of 28,223 General Motors’ enthusiasts visited the 2005 Carlisle All-GM Nationals June 24-26 at the Carlisle (Pa.) Fairgrounds. There were 862 vendors selling everything automotive, and 961 show cars filled the show field.

The American Camaro Association hosted the seventh annual Camaros at Carlisle gathering, which brought close to 500 Camaros from all over the nation to Carlisle. The Mid Atlantic Impala Association held the Full-Size Chevy Nationals at the show as well, judging about 70 full-sized Chevrolet models from 1958-1990.

In the car giveaway, Bill Baylor of Mount Solon, Va., won the 1987 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme on Sunday. He and his wife Jane have been coming to Carlisle events for more than 10 years and was at the All-GM Nationals as a vendor. Another big winner over the weekend was Angela Richard of Westminster, Md., who won the beauty contest and $300 cash.

Car clubs are welcomed at all Carlisle events and can earn trophies and cash prizes for having the most members attend. In the All-GM Club Challenge, the Greater Northeast Impala SS Club won first place, the First Generation Monte Carlo Club came in second, and the Mid-Atlantic Impala Association took the third-place trophy.

At South Mountain Dragway, Mark Leer won the Trophy class with his 1970 Chevy Nova. Gary Cleveland’s 1966 Impala won in the Heavy class and also won the title of King of the Hill. Bruce Stoltzfus won in the Super class in his 1966 Nova wagon. Larry Carasea’s 1969 Camaro took Best of Show at South Mountain.

The Carlisle All-GM Nationals is about more than simply cars; it is activities, skill tests and fun. The SteelYard is a unique balancing event that’s fun to watch and fun to participate in. A half-dozen brave car enthusiasts tried the teeter totter, and Bill Faughan of Covington, Pa., won in his 1967 Pontiac LeMans in a time of 23 seconds. Another fun activity was the popular wing-eating championship. Ten wing-hungry participants chowed down on platefuls of hot wings, provided by The N. Hanover Street Grille of Carlisle, Pa. John Ferri of Jamestown, N.Y., won the competition in a blazing 4 minutes, 2 seconds to win a $20 gift certificate for Carlisle Events souvenirs and a $10 gift certificate from the N Hanover Street Grill.

One of the many great exhibits at the show was the display of race cars formerly driven by seven-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Dale Earnhardt Sr. Included in the exhibit were NASCAR’s Richard Childress Racing’s No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Chevrolet Monte Carlo and No. 3 Wrangler Jeans GM Goodwrench Monte Carlo. The C5-R raced by Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. at the 24 Hours of Daytona race in 2001, the only time father and son drove the same car in the one race, and owned by Judy and the late Chip Miller was also displayed.

General Motors brought factory concept cars the Saturn Curve and Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup to the show. Part of the Bortz Auto Collection, including the Pontiac Parisienne, XP-833 Banshee and 1962 Tempest Monte Carlo, were displayed as well. Also, guests were able to see three of the Royal Pontiac Super Duty drag cars, including a 1963 “Swiss Cheese” car owned by Bob Knudsen. Jim Wangers, drag racer of the Royal Pontiac factory race cars in 1960-’63, signed autographs as well.

Other special guests included Arnie Beswick with his newly restored Tameless Tiger II car. Well-known muscle car enthusiast Jack “Doc” Watson, creator of the first Hurst/Oldsmobile, was also on hand to meet and greet fans. Jim Minneker, former GM engineer and racer, signed autographs, as did GM designers David North and Art Fitzpatrick.

Some of the nation’s best examples of original unrestored vehicles were featured. Other vehicles on display included Buick GS models, Camaros and Cadillacs. The outdoor show field, sponsored by Original Parts Group Inc., offered more than 80 classes for GM-family vehicles in the participant ballot Fun Field.
  
The Axcelerated Motorsports dyno, a huge Car Corral and hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of GM parts, accessories and memorabilia, as well as free children’s activities, Women’s Oasis, club cook-off and trivia contest, kept all members of the family entertained.

Visit carsatcarlisle.com/gm or call (717) 243-7855 for more information. Carlisle Events wishes to thank Advance Auto Parts, official auto parts store of Carlisle Events, eBay Motors and Meguiar’s for their continued support of its events.