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Carlisle Events Hosted First Hurst Nationals

1973 Hurst Oldsmobile at First Hurst Nationals

We are under the distinct impression that Carlisle Events  may have hosted the first Hurst Nationals this past weekend. While our Cars On Line Car Show Team was providing our readers with live coverage of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals we visited a smaller display of Hurst vehicles on exhibit at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

By luck, we happened to bump into Rich Truesdell, author and photo historian, at the exhibit. Rich teamed up with Mark Fletcher to write the book “Hurst Equipped.” It was written about the 50 years of Hurst involvement in automotive production and high performance.  Truesdell also edits the Legendary American Motors Magazine. Because of his incredible knowledge of the cars in the exhibit we did a video interview with Rich. You may click the video interview below to discover interesting facts about Hurst’s involvement with various auto manufacturers.

 

Here is a review of the Hurst display. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com)

You would assume that there was a natural association between Mopars and Hurst since Hurst-Campbell built the 1968 Dodge Hemi Darts and 1968 Plymouth Hemi Cudas back in the day. But we think the real reason Carlisle Events had this exhibit is that they would like to host a Hurst Nationals as part of their summer schedule of auto events. We think they were testing the waters for bringing a new event to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in the future. Is it possible that we were seeing the First Hurst Nationals this weekend?

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals

The Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals is a sea of Mopars today. Great weather for the final day of the event here in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.)

 

Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, Final Day …

CARLISLE, PA – July 16, 2017 — As we prepare for the final day of the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, the weather is cooler than yesterday and the sun is out, so it is a perfect day for a car show here in Central Pennsylvania. For today, at least, this is the center of the Mopar kingdom. They expect over 3,000 cars on display. For Mopar lovers, this is a good as it gets.

We are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to get a chance to experience a little slice of Mopar Heaven. The Cars On Line Car Show team will be bringing you all the action here this weekend. And the action will be intense. What would a Mopar Nationals be without a burnout contest, right? Here you go:

As a wrapup on Saturday’s action, we did an interesting interview with Dodge representative and TV personality Steve Magnante who is here unveiling the new 2018 Dodge Demon. He talked to our onsite photographer, Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com. For some insights on Dodge’s much anticipated Demon click the video window here:

Bob and Donna Boberg of eClassicAutos.com are here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals to bring you their take on this important event. If you can’t make it to the show, you can always say you saw it here on Cars-On-Line.com. Be sure to bookmark this page to get in on all the action. Here is what we have seen on the show fields the past few days:

Covering the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals was all about dodging the rain here on Friday. So we looked at some of the indoor exhibits. We found a display of Plymouth GTX and Hemi cars. It is the 50th Anniversary of the Plymouth GTX this year. Here is a taste of what we found:

People were already buying and selling in the Giant Swap Meet area here on Thursday. You’ll be amazed at the size of the swap meet, the variety of vendors, the car corral and the Manufacturers Midway.

This year, in addition to the displays of Mopars here at the Carlisle 2017 Chrysler Nationals, there was also a special display of Hurst Cars. We think this display was put on by Carlisle Events to gauge the interest in having a Hurst Nationals here at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. For a full report follow this link to see photos and videos of the Hurst Exhibit.

 

 

 

Spring 2015 Carlisle Car Show

1957 Lincoln Premier Custom at Spring 2015 Carlilse Car Show

This 1957 Lincoln Premier Custom was in the Car Corral at the Spring 2015 Carlisle Car Show in Carlisle, Pennsylvania this weekend. (Photos by Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com.)

 

Action at Spring 2015 Carlisle Car Show …

CARLISLE, PA — The weather finally warmed up and it was a great final day here at the Spring 2015 Carlisle Car Show. Carlisle Events, promoters of the show, told us that 100,000 spectators passed through the turnstiles at the Carlisle Fairgrounds during the four-day show. Even though the weather was chilly the first three days here it didn’t deter classic car collectors from rummaging for parts in the Swap Meet area.

The Carlisle Swap Meet is traditionally considered to be one of the best in the U.S.  If you’ve been looking for that hard-to-find part for your collector car, you’ll probably find it here. The “big moment” for this year’s show came when they sold actor Burt Reynolds’ personal 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Bandit at the Carlisle Events Auction. It was a reproduction of the car that starred in Reynold’s famous Smokey and the Bandit movie, built by one of Burt’s friends, Harold Murphy, and built as an authentic reproduction of the original Bandit movie car. Photo-journalist Bob Boberg captured the action in video.

Click the video window below to view the sale:


There happy buyer who outbid everyone for the Burt Reynolds Bandit Trans Am just arrived before the sale began. He came to buy the Reynolds Trans Am but was delayed and arrived just 30 minutes before the actual sale. His presence was felt however, since he was determined to own this car.

Here is a slide show of photos of the Bandit Trans Am sale:

 

Here are some of the results of the Carlisle Events Auction with Prime Time cars crossing the auction block. Click the thumbnails in the show to see all the photos:

Cars On Line.com’s car show writer Bob Boberg of eClassicAutos.com should be credited with all the photos and write-ups on this page. He shot photos and video of the show for our readers. Also check out Bob’s Twitter page to view his posts and comments.
What we found out from watching the Carlisle auction and observing what was going on in the Car Corral here, it seems that there is a new ceiling price on collector cars. Only cars under $40,000 were selling. Is this a new benchmark for the current collector car market? We’ll have to see.

Here are some of the offerings we found for sale in the Car Corral here at the Spring 2015 Carlisle Car Show.

 

For decades, the Spring Carlisle Car Show and Swap Meet was one of the top five collector car shows in the country. This is where you find Classic ’50s parts and muscle car era parts. Although the mixture over time has changed somewhat to include lots of hot rods parts, this is still one of the best places in the country for parts shopping. Click the Slider below to view photos.

 

More fun than a barrel of monkeys. We Baby Boomers can no longer walk the entire Swap Meet here at the 2015 Spring Carlisle Car Show, so we have our ways of personalizing our transportation. Here is some of the crazy stuff we spotted in the Swap Meet area on Thursday.

 

Carlisle Ford Nationals

Mustangs at Carlisle Ford Nationals

Mustangs fill the entire inner showfield at the Carlisle Ford Nationals

Biggest Carlisle Ford Nationals Ever …

Over the sound system here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals the promoters were announcing a record crowd here for the event. It was the kind of day you dream of for a car show. Our photo-journalist, Bob Boberg, was on hand to capture photos and video of the event. He said the entire main showfield today was all Mustangs and that they were spilling over into some of the other designated areas.

Bob took some video here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals for 2014. Take a look at what was happening here in Carlisle, PA.

Ford Clubs were set up everywhere … the Ford GT Club, the Mustang Twister Club, the Yellow Mustang Club, the Red Mustang Club, it was crazy how many Ford owner clubs were convened here on Saturday.

Bullitt Boulevard

So many Bullitt Mustangs were present that they named one row “Bullitt Blvd.”

The three-day Carlisle Ford Nationals will run through Sunday. In their promotional material Carlisle Events says the Carlisle Ford  Nationals is “the largest and most thrilling all-Ford car show in the world” 

Indoor displays include concept cars, customs and historically-significant cars and trucks. Carlisle Events, the promoter of the show, put on an Auto Cross course, test drives given by Ford Motor Company, and a burnout competition.  There is an enourmous swap meet and a Manufacturer’s Showcase where aftermarket vendors are selling interesting lines of products. We really liked watching the dyno testing area.

Stay tuned to this page where we’ll try to post photos of the  special displays to  honor 50 years of Mustangs as the Carlisle Ford Nationals celebrates the Mustang’s 50th Anniversary. Ford is also celebrating its 110th Anniversary this year. We might even get you some video of the special 50th Edition 2015 Mustang GT. This car is so prized that it has its own bodyguards.

Here are some still shots of the cars we saw earlier:

1976 Starsky & Hutch Grand Torinos

The Starsky & Hutch Torino Club was well represented with red Torinos all in a row. Every kind of Ford owner club was on hand here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible

A 1958 Edsel Pacer Convertible roamed the grounds here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

Gateway Mustangs had their special edition set for the Auto Cross course which they sponsored here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

Gateway Mustangs had their special edition set for the Auto Cross course which they sponsored here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

Zero Turn Bronco

A 1970’s Bronco was on hand, a true engineering phenomenon. It can turn in a circle by inverting the turn with both live axles. Thus the name “Zero Turn Bronco.” It deserves its billing.

 

1969 Cougar Boss 429

The 1969 Mercury Cougar Boss 429, one of only two produced, was made by Mercury for their marquee drag racer Dyno Don Nicholson. The car was delivered to Kar Kraft to be fitted with the Boss 429 engine. It has the KK tag but they say Dyno Don felt the Boss 429 was too slow to be competitive. He replaced it with a 427 SOHC producing 615 hp. This is the only one of the two produced that is in restored condition today. It is on display at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. As displayed it has the 427 cammer engine with a Thunderbolt style air induction system. (Photo by Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com.)

1970 Twister Mustang

Ford made 96 ‘Mustang Twister Special’ editions for Kansas City Ford dealers in 1970. Available with either Cobra Jet 428 power or 351 Cleveland power, each of the 96 models built came with Grabber Orange paint and “Twister Special” graphics package. This 1970 Mach 1 Twister Special is on display this weekend at the Carlisle Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bob Boberg.)

1968 High Country Mustang

Just as Ford built the special edition Mustang GT/California Specials for California dealerships, so also did they do the same thing when they produced the 1968 High Country Mustang for Colorado Ford dealers. Although the California Specials are better known, the High Country Special Mustangs came first, produced from 1966 to 1968. This one is a 1968 Mustang High Country Special. The 1968 edition came only as a hardtop and sported the same front foglights, side scoops and rear valance design as the Shelby Mustang. They estimate that only 251 were produced for 1968, the last year they were made.

2014 Shelby GT C500 Mustang

After our trip to Shelby American in Las Vegas last summer we have a renewed appreciation for this very special Shelby GT C500 Mustang.

Pair of 1956 Convertibles

We spotted this pair of classic ’50s Ford convertibles on display. A beautiful Coral and White 1956 Ford Sunliner is parked next to a 1956 Mercury Montclair Convertible here at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.

1969 Blown Mach 1 Mustang

Look at the blown monster big block shoehorned into this 1969 Mustang Mach 1.

It got a lot hotter around 2 o’clock when the Carlisle Ford Nationals Burnout Contest got underway. This 1979 Ford F-250 is a perennial contender here at Carlisle in the Burnout Contest. He won again today. This was the best burnout ever!

Corvettes at Carlisle 2013

As many as 60,000 people attended Corvettes at Carlisle this weekend to view the estimated 5,000 Corvettes on display. Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com shared his photographs from the event.

As many as 60,000 people attended Corvettes at Carlisle this weekend to view the estimated 5,000 Corvettes on display. Bob Boberg of eClassic Autos.com shared his photographs from the event.

carlisle-graphic-13Carlisle, PA– The Carlisle Fairgrounds were filled with some of the choicest Corvettes in the country this last weekend as part of the Corvettes at Carlisle event. Spokesman, Mike Garland estimated that as many as 60,000 individual attendees walked the fields in honor of Corvette’s 60th Anniversary. With 5,000 unique Corvettes from all generations on display, it’s touted as one of the largest single-brand car shows in the world, and is quickly becoming the place to be mid-summer for any serious Corvette guru.

Each year features a special display, and this year’s was aptly titled the “Chips Choice Display,”where some of the best 1963 Corvette models took the stage. Among them were a 1963 Corvette Corvettes-at-CarlisleRondine concept car and a 1963 Asteroid Corvette (both pictured below). Classic models weren’t the only Corvettes represented. Corvette paraded a 2014 Stingray that hasn’t even entered into production yet! If you couldn’t make it to the show, check out the photographs taken by Bob Boberg for Cars On Line’s partner website eClassic Autos.com!

 

Legendary racer and creator of the Yenko Camaro, Don Yenko drove this 1963 Corvette Race Car.

Legendary racer and creator of the Yenko Camaro, Don Yenko drove this 1963 Corvette Race Car.

 

Speedboat racer Bob Nosrdskog special ordered this 1963 Corvette, without the paint, and then shipped it to prolific customizer, George Barris. Barris' modifications included extending the nose cone, creating custom headers that exited from behind the front wheels, removal of the split window and opened rear wheel wells. It was dubbed "The Asteroid."

Speedboat racer Bob Nosrdskog special ordered this 1963 Corvette, without the paint, and then shipped it to prolific customizer, George Barris. Barris’ modifications included extending the nose cone, creating custom headers that exited from behind the front wheels, removal of the split window and opened rear wheel wells. It was dubbed “The Asteroid.”

 

The 1963 Rondine Concept Corvette was built for the Paris Auto Show in 1963 and then remain on display until 2008. It was then sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $1.6 million! It's based on the 1963 Corvette C2 chassis, has a classic Pininfarina body and is the only steel-bodied Corvette ever created!

The 1963 Rondine Concept Corvette was built for the Paris Auto Show in 1963 and then remain on display until 2008. It was then sold at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona for $1.6 million! It’s based on the 1963 Corvette C2 chassis, has a classic Pininfarina body and is the only steel-bodied Corvette ever created!

 

Built by legendary pro-streeter, Rod Saboury, this 1963 Twin Trubo Drag Car shouldn't be a stranger to readers of the Cars On Line newsletter, where we featured it as our 2012 Car of the Year. Click here to read the story! It's one of the fastest street-legal Corvettes ever made, with 2,400 horsepower.

Built by legendary pro-streeter, Rod Saboury, this 1963 Twin Trubo Drag Car shouldn’t be a stranger to readers of the Cars On Line newsletter, where we featured it as our 2012 Car of the Year. Click here to read the story! It’s one of the fastest street-legal Corvettes ever made, with 2,400 horsepower.

 

A better suspension and multi-segment lined brakes were made available for the 1963 Z06 Corvette. The Z06 is seeing a revival today, but only a couple hundred were made in their innaugeral year.

A better suspension and multi-segment lined brakes were made available for the 1963 Z06 Corvette. The Z06 is seeing a revival today, but only a couple hundred were made in their innaugeral year.

 

Dick Lang's 1963 Z06 Tanker Race Car made an appearance.

Dick Lang’s 1963 Z06 Tanker Race Car made an appearance.

 

An original 1967 Corvette Grand Sport II L88 is a million dollar car, but these continuations are still being manufactured today.

An original 1967 Corvette Grand Sport II L88 is a million dollar car, but these continuations are still being manufactured today.

 

A crowd gathers around the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

A crowd gathers around the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

 

Take a look inside the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

Take a look inside the 2014 Corvette Stingray.

You can find even more photographs of the event on the eClassicAutos.com Facebook page. Click here to see them!