Carlisle GM Nationals
Celebrations honor GTO, Trans Am, Camaro and more
Eric Kaminsky - March 20, 2014 02:00 AM
GTOs on the show field at the 2013 GM Nationals.Photo courtesy of Carlisle Events
There will be plenty to see at the various indoor displays.Photo courtesy of Carlisle Events
The burnout contest is one of the favorite attractions during the weekend.Photo courtesy of Carlisle Events
Anniversary celebrations will be a big part of the Carlisle GM Nationals June 20-22 at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds.
Not only is Carlisle Events recognizing its 40th anniversary, but also the 50th anniversary of the Pontiac GTO. There will also be a special 1969 display as part of the Solid Lifter Showroom. An original “Monkeemobile” from the TV show “The Monkees” will be part of the GTO display.
Carlisle will also serve as the starting point for the week-long Bandit Run, which honors the 1970s movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” which starred Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed. The run ends in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. A replica of the semi that Jerry Reed (aka “The Snowman”) drove will be on display, and the downtown Carlisle Theater will be showing the movie.
Also planned for the weekend is a panel discussion with the trio that helped develop the GTO: Milt Shornack, Russ Gee and Bill Collins. Shornack will bring an experimental 1969 GTO complete with a Ram Air V engine, one of about 200 such engines made. The car itself was never officially produced by Pontiac.
Other fan favorites include a dyno machine, swap meet, car corral, onsite autocross ridealongs, burnouts, beauty, kids activities, and the women's oasis.
For more information, click HERE