Chryslers of all models are rolling into the Carlisle Fairgrounds this weekend for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals.
The event runs from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, and features nearly 3,000 vehicles from all of Chrysler’s brands.
Fifty is the magic number for special displays this year as the show marks the 50th anniversaries of the Road Runner, Super Bee, the 340 engine and the 68 Hemi Super Stockers.
The Road Runner, considered by many to be the ultimate muscle car, was designed to cost less than $3,000 while going 0-60 in under seven seconds and covering a quarter mile in 15 seconds. The Super Bee became known as Chrysler’s bare-bones performance car, while the small-block 340 engine was tagged by some as the “budget muscle car.”
For the second year, Carlisle Events is welcoming the Hurst Nationals to the Expo Center on Friday and Saturday. This is where 80 Darts and 80 Barracudas will be on display to mark half a century of the Hemi Super Stockers, originally built for drag races.
Chrysler Nationals will also welcome its share of guest stars.
Mopar restorer and Velocity TV host Dave Rea will sign autographs at the show’s Hall of Fame Tent.
Linda Vaughn, the first lady of motorsports, will also be at the show to meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about her time in the automotive world. She burst onto the scene in the early 1960s and was the trophy girl at nearly every type of major motorsports competition, including NHRA, Indy Car, Formula One and NASCAR.
Race car driver Kevin Wesley will be at the show for photos, autographs and a meet and greet. His Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody race car will be on display, and is expected to be taken onto the track at least once over the weekend.
In addition to special displays and stars, the event features the traditional swap meet, show field and other activities.