Whether this is your first visit to Carlisle's car shows or your an old pro, you don't want to miss these 10 highlights from the 2019 season.
Import & Performance Nationals May 17-19
1981 Citroen CX 2400 Pallas -- Formerly owned by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, this car was used by the royal couple at their house in Paris and was later part of the official fleet at the Palace in Monaco before being retired to the Prince's car museum. It was put up for auction by Prince Albert, Rainier's son, in 2012.
Ford Nationals May 31-June 2
- 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Pro Stock (owned by Joe Spinelli) -- The car was originally owned and raced by Al Joniec. The second owner, Lou Guglielmo, would clock a best elapsed-time of 9.43 using the Boss 429 engine. After a subsequent owner blew up the engine, the car disappeared but was found decades later by Jerry Spinelli with a 351 Cleveland under the hood. The current owner, Joe Spinelli (who purchased it from his brother Jerry) restored the car as it was raced by Joniec with a Boss 429 under the hood. (Information gathered from an article written by Geoff Stunkard in 2010 for mustangsandfords.com; photo credit: Mustang Monthly)
- New Mustang Shelby GT500 -- Be one of the first to see this new mega-Mustang, which was unveiled at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January. With more than 700 horsepower from a supercharged 5.2-liter V8, it will be Ford's most powerful production car ever, going from 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Ford is hoping to run hot laps with it during the show.
Chevrolet Nationals June 21-22
- Smokey and the Bandit Jump -- At 1 PM on Saturday, June 22, stop what you are doing to witness heart-pounding excitement as a replica 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am flies through the air at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt team will recreate the iconic jump made by the "Bandit" in the classic 1977 film starring Burt Reynolds. The event is a tribute to the actor who portrayed the "Bandit" and who passed away in 2018 at the age of 82.
Chrysler Nationals July 12-14
- 1955 Chrysler 300 VIN #1 -- Built as a factory race car to compete in NASCAR events at Daytona Beach, the very first Chrysler 300 ever built has a significant racing history, including winning the NASCAR Speed Trials Championship with Vicki Wood behind the wheel and finishing 2nd in the men's Daytona race (it lost to Vin #2). This car is all original. It does run and drive but is in need of restoration.
- 1957 Dodge Coronet D501 -- One of only 56 ever built and one of only 4 known to exist, this all-out performance car was raced at Daytona by legendary driver Arnie Beswick. It’s in almost all original condition, the exception being a rear quarter repaint from a wreck. It’s a 3-speed manual with a huge Chrysler 300 motor and big Imperial brakes.
Truck Nationals August 2-4
- Vanarama VIII -- Hosted by CustomVan.com, be sure to take the time to see some of the most imaginative and creative vehicles around including an extra-long custom creation from Canada and an air-brushed show stopper by Ed Beard Jr., a world-renowned artist in sculpture, airbrush, and paint who has done work for Disney.
- Volvo Military Veteran Tribute Truck: Before heading to the Truck Nationals, this truck will be a part of the Ride for Freedom event, better known as Rolling Thunder, a motorcycle rally taking place in Washington, DC, during Memorial Day weekend to bring awareness to POWs and MIAs of all wars. It features custom graphics designed and installed on a Volvo tractor by employees at the Volvo Trucks New River Valley Assembly plant in Virginia and the UAW Local 2069 Veteran Committee
Corvettes at Carlisle August 22-25
- 1975 Chevrolet Corvette Hardtop (owned by Joe Barra) -- This car features 24K gold plating and a blown 703 HP 502 (owned by Joe Barra).
- 2008 Corvette Z06 (owned by Donnie Herrin): Check out this ISCA Traveling World Of Wheels Show Car known as Shake N Bake, which will be featured on the cover of an upcoming issue of Vette Magazine. Up for Sema Wrap of the Year 2019.
In addition to these highlights, the 2019 season celebrates the "Summer of '69". Guests at Carlisle this summer will enjoy special pricing, shirts, stickers, displays, and more as they are treated to a 50-year “class reunion” that spotlights some of the coolest cars ever to be produced during that iconic year. Click here to learn more about this special celebration.