The Shell-Camino Monster Ride Truck is no stranger to followers of events produced by Carlisle. The truck first appeared at the Carlisle GM Nationals in 2012 and its popularity has yielded a return partnership, this time at Festival Park. The truck, a 9,500-pound behemoth, will be available for rides by adults and kids alike each day of the event. By climbing aboard the truck, attendees will take part in a unique experience, one that can't easily be duplicated. The ride takes place in the back of a converted 1972 El-Camino. The truck is retired from the competition circuit and is now being used for rides at fairs, festivals and gatherings of all sorts. This monster accommodates 12 children or nine adults. No matter the combination, owners Ron and Shelly Kujat encourage everyone to "bring the whole family and take a ride." A nominal fee will apply for this experience. A single ride is $8, while two rides are $15.
In addition to the thrill of riding in a Monster Truck, attendees can also enjoy a nice selection of "classic hits," piped in via Q105. The station, branded as Tampa Bay's Greatest Hits, will provide the ambiance necessary to enjoy not only the collector car event, but the auction and the very special Friday cruise-in. The station itself as well as Carlisle Events, parent company of Winter AutoFest, presents the cruise, which benefits local charities. Q105 plays music that ranges from the '60s through the late '80s, including artists like The Who, Elton John, Hall & Oates, The Beatles, Michael Jackson and more.
Finally, activities like monster truck rides and walking aisle after aisle of collector car merchandise are bound to build an appetite. Before, during or after taking part in the various onsite activities, enthusiasts are encouraged to visit the many food vendors onsite. Food ranges from the simple to the extra ordinary. Soda, water, beer and more are available from a beverage standpoint, while great deserts include ice cream, apple dumplings, funnel cake and strawberry short cake. Overall, Winter AutoFest has not only taken on new ownership in 2013, it's taken on a whole new family-friendly environment.