Though the event is just three days on paper, it was essentially a four-day happening. This was because Early Bird Thursday at Carlisle brings people to town for not only a great shopping experience within the massive (and sold out) all-Mopar themed swap meet, but because the evening hosts a free cruise-in at Faulkner Dodge Ram. This cruise, hosted by the Mopar Rebellion Car Club, saw nearly 400 cars roll in and offered food, music and the joys of catching up with “old friends” that many had not seen since last year’s show.
Once the gates opened at 7 a.m. Friday, there was no stopping the positive vibes that this show emanates. Guests enjoyed a combination of classic cars and trucks as well as the chance to experience thrills unavailable to many. Via Dodge, there were test drives of their latest products, plus everyone who got behind the wheel of a new Dodge was able to strap in with professional driver Leah Pritchett and experience the Scat Pack Thrill Ride. Further, Hotchkis Sport Suspension was onsite offering autocross ride alongs and Brenner Chrysler Jeep showcased various Jeep models in conjunction with the Rausch Creek Off Road Playground.
Along with the hands on offerings, there was shopping via the swap meet, car corral and Manufacturer’
Special Displays were also a popular draw. Buildings G, T and Y had something for everyone to see. G welcomed a Race Hemi reunion, Y had a special A12 showcase and T focused on a general invitational display. Muscle Motors and Mopar Muscle Magazine also played a key role in this year’s event with an engine giveaway. The winner was drawn Saturday and she was onsite to happily accept her prize.
Finally, one of the more popular happenings annually took place Saturday too as the Mopar Collector’s Guide presented its annual Hall of Fame. There were a dozen inductees in 2014 including Herb McCandless. He was given a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the brand and to racing.
Though this year’s event has concluded, preparations are underway for the 2015 show. Next year’s fun runs July 10-12 and features an ‘80s celebration with some ‘50s tail fins thrown in for good measure. Save the date because it’ll be a fun one!