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Chrysler Weekend Becomes Carlisle Events' Hottest Show of the Summer in Record Ways
Over 2,700 Mopars Draw an International Audience to the Carlisle Fairgrounds in 2016
By: Carlisle Events
Weather jokes aside, Chrysler weekend wound up being a pretty spectacular event from start to finish. In fact, this year's show set an all-new showfield record of 2,718, breaking last year's mark by over 150 total registrations. The rare and unique displays helped wow some 50,000 guests. Those displays included C-Bodies, as was 50-years of the Charger and 50-years of the Street Hemi. The Survivor Display was always very popular, with dozens of original machines positioned near the midway.
Rubber melting action took place in multiple forms this weekend too with Dodge hosting its drift and drag rides on the autocross track and Petty's Garage supporting the Kings Crown giveaway as part of the filled-to-capacity burnout contest. For Dodge, guests could take free white knuckle rides in the Charger, Challenger or Viper, plus test drive some of the latest products from the Dodge brand, again for free. Burnouts always pack the stands and the action in front of the Red 102.3 stage was capped with a presentation of a replica Richard Petty cowboy hat, complete with signature from the king himself.
Aside from the record turnout and cool activities, special guests helped power Chrysler weekend as well. Carlisle Events welcomed back three big names, Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show as well as NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty and Dale Inman. In addition, appearing as guests for the first-time ever was Rick Hurst (Cletus Hogg) from the Dukes of Hazzard and Rachel DeBarros, co-host of All Girls Garage on Discovery's Velocity Channel. While Petty and Inman were only at Carlisle Saturday, everyone else held court for three days and host long lines of passionate fans/enthusiasts.
The multi-faceted Chrysler show also features a swap meet of epic size. For as many people that came to Carlisle to look at the cars, nearly as many came to shop too. The midway and general swap meet area were bustling with folks looking to buy and sell with cash in hand and carts to carry. Their passion showcased why this event is indeed the biggest and best of its type.
With this show a wrap, what's next? First, 2017's date is set at July 14-16. Hotels are filling up fast and both vendors and showfield participants have already registered for the event. Don't miss out! Finally, a wide array of photos are available online too via the Carlisle Events Flickr Page. Visit www.CarlisleEvents.com and click the social media icon to learn and see more!