For Immediate Release
Chrysler Nationals Show Car Participation Up 5% in 2010
A Record Breaking Celebration of Everything Mopar
Monday, July 12, 2010
CARLISLE, PA – The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is a Mopar lover’s paradise with attendees converging on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds from all over the world for one of the largest all-Chrysler events in the world. This weekend-long event crosses all eras of the Chrysler brand, from classic to muscle and everything in between. The 2010 edition of the Chrysler Nationals finished with a 5% increase over 2009 making it the largest show car participation since the event’s inception in 1991.
When asked about the great participation at this year’s Chrysler Nationals, Ed Buczeskie, Manager for the event said, “I was overwhelmed but not surprised by the turnout. It just goes to show you that no matter what the circumstances are with the parent company or with the current economy, die-hard Mopar people will do whatever they can to be here this weekend because it is such a well-established and organized event that represents their passion.”
Many of the cars at the Chrysler Nationals took part in special displays and reunions. One of these special reunions was the AAR ‘Cuda & Challenger T/A Reunion. Purpose-built for the Trans Am series in 1970, the AAR and T/A are two of the most coveted E-Bodies with enthusiasts today. Another very popular display this year was the Barn Finds in Building Y. 2010 also marked the fourth year that Carlisle transformed Building G, located at Gate 1, into the retro dealership, this year housing 1970 Mopars.
In addition to the special displays and reunions, industry guests and celebrities were in attendance at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. James Best, better known as Rosco P. Coltrane in the long-running TV series The Dukes of Hazzard; Lou Santiago, host of the Discovery Channel’s Ultimate Car Build Off; Tom Coddington, former Chrysler Executive and Engineer; and many others were on hand signing autographs and meeting fans throughout the weekend.
The Mopar “Top Eliminator” Program came to the Chrysler Nationals in 2010. Car show participants at this year’s Chrysler Nationals event had an opportunity to be chosen as the third of six winners in the 2010 Mopar “Top Eliminator” Program and to have their vehicle displayed in the Mopar Alley at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This program recognizes diehard and loyal Mopar owners who are true ambassadors of the brand and exhibit their passion and skills in modifying or preserving a piece of Mopar muscle car heritage. Scott Buck of East Greeneville, PA, and his 1970 Dodge Superbee were selected as the third winner of the Mopar “Top Eliminator” Program by a panel of Mopar factory representatives and announced on Sunday, July 11. The winning vehicle will be displayed at Mopar’s expense at the 2010 SEMA Show.
Along with the Mopar “Top Eliminator” Program, on Saturday Carlisle Events had a burnout competition won by Michael Reichard with his 1972 Plymouth Scamp and teamed up with Mopar Muscle magazine and Muscle Motors to give away a 408-cubic inch, small-block Stroker engine, won by Chris Ellis of Latrobe, PA. On Sunday afternoon following the 2010 Chrysler Nationals car giveaway - a 1965 Plymouth Valiant – was awarded to Dave Hineman of Bridgeport, WV.
The 2011 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, July 8-10, is sure to build upon the success of this year’s event. For more information please visit www.carlisleevents.com or call (717) 243-7855.
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