Carlisle GM Nationals 2021
More than 1,000 owners and an impressive crowd of spectators made the annual General Motors (GM) Nationals at the Carlisle Fairgrounds one for the record books. Obviously, people were ready to celebrate their newfound freedom, blue skies, and classic cars. And, if your team is Chevy, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, or one of the other GM stablemates, this was the place to be.
Besides a Car Corral that had a variety of project or show-ready vehicles for sale, a Swap Meet and Vendor Midway that had parts and products to fit everyone’s needs, there was also a Car Show that featured the following:
- Solid Lifter Display
- GM Show Case
- 50th Year of the 1971 Vega, Motor Trend’s Car of the Year (1971)
- Fiero Mid Atlantic Owners Association
Standard of Excellence – Best of Show Award
This 1969 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds (#219 out of 913 built), owned by Keith Stockberger of Carmel, IN, was a barn find. It was restored to show room new, after which it won several awards, including MCACN Gold in 2019. Here, at the GM Nationals in Carlisle, it was crowned Best of Show.
Solid Lifter Display
There was an entire building consisting of GM high performance cars that utilized solid lifters, including Z-28s, COPO cars, Yenkos, and more.
GM Show Case
The GM Show Case cars were some of the best examples from General Motors. Here are some of cars that rocked this special display.
50 Years for the 1971 Vega
In its debut year, 1971, the Chevy’s Vega was selected as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year. It became a strong seller at a time when downsizing and fuel economy was starting to be a priority. Over 2 million Vegas were sold before the model became extinct in 1978.
Fiero Mid Atlantic Owners Association
A reported 150 Fieros were registered for the show. This was definitely one of the largest turnouts of Pontiac’s mid-engine pocket rocket found anywhere.