Mopar Magic at 2016 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals



July, 2016 -- Carlisle celebrated its 25th year of bringing Mopars to Carlisle, July 15 - 17, with a record number of registered cars and more than 50,000 spectators. This is one of the biggest years yet, not only because more than 2,700 vehicles from all eras of the Chrysler brand - classics, muscle cars, and high-performance new models - were in attendance, but because 2016 marks a major anniversary date for Chrysler. It has been 50 years since the iconic Charger and Hemi made their debut, and the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals provided the perfect venue for a celebration. Add three days of sunshine to the mix, and you had all the ingredients for one heck of a party.


1966 - Birth of the Street Hemi and Charger


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the release of the Street Hemi, Carlisle hosted an impressive number of 1966-1971 "wide valve covers" in just about every available factory combination. Two of the most unique (and valuable) cars were a 1966 Dodge Coronet 4-door 426 Hemi (1 of 4 examples built) and one of the legendary '70 Hemi Cuda convertibles. The Coronet had been restored to its show room condition, while the Cuda was an unmodified original, truly a survivor. These were two extremely rare cars in a building full of other Mopar royalty.


It was 50 years ago when the first Charger, in its extreme fastback design, rolled off the Chrysler assembly lines. Carlisle hoisted a special display of each year from 1966 thru 1974, plus later years models. Of course, most of earlier generation cars sported the 426 Hemi option.


1970 Hemi Cuda Convertible 1966 Dodge Coronet 4 Door with 426 Hemi 1966 Hemi Charger 1968 Hemi Charger 1971 Hemi Charger 1974 Charger 1985 Shelby Charger 2007 Charger SRT 8 2016 Charger SRT Hellcat
Car Show


In the '60s and '70s, Chrysler marketing probably did more to appeal to buyers through vivid colors than anyone else. Paint color names like Plum Crazy Purple, Top Banana Yellow, Sassy Grass Green, and Hi-C Orange are just a few of the fancy hues. As you looked across the show field at Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, it's as though someone had dropped a giant bag of Skittles. Then, adding more personality to the field of Mopar dream cars were cartoon characters, such as Road Runner, Superbee, Demon, Duster, and Superbird. Wow, what fun! Here's a walk through the show field, packed with both old and new Mopar classics.


Chrysler 300G
Car Corral


Over 300 Mopars were available for sale in the Chrysler Nationals Car Corral, where potential buyers could personally inspect each car, meet with the seller, drive the vehicle and/or negotiate their own deal. Services on the fairgrounds to aid in transactions include notary services, financing, appraisals and insurance vendors.


An Original Bench Seat Matching # 1969 Road Runner. Asking $125,000 1970 Plymouth Superbird Barn Find - Selling Price $100,000 Good looking 1970 #Challenger 340 T/A in Car Corral Asking $55,000 1969 Plymouth Barracuda - Selling Price $42,500
Swap Meet


With approximately 8,100 spaces spread over 150 acres at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, including almost 40 vendors in the manufacturers' midway, we put on our walking shoes to check out all the mopar parts and automotive memorabilia. What a bonanza!




Joining the weekend's celebration were several celebrities, such as Catherine Bach (Daisy) and Rick Hurst (Cletus) from Dukes of Hazard and Rachel DeBarros of All Girls Garage, a big Mopar fan and Challenger owner. And, last, but certainly not least, Richard Petty, showed up Saturday afternoon. The line was at least a block long for autographs and photos with the King of NASCAR.


The King of NASCAR, Richard Petty Catherine Bach (Daisy) of 'Dukes of Hazzard' Rick Hurst (Cletus) of 'Dukes of Hazzard' General E Lees Rachel DeBarros of 'All Girls Garage'
Ramchargers and Golden Commandos


Pioneers on the track, the Ramchargers were at Carlisle again this year. Members who have regularly attended in the past are Tom Coddington, Mike Buckel, Al Adam, and Dave Rockwell.


The Commandos and their 1966 "Goldfish" Plymouth Barracuda were part of this year's festivities, where they met with fans and signed autographs. Ray Kobe was joined by Evan Ericson, Warren Anderson, Jim Hall, Forrest Pitcock Jerry Carrico and Bruce Lindstrom.


For the first time in 50 years, the Ramchargers and the Golden Commandos reunited with their race cars from 1964. The Commandos' 1964 Plymouth was the first Super Stocker built and the only two-door hardtop with an aluminum nose. The Ramchargers' 1964 Dodge was the first drag car to have a 426 Hemi, and it was the prototype for other cars.


Ramchargers Talking Racing Ramchargers Talking Racing Dodge Ramcharger Plymouth Commando


No Carlisle event is complete without the burnout contest. Presented by Petty's Garage, the winner not only got "Carlisle King of the Hill" bragging rights, but he also received a limited edition, autographed replica cowboy hat, similar to what Richard Petty would wear. The hat itself is valuable, but even more so since it has the King's autograph.


Winning Vehicle: 1973 Road Runner Winner: Ron Bloszinsky in his 1973 Road Runner Winner Prize: Hat Autographed by Richard Petty Contender: Dodge Pickup Contender: Dodge Challenger


Here are some of the award winners of the 2016 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals.


Plymouth E-Body 72-74 Modified: 1972 Cuda, owned by David Zavetsky Desoto: 1960 Desoto Fireflite, owned by Steve Cooper 1955 to 1961 Cars: 1961 Chrysler Windsor, owned by Otto Szalai Dodge A-Body 67-69 Stock: 1969 Dart, owned by Joseph Jerry Plymouth E-Body 70-71 Modified: 1971 Barracuda, owned by Timothy Nist Truck 2004 - 2006 SRT 10: 2005 Ram SRT10, owned by David Mosteller Magnum 2005 and Up Modified: 2006 Magnum, owned by JR Martin
Buckle up for a Ride in a Challenger Hellcat


Everyone has heard of Dodge's new 707 HP Hellcat. Hop in and buckle up for a drift-ride in this supercharged Challenger.