Vincent Pestilli’s ’69 GTO earned Best GTO and Best Engine laurels, and Brent Lehman’s ’68
A large car show and swap meet featuring all of GM's divisions are the main events of the Carlisle All-GM Nationals held each June at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
There's also a manufacturers mid-way to find your favorite new parts, Installation Alley to have them professionally installed, a car corral to shop for a fresh GM musclecar, drag racing, invitational vehicles to view, monster truck rides, seminars, and more. The GM Nationals Women's Oasis tent offers a variety of non-automotive products, and provides seminars and classes, taught by women, to learn more about cars. In the Kids at Carlisle Activity Center Area, there is much to do for children with their parents.
Friday opened with free autocross ride-alongs in a Hotchkis Sport Suspension-equipped vehicle. Paul Koerner, a GM World Class Certified technician, hosted two seminars. The first was on GM Performance for '12-'13, and the second was on GM diagnostics and troubleshooting, and participants could pick his brain regarding their toughest diagnostic issues. A Meguiar's car-care seminar taught showgoers how to keep their rides bright and shiny and protected from the elements.
Every few hours Bruce Larson's USA1 funnycar could be heard firing up and echoing through the fairgrounds.
Drag racing was held in the afternoon at Quarter Aces Drag-O-Way, an eighth-mile, NHRA-sanctioned track in Boiling Springs. Later that night, a BBQ with live blues music from both The Little Ivory Blues Band and Grand Point Station took place back at the fairgrounds.
Paul Trapp’s Palmetto Green ’65 GTO was in the invitational display. It has been treated t
Many activities and seminars of Friday were repeated on Saturday, but the major focus was on the show cars. Pontiac had a strong presence on the showfield sponsored by National Parts Depot (NPD), representing the Division proudly amongst its brethren. Variety was key, as a walk down each lane of the Pontiac section provided a living history of the brand with many examples of all four generations of Firebirds, most vintage GTOs, outstanding attendance for late-model GTOs, lots of G8s, vintage Big-Cars and late-model front-drive GPs, Bonnevilles, and Grand Ams. And let's not forget a great turnout of Fieros. The Susquehanna Valley GTO Club, the Mid-Atlantic Fiero Owners Association, and the Capital City GTO club were among those that aided in the Pontiac attendance.
Entertainment included live music from country-music artist Jason Sturgeon and slight-of-hand and audience participation magic from Illusionist Eddy Ray. Later in the day, smoke filled the grandstand area and spectators cheered for the burnout contest.
The most interesting giveaway for Pontiac fans came on Saturday night when a lucky participant won a day at the Bondurant Driving School. At the 1.6-mile track in Arizona, instructors will teach the winner about skid control, line techniques, accident avoidance, lead and follow, trail braking, and throttle steer, and heel-and-toe downshifting, among other skills. Pretty cool prize.
On Sunday the event wrapped up with the awards parade in front of the Grandstand featuring the winners from the NPD showfield. Among the numerous class winners, which you can find at the Carlisle Events website, there was also a bevy of special awards earned. Best G-Series went to Mark Lilly's '09 G8 GT, Best Grand Prix to Donald Staub's '63, and Best Pontiac Full-Size to George J. Melasecca's '62 Catalina convertible. Rob Leppo of the Mid-Atlantic Fiero Owners Association chose Steve Pishock's '86 Fiero as his Celebrity Pick and Corey Leppo of the same club chose Thomas Kershner Jr's. '86 Fiero as his Celebrity Pick. Andy Bigham's '34 Pontiac won Best Engineered Modified, and the remaining special-award Pontiacs are discussed in the captions.
This year's Carlisle All-GM Nationals promises all the great features and activities of 2012, plus another special guest, legendary NASCAR driver Bobby Allison.
Charles Mross’ ’05 GTO was a Celebrity Pick by Pat Fahey of the Capital City GTO Car Club.
Malcolm Myers Jr. won best Firebird with his ’76 Firethorn Red 455 four-speed T/A. He has
Beverly Reedy received Best of Show honors for Pontiacs and Best Detailed Stock for her pr
Among the impressive group of Fieros was Tom Harding’s 2.8L, five-speed ’86 GT named Blue
Bob Krewson of the Susquehanna Valley GTOs chose A.J. Koszi’s ’62 Grand Prix as his Celebr
Here’s one great giveaway. This ‘54 Pontiac Chieftain, named The Gambler, was built by Bac
Best Detailed Modified went to Donald Bick’s meticulously built ’67 GTO.
When does a Ventura act like a LeMans? When it wins the Best LeMans/Tempest Award like Mic
Richard Wagner is the original owner of this W72 301 ’80 T/A S/E. The fact that it is a ha
The 2013 event will be held June 21-23 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Check out www.carlisleevents.com/events/gm-nationals for more info.