When attending a Carlisle event, there’s no shortage of fireworks, this past event has seen another Showfield record broken for 2021. Since the Carlisle Events schedule launched in January of 2021, turnout for events has been close to or above record numbers and that trend continued July 9-11 as part of the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. Mopar fans had exactly what they wanted, more Mopar! The “Mopar Madness” was on full display, as was an all-new record of 2,926 cars, mixing perfectly with a sold-out swap meet of vendors.
The three-day affair is always extended to four with the annual Mopar Rebellion kick-off party, held starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday before show weekend. That get-together was the perfect jumping-off point for what would end up being three full days of energy, parts shopping and unmatched camaraderie.
Once the sun rose on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds July 9 through the final load-out on Sunday, the place was hopping with special displays, vendors, guests and special attractions. Spotlighted in 2021 were the Demons, 50-years of 1971 Mopars, Old Skool Paint, and even Dirty ‘Birds. Buildings T and Y saw a lot of eyes, as guests checked out the likes of a 1971 Road Runner that was salvaged and rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina, another ’71 that was driven direct from Connecticut to Carlisle with no AC or power steering and even a ’71 with a big Warner Brothers Road Runner protruding from the hood (beep! beep!). Not far from there was a nice mix of Forward Look cars in Building R. This display included designers Gordon Davis and Diran Yazejian.
The Forward Look guys weren’t the only special guests, as Carlisle welcomed Herb McCandless, the Golden Commandos, Ramchargers, Joe Zolper and Dave Rea too. For McCandless, his appearance was supported by the world premiere of a documentary titled “Mr. 4 Speed,” some of which was shot in Carlisle in 2019.
Though this year’s event has concluded, preparations are underway for the 2022 show. Next year’s fun runs July 15-17. Save the date and register today because it’ll be a fun one!