The GM Nationals 2016 was all things GM: beautiful Camaros, Corvettes, Chevelles, Novas, Trans Ams, Toronados, Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevys, GMCs, Oldsmobiles, Pontiacs, and more!
One of the special displays this year was the 50th anniversary of the Oldsmobile Toronado. There were several of these on display. Also on display were the Hurst/Oldsmobiles. Another one of the unique display cars was one that was an experiment from 1967 where they took a newly redesigned Olds 442 and used it with the front wheel drive set up from the Toronado. It was dubbed the Fouranado. David North, the designer of the Toronado and Don Glover from Hurst were both on hand to answer questions and greet enthusiasts.
There were monster truck rides by the monster truck Predator for all to enjoy. Autocross ride-alongs were also given by UMI performance. Numerous parts vendors and flea marketers selling their wares are always at Carlisle. If you can’t find it there, you can’t find it.
One unique ride I saw was a tie-dye wrapped Corvette. I also saw Johnny Pappas (Johnny5768 on the forum). He was showing his ‘57 Chevy Bel Air in the Special Display Building which was very cool to see.
On Saturday night I went up to watch the Autocross as I had been hearing it all day and wanted to see what it was all about. It was a unique experience to watch. Several of the rides were just street rides that they take around the course and others were set up specifically for this.
The burnout contest was on Saturday night as usual. They tried to get some 5th and 6th Generation Camaro’s up to do the burnouts but no one was crazy enough to try that with their pride and joys. The winner was a truck which smoked the heck out of them and the grounds and blew both tires out. The trucks seem to have the advantage.
This was a great show and well worth checking out. We are always well received at Carlisle and Ed and the rest of the people there treat us well. Any of the Carlisle Car events are definitely worth attending.
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