2018 Carlisle Chrysler and Hurst Nationals

July 16, 2018 -- It was a new record for the Chrysler Nationals, as over 2,750 Mopars filled the show field in Carlisle, with everything from vintage Dodge Brother vehicles to the latest Chrysler extreme muscle cars, including the 840 HP 2018 Demon. There's nothing more colorful than a gathering of Mopars, and with paint colors like Sassy Grass Green, Plum Crazy Purple, Top Banana Yellow, and Panther Pink, these vehicles definitely do not go unnoticed. Chrysler also had a real knack for coming up with unique names for their cars, such as Super Bee, Road Runner, Duster, and Cuda - names that certainly were attention grabbers, and not easily forgotten. And, then, of course, who doesn't associate Hemi, 440 Six Pack, and pistol grip shifters with Mopar?

It's pretty amazing, and a little overwhelming, to see all these Mopar legends in the same location, but then just across the street, the Hurst Nationals were in full swing with a great lineup of Hurst-equipped cars. This year's show featured an original ’72 Olds Indy 500 pace car with the iconic 9’ tall Hurst shifter. Another legendary car in the show was the 1969 Barracuda Hemi Under Glass, which was made even more famous recently, when during filming of an episode of "Jay Leno's Garage," it rolled over with Jay in the passenger's seat. The driver who piloted the Barracuda during those epic wheel standing runs back in the day, and the one driving the car during the "tumble" with Jay, Bob Riggle, was at the Hurst Nationals to discuss the car and sign autographs. Also, Miss Hurst herself, Linda Vaughn, was on hand to meet fans.

Here's more of what happened during this action-packed weekend.

Anniversary Celebrations

  • 50 Years of the Dodge Super Bee
  • 50 Years of the 340 Engine
  • 50 Years of the Hemi Dart

Burnout Contest

Car Corral

Dodge Thrill Rides

Mopar Nationals
1960 DeSota FireFlite 1967 Plymouth Barracuda 1968 Dodge Coronet 1971 Dodge 340 Demon 1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 1968 Hemi Dart 1969 Road Runner 1970 Plymouth 340 Shaker Cuda 1970 Plymouth AAR Cuda 1970 Road Runner 1971 Plymouth Convertible Cuda 1971 Plymouth Cuda (Incredible Hulk) 1971 Plymouth Satellite Sebring 1962 Dodge Wagon 1966 Dodge Charger 1967 Plymouth Barracuda 1970 Dodge Challenger 1971 Plymouth Barracuda 1971 Plymouth Duster 1971 Plymouth Sport Fury GT 2003 Plymouth Prowler 1971 Dodge Demon


Hurst Nationals
1972 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds (Actual Indy 500 Pace Car) Actual Hurst-Built Platform 1969 Barracuda Hemi Under Glass 1986 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 1969 AMC Hurst SC/Scrambler 1969 Hurst Olds 1977 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 2017 Mustang Hurst 2017 Hurst Camaro 2016 Dodge Challenger Hurst Hellcat 1974 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 1979 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 1970 AMC Rebel Machine 1983 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds
Hemi Under Glass

The 1969 Barracuda ‘Hemi Under Glass' on display at the Hurst Nationals was made famous once again, when Jay Leno recently took a ride that ended with a rollover crash viewed by millions on his popular TV show. Now restored to its glory days, Bill Sefton, previous owner, and Bob Riggle, driver, filled us in on this iconic race car. Also in the second video, the new owner, Joe Spagnoli tells us about this recent addition to his collection and the special display he has planned for the Barracuda.



For more about the Hurst Hemi Under Glass, click here.



Linda Vaughn

Linda Vaughn was at the Hurst Nationals in Carlisle to sign automotive memorabilia, as well as copies of her autobiography, Linda Vaughn: The First Lady of Motorsports.On Saturday, she recreated one of the most recognized images in motor sport pageantry by standing on the Hurst Olds platform with the 9’ tall shifter and riding through the show field. It was a magical moment, demonstrating that the love between Linda and her legions of fans is as strong today as ever.




Burnout Contest

Kelly Wilson, in her 2006 Dodge Magnum, won the burnout contest at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. She is the first lady to win a burnout in Carlisle's 45 year history.




Dodge Thrill Ride


For the Dodge Thrill Ride experience, see below video.



Car Corral
1960 Plymouth Sport Fury, Asking Price: $53,000 1973 Road Runner, Asking Price: $19,900 1947 Dodge Pickup Truck, Asking Price $17,500 1957 Plymouth Fury (Original, Unrestored and 40 Years in Storage), Asking Price: $110,000 1970 Dodge Charger, Asking Price: $45,500 1970 Dodge Charger, Asking Price: $38,000 Dodge Viper GTSR, Asking Price: $150,000 1970 Dodge Challenger, Asking Price: $59,900