Carlisle is known around the country as hosting the best car shows in the business, and once again, they did not disappoint this weekend. The weather in Central PA was amazing, and GDR hit the show to check out what was being offered up for everyone to see.
On Friday, we hit Quarter Aces Drag-o-Way,
a gem of a 1/8th mile strip only minutes away from Downtown Carlisle. Quarter Aces, formerly known as South Mountain Dragway, has quite history dating back to the late 1950's. Back in November of 2007, a local businessman and drag racer bought the track, and has been making improvements to the facility ever since. The Friday night program included the Super, Pro, Street eliminator, and Pro Stick classes. Check out the GDR Photo Gallery of the Carlisle All GM Nationals Race
at Quarter Aces Drag-o-way to see the action you missed!
The Carlisle showfield was packed early Saturday Morning, full of car fans getting in their last minute detailing done in prepration of the judges coming to visit their cars. Unlike previous shows, this year's GM Nationals judging was done by judges and not participant ballot. Some of our regular racers back at home also took a break from the drag strip this weekend to show their cars. Making an amazing showing and taking up a huge chunk of the showfield were a ton of late model GTO's, many of which belong to G.O.N.E. (GTO Owners of the Northeast). Familiar faces were Jrzy Goat and LS1Melissa from GDR, showing their red GTO's. Melissa also entered the burnout contest, where she was right at home, as anyone who has seen her in the burnout box before knew she would enjoy lighting up her Mickey Thompson's for the crowd.
GM's new Camaro was also making an impressive showing, with a handful of Camaro owners showing their brand new rides. GM brought out the Camaro Black concept car, a completely blacked out 2010 Camaro sporting some great looking body modifications and a fancy set of wheels. SLP Performance Parts was on the field showing off their ZL550 (automatic) and ZL575 (manual) supercharger packages for 2010 Camaros. These packages include a full performance package as well as a few body modifications. Only 250 of each will be built, word on the street is that they will be going fast! Skip to this page in the photo gallery
to see more info on the rides.
We stumbled upon an interesting ride in one of the featured car buldings, a 1970 El Camino done by Creative Car-Tunes for Phoenix Contact, a company that specializes in automation techonology. The El Camino was rigged up as an ultimate tailgate vehicle, featuring a ton of multimedia devices, and a grill, all hidden by an automated retractable tonneau cover. Everything on this car was done at the push of a button on a touch screen display mounted by the back glass on the passenger side. We'd love to have this ride at the drag strip for our grilling activities, we'll see if our dreams will come true someday!
Late in the afternoon on Saturday, the grandstands filled for the ever popular burnout contest. Last year we saw some impressive burnouts that smoked out the entire area, and this year, the action was even more intense than last. The Carlisle Maintenance staff is on point with the burnout box prep, boxing the car in and shielding the crowd from flying tire pieces. Each contestant has three minutes to light 'em up, the end goal for the contestant is to get the crowd on their side and cheer for their win. To please the crowd, they need to see tire pieces flying, and the first contestant that did ended up winning the contest. Check out the GM Nationals Burnout Contest Photo Gallery.
Noone would be leaving the showfield until the most popular event of the day went down, the Beauty Contest. 9 Beauties graced the stage of the grandstands, strutting their stuff in their bikinis as the crowd's jaws dropped. They were all given a brief question to answer (car related of course), then the crowd's reaction judged who would pick up the win. Taking it home was the gorgeous contestant #1. Check out the GM Nationals Beauty Contest Photo Gallery here.2009 Carlisle All GM Nationals - Quarter Aces Dragway Racing Pics
2009 Carlisle All GM Nationals - Show Field Pics
2009 Carlisle All GM Nationals - Burnout Contest Pics
2009 Carlisle All GM Nationals - Bikini Contest Pics