|Each year The Chrysler Nats at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle PA gets bigger—not in size but in what the Carlisle folks are able to pack into the event—like the proverbial 10 lbs. of stuff in a 5 lb. bag. And this year was no different. Carlisle, in recent years, has attracted many Mopar celebrities to their Chrysler event. But this year they went overboard in reeling in celebs from film, radio and TV—car, but not necessarily Mopar, related. Heck, even author Jerry Heasley qualified as a “celebrity” who made the most of the opportunity by hawking his new “Rare Finds” book. Gee, maybe next year Rob Wolfe may even make the celebrity cut.
While it’s always nice to see and greet some of the Mopar icons such as Ramchargers Tom Hoover, Mike Buckel, Dave Rockwell, Tom Coddington and others, along with Herb “Mister 4-speed” McCandless, Super Stock pilot Bill Stiles (the standard greeting for the old-timers is “Hey, you still alive?”). For some of the other celebs we used the standard greeting: “Hello, who are you?”
New for this year, was the “additional fee” you had to pay to get John (“Bo Duke”) Schneider’s and Cindy (“Happy Days”) Williams’ autograph and snap their photo. Guess these actors (and actresses) have fallen on hard times. TheBruntBros, with no money in the budget from the publisher for such nonsense, got around the payola deal by disguising themselves as houseplants—a trick they regularly employ to evade the immigration officials. You’ll find John’s and Cindy’s photos, among other things, in our Feb. issue.
While we can’t show you every one of the 4800 or so cars that rolled into the event, we can show you the cars that didn’t come out all fuzzy from the film that TheBruntBros turned in with the company’s 1934 Kodak box camera that the Brunts have to sign out for from the stock room for photo shoots.