|The Chrysler Nats at Carlisle was another big success, but the nickel and diming is getting ridiculous.
By Al Dente
Photos by TheBruntBrosPage 6 of the 2013 Carlisle All-Chrysler Nationals Official Event Directory was devoted to the stars and car in the film, “Christine,” to celebrate the flick’s 30th anniversary. Meeting the stars, Alexandra Paul, William Ostrander, Malcom Danare and Steve Tash in Bldg T was cool, but everyone wanted to see the real star that Carlisle touted: Christine herself—the 1958 Plymouth Fury owned by Bill Gibson. She was there all right, but hidden behind a black curtain draped in back of the human starts. Shell out $20 worth of merchandise (autographs, CDs etc.) and you qualified as one of the chosen few to be escorted behind the black curtain and have your photo taken with the car. But you had to supply the camera or iPhone. C’mon, now. You gotta pay for parking (cha-ching!) and you gotta pay to get into the show (cha-ching!), and you gotta pay extra to see the star attraction? What’s up with that? Look, there was that nice little photo of Christine on page 6, so shut up.That said, Carlisle overall is a top-flight show—the best you’ll find in the state of Pennsylvania anyway. Highlight of the event was the fabulous display of Max Wedge cars—20 in all—in the retro dealership. Special guests included Roger Lindamood who was there with Ralph Ronzello who owns a couple of Roger’s Maxie race cars, plus a ’63 tribute car to be featured in our June issue. Roger’s son Randy, was there with his Lindamood 2013 Gen 2 Hemi Challenger.Here are some of the photos that were not included in the April issue article plus a sidebar on Jim Roach’s ’72 ‘Cuda.