Carlisle Truck Nationals Entertain Thousands for Three Days – Big Trucks, Little Trucks and Everything In Between Anchor Popular Event
CARLISLE, PA… What a weekend at Carlisle! The 2012 Carlisle Truck Nationals, held August 3-5 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, was once again a hit. The event drew thousands of enthusiasts from across the country and wowed show-goers of all ages. With monster trucks, mini-trucks and every type of truck in between, attendees had three days to embrace the trucking hobby. Those who came to Carlisle did so in style with celebrations, activities and wrapped up with the awards parade on Sunday.
For the weekend, gates opened at 7 a.m. daily. Set-up day on Thursday had an exciting feel about it as the trucks, rigs and sponsors rolled on grounds. With everyone in position for the weekend, popular attractions included the Light Truck Accessory Alliance (LTAA) Showcase, LTAA stock-to-show Jeep transformation, off-road playground with Rausch Creek and, of course, the Big Rig Show and Shine presented by Progressive Commercial Insurance. The big rigs, positioned on the east side of the grounds, showcased the backbone of American industry as well as modern technology. The rigs also drew a big crowd Saturday night as part of the annual show and glow display. LEDGlow also had the Manufactures Midway glowing Saturday night with its neon contest. Those onsite with neon on their ride were encouraged to make their way towards the midway to show their stuff as reps from LEDGlow judged the displays and doled out awards.
Along with the over-the-road haulers, the nearby Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) mustered a great pool of military trucks and the monsters were well represented with Bigfoot, Backdraft, Virginia Giant and Megasauras on grounds. Bigfoot, the monster that started it all took part in multiple competitions with Backdraft during the weekend and their destruction led directly to a savage cleanup by Megasauras. Diehl Wilson's Virginia Giant ride truck kept families entertained too, providing rides for a majority of the three-day weekend.
WGTY, Great Country 107.7 sponsored the stage for the weekend and played host to a pair of bands. Friday and Saturday saw Deezle Church and Chris Woodward play multiple sets, with each band drawing interest from everyone on grounds. What also drew a crowd on Saturday were are trio of contests: burnouts, beauty and drop and drag.
Finally, and the reason everyone came to Carlisle, the trucks! The displays showcased a wide array of trucks spanning multiple generations and multiple brands. Each major motor company was represented and with midway partners sponsoring certain aspects of the weekend, that made for an even more enjoyable time. Further, www.CustomVan.com supported a spectacular van display in and around Building Y. This feature showcased vans of all types, with in-van entertainment that in some cases would rival that of a home system.
In all, the Truck Nationals remained the family-friendly fun time that it's been since 1991. Next year's event is already in the planning stages so be sure to mark August 2-4, 2013 on your calendar.
Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of 14 annual collector car, truck, motorcycle and outdoor themed events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Bloomsburg Fairgrounds (Bloomsburg, PA) and Auburn Auction Park (Auburn, IN). Included in the annual schedule are a sports and outdoors event, four huge automotive swap meets and auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, imports and kit cars and tuner and modern customs. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract more than a half a million enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. Information about Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions is available via www.CarlisleEvents.com and www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
Conventional Cab Over Tractor-Sleeper: 1st-Mike Manuel; 2nd-Gary Gallerie; 3rd-Jonathan Larick/Carick Towing
Conventional Cab Over Tractor-Day-Cab: 1st-David Hastis/Patriot Motor Fuels; 2nd-David Hastis/Patriot Motor Fuels;
3rd-David Hastis/Patriot Motor Fuel
Dump Truck - Triple Axle & Up: 1st-George Parkinson/Plummer & Son; 2nd-Zach Gensimore/Cleveland Brothers Equipment; 3rd-Chad Brindle
Dump Truck - Single Axle: 1st-Allen & Sabrina Knott
Small Roll Back: 1st-Carl Zimmerman
Medium Roll Back: 1st-Thomas Placer
Large Roll Back: 1st-Steve Di Bella
Large Wrecker: 1st-Pete Trindle/John's Mobile Repair; 2nd-Bpzzuto's Inc.
Box Truck: 1st-Arnie & Darla White
Construction Truck: 1st-Jeff Oldnette/Oldnette Builders
Tractor Trailer Combo: 1st-Paul Rissler; 2nd-Tim Hough/TRH; 3rdJohn Jaikes/Precision Transportation
Antique: 1st-Chris Lee; 2nd-Donny Williamson/Gary W Gary Trucking; 3rd-Custy Nairn
Military: 1st-Edward Pavlick; 2nd-Kyle Wolski; 3rd-Kyle Wolski
Movin' Out Magazine Choice: Chuck Stoneking/Stoneking Structural Steel
Best Of Show: Mike Manuel
Best Interior: Paul Rissler
Best Graphics: Gary Gallerie
Best Custom Chrome: Mark Harkleroad/MSH Trucking LLC
Best Paint: David Hastis/Patriot Motor Fuels
Best Fleet: Lanita Specialized
Best Truck Name: Jason Rosier "Just Another Fix - Tumbleweed Express"
Best Sleeper: Arnie & Darla White
Bill Miller's Choice: Mike Manuel
Largecar Magazine Choice: Cecil Stpmeromg
Best Lights: John Jaikes