Carlisle, PA – The Hurst brand has been around for nearly 60 years and in that time there have been clubs and shows but they’ve always been built around a single vehicle manufacturer. The Carlisle Hurst Nationals marks the first time that all Hurst-prepared vehicles will evenly share the spotlight. AMC, Chrysler, Ford and General Motors vehicles that were modified by Hurst will receive equal treatment at this first-ever show.
The Hurst Nationals will be held July 14-15, 2017 at the Carlisle Expo Center. The show will be complemented by the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals held at the Carlisle, PA Fairgrounds just one block away. To further enhance this experience, one admission price covers both events. That means, in addition to the expected 400 Hurst-prepared vehicles, attendees will have access to an additional 2,700+ MoPar show vehicles, activities, OEM displays, the world’s largest MoPar swap meet and more.
The Carlisle Expo Center will showcase approximately 40 extraordinary Hurst models in air-conditioned comfort inside of the 30,000 square foot facility plus select vendors, seminars, special guests and memorabilia. Outside of the building, attendees can expect to find an additional 350 cars as well as other Hurst-themed displays. Food vendors will complete the event creating an environment that will offer guests everything they need.
Many people think of the Olds 442 when identifying the “Gentleman’s” hot rods that Hurst became so well-known for, and rightfully so since they were built almost continuously from 1968 to 1988. But when it comes to hot street cars, Hurst was involved in the creation of many more. The SC/Rambler, Rebel Machine and even the Hurst Jeepster were all done by Hurst. Hurst also built MoPars like the fearsome ’68 GSS 440 M-CODE Darts for Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge, and the ’70 Chrysler 300 Hurst, along with the Hurst Pontiac Grand Prix SSJ.
In addition, Hurst was also the builder of choice for some of the hottest “factory” drag packages of the era. The 1968 Hemi Darts and Hemi Barracuda Super Stocks were contracted to Hurst by Chrysler. For 1969, Hurst built the Super Stock AMXs thus creating another dominant Super Stock package. Street and race vehicles like these will be welcome at the Hurst Nationals.
George Hurst didn’t just create great vehicles and products; he was also a pioneer in showmanship and marketing. He created the Hurst Girls and the Miss Hurst Golden Shifter (a title eventually bestowed upon the lovely Linda Vaughn). Two of the greatest exhibition drag cars ever built were the Hurst Hemi Under Glass and the Hurst Hairy Olds. Every effort is being made to acquire as many of the aforementioned cars, products and people as possible for the 2017 Hurst Nationals.
For fans of modern Motown muscle, Hurst vehicles returned in 2009 with the Hurst Edition supercharged Challenger. Mustangs and Camaros followed in 2010. Other late model Hurst vehicles included Rams, Chrysler 300s, Vipers and Chargers. The Hurst legacy continues today with the “Return of the Big Three” modern muscle car program. New Hurst “Gentleman’s” hot rods based on the latest from Chevrolet, Dodge and Ford are available from select dealers and will also be displayed at the Hurst Nationals.
For those who still want more than just the Hurst Nationals, a free shuttle will be available to transport guests to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds only one block away. Their paid admission to the Hurst Nationals will also include access to the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals which is the largest MoPar event on the planet. Once onsite, spectators can enjoy all of the additional activities provided by the Chrysler event which include the Showfield, Burnout Contest, Beauty Contest, featured displays, special guests, Manufacturers Midway, massive swap meet and OEM exhibits (which typically include new vehicle test drives, Thrill Rides and more).
Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of 12 annual collector car and truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA) and the SUN ‘n FUN Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes five automotive swap meets of varying size, four auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Hurst branded machines, Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, imports, tuners and performance sport compacts. 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. More information is available via www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.