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Cacklefest, Camaros at GM Nationals

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CARLISLE, Pa. – Blues, BBQ, cash awards, giveaways and more than 1,500 of the best from General Motors dating back to the turn of the 20th century will be part of the Carlisle GM Nationals on June 22-24 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds.

The weekend starts on Friday at 7 a.m. with throngs of enthusiasts coming on grounds to seek out their favorite car to admire or to simply walk the grounds and enjoy an automotive history lesson. Vehicles at Carlisle will span more than 100 years, from a 1909 Cartercar, to today’s modern rides straight from Detroit.

In stark contrast to the tranquil and historic Cartercar, Bruce Larson brings back his USA-1 Camaro and Corvette as part of Cacklefest. Cacklefest allows show goers to experience the warm-up process in an up-close and personal manner. A contest is under way to seat eight winners in Larson’s car(s) for the experience of a lifetime. Visit to register.

This year also features event firsts like the Friday Blues and BBQ Festival, live music on Saturday and one-of-a-kind displays of historic or brand significant automobiles. In addition, there is on-site autocross with a free ride-along experience.

Another popular event of the weekend is the show within a show: Camaros at Carlisle. Each year, hundreds of GM’s popular muscle car roll onto the grounds to strut their stuff. Along with the Camaro contingent will be various reunions, special displays and awards. Showcased will be a 1958-1964 Big Block gathering of 348 and 409 engines, while Building G just outside of Gate 1 will once again host the Solid Lifter Showroom, a display of top-of-the-line, high-performance domestic muscle cars from the peak days of drag racing.

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