Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club Carlisle Meet Through The Years
Written By: Lindsey Jarvis
Additional Comments By: Keith Jarvis
The Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA is the largest event that the Chrysler 300M Enthusiasts Club participates in and is always a wonderful meet for the club. Having participated in this event since 2001, the group has developed many traditions that are still a part of each year.
Sponsored by Carlisle Events, this car show brings together Mopars from across the years and for as far as you can see. Envision fairgrounds covered with rows and rows of every vehicle Mopar (and relative) ever made. Carlisle Events always include a Women’s test, Kid’s tent, vendors, and test drives to keep all entertained. Weather, while not predictable, has included everything from blazing sun to pouring rain and everything in between. Based on the club’s designated parking area, fellow show participants complete ballots to vote on all cars. Carlisle Events sponsors awards for the top three cars in each of these parking sections as well.
Additionally, the 300M Enthusiasts Club sponsors a friendly competition among club cars for a handful of awards. The categories have a large range of criteria and include every car or club member in one way or another. The Stan Walker Memorial Most Cruisin Award is presented to the club member who has traveled the longest distance (in miles) to attend the meet. Most Original celebrates the classic styling and beauty of the LH and is given to the club car that is in superior show room condition. The Big Debut is given to the best first time attendee at the meet. Our annual Saturday night Sight and Sound competition gives members who like to install audio, video, and lighting modifications a chance to really show them off.
Beyond what Carlisle Events offers, the 300M Enthusiasts Club has expanded this event to make it the ‘fully loaded’ meet of the year. As the largest club hosted event, Carlisle is known to members as a true showcase of the club. It is a gathering of fellow members with their rides from hundreds of miles away – international members have been known to also attend! While the main event is a car show, for the 300M Enthusiasts Club, Carlisle is much more of a family reunion. The group offers a club sponsored meal plan for the weekend to allow members healthier and cheaper homemade meal options while at the showfield. Gathering under the tent becomes more of a backyard gathering with casual days spent with fellow members that have transitioned from friends to family. Traditions continue with the annual club awards dinner at the Firehouse in downtown Harrisburg on Saturday night. It has truly become a favorite of many attendees and a part of the weekend that members really look forward to. Of course, each night ends with ‘parking lot shenanigans’ as we gather and unwind from the day.
A true testament of camaraderie, Carlisle becomes a live garage where you will find members ‘wrenching’ in the group hotel parking lot well into the wee hours of the morning. Many modifications and detailing sessions have occurred to club member’s cars and there is always someone around to help execute your idea or talk you through an issue. This meet, where ‘sleep is optional’, is bound to be filled with tons of laughs and good times for you and your family. When the weekend is over, there is no doubt you will be tired but have wonderful memories and leave with a hug until next time! Members often say it only takes one visit to get hooked on the experience and then they come back each and every year there after.
Considering attending? Need more of a pitch? Check out the recap write-ups from some of our last Carlisle events!
Don’t take our word for it, here is what club members have to say about Carlisle:
“Every July my family and I look forward to going to Carlisle. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and have a fantastic time. We wouldn’t miss it for anything.” – Willard Hoppe
“Carlisle is getting to spend time with people who are as car-obsessed as you are.” – Matt Gendron
“Carlisle to me is all about having a great time being around great cars and being with friends who have become family.” – Bobby DelPonte
“Carlisle to me is hanging with my second family and having an amazing time. Looking how everyone’s cars have progressed from the previous year, meeting new people and looking at their cars.” – Tyler Campfield
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