Summer. There is no better season than this one for car enthusiasts. As a professional basketball player and a hardcore Chevy fan, I couldn't have picked a better day job. While my counterparts in baseball spend their summers in major league ballparks and the football guys head off for training camp, basketball's late start keeps my summers wide open. So when the announcement came out that GM would finally have their own event at the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and they would be unveiling the 35th Anniversary Camaro there, I knew it was a show I couldn't miss.
The combination of the All-GM Nationals with Camaros at Carlisle was a match made in heaven. With an enormous car corral, 1,000 vendor spaces, 88 different show classes, 35 Camaro-specific classes, and a slew of factory show cars and concept vehicles, this event had something for everyone with a Bow-Tie heart. Performance fans rubbed elbows all weekend long with racing legends Bruce Larson and Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins. GM's in-house performance heroes, Jon Moss and Scott Settlemire, were also on hand to meet and greet the masses. Jon displayed some of his latest creations, while Scott brought the Camaro Legends Tour along with $1,000 rebates on new Camaros for everyone who stopped by.
There were many winners at Carlisle, from show car class winners to babes in bikinis, but the biggest winner by far was Kathleen Newkam of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who drove home in a '83 Camaro Z28, given away by the great folks at Carlisle Events. Anyway you look at it, this was a great event, especially if you're a GM fan.