Carlisle Chrysler Nationals 2012 was the hottest car show in Pennsylvania history. Literally.
Record-setting 110-degree temperatures couldn't get the best of the Chrysler Group faithful, whose club tents welcomed passersby with shade, water and, in some cases, ice-cold misting stations. Indeed, the heat brought out the best among those assembled at the show, who were more than eager to share their hospitality with strangers who became fast friends.
"The club tent provides to us a great opportunity to meet enthusiasts from across the country who stop in for a snack or something to drink," said Chris Clark, general manager of the New Jersey Mopar Group. "Regardless of club affiliation or where we live, we all share a common bond."
SRT was on-hand to offer showgoers the shaded cabins of the entire 2012 SRT lineup. Owners and fans filed into the SRT Tour tent to meet the four tour drivers for their inaugural stop. Carlisle marked a rare chance for fans to snap a photo of the Challenger SRT8 ACR and Grand Cherokee SRT One Lap in person, too.
"It is truly amazing to see, in my short time as a Mopar fanatic, the evolution of a brand from building one-offs to shaping cars and trucks into marvels of engineering," said Chris Borden, a Neon SRT4 owner active on SRTforums.com who stopped by to check out the new line. "The interiors have evolved leaps and bounds. As a guy who is into strict performance, for that to impress me says something."
Across the street, Mopar showcased specialty parts and a full line of fan apparel for sale on-site. RedlineDodge.com, a site specifically geared toward Dodge fans, hosted a rolling showcase of the coolest cars of the weekend. A full replay is available on the web.
"The stage was a home run," said Ralph Barbagallo, president of New England-based Mopars in Motion. "Shows like this give the brand momentum with the core Chrysler enthusiasts."
Relive the weekend from the cool comfort of your couch. SRT's Facebook coverage focused on the diversity of clubs who keep the lights on in all corners of the Chrysler Group world, while the Instagram feed aimed to immortalize the sense of community that is truly timeless.
"The New Jersey Mopar Group is a huge supporter of the SRT brand," Clark said. "Having access to the people behind SRT, all the way up to Ralph Gilles himself, sets SRT apart."