Carlisle National Truck show photo
We’re scratching Pebble Beach off our bucket list. Too many obscenely rich people with obscenely bad taste in hats lusting over unobtainable cars. Nope, we are laser focused in on the Carlisle Truck Nationals.
Held annually in Carlisle, Penn., practically opposite the Monterey concours event, the Carlisle Truck Nationals look like a helluva lot more fun. After all, when’s the last time you saw a monster truck on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach? Or Ralph Lauren in a burnout contest?
As the photos accompanying this article show, Carlisle looks like a hoot. There’s a limbo contest for trucks (seen above) to see how low they can go. And, not to sound like a serial killer, but there’s just something about modified vans that always catch our eye.
Other highlights of the three-day event include a Bobcat rodeo, GMC Syclone and Typhoon display, and the high truck contest. The latter judges the trucks with the highest lift. There’s also a Ms. Carlisle contest. We’re pretty sure there’s no Ms. Pebble Beach contest, even though trophy wives seem to be in abundance.
OK, so both events do have historic vehicles. There was a nice 1914 World War I Packard. Also on hand at the special big rigs and military truck display were a 1971 AM General Deuce and a Half as well as an “Old Smokey” 1940 Dodge Twin Turbo Cummins.
Other historic vehicles included fire trucks from various decades. My hearts lusts for a 1950 Dodge Power Wagon M37. The group organizing the fire truck display calls themselves the Old Fire Farts, which we’re guessing stands for fire and rescue trucks. Insert your own joke about old farts and Pebble Beach here.
The 2016 Carlisle Truck Nationals take place Aug. 5-7. Book your hotel spot for 2016 early. You don’t want to miss out on seeing more than 2,000 judged trucks in one spot. There’s also the Big Rig Show and Shine.
Sure, Pebble has its dawn patrol with its mystical shroud of fog. But can it compete with the Women’s Oasis and its margarita party? We don’t think so.