Chevrolet Nationals: The Bandit Trans Am Flies Again

When it comes to car-chase movies, Smokey and the Bandit rank at the top of the list. The fast-talking woman stealing Bandit and his sidekick Snowman definitely broke a few laws while traveling cross country. Smokey and the Bandit had it all when it was released in the Summer of 1977. But, one part of the movie that really stands out for many, is the jump scene across a bridge that was non-existent.

That iconic high-flying moment in movie history is being recreated, and you can see it happen, live. Bring the family to the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds in June, because 42 years after the now iconic Bandit Trans-Am took flight, the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals and Northeast-Ohio Dukes will replicate something never before seen at Carlisle.

The “Bandit Jump” is coming to Carlisle as part of Chevrolet Nationals weekend, June 21 and 22. The Jump itself takes flight on June 22. This isn’t just a family-friendly jump, this is something you’ll want to involve your friends with too. In fact, go knock on a neighbor’s door right now and tell them that Carlisle is hosting the “Bandit Jump.”

As a tribute to Burt Reynolds, who passed away in September of 2018, as well as a nod to one of the most iconic cars and car movies of all time, a Bandit Trans Am will fly through the air at the Chevrolet Nationals. Saturday afternoon, June 22, the professionals from Northeast-Ohio Dukes will put the pedal to the metal. At 1:00 p.m. the wheels will leave the ground as the car sets sail. Your heart will pound as you witness this spectacular stunt in person.

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A can’t-miss Saturday at the fairgrounds for the family, Carlisle Events is offering a VIP family four-Pack of tickets for just $69. This includes general parking, entry for four, and entry into the coveted VIP jump zone for the best lines of sight, photos, video, and more. This package is the only way to enjoy VIP access to the jump. Watch up close as the Bandit takes flight! VIP packages are limited and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

The jump is one of many great features coming to Carlisle and the Chevrolet Nationals.  You’ll also enjoy a 60th anniversary celebration of the El Camino, the 50th birthday of the Blazer, the 50th birthday of the GTO Judge, and more!

In addition, Carlisle will host Hurst-branded cars as part of a special Hurst showcase. The showcase welcomes Hurst-specific show field classes, a featured-vehicle display under, Hurst products and memorabilia on display, seminars, special guests, and more. Speaking of guests, we can confirm that five men with ties to Hurst are slated to appear.

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Those guests include Hurst Engineer Don Glover, Jim Kerr, an original Hurst Customer Service team member, Steve Weiner, a Sales Engineer, Marky Danko from Hurst Production/Engineering, Don Lane, a Hurst Engineer/Designer, and others to be announced once confirmed.

Joining the Hurst Showcase will be an all-new Chevy Trucks feature. The all-new show-within-a-show called Chevy/GMC Truck Madness comes to Carlisle and will celebrate all Chevy and GMC Trucks from 1947 to 1987. This special judged event takes place June 21 and 22 and includes 21 new classes as part of a professionally judged show field. This includes special categories for classic Chevrolet Cameos, GMC, Suburbans, NAPCO four-wheel-drive trucks and more!

Further details about the jump are forthcoming, so be sure to follow the Chevrolet Nationals on Facebook or  www.CarlisleEvents.com.  Tickets for this amazing “Bandit Jump” at Chevrolet Nationals weekend can be purchased direct at store.carlisleevents.com or by calling (717) 243-7855.  That same store page also offers access to register for the NPD Showfield, so don’t miss out!

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Randy Bolig

Randy Bolig has been working on cars and has been involved in the hobby ever since he bought his first car when he was only 14 years old. His passion for performance got him noticed by many locals, and he began helping them modify their vehicles.
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