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Carlisle Events adds 'Smokey and the Bandit'-themed stunt jump to Chevrolet show

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Promotional materials highlight the first-ever
Promotional materials highlight the first-ever "Smokey and the Bandit"-style car jump that is planned for the Carlisle Fairgrounds in June as part of the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals. - (Photo / )

The Bandit is on the run with plans to roll into Carlisle this summer.

Hoping to give car collectors another reason to come out - while adding new entertainment to attract casual car enthusiasts and families - Cumberland County car-show producer Carlisle Events on Thursday said it will host a "Smokey and the Bandit"-themed stunt jump at the company's Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals in June.

On  June 22, professionals from the Northeast Ohio Dukes stunt team will put the pedal to the metal on a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am and recreate the iconic Bandit jump from the classic 1977 film starring Burt Reynolds.

The Bandit jump is being described as a unique attraction in the history of the 45-year-old car-show company.

"The cool part about this jump happening at this show is that it's must-see or miss-out type of entertainment," Carlisle Events spokesman Michael Garland said. "Nothing like this has ever happened here before."

Carlisle Events also sees it as a good tribute to Reynolds, who died last year at the age of 82. Bo "Bandit" Darville was among the late actor's most recognizable roles.

"This movie overall resonates with a large portion of the population," Garland said. "As such, we anticipate a good bump on attendance for the weekend."

The Chevrolet show typically attracts about 22,000 people over the course of the weekend. He expects Carlisle-area hotels will experience an uptick in room nights, while area restaurants and retailers could also see a surge in business that weekend from car-show visitors.

The company produces 10 annual car and truck events that attract more than 500,000 people in total.

Carlisle Events is offering special VIP ticket packages for the jump event. The company plans to announce additional details about the jump on its website and through Facebook.

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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