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