TV hosts, TV cars, industry legends and throngs of cars/enthusiasts came to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the annual Carlisle Chrysler Nationals car s …
TV hosts, TV cars, industry legends and throngs of cars/enthusiasts came to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the annual Carlisle Chrysler Nationals car show. From July 10-12 the grounds featured decades of history, all in once place. In addition, there was parts shopping, special displays and more as Chrysler weekend became THE first big car show in the country for most attendees.
Things officially got up and running Thursday evening, July 9 as the Mopar Rebellion Car Club hosted its annual kick-off party at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center. Here, over 400 cars cruised in and hundreds more mingled as music played in the background and the smell of barbeque on the grill provided the flavor of the evening. As the sun set on the night, it ushered in the event itself, Friday, Saturday and even Sunday at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
With gates opening at 7 a.m. Friday morning, excitement was such that cars and enthusiasts rolled in non-stop until mid-day as they found their spot on the grounds to park and enjoy the event! Once there, the special displays all around kept show-goers snapping photos and turning heads all day long. Displays included ones dedicated to 50 years of the following: Superbird, Challenger, Duster, Pro Stock and 1970 Charger, while also recognizing 25 ears of the Neon. There was even a Survivor tent, where original/unrestored beauties sat two deep, amazing all those who passed by.
As Friday transitioned to Saturday, sunny skies and beautiful weather remained, as did the enthusiasm from everyone at Carlisle. There was no shortage of special guests either. Anchored by Garage Squad and All Girls Garage star Cristy Lee, the TV experts went from “as seen on TV” to “as seen at Carlisle.” Lee was joined by Dave Rea, Butch Leal, the Golden Commandos, Herb McCandless, Joe Pappas, Ted Spehar and more. Each spent time signing autographs, posing for photos and talking shop. While most car owners would say their cars are the stars, there were two cars that stood out; a pair of Superbirds in Building T. One was owned by NASCAR legend Richard Petty, the other was famously occupied by Jerry Seinfeld and Will Ferrell for the former’s program, “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”
Another hot draw for guests, both spectator and show car owners alike, was the Hellcat thrill rides from Dodge. While the ride only lasts about 30 seconds, it’s the ride of a lifetime for many in a stock Hellcat Charger or Challenger. Piloted by professional drivers from Dodge, the track at Carlisle was going non-stop all weekend, leaving guests wanting more!
A few nice added touches were mixed in with all the fun on Saturday, including a mid-morning wedding and a ‘70s themed car and costume parade around the grounds. Finally, the fun of the parade culminated with the car community recognizing a guest battling cancer with a cash donation, autographed Richard Petty cowboy hat and a special message from Richard Petty himself.
While 2020 is a wrap, the 2021 event is already taking shape. Planned displays include 50 years of the Demon and Old Skool paint jobs just to name a few. If you can’t wait until July 9-11, 2021…Carlisle Events has an early Mopar option for you in sunny Lakeland, Florida as part of Winter AutoFest. This event runs February 19-21 and features a Mopar Fun Field, complete with club awards and participant voting for awards. Learn all about each event online and check out the 2020 winner’s list now at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
The Carlisle Ford Nationals have been THE destination for Ford lovers since its inception in 1995. Since then, the relationship with Ford Mot …
The Carlisle Ford Nationals have been THE destination for Ford lovers since its inception in 1995. Since then, the relationship with Ford Motor Company has grown exponentially; so much so that Ford frequently recognizes the event as its jumping off point for showcasing new products in front of their enthusiast base. Carlisle Events/the Carlisle Ford Nationals are excited to share that Ford will bring a quartet of new vehicles to Carlisle, showing them off for the first time in front of such large crowds. In fact, select vehicles will essentially be on display for the first time anywhere!
Cruise to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds July 31-August 2 for the past, present and future of the brand on display, all in one place. The future is now with Ford as they’ll proudly showcase their ALL-NEW 2021 F-150 Truck AND 2021 MACH 1 Mustang at Carlisle. In addition, the 2020 GT350 and 2020 GT350R Heritage Edition Mustangs will be on display too. With the national and international car show circuit essentially off the books for 2020, the Carlisle Ford Nationals become THE launching point and prime viewing location for these vehicles.
Ford MAY have some other surprise vehicles planned for event weekend, but what’s known and confirmed at this time is that those four rides will anchor their display at Carlisle. Flanking these future classics will be their spacious Ford Lifestyle trailer. Within and around this trailer will be stylish merchandise for sale and products on display that accessorize, power or compliment some of their most popular brands.
“It’s awesome to see the latest and greatest from Ford Motor Company each year,” noted Ford Nationals event manager Ken Appell. “Ford partners with us each year to show enthusiasts their products and get feedback on them. It’s great to see them back again this year with some really cool new Fords.”
New vehicles aren’t the only ones being showcased at Carlisle starting July 31. Special displays will honor the past. These highlights include a 15th Anniversary display of the Ford GT featuring a LeMans raced GT, a Euro Ford Garage featuring the 50th of the Capri and 35th of the Merkur, a Thunderbird reunion, Starliner showcase and more! While many of those rides will be indoors, the National Parts Depot Showfield will be laced with Ford branded rides spanning nearly every era of production.
Cars don’t just show at Carlisle, they go too. Friday night features the real-street shootout, the GT display will come to life with track time and a parade around grounds, there’s an exhaust contest and of course the daily parade of cars coming and going from the grounds.
Carlisle Events is COVID-19 compliant. To learn more about the Health Safety Measures in place, plan the weekend via Advance Arrival info, register to show, become a vendor or simply purchase spectator tickets to go, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855.
It took a little while, but Carlisle Events was finally able to host its first specialty car show of the season. For two days in June (26-27) …
It took a little while, but Carlisle Events was finally able to host its first specialty car show of the season. For two days in June (26-27) all felt right with the world as the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals took over the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Over 700 cars adorned the National Parts Depot Showfield, spotlighting the past, present and future of the brand. Yes; there were Camaros, but the show offered so much more than that. Special displays highlighted the Nova, Monte Carlo, GMs of the ‘70s, LS6 454 and so much more.
There were some new aspects for event weekend in 2020, including a rolling exhaust contest and first-time guest, TV host and author, Courtney Hansen. For the exhaust contest, 12 cars competed in the finals in front of a trio of judges from the Capital City G8 Club. When the proverbial dust settled, Rachel Lynch and her 2006 Trailblazer was selected as the winner. For Hansen, her first-ever trip to Carlisle was a success, hosting two autograph sessions and even making a few purchases within the automotive flea market.
Otherwise, the Chevrolet Nationals maintained its position as the largest event of its type in the region. Cars rolled on grounds throughout the day Friday and into the early part of Saturday. One surprise entrant on the Showfield was a C8 Corvette, though its likely not the last time a C8 will be showcased at Carlisle this summer.
Participant balloting offered numerous awards for showgoers, as did Celebrity Judged selections, Carlisle Elite picks and Standard of Excellence, powered by eJudged. These winners, combined with competitions like largest club, coolest club and the exhaust contest were recognized as part of the evening awards parade in front of the stage.
Showing cars wasn’t the only selling point to the event. Vendors and midway partners made buying and selling simple within the automotive flea market. From toy cars to collectibles, bikes to car parts, there was a little something for everyone. Best of all, the deals came face to face vs. online sales where one never really knows what they’ll find or who they are buying it from.
This year’s event also hosted the launch of a season long campaign where guests can donate money or goods to the United Way or Project SHARE of PA. Donation tins and bins are available at the main gates for all events between now and the end of Fall Carlisle on October 5.
There were some modifications to the Chevy event in 2020 only, as decisions were made in advance of event weekend to augment or eliminate select activities to best promote social distancing.
While 2020 is a wrap, the 2021 event isn’t all that far off. The 2021 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals take place June 25-26 and will once again be flanked by the single day Summer Sale, powered by Carlisle Auctions. Displays for 2021 “Carlisle Comic Car Con,” a spotlight of GM themed TV and movie cars, the 50th Anniversary of the Chevy Vega, and 50th Anniversary of GM Swaps just to name a few. To check out photos of this year’s event and learn more about this, and other events on the Carlisle schedule, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com.
Carlisle Events hosted its first Carlisle, Pennsylvania based event a few months later than normal recently, as Spring Carlisle finally took over t …
Carlisle Events hosted its first Carlisle, Pennsylvania based event a few months later than normal recently, as Spring Carlisle finally took over the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds June 17-20. The twice rescheduled event, as well as a few others on the season schedule fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Carlisle Events wasn’t the only organization put in a position of defining a new normal. Food banks, shelters and support outlets for those in need were too. In fact, many are still struggling to keep up with demand. With guests planning to attend car shows this summer, Carlisle Events is pleased to announce a support partnership with United Way and Project SHARE.
Both local agencies work to serve those in need. For Project SHARE, it’s their food pantry and for United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County, it’s helping community-based programs that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life. This includes education, financial stability, health and basic needs. In each instance, support is needed.
Commencing with the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals (June 26-27), Carlisle Events will host a food drive and COVID-19 relief fund effort. This effort will run throughout the remainder of the 2020 schedule, including the final Carlisle based event, Fall Carlisle (September 30-October 4). Donate a bag of non-perishable food items at the car shows this summer to support Project SHARE of Carlisle and support feeding our community. Donations suggested include meal-related food items, toiletries and more. There is also a virtual food drive (details on the Project SHARE web page). Collection bins will be positioned outside of the main points of entry to the fairgrounds for guests to donate. In addition, donations may be monetary in form as well. These types of donations can be made direct via www.projectSHAREpa.org.
“Project SHARE’s vision is ‘Nourishing Our Community…Awakening Hope,’” said Bob Weed, CEO of Project SHARE. “Before and during this current crisis we have been providing nutritious food for our community in need,” continued Weed. “We continue to serve our entire community in need through our monthly distribution days and our weekly Farmstand location where fresh produce, eggs, milk and bread are shared with all. Safety and Nourishment remain our focal points in these days that we are moving through. We will continue to serve with the support and encouragement of our community.”
United Way can be supported through their Carlisle Area Emergency Response Fund which is providing funding to local non-profits to prevent the spread of the virus, address emerging needs and meet community members’ basic needs. Carlisle Events will donate all money collected to United Way of Carlisle & Cumberland County’s relief efforts where donations go directly to local non-profit organizations in the Carlisle community that were impacted by COVID-19. 100% of dollars donated will go back to the Carlisle area, a community that has long supported the car show excitement at the fairgrounds.
Secure drop box locations will be available and those who participate can donate before, during or after attending an event in Carlisle this year.
“We are trying to help our community during this difficult time,” said Carlisle Events General Manager Scott Amig. “Please donate and help us support an area that’s been so supportive of us for so many years.”
“So far the Carlisle Area Emergency Response Fund has provided funding for handwashing stations, masks, gloves, and plexiglass shields as well as safe transportation to testing sites, a mobile paramedic capable of conducting COVID-19 testing and essentials such as food and shelter,” added Lu Flickinger, UW Resource Development Director. “For more CAER Fund info visit us online at www.uwcarlisle.org.”
The 2020 auction season for Carlisle Auctions shot out of the gate with so much promise as part of its Winter AutoFest Lakeland event in February.& …
The 2020 auction season for Carlisle Auctions shot out of the gate with so much promise as part of its Winter AutoFest Lakeland event in February. Since then, plans were being formulated for four additional auctions spanning April through November. Now, with COVID-19 altering what everyone accepted as normal, Carlisle Auctions regretfully announces the cancelation of its Spring auction…kind of. The cancelation is tied to the in-person experience ONLY, as Carlisle Auctions is pleased to share that a Spring auction will take place online via digital platform Awesome Joe Auctions.
The Spring auction was scheduled to be auction number two and run in conjunction with Spring Carlisle. Originally scheduled for late April, the Spring event was twice moved to its current June 17-20 dates. While plans were in motion for a two-day Spring auction (June 18-19), the reality is, while it’s easier to social distance within a large outdoor venue where foot traffic is in constant motion; the ability to social distance within a smaller, indoor venue where many people stay stationary for prolonged periods of time is not a viable option at this time. The in-person cancelation is related to 2020 ONLY and it will return starting April 22, 2021.
As noted in the opening paragraph, a digital opportunity now exists with online auction platform Awesome Joe Auctions. The opportunity to consign or register to bid for this all-new online experience commences on June 17, with the auction itself starting on June 21 at 7 p.m. The three-day digital opportunity concludes on June 23 at 7 p.m. Much like Carlisle Auctions, AJA offers a FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee with competitive buyers and sellers fees too. Best of all, while other cars may be showcased during this timeframe as part of the AJA auction, cars specific to the Spring Carlisle auction will be branded with a Carlisle Auctions logo. Anyone looking to learn more about the Carlisle Auctions brand and its events should contact Carlisle Auctions at 717-960-6400, while buyer and seller registration for this online experience takes place at www.AwesomeJoeAuctions.com. Finally, team members from AJA will be on-site at Spring Carlisle positioned within the car corral, offering an opportunity for sellers at Spring Carlisle to consign and sell via their online auction platform.
Launched on Cyber Monday 2019, AJA is the new online auction platform for the modern enthusiast that offers a collection of modified, motorsport, classic, exotic, and other commodity autos for collectors, racers, and hobbyists. Developed by Andy Lally ALIVE® and Carlisle Auctions, Awesome Joe Auctions was created to capture all the excitement of a live car, truck, and motorcycle auction and put it in the palm of every motoring enthusiast’s hand. The AJA/Carlisle Auctions history includes Carlisle Auctions two more recent auctions, with select “still for sale” consignments from Carlisle Auctions landing (and selling) on the AJA web page (link below).
In addition to the cancelation of the in-person Spring auction and as a direct result of the auction originally being moved from its April dates to June, Carlisle Auctions has also canceled its Summer Sale auction for 2020. Further, and also due to COVID-19, the November auction, Sunset-Carlisle in Sarasota, Florida, has also been canceled. Those three auctions are the only cancellations currently. Carlisle Auctions is looking forward to its next planned auction, October 1-2 at the Carlisle Expo Center as part of Fall Carlisle. EVERY canceled 2020 auction WILL RETURN to the Carlisle Auctions schedule in 2021.
“We are disappointed that our loyal enthusiasts won’t be able to enjoy the Spring auction in the same manner that they’ve come to expect over the past few years,” noted Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “Though we’ve had to re-evaluate and re-tool the in-person experience for many of our auctions in 2020 ONLY, we’re confident of two things. First, the partnership with Awesome Joe Auctions in place of our Spring auction will still give buyers and sellers a chance to do what they do best AND when we return to the Carlisle Expo Center October 1-2 as part of Fall Carlisle, we’ll all be long overdue for a good time with cool cars and great people.”
Though the in-person Spring auction isn’t happening, plans are still moving forward for Spring Carlisle itself. The four-day event runs June 17-20 with buyers and sellers converging on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds for parts, merchandise, collectibles and more.
To date in 2020, Carlisle Events has produced two events, while Carlisle Auctions has hosted one auction. Those events happened in January an …
To date in 2020, Carlisle Events has produced two events, while Carlisle Auctions has hosted one auction. Those events happened in January and February, respectively. Since then, the world has changed quite a bit due to COVID-19 and as such, for the first time in Carlisle Events history, car shows have been rescheduled with one (Summer Sale Auction) being canceled.
As the economy, businesses and more specifically car shows look to re-open, Carlisle Events has implemented social distancing measures and recommendations for its guests for at least the 2020 season, while also crafting special offers for customers that are valid for 2020 and carry over to 2021.
Planned special offers are effective NOW through the MONDAY of each event and include the following:
In addition, for all events on the schedule (including auctions), Carlisle Events/Carlisle Auctions will be proactive from a health, sanitation and social distancing standpoint within the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Carlisle Expo Center. Measures are currently being finalized and when complete, will be outlined on CarlisleEvents.com and CarlisleAuctions.com. In the meanwhile, for the latest CDC guidelines, visit CDC.gov.
Visit Carlisle Events online today or call 717-243-7855 for details on the upcoming season, links to register, purchase tickets and more.
During the week of April 20, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced initial steps to “re-open” the Keystone State. While many a …
During the week of April 20, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced initial steps to “re-open” the Keystone State. While many aspects of the outlined measures offer an optimistic outlook for the coming weeks and months to Pennsylvanians, it also presents a potential timing conflict for events that host large-scale gatherings.
With this new information and out of a continued abundance of caution for the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events staff and Carlisle Ford Nationals attendees, the 2020 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s has been RESCHEDULED. The original dates were June 5-7, with the NEW DATES now occurring July 31-August 2, still at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
The new July 31-August 2 dates offer guests even more time to enjoy the biggest and best all-Ford event of its type. Nearly one month into the official start of summer, days will be longer, with historically sun-shiny skies blanketing the facility and the decades of Ford branded vehicles. It’ll also offer a unique atmosphere on Saturday night, August 1 as hundreds of Fords roll into downtown Carlisle for the Downtown Carlisle Association’s Ford Parade and Street Party.
Though the event has changed dates, themes and displays are still on as planned. This includes the annual Ford Nationals Select display, a 50th celebration of the Grabber, the 15th Anniversary of the Ford GT, a Euro Ford Garage that highlights the 50th of the Capri and 35th of the Merkur, a Thunderbird celebration and one focused on the Starliner too. Guests and certain other entertainment aspects of the event are being reviewed at this time, with any possible changes, updates or cancellations being shared via the Carlisle Ford Nationals web channels, including CarlisleEvents.com and the event’s Facebook page in the coming days/weeks.
As with any rescheduled event, all original tickets, car corral spaces, vending or National Parts Depot Showfield spaces will be honored.
“As a community and region, we are making progress, working with one common goal; that being to flatten the curve,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller. “Progress is such that our state’s governor has shared a plan to re-open the state and its economy. With that plan in place, we recognize the need for just a little bit more time before hosting large-scale events in Carlisle. As such, we have decided to reschedule this year’s Ford Nationals from June to July,” continued Miller. “We are getting there, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone in Carlisle this summer and beyond for our great events.”
During this event, as well as others on the schedule, Carlisle Events will continue to be proactive from a health and sanitation standpoint within the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Carlisle Expo Center.
For details regarding the NEW Carlisle Ford Nationals dates July 31-August 2, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855.
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive helps wrap the end of August at …
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive helps wrap the end of August at Carlisle (27-30) and for 2020, two great displays will offer guests a chance to look at the past and present of the brand, all in one place. This year’s weekend plans to host some 5,000 Corvettes and tens of thousands of guests, all flocking to America’s Automotive Hometown to see every generation of Corvette, shop for Corvette parts, meet those who build their beloved car and more!
Heads will turn at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds as the event remembers 1970 Corvettes; the C3, while also shining the brightest spotlight possible on the 2020 Corvette; the C8. It’s been 50 years since the 1970 Corvette was introduced to consumers and this display will showcase some of the best from that era. Positioned under a display tent on the Fun Field, dozens of ’70 Corvettes will run the gambit, from show quality drivers to low mileage originals, this display is a must-see for any lover of Corvette’s past!
While one part of the grounds will welcome Corvette history, another will welcome its present and future in the form of the 2020 C8! This showcase isn’t just any old display of cars, it’s a mass gathering from Team Chevrolet. Last year, they brought 14 pre-production models to Carlisle, parking some in general parking, others under a tent and two as part of a special display room in the heart of the Fun Field. Expectations are that all of that AND MORE will be part of this August’s event! The display room/big box is back, Team Chevrolet is back and with the 2020 Corvette available to consumers, expect even more on grounds from show-goers along with those carrying Michigan plates.
There’s one other can’t miss display planned for August and that’s the annual Chip’s Choice showcase. For 2020, the display is hands off from the Corvettes at Carlisle team and instead, is being selected exclusively by the team from Bloomington Gold. In fact, this display will feature a dozen or so cars that were Benchmark Award winners.
“Carrying on the Carlisle tradition for the 50th anniversary of Corvette, the 1970 display will be a tremendous hit,” noted Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events. “Some of the cars lined up for this year’s event are truly must-see cars and we’re very excited to shine the spotlight on these amazing cars,” continued Miller. “This year’s Chip’s Choice will be another staggering display of incredible Corvettes supplied by our friends at Bloomington Gold. Bill Locke and Guy Larsen from Bloomington Gold have been sending me the submissions for this year’s show and I’m EXCITED to see them in person. Plus I’m really eager to see some of the modifications that people are coming up with for the all-new 2020 Corvette, it’ll be a great event!”
Discounted single day admission tickets are available online now through event weekend. There is even a package deal available that offers access plus a shirt. Those looking to show can save 10% by registering now through July 27. After that date, registration shifts to full price and is still available online through event week, but relevant materials must be picked up versus being mailed with an early registration and savings. Call 717-243-7855 or visit CarlisleEvents.com to learn more.
On March 20, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions announced an unprecedented change of dates for an event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spr …
On March 20, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions announced an unprecedented change of dates for an event. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spring Carlisle and its two-day collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions transitioned from its original April 22-26 dates to the final days of May. At the same time, a secondary/back-up date was announced in the event that the pandemic was still a societal concern.
Though health experts have begun to share a more positive outlook on the outbreak, out of an abundance of caution and continued reviews of federal, state and local mandates, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions are invoking its planned June back-up dates for Spring Carlisle 2020. The NEW dates for the Spring event are June 17-20 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds with the auction planned for June 18-19 at the Carlisle Expo Center.
As with any rescheduled event, all original tickets, car corral spaces, vending spaces and auction commitments will be honored. Best of all, the new Spring Carlisle and auction dates falls over Father’s Day weekend but not Father’s Day itself, meaning a great time out with Dad in Carlisle for the event, while also being able to enjoy Father’s Day at home with friends and family on Sunday, June 21.
“Social distancing seems to be working and our country is on the right track to getting back to normalcy,” said Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller. “While we are all going in the right direction, we also recognize a continued need to protect our community of Carlisle, staff, guests and customers who historically attend Spring Carlisle and our auction. It’s with this abundance of safety in mind that we have decided to utilize our previously announced back-up dates of June 17-20,” continued Miller. “A summertime car event with Dad over Father’s Day weekend is how we’ll present the event and I look forward to seeing everyone in Carlisle starting June 17.”
As previously noted, the new dates for Spring Carlisle 2020 necessitates a one-time cancelation of Carlisle Auctions planned Summer Sale auction, originally scheduled for June 27. That event WILL return in 2021.
During this event, as well as others on the schedule, Carlisle Events will continue to be proactive from a health and sanitation standpoint within the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Carlisle Expo Center.
For details regarding the NEW Spring Carlisle and auction dates for June, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855.
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety in mind of the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events staff as well as event gue …
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety in mind of the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events staff as well as event guests and business partners, Carlisle Events has POSTPONED the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals benefiting Driven to Cure. This event was originally scheduled for May 15-17.
The NEW, rescheduled dates for the Import & Performance Nationals are August 14-16, making this the latest this show has ever been held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. The new event date also shifts the pre-registration/10% Gate-N-Go deadline savings to July 13.
While the show has a new late summer date, it’ll maintain many of its same great content. This includes special displays like 100 Years of Mazda, 50 Years of the Nissan/Datsun Z, the race paddock, French car display in Building R and more. Further competitions remain, including drift limbo, drifting and autocross via NICOFest, low car limbo and burnouts. Also remaining in place is the charitable tie-in with Driven to Cure. DTC is a non-profit 501 (c3) established to help raise awareness and provide funding for the research of rare kidney cancers like Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC) in children and young adults. A portion of participant dollars benefit DTC.
“Historically, this event is our first specialty show of the season, truly jump-starting the car show excitement at Carlisle,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller. “So many things are changing daily with this global pandemic and we feel it’s best for the safety and health of all involved to transition the show from its original May dates to the new August 14-16 dates,” continued Miller. “We’ll continue to follow all guidelines and directives set forth by relevant parties as well as state, local and national officials. Car shows WILL happen at Carlisle again soon and for our regular Import & Performance Nationals guests, I look forward to seeing everyone in Carlisle August 14-16, 2020.”
Ultimately, offering a safe and fun environment for everyone is THE most important part of this new event date. Finally, spectator tickets, registrations of all types including Showfield, vendor spaces, etc. will be honored for the new dates.
During this event, as well as others on the schedule, Carlisle Events will continue to be proactive from a health and sanitation standpoint within the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Carlisle Expo Center.
For details regarding the 2020 Carlisle Events schedule, the NEW Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals event dates in August, tickets or to register for the Showfield, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855.
If performance and speed are your thing, then the 2020 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals is the fix your passion needs. Returning f …
If performance and speed are your thing, then the 2020 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals is the fix your passion needs. Returning for its 35th edition at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, Import & Performance weekend runs May 15-17. 2020 offers special displays, some new activities, popular standards and an international showcase of cars and trucks, some of which you simply don’t see anywhere other than Carlisle on a show weekend.
Most times, the guests at Carlisle let their hair down and have fun, not a care in the world; but now and again, they come together to honor one of their own. This year, a very special enthusiast will be honored. As part of a newly forged partnership in 2020, the Driven to Cure group debuts at Carlisle to honor Andrew Lee, a hobbyist who passed away during Easter weekend of 2019. Lee’s customized Nissan GTR anchors the DTC show within the show display in Building Y, with money being raised to support Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC).
Along with the DTC feature in Building Y, 2020 shines a spotlight on 100 years of Mazda, 50 years of the Datsun/Nissan Z and more. With nearly 2,000 cars and over 20,000 guests converging on Carlisle, the automotive flavor is mouthwatering. One of the coolest parts of the event is the international showcase of cars and trucks. There are at least eight different countries represented on the Showfield. Within that automotive globe will be some of the largest single gatherings of Volvos and Saabs anywhere, while also hosting some of the best from England, Japan and Germany. There’s even an amazing display planned from the Rolls Royce Owner’s Club and Rolls Royce Museum of Mechanicsburg, highlighting luxury seldom seen at Carlisle.
Show cars aren’t the only draw to Carlisle during the second weekend of May. There’s a bevy of competitions and activities on tap for the show, too. Returning for 2020 is the always popular burnout contest, track time/autocross/drifting with NICOFest, low car limbo and the exhaust competition, while NEW for 2020 is an exciting donut contest. More details on the contest will be unveiled via the Carlisle Events website in the coming weeks, but with its addition, the event offers even more chances to be the show versus simply attending. Speaking of things that go fast, another great display puts race prepared cars in the spotlight courtesy of the Race Paddock, located on the east side of the grounds in the pavilion.
Registration is open now for the judged and non-judged Showfield. A 10% registration savings is available now through April 13 via Gate-N-Go. Speaking of convenient offers, those looking to simply enjoy the show as a spectator can pick up single day or full event tickets online too. Savings are available today with the tap of a finger/click of a mouse; only at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
If you build it, they will come...and come they sure have! Carlisle Events took what were literally cars in a field in rural Florida in 2012 and wi …
If you build it, they will come...and come they sure have! Carlisle Events took what were literally cars in a field in rural Florida in 2012 and with the support of car clubs, vendors, enthusiasts and more, built one of the biggest and best events anywhere within the bustling city of Lakeland. For three days in February (21-23), auto lovers from Florida and surrounding states converged on the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus to buy, sell and trade all things automotive.
After a few days of set up and load in, the grounds came to life with a mix of car displays, an auction and guests. Special displays included the 42nd Annual NCRS Winter Regional Corvette show. Over 100 of the best Corvettes in the southeast converged on Lakeland and were joined by a passionate group of car owners and enthusiasts. Adjacent to the NCRS showcase were 400+ classic and collector cars as part of Carlisle Auctions two-day auction. The top selling car from the auction was a 2005 Ford GT, moving for $256,800. The top five overall sellers amassed an all-time high total of $683,625.
SUN ‘n FUN isn’t just a spacious facility, it’s a functional airport and school. That makes the event that much cooler of an in-person experience. After all, there are vintage planes on display, a museum and guests can see planes coming and going all day long. With that in mind, what better location to stage and showcase cars then their multi-purpose on-site hangers? Hangers A through D weren’t the only hot spots, as every corner of the grounds was packed with something automotive themed. All-new for 2020, Winter AutoFest welcomed Mopars. With their vibrant colors showcased amidst a backdrop of palm trees and sunshine, not only did the cars bring the people, but some special guests too. Joining the display were TV host and overall car guy Lou Santiago along with racing legend Herb McCandless.
As show goers perused the Mopar Fun Field, they also took in the return of Corvettes at Lakeland along with the Mustang display too. Joining the Corvette group for 2020 was GM Certified Technician Paul Koerner. Lou, Paul and Herb also hosted seminars throughout the event, talking shop, answering questions and meeting fans.
Cars, cars, cars everywhere; making the spotlight displays not the only displays. There were two new features this year, a race inspired display and another highlighting some of the best from 1970. The race inspired display welcomed over $15 million in cars, including an ultra-rare 2015 Ferrari FXX-K.
But there’s more to the show than just looking at cool cars or dropping a few thousand and buying one within either the car corral or auction. Another great draw for attendees was the automotive flea market. Nearly 300 vendors from across the country occupied a little more than 1,000 spaces and offered millions of pieces and parts, collectibles and automobilia for those working on a project or looking to add to a collection.
As the sun set on Winter AutoFest 2020, the enthusiasm left everyone wanting more. For some, more is Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania starting April 22. For others, it’ll be next year, February 19-21 as Winter AutoFest returns to the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus. To see the event in photos or learn more, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com.
When 100 years of automotive production mixes with a passionate group of would be buyers, the results translate to a sup …
When 100 years of automotive production mixes with a passionate group of would be buyers, the results translate to a super successful auction for Carlisle Auctions. Presenting its first event of the 2020 season, Carlisle Auctions called Lakeland, Florida and Winter AutoFest home for two days, moving 400+ consignments in front of a packed hanger on the spacious SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus.
Frequently, an auction is highlighted by a car or cars with a great supporting cast helping draw bidders. For this auction, there were more than a few that helped draw an impressive bidder turnout for the Winter AutoFest auction. Those cars, a 2005 Ford GT, a 1978 Corvette, 80s’ era trucks, some daily drivers and a bunch more current and future classics teamed with more than 40 Corvettes to draw nearly $4 million in total sales.
The best-ever Winter AutoFest auction saw a 2005 Ford GT come in as the top seller. This gem garnered $256,800, while a ’67 Corvette, ’73 Pantera DeTomaso, ’57 Chevy Belair and ’33 Ford Woody Wagon rounded out the top five. The Corvette sold for $175,000, the Pantera went for $105,000, the Bel Air sold for $77,575 and the Woody moved for $68,250. In total, the top five tallied $682,625. All dollars mentioned include applicable fees.
In addition to the aforementioned heavy hitters, there were 19 Corvettes that went home with new owners. This made the all-Corvette hour an all-around hit with bidders and consignors alike, while also complimenting the Corvette Fun Field that sat just yards away as part of Winter AutoFest. Between the 40+ auction Corvettes and the more than 250 on display, Corvette lovers had something to talk about all day, every day.
“We’ve been coming to Lakeland and hosting an auction here since 2015,” noted Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “By far, this was our best-ever Lakeland auction. From the quality and variety of consignments to the energetic bidder turnout, we are very pleased with how this auction turned out,” continued Cline. “Not only are we looking forward to returning to Lakeland in 2021, but we’re excited to return to Sarasota, Florida on November 13-14 for our Sunset-Carlisle collector car auctionz.”
Complete results for the 2020 Winter AutoFest auction are available online now as are select “still for sale” consignments that did not sell in Lakeland. Further, www.CarlisleAuctions.com also hosts details about the four remaining auctions on the Carlisle Auctions schedule. The next auction is scheduled for April 23-24 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania as part of Spring Carlisle. Call 717-960-6400 or visit Carlisle Auctions on the web today to learn more.
Death, taxes and car show excitement at Carlisle...three things that are a given in life. There’s a fourth, more so for car lovers, and …
Death, taxes and car show excitement at Carlisle...three things that are a given in life. There’s a fourth, more so for car lovers, and that’s the opportunity to finally shake off the cabin fever from the long (and so far wet) winter and enjoy Spring Carlisle. With your tax refund in hand, you can spend, spend, spend as part of the massive Spring event running April 22-26 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Spanning five days, Spring Carlisle welcomes over 100,000 automotive enthusiasts converging on the facility, all looking to buy, sell and trade all things automotive. Well…maybe not all, because some legitimately come to Carlisle to simply enjoy the camaraderie of Spring, making new friends and connecting with old ones. In the end though, you never know what you’ll find at Carlisle. Hidden gems include items for the shop, the man cave or even the she shed. Expect the unexpected in Carlisle as you browse the 82-acre facility enjoying the thrill of the hunt.
As shopping goes there are plenty of options at Spring Carlisle. The 8,100 vending spaces are filled with millions of automotive pieces and parts with buyers and sellers alike coming from around the world to shop and sell at Carlisle. By visiting the thousands of vendors who set up at Carlisle, attendees find things that they didn’t even know they needed, all at bargain pricing. In addition to the parts, collectibles and memorabilia, there are cars for sale within the car corral, meaning buyer and seller can work face to face, most times consummating the sale very quickly. The automotive history available to be had spans nearly one century of production and ranges from must-have classics to unique and daily drivers.
The car corral isn’t the only way to pick up a car at Spring Carlisle as Carlisle Auctions offers a two-day classic and collector car auction on Thursday and Friday of event weekend. The fun starts at 12 p.m. each day some 250 cars will cross the block per day. Much like the car corral, auction cars and trucks will span automotive history. Consignments that are 25 years and older are taken via the Carlisle Auctions’ FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee. By welcoming cars of this era into the auction, the variety of available lots is nearly limitless. The best thing about the live auction excitement provided by Carlisle Auctions is that not only is it a great spectator opportunity, but cars are priced to move. Select consignments will sell for low four figures with others touching the six-figure price range. Online bidding is also an option with Carlisle Auctions.
There truly is something for everyone at Carlisle because cars aren’t the only form of entertainment. Cruise to Spring Carlisle and meet Lou Santiago from TV’s Car Fix. Lou and his wealth of automotive knowledge will be at the event throughout the weekend. While at Carlisle, he’ll be meeting guests, signing autographs and posing for photos, while also walking the swap meet and enjoying the event just like the rest of the international audience.
Complete details about Spring Carlisle, the auction, guest appearance by Lou Santiago and more can be found online at www.CarlisleEvents.com. Also, while online be sure to pick up advanced spectator tickets for the show at a discounted price. Call 717-243-7855 for details or visit www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com to learn more.
The first quarter of 2020 is offering central Florida residents the chance to own some of the finest classic and collector cars in the world. …
The first quarter of 2020 is offering central Florida residents the chance to own some of the finest classic and collector cars in the world. The fun continues with Carlisle Auctions at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland as part of Winter AutoFest (February 21-23). The auction itself spans two days (February 21-22) and will see more than 400+ consignments cross the block, with some having a reserve. In addition, the thrilling event starts at 10:30 a.m. each of the two days. Reserve or not, when cars do sell, they will have done so to the highest bidder. This year’s auction will see Carlisle Auctions move 10 decades of excellence in front of a jam-packed gallery of car lovers.
For Carlisle Auctions, starting its season in Florida has been a tradition since 2012. This year is no different and the level of consignments might just be the best ever to grace the grounds in Lakeland. Two of the top consignments have less than 2,000 miles on their respective odometers…total! Don’t miss out as a 1978 Corvette, 2005 Ford GT and so much more take center stage.
This gem of a Corvette has just 213 ORIGINAL MILES and is code B2Z, also known as a Silver Anniversary Edition. Its automatic transmission powers a 350 c.i. L82 V8 engine and not only does it go (although with 212 miles, it didn’t really go anywhere), it goes in comfort. There’s an oyster leather interior, AM/FM radio and even a factory CB. This car has been meticulously taken care of, having been stored in a climate-controlled room and it’s even been on display at the National Corvette Museum.
Another low mileage gem is a 2005 Ford GT with 1,531 miles. For sale in its factory red paint with black interior, the odometer shows just over 1,530 miles. The low mileage total combined with its all-original, unmodified body means it also comes with no damage or blemishes to the paint. Best of all, this GT was just one of five ordered in 2005 with the stripe delete option. Other great perks to further its value include original sales documentation, window sticker, owner history and even service history.
While those two and others crossing the block will come with a reserve, many others will be offered without a reserve. There’s also a special theme in place for Saturday (February 22), as the 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. time slot is reserved for only Corvettes, including the above-mentioned ’78. There will be Corvettes available during other times throughout the event too, but for Corvette die-hards, the Saturday time slot is a must-attend.
“We are looking forward to this being our most successful Winter Autofest Lakeland Auction to date,” noted Director of Auction Operations, Tony Cline. “We have been fortunate to consign the best group of vehicles that we have ever offered at the SUN ‘n FUN venue. Anyone who wants to be involved can call our team at 717-960-6400 to consign or register to bid.”
To be part of the auction, call 717-960-6400 or visit Carlisle Auctions online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com. While on the web, review details on many of the events’ consignments as well as details on upcoming auctions with Carlisle Auctions. There are some great NEW features associated with Carlisle Auctions and Winter AutoFest in 2020 as well. First, anyone who registers to bid for this auction receives FREE bidder access for Sunset-Carlisle, November 13-14 in Sarasota, Florida. Second, interested bidders who can’t make Winter AutoFest in person can visit the aforementioned web page to bid online and finally, Carlisle Auctions will once again offer a FREE live stream of the auction, again at www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
Since 1990, Auto Mania has taken place at the Allentown Fairgrounds in eastern Pennsylvan …
Since 1990, Auto Mania has taken place at the Allentown Fairgrounds in eastern Pennsylvania. Under the guidance of Carlisle Events, Auto Mania has proven to be a the “little event that could” every January at the Agri-Plex facility. Not only is it indoors and heated, the unmatched power and resources offered by Carlisle Events and its team help make the weekend a great way to start the Pennsylvania- based schedule for Carlisle Events and the Miller families.
As the first date on the 2020 Carlisle Events season schedule, Auto Mania was a great starting point for those looking to pick up automotive pieces and parts, restoration items, collectibles, merchandise, memorabilia and more. The outdoor vendor footprint, which has grown exponentially in the past few years, continued its expansion for 2020. Playing perfectly into the weather for the weekend, a few of the outdoor vendors even had heaters, gloves, hats and scarfs for sale.
For anyone at the event who was there when gates opened at 12 p.m. Friday, it was clear and obvious that excitement for the three-day affair was running high. The line stretched around the building and once inside, guests were shoulder to shoulder and aisles were packed with enthusiasts. The weekend turnout, despite some unsavory weather on Saturday, offered an overall solid result for all involved…including an uptick in gate over 2019’s offering.
To say that one day stood above another shopping wise is a tough call, because with such an influx of guests throughout the weekend, every day was THE day for shopping and camaraderie in Allentown! For the throngs of guests who made the trip, Auto Mania was the best outlet for parts buying, picking, flipping and just a generally fun time out of the house. The event wrapped at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 19 with guests taking one final shot at deals within the automotive flea market and one last chance to connect with old friends before saying goodbye until “the next time.”
Speaking of next time, Auto Mania 2021 takes place January 15-17. The buzz is so strong with this event among vendors that a large chunk of available spaces were renewed during the 2020 event weekend as everyone anticipates next year’s offering. In the meanwhile, Carlisle Events next event weekend comes in one month as staff travel to Lakeland, Florida for Winter AutoFest Lakeland. That event runs February 21-23 at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus and hosts an automotive flea market and car corral, plus a two-day collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions. There’s a big car show theme destined to take over the facility. This year, the NCRS brings its winter regional meet to the event, plus the Imperial Mustang Club of Polk County returns with its Mustangs and Mustangs show. There’s a Corvette showcase and all-new for Lakeland, a Mopar showcase. With special guests, displays and seminars planned, a trip to Florida in February isn’t a bad idea.
As for the aforementioned auction, Carlisle Auctions anticipates 400+ consignments and boasts its exciting FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee. In addition, buyers and sellers can enjoy live auction entertainment and other great conveniences related to being part of a Carlisle Auction. A complete rundown of this event and others are available online at www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
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