February in Florida is a dream for most; sunny skies, warm temps and cool cars – lots of them! All that and then some came together for …
February in Florida is a dream for most; sunny skies, warm temps and cool cars – lots of them! All that and then some came together for Winter AutoFest in Lakeland. Spanning February 22-24, 2019 at the SUN ‘n FUN Campus, the event proved to be the best Lakeland offering yet for Carlisle Events. The event success was due in part to a dedicated core of automotive enthusiasts within the Sunshine State and beyond.
Winter AutoFest was billed as a Friday through Sunday show, but people showed up Thursday jonesing for an automotive fix. While some got an early jump on the automotive flea market shopping on set up day, it was the Friday through Sunday morning offerings that really brought show-goers out.
When gates opened Friday at 8 a.m., there were lines of anxious enthusiasts, proving that the demand for an event like this is real. Once on grounds, the lines snaked past hundreds of cars parked within the FREE cruise-in as well as vendors who set up in the blue field. Waiting for these same guests past the tree line at SUN ‘n FUN were hundreds more vendors, thousands more pieces, parts, merchandise and collectibles, plus nearly 1,500 cars spanning the auction, car corral, free cruise-in, NCRS Winter Regional event, Corvette Fun Field and Imperial Mustang Club of Polk County Mustang showcase. Of that estimate, the Corvette and Mustang camps were able to boast over 300 cars each. Of course there was a hearty line of people at the food stands too, enjoying the unique fair-style offerings.
Saturday ushered in even more guests and cars for a full day of festivities. GM Certified Technician Paul Koerner returned for another day of tech sessions and tech talks, former FBI agent and 9/11 first-responder Wes Wong spoke at the auction, while the Fly Adventure team from St. Augustine was up and down all day with their vintage Stearman Bi-Plane offering rides high above the facility. Speaking of the aforementioned auction, it offered yet another entertainment option with two days of live fun. The top seller was a 1965 Corvette, going for $72,760, with the top 5 overall garnering $274,455. All dollar amounts include fees applicable to the sale.
Other highlights included seminars from Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair Inc, Corvette vs. Cobra from Fabulous Restorations and a Resto Mod talk from Extreme Mid-Years LLC. There was also a special screening of The Quest, a Corvette documentary film directed and produced by Michael Brown. Brown, Mackay and Lance Miller were also on hand to sign copies of the DVD following the screening with monies benefiting the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.
As the show wrapped on Sunday, guests had one last chance to pick up a little something within the automotive flea market, make a deal on a car corral sale or work with the auction team on a Still for Sale consignment.
Another piece of news coming out of the show was Carlisle Auctions announcement of a two-day auction only event in Sarasota, Florida. Suncoast-Carlisle spans November 8-9, 2019. More details will be released on this event in the coming weeks, but complete info on Winter AutoFest can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com, while auction news comes via www.CarlisleAuctions.com. Save the date, because Winter AutoFest 2020 returns to SUN ‘n FUN February 21-23.
It’s showtime in Lakeland, Florida for Carlisle Auctions and car lovers throughout the Sunshine State and southeast region will converge on t …
It’s showtime in Lakeland, Florida for Carlisle Auctions and car lovers throughout the Sunshine State and southeast region will converge on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus for two amazing days of classic and collector car excitement. Auction wise, it all starts on February 22 at 10:30 a.m. when the first of some 400+ consignments cross the block, consignments that will offer a little something for everyone’s automotive tastes.
While each consignment could easily have its own dedicated write-up, the best way to sum up the available lots are to say that decades of history will be up for grabs. Consignments span nearly 100 years and much of that rich production history will be available. Those looking to bid and buy can attend and do so with the confidence that many years, many makes and many models specific to their tastes could be theirs for the right price. There literally is something for everyone as part of this automotive history lesson.
But why this auction? First of all, it’s in Florida and unless a Polar Vortex and bone-chilling cold is your kind of fun, the sun of the Sunshine State is draw in and of itself. Add that in to an automotive flea market, car corral, car show, air plane rides and more, and Winter AutoFest is one of many great entertainment venues to consider too!
As noted above, Carlisle Auctions will feature a wide array of consignments, but this year is extra special due to a heavy Corvette presence at the show. For the first-time ever, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) brings its Winter Regional Meet to Winter AutoFest. As such, Carlisle Auctions will feature an all-Corvette power hour on Saturday, February 23 at approximately 12:30 p.m.. Consignments are expected to span all seven generations, from the solid axel C1 of the early ‘50s to the modern-day powerhouse C7.
“The Carlisle Auction team is thrilled to be returning to Lakeland, Florida for Winter AutoFest,” noted Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “With well over 400 consignments, we are looking forward to the biggest and best auction that we have ever presented in Lakeland.”Complete details about this and every other auction produced by Carlisle Auctions is available online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400. Register to bid, consign to sell or simply inquire about our FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee, Carlisle Auctions is looking forward to working with you!
There’s nothing user friendly about the phrase “Polar Vortex.” The cold, winds and snow that it brings are nothing to laugh …
There’s nothing user friendly about the phrase “Polar Vortex.” The cold, winds and snow that it brings are nothing to laugh about and are quite serious to animals and people alike. This type of bone-chilling cold swept through a large portion of the country during the week of January 28, with a “warm up” finally happening during the first weekend of February. That cold turned water to ice in many places, including the bay in Ocean City, New Jersey. With snow falling on ice covered waters, Carlisle Events co-owner, Corvettes at Carlisle Event Manager and Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation President Lance Miller had an idea. “What would it take for me to jump into the frozen waters of the bay and who can benefit from my craziness?”
Miller didn’t have to look too far, as the selfie mode on his camera revealed that he was both the cause and solution to what he was wondering. The end result? Miller took to Facebook to solicit donations for his beloved Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation and found that his faithful followers were eager to see him strip down to little more than board shorts to take the plunge. At first, Miller asked for $1,000. That total was reached with ease, then as the dollar amounts climbed, there were additional enticements, like friends of the foundation jumping in and if by chance $7,500 was reached, a Speedo was discussed. As the donation window played out, the Speedo never happened, but the plunge sure did.
The time was right for a jump into the deep freeze on Friday, February 1 around 3 p.m. It was snowing, temperatures were in the 20’s and some of the people who said they’d do it bailed, but Miller forged on. With his wife, daughter and friends egging him on, Miller jumped feet first (and topless) into the bay. Based on the video evidence, he stayed in for about 7 seconds before running as fast as he could on the snow-covered deck to a warm (or at least dry) towel. After that, it was time to go inside to assess the physical damage and review the financial support.
When the dust settled, Miller walked away with redness on his chest, abrasions from the ice on the sides of his torso and most important, over $4,000 raised for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation. For some perspective, this total ranked right up there with a handful of foundation events in 2018 and required a lot less logistical planning.
“My father was my best friend and I watched him sacrifice and give so much of himself personally and professionally,” noted Miller. “It didn’t matter if he was healthy and happy at a Corvette event or weakened by Amyloidosis, dad was always giving and I wanted to do what I could to give back and honor my father’s legacy,” continued Miller. “So…I woke up one morning and thought, it’s cold, I should jump in this water, but if I’m going to do it, I want to be sure my crazy actions benefit the foundation. The power of social media is amazing, continued Miller, because when I reached out and asked for donations, I had no idea that my simple goal of $1,000 would be blown away to the tune of over $4,000. I want to thank everyone who helped me do what I did and more so, thank you everyone who helped the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.”
While Miller won’t be doing something like this anytime soon, he is excited to re-connect with the CMAF family as part of the 2019 events and awareness schedule. This schedule includes the 16th Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest, Taste of Ocean City & Slide for Amyloidosis, 3rd Annual Chip Miller ‘80s Themed Skate Fest, an Evening of Corvettes as part of Corvettes at Carlisle, the Hugh Claus Memorial 5K run/walk and the always popular fall car show known as Corvettes for Chip.
As with all events, prices and participation vary, but complete details on the 2019 season can be found online at www.ChipMiller.org or via the CMAF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AmyloidosisAwarenes.
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