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Records are made to be broken, or so it’s said. For the 2021 Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores, not only was a new re …
Records are made to be broken, or so it’s said. For the 2021 Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores, not only was a new record for show truck turnout achieved, but it was also SHATTERED. 2,513 trucks toppled the previous mark of 2,109 (set in 2002) and gave the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and those within its fence line a look like never before.
August 6-8 were dates that for weeks were targeted as a potential outlet for yet another Showfield record in 2021 for Carlisle Events. After all, in the hours before the show opened, the pre-registration total nearly matched all of 2020’s turnout. This, combined with the fact that multiple Showfield records have been broken in Carlisle throughout the 2021 season, gave everyone a reasonable expectation that it would indeed happen again.
As the sun rose over the grounds on day one, an anxious group of truck clubs, truck enthusiasts and truck owners converged for one of the largest truck shows in the mid-Atlantic. Special displays included fire trucks, Syclones and Typhoons (SyTys), cool custom vans, big rigs, lowered trucks and even tractors. These eye-catching pieces of production offered the perfect backdrop for photos, smiles and memories to last a lifetime. In addition, guests were treated to special entertainment activities like monster truck rides and shows, axe throwing, FMX stunt jumps, a Motocross skills and demo show, and more.
As Friday transitioned to Saturday guests were again treated to a jam-packed event with truck fun and competitions. The fun started at 7 a.m., with the record-breaking truck entering the grounds sometime before 10 a.m. From there, a steady stream of trucks and truck lovers rode their wave of fun throughout the day and into the night. The crescendo of the night, the big rig glow show, lasted nearly 2 hours, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monster truck fun continued with the rides and shows from Shockwave and Be Aware, plus the grandstands were packed for low truck limbo and the high truck competition, The night also kept the party going with drop and drag, and the aforementioned glow show.
As records go, the big rig area also welcomed a record of sorts, as nearly 200 rigs hauled in to line the south side of the grounds between Gates 7 and 1 with haulers, rigs, wreckers, and heavy machinery. Big rigs were such a part of the weekend that many trucking companies were on-site recruiting, while dozens more owner/operators were judged for awards consideration, with many hauling out with trophies.
It all wrapped on Sunday with two awards parades, one for the rigs and another for the standard trucks. There was also one last go around for the monster trucks, stunt riders and the Bwana Jim wildlife show, before everyone hit the road for home. As guests left, many pre-registered for next year, saving a little money off their costs along the way. 2022 dates are firmed up and plans are ongoing now for the event, taking place August 5-7. Details can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
On July 12, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions announced the return of collector car auction excitement to the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus with the F …
On July 12, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions announced the return of collector car auction excitement to the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus with the Fall Lakeland Collector Car Auction, November 12-13, 2021. With online bidding available, this and every Carlisle Auction, are ideal for buyers and sellers from around the world as well as the thousands of classic and collector car enthusiasts who live in central Florida. With 400+ consignments offered; each lot will be ready to sell to the highest bidder. In addition, Carlisle Auctions noted a return to the facility February 25-26, 2022 for a similar, two-day event, the Winter Lakeland Collector Car Auction.
Other news emanating from America’s automotive hometown of Carlisle, Pennsylvania is that the popular Air & Coach Concours will return to be part of the February fun and will be part of the returning Fall offering too. This offers another great gathering of luxury motorcoaches, camaraderie, food and fun.
While auctions, motor coaches and a very active runway offer a visual backdrop to the facility, Carlisle Events will no longer be taking the lead on car shows or parts shopping. These elements may continue by way of third-party hosts or car clubs in February 2022. Long-time supporters of the NCRS Winter Regional event and the Mustangs and Mustangs, Legends Having Fun car shows should follow up directly with relevant club leaders for details moving forward.
Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions have been part of the central Florida car culture since 2012, first in Zephyrhills, then starting in 2015, Lakeland. Though the look and feel of what’s coming to the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus may vary slightly moving forward, without the past 10 years of support from car enthusiasts of all types, the ability to continue with the Air & Coach Concours, plus two great auctions would not be possible.
Carlisle Auctions has one Pennsylvania auction remaining on its schedule in 2021, the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction, September 30-October 1, at the Carlisle Expo Center. Not long after its conclusion, the Carlisle Auctions team will turn its focus to the two Florida events, including registering bidders, accepting consignments and the overall planning for the sale of investments that truly accelerate. Learn more today at CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
Another car show at Carlisle and guess what, another Showfield record is broken in 2021! Since the Carlisle Events schedule launched in Janua …
Another car show at Carlisle and guess what, another Showfield record is broken in 2021! Since the Carlisle Events schedule launched in January of 2021, turnout for events has been near or above record numbers and that trend continued July 9-11 as part of the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. The “Mopar Madness” was on full display, as was an all-new record of 2,926 cars, mixing perfectly with a sold-out swap meet of vendors.
The three-day affair is always extended to four with the annual Mopar Rebellion kick-off party, held starting at 4 p.m. on the Thursday before show weekend. That get together was the perfect jumping off point for what would end up being three full days of energy, parts shopping and unmatched camaraderie.
Once the sun rose on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds July 9 through the final load-out on Sunday, the place was hopping with special displays, vendors, guests and special attractions. Spotlighted in 2021 were the Demons, 50-years of 1971 Mopars, Old Skool Paint, and even Dirty ‘Birds. Buildings T and Y saw a lot of eyes, as guests checked out the likes of a 1971 Road Runner that was salvaged and rebuilt following Hurricane Katrina, another ’71 that was driven direct from Connecticut to Carlisle with no AC or power steering and even a ’71 with a big Warner Brothers Road Runner protruding from the hood (beep! beep!). Not far from there was a nice mix of Forward Look cars in Building R. This display included designers Gordon Davis and Diran Yazejian.
The Forward Look guys weren’t the only special guests, as Carlisle welcomed Herb McCandless, the Golden Commandos, Ramchargers, Joe Zolper and Dave Rea too. For McCandless, his appearance was supported by the world premiere of a documentary titled “Mr. 4 Speed,” some of which was shot in Carlisle in 2019.
While the nice mix of cars looked great on the Showfield, did you know that people come to Carlisle for something other than the diverse mix of cars? It’s true! The swap meet at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is the biggest and best of its type and for weeks leading up to event weekend, was sold out. Once July 9-11 rolled around, those spaces were packed with vendors selling millions of pieces and parts and a customer base eager to buy!
The sights and sounds of the event were palpable too, with engine revs, horn honks and blowers whining all weekend. Some of the best sensory moments came from car parades, plus competitions including rolling exhaust, real street shootout and even open autocross runs. Just like the Showfield winners, these competitions sent a handful of participants home with awards and memories to cherish for years to come. It truly was amazing!
Though this year’s event has concluded, preparations are underway for the 2022 show. Next year’s fun runs July 15-17. Save the date and register today because it’ll be a fun one!
Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions introduced itself to the Sunshine State in 2012 with a handful of events in southeastern Pasco County. …
Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions introduced itself to the Sunshine State in 2012 with a handful of events in southeastern Pasco County. Beginning in the fall of 2015, events transitioned to Polk County and the spacious SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. After a record-breaking Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction in February, Carlisle Auctions is offering double the fun with a return to the facility for a fall offering; the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction.
Running two days, November 12-13, 2021 starting at 10:30 a.m. daily, the fall Lakeland auction brings classic and collector car fun to the complex in the days leading up to Thanksgiving and anticipates 400 consignments crossing the block, but likely more given the demand within the classic and collector car hobby.
This November auction is back and better than ever! It comes to SUN ‘n FUN due to the success of not only the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction in February but the overall success of auctions in 2021, auctions which have seen record setting results for Carlisle Auctions, off the charts sell-through rates, and unmatched buyer and seller interest. As an added bonus, the November auction gives participants three ways to bid, in person, online or on the phone and a more streamlined process overall.
“We are thrilled to be returning to the beautiful facility at SUN ‘n FUN in Lakeland this November,” said Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “The collector car market is stronger than ever and our Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction this past February proved that as it was the most successful auction that we have ever presented in the state of Florida. In addition, our Spring Carlisle Auction was the most successful auction ever in the history of Carlisle Auctions. We look forward to carrying this momentum forward!“
In addition to the aforementioned Fall Lakeland auction, Carlisle Auctions has a few more dates to save on its upcoming schedule. In the coming weeks, the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania comes to life as part of Fall Carlisle. The Fall Carlisle event runs September 29-October 3, while the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction at the Expo Center runs September 30-October 1. Following that event, it’s the Fall Lakeland offering (November 12-13), then the Carlisle Auctions team returns to Lakeland for a February auction, February 25-26, 2021. Two months after that and not long after the first days of spring in 2022, the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction returns to the Carlisle Expo Center.
In total, the next 12 months will see well over 1,200 consignments cross two different auction blocks at two venues spanning two states. Millions in sales will be generated and it’s all powered by Carlisle Auctions! Carlisle Auctions also offers THREE great ways to bid and buy; on the phone, online or in person! Details on parking, spectator admission, etc. will be included in the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction preview in late September/early October. For specifics on every event on the schedule, including the November return to Lakeland, details on how to register to bid, consign to sell or even attend as a spectator call 717-960-6400 or visit CarlisleAuctions.com.
The world’s “largest” all Corvette themed weekend returns August 26-28, 2021 to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and this year, everyone is looking forw …
The world’s “largest” all Corvette themed weekend returns August 26-28, 2021 to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and this year, everyone is looking forward to simply being at Carlisle. Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive has been hosting Corvettes and Corvette lovers since 1982, but after a tumultuous 2020, so many are eager to come to Carlisle to simply celebrate the culture with their car, their friends and the community. Not only does this year’s event offer that, it offers great displays, guests, charitable ventures and a chance to bring the cars into downtown Carlisle once more.
Three days long and starting on August 26, Corvettes at Carlisle hosts the C8 and every other generation of Corvette on the grounds. Special features for 2021 include those focused on the Callaway AeroBody Corvette, a 50-year look back at 1971 Corvettes, a 25th anniversary of the Grand Sport Corvette, the Solid Axle Corvette Club National Convention, NCRS Gallery Display and the annual Chip’s Choice featured vehicle display.
As Chip’s Choice goes, the theme for 2021 is a salute to law enforcement. The hand-picked gallery brings together about a dozen Corvettes that are owned, driven, shown or otherwise cared for by members of the law enforcement community. In addition, there will be an on-site law enforcement parade, a stage presentation which welcomes not only Corvette enthusiasts in law enforcement, but local officers from the surrounding counties and of course the Chip’s Choice cars.
Speaking of parades, Carlisle Events and the Downtown Carlisle Association are excited to share that the annual Corvette Parade and Street Party returns on Saturday, August 28. Cars will roll from the fairgrounds around 7 p.m. and cruise into the downtown area before parking for owners and community members to mix and mingle as the sun sets on the show.
Additional elements of Corvettes at Carlisle include a large swap meet and a Corvette centric car corral, perfect for parts or car shopping, the chance to support the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, giveaways, parts installs and FREE seminars.
As giveaways go, the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation has partnered with the Lancaster County Corvette Club to raffle off a 2021 C8 Corvette with proceeds benefitting CMAF and Claire House. Tickets are just $125 each and the winning number will be drawn in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Lottery’s Pick 3 (000-999) on Saturday, August 28. Another C8 at Carlisle will be awarded later in the year, as the CMAF supports its second annual Corvette Contest. This C8 is a 60th Anniversary tribute to the legendary 1960 #3 Cunningham Corvette that won its class in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France. The CMAF also sees support on August 27 by way of its annual Corvettes for Chip dinner, held at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center.
On the seminar side of things, Paul Koerner and his Corvette Mechanic team return to host FREE diagnostic sessions and how-to tech talks on multiple Corvette generations, while Rick Malone of Spring Mountain Motor Resort/Ron Fellows Driving School offers driving technique tips.
Finally, the parades aren’t the only way wheels will be in motion. Corvettes at Carlisle hosts the King of the X autocross competition presented by Lingenfelter Performance Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there’s even a rolling exhaust contest.
Carlisle Events is COVID-19 compliant and follows current guidelines suggested by state officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A detailed Health/Safety Measures summary as well as advanced arrival info is available on CarlisleEvents.com. While on the web, be sure to learn more about the car show, register to become a vendor, sell in the car corral, or purchase discounted spectator tickets in advance of the event or call 717-243-7855 to learn more today.
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