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Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive is rapidly approaching and while themes/displays were set well in advance, the cars that a …
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive is rapidly approaching and while themes/displays were set well in advance, the cars that are part of them are starting to come together. From August 27-30 Corvette lovers flocking to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds can enjoy some of the best of the best from the popular Bloomington Gold event as part of the annual Chip’s Choice display. The display, named in honor of the late Chip Miller and historically selected by his son Lance since Chip’s passing, is an all-star display with an ever-evolving theme. This year, the theme is the Best of Bloomington Gold and has been selected by their team.
Benchmark® Award Winners lace this display with each car carrying their own impressive resume for all to see within Building T during event weekend. 10 cars, eight owners – decades of history. Seeing is believing, but in the meanwhile, here’s a little bit about each car confirmed to date direct from their owners*.
1961 Corvette Convertible 283/270 HP RPO468
Owned by: John Keane, Gwynedd Valley PA
Benchmark® Award – 2017
Passing of Time - Born: November 1960: My present owner (who is my second owner) and I teamed up in August of 1961. We spent many happy times at the beach, at the tracks and in the mountains. One cold wintry Christmas Eve, even though I was dressed with studded snow tires, we had to be rescued by a local fire department. After 44 years of quiet time in my owner's garage, we decided it was time for a wake-up call. I still maintain over 98% of all my original parts! However, it took some dedicated prep work to bring me back to my present status. Once again meshing gears and spinning my wheels! I am excited to be part of the 2020 Chip's Choice, honoring Bloomington Gold Benchmark® Corvettes, and very proud to display and share my highlights, aging scars and fun times! What a ride it has been!
My honors include: Bloomington Gold SURVIVOR®, Gold and Benchmark®. NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence and 5-Star Bowtie (One of four C1's to receive both awards.) MCACN (Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals) Vintage Certified to the level of "Legend".
1964 Corvette Sport Coupe 327/375 HP L84
Owned by: Christian and Cynthia Meyer, Lafayette IN
Benchmark® Award - 2014
When he was 19 years old, the original owner (Louis) engaged in some convincing discussion, mostly with his mother, and his parents purchased him a new 64 fuel-injected Corvette (we should all be so lucky). Louis polished it often and only took it out for drives on nice days, until fourteen (14) years later when he moved to a rural location with a dirt road. He couldn’t endure the thought of driving the car on a dirt road, so he reluctantly sold it. With the assistance of a few subsequent like-minded owners, the car was preserved in its current condition.
1966 Corvette Convertible 427/425 HP L72
Owned by: Linda Strohm-Dunlap, Palatine IL
Benchmark® Award - 1991
My late husband, Carl Strohm, purchased this original, unrestored 1966 Corvette 427/425 L79 in 1980 from its original owner.
In 1991, the car was invited to be displayed at the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, where it also received Gold Certification, SURVIVOR® and Benchmark® awards. In 2016, the Corvette returned to Bloomington Gold for the 1966-2016 50th Anniversary display. Additional awards include the NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence and 5-Star Bowtie. NCRS has used this car on several occasions as an example of an original car for their judges' training seminars.
1967 Corvette Convertible 427/400 HP L68
Owned by: Larry Sachs, Scarsdale NY
Benchmark® Award - 2016
This 1967 Maroon / Black Vinyl interior 427/400hp is optioned with speedminder, shoulder harness, transistor ignition, factory side exhaust and a 370 rear axle. The car was purchased in November 1966 by Thomas Bleauskas, Tobyhana PA., from Norton Chevrolet in Philadelphia. After a long ownership , Bleauskas sold the car to the late Dana Pope, a very well known, astute, respected local Corvette enthusiast. After enjoying the car for a few years, Pope sold the car to Peter Borchert of Buckeye, AZ. During Peter’s ownership, from the late 90’s, he bravely and neatly removed the original gas tank sticker! After a few years of ownership, Mr. Borchert contacted me 15 years ago and I purchased the car from him. At that point, the car showed 31,000 original miles Since then I have driven this original unrestored car 4,000 miles.
The car had received numerous NCRS Top Flight awards through the years and I got an NCRS Too Flight award also. I then also decided to achieve the coveted Bloomington Gold Benchmark® Award and was awarded this wonderful banner of achievement 4 years ago. I hope you enjoyed reading about my treasured Corvette's history today!
1968 Corvette Coupe 327/350 HP L79
Owned by: Thomas Elias Sugar, Wantagh NY
Benchmark® Award - 2019
My SURVIVOR® (They are only original once!) is a 1968 Corvette delivered to Eugene Rambler at Jay Chevrolet in Haddonfield, NJ, on July 31st, 1968. Rally Red with Black Leather interior, it is powered by the venerable 327/350 HP L79 through the M20 4-speed transmission, 3.55 Positraction Rear Axle, and Off-road Exhaust. Notably optioned, including Rear Window Defroster, Speed Warning Indicator and Full Transistor Ignition, and wrestled (I bought the car in 15 seconds!) from the personal collection of Kevin Mackay. This four owner, highly original all lacquer coupe’s time capsule condition belies its 55,000 Northeast miles. The Corvette still rides on OEM PT6 F70-15 Goodyear red striped tires and proudly sports a set of stunning ‘68 only PO1 Full Wheel Covers. During the past year, and within a whirlwind three month span, (which has to be a record) the Corvette received an NCRS Top Flight, the MCACN Concours Gold and Triple Diamond, and Bloomington SURVIVOR®, Gold Certificate and Benchmark® awards!
1971 Corvette Coupe 454/425 HP LS6
Owned by: Linda Strohm-Dunlap, Palatine IL
Benchmark® Award – 2000
We purchased this amazing Corvette in 1973. Despite the gas price war and big block Corvettes depreciating, my husband just had to have this car as soon as he heard the reverberating exhaust. He knew the LS6 engine was very special but didn't really know how rare. (Only 188 from a total production of 21,801.)
In 2000 the Corvette was invited to the Bloomington Gold Special Collection, where it received Gold Certification, SURVIVOR® and the Benchmark® awards. The Corvette also earned NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence and 5-Star Bowtie awards. The LS6 was featured on the cover of the Vette Vues Fact Book 1968-72 Corvettes and in Corvette, The Legend Lives On 1968-86
1972 Corvette Convertible 350/200 HP L48
Owned by: Christian & Cynthia Meyer, Lafayette IN
Benchmark® Award – 2012
The original owner (Anne) met Elliott Marantette “Pete” Estes, then president of the Chevrolet division of GM, during a reception in 1971. Anne told Mr. Estes of her dream to someday own a Corvette. The following week, a loaner Corvette appeared at Anne’s home with instructions to enjoy it for a month, courtesy of Mr. Estes. When Anne returned the loaner Corvette, she indicated her interest in ordering a new Corvette, but only if it was painted black at the factory. The story is unclear as to how Mr. Estes was involved in the process of procuring the only documented factory black Corvette in 1972, but Anne got her wish.
1972 Corvette Convertible 350/200 HP L48
Owned by: Steve & Wendy Burns, Clarkston MI
Benchmark® Award - 2018
This 1972 Corvette was delivered new at Lloyd Bridges Chevrolet in Chelsea, Michigan on July 28th, 1972 finished in Targa blue paint, black vinyl interior, and a black top. Power comes from the base L48 engine backed by the M20 4-speed transmission. Options include a vinyl hardtop, power brakes, AM/FM stereo, and tilt/telescopic steering column.
This 5-owner car remains largely unrestored and shows just over 31,000 miles. It retains nearly all of its original paint, interior, top, and chassis components.
To date, the car has claimed some of the top awards in the Corvette hobby. After a Bloomington SURVIVOR® award in 1992 it claimed SURVIVOR®, Gold, and Benchmark® honors in 2018 and participated in the 2019 Gold Collection. Other recent awards include NCRS Top Flight and 4-Star Bowtie, plus MCACN Concourse Gold and Triple Diamond. Its entire judging career has been published in CorvetteBlogger.com’s popular “On the Campaign Trail” series.
1978 Corvette Indy 500 Pace Car 350/220 HP L82
Owned by: David Goss, Terre Haute IN
Benchmark® Award - 2018
1978 marked the first year for the Chevrolet Corvette to pace the Indianapolis 500. Chevrolet announced they were going to build only 500 Pace car replicas. Rumors of this limited production and media attention resulted in many buyers paying above list price. Chevrolet revised production numbers to 6502. This allowed one for every dealer in the U.S. and Canada and a group of track cars.
Pace Car #2487 was one of only 220 four speed cars and was equipped with the higher horsepower L82 engine. The car was sold new at Burns Chevrolet in Idaho and has under 1900 original miles. The car has been awarded Bloomington Gold Benchmark®, NCRS 5 Star Bowtie, and MCACN Triple Diamond.
1990 Corvette ZR1 5.7L 350/380 HP LT5
Owned by: Rick Hendrick, Charlotte NC
Benchmark® Award - 2019
The ZR-1 Corvette was the performance icon of the ‘90s, with the high-tech muscle to back up its super-car reputation. This 1990 Corvette ZR-1 was the first production car released to the public and was presented to Rick Hendrick by Jim Perkins, General Manager of Chevrolet, at the Bowling Green Assembly plant.
This historic Corvette was bestowed with Bloomington Gold 7 Generations honors as well as being a 2012 Great Hall Inductee. This beautiful and rare C4 has been well-preserved throughout the years helping it to earn its Bloomington Gold Benchmark® Certification in 2019. The ZR-1 featured a three-inch wider rear track, necessitated by its oversize 315/35-17 rear tires. Under the hood and exclusive to the ZR-1 is the LT5 engine, jointly developed with Lotus and built by Mercury Marine the aluminum engine was capable of producing 380 horsepower. The ZR-1 set new benchmark® levels of performance for Corvette.
*Please note that while 10 cars have been confirmed via eight owners, due to world events, the display may change without notice. If there’s a specific car you’re looking to see and traveling long distances, consider calling 717-243-7855 in advance to confirm its placement.
Carlisle Events is COVID-19 compliant. Review implemented Health Safety Measures and Advance Arrival FAQs plus great show details online now at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
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.”
To learn more about the 2020 car show schedule, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com or for donation details, jump to www.projectSHAREpa.org or www.uwcarlisle.org.
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