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The first event of the Carlisle Events season has come and gone; Auto Mania, an automotive flea market that kick-started the 2021 …
The first event of the Carlisle Events season has come and gone; Auto Mania, an automotive flea market that kick-started the 2021 schedule at the Carlisle Expo Center. From here, the next Carlisle based event is Spring Carlisle (April 21-25), followed by six more car/truck shows and wraps up with Fall Carlisle at the end of September. While the automotive flea market events are some of the largest in the world, the specialty shows are what draw the cars, the people and fan the flames of excitement.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (May 14-15) are first up and while the international spotlight of cars is a display in and of itself, the multiple themes recently announced will be eye catching. Roll to the event in final weeks of the spring season for a big Volvo celebration, 20 years of the Honda K-Series and 30 years of the Toyota 2JZ engine. Additionally, the Opel Manta turns 50, the club, Opels at Carlisle, celebrates 25 years of attending the show AND the 15th annual Opel Nationals meet, which rotates locations annually, has rotated its way to Carlisle for 2021!
Next up is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 4-6) and a quintet of unique, must-see displays. Given the star power of cars on stage and screen, Ford weekend welcomes its first-ever Comic-Car Con. In addition, the Pinto gets a 50th celebration as does the Big Horse Mustangs (’71-’73). There’s also a Stroppe Reunion and the annual Ford Nationals Select display within Building Y.
From pony power to all things GM, the Carlisle GM Nationals (June 25-26) usher in summer and another handful of special displays. Comic-Car Con gets a nod at this event too and is supported by a 50th celebration of the Vega and H-Platform. Further, there’s a GM Swaps display, a GM Nationals Showcase display and the annual Solid Lifter Showroom in Building Y.
After a few weeks “off,” the grounds come to life again with the biggest all-Mopar themed event of its type, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals (July 9-11). From a jam-packed Showfield to a bulging swap meet, themes still help carry the event from year to year. In 2021, taking center stage will be a showcase of 1971 vehicles – all kinds of them. In addition, the “Dirty ‘Birds” get preferential treatment. What is a Dirty ‘Bird? Well, car lovers know what a Barn Find is, but as dirty birds go, this display will highlight derelict Superbirds…ones that aren’t shiny! Chrysler weekend gives guests at least three more great displays, one hosting Survivors, another tailored to the Demon, the other a spotlight of Old Skool paint! For the paint display, cars may have a coat 40 years in the (un) making or one that is retro, but new to your ride. Either way, it’ll be a trip back in time.
The Mopars give way to trucks of all types as the Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores come to life August 6-8. Family fun is the theme during truck weekend and the featured display in Building T will showcase some of the truck enthusiasts interests of this event. Participants, clubs and associations of the Truck Nationals also bring some of the best features of this event to the Showfields in Carlisle. Big Rigs, Vans, Cyclones, Typhoons, Sky High Rides and a show for those that like them low are just a few of the gatherings that will gives kids and parents alike the chance to see in real life the toys they’ve played with at home.
Specialty show season concludes with Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive (August 26-28). For three days, every generation of Corvette will be at Carlisle, flanked by generations of Corvette lovers. In 2021, the event honors 50 years of the 1971 Corvette, a nod to law enforcement by way of Chip’s Choice, the Solid Axle Corvette National Convention comes to town as does the NCCC and a 25th reunion of the Grand Sport.
The 2021 Carlisle Events season concludes much the same way it started, with an automotive flea market event. Fall Carlisle (September 29-October 3) is the event that started it all in 1974 and for the 48th time, vendors and enthusiasts alike converge on Carlisle to celebrate tradition, the car culture and an unmatched camaraderie that only those who are part of the experience can truly appreciate.
Each and every Featured Vehicle Display theme is accepting submissions now. All candidates for the displays are vetted by each event’s planner, with notifications coming in the weeks leading up to the event. If chosen, vehicles are then showcased not only front and center at the events, but online through social media posts, as part of event promotional materials and even within the event guide, handed out free to guests upon arrival at Carlisle.
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 is available on CarlisleEvents.com. While on the web, be sure to apply, register, or purchase discounted spectator tickets in advance of all events or call 717-243-7855 to learn more today.
For decades, Auto Mania has started the Carlisle Events car show and swap meet season in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The three-day event always …
For decades, Auto Mania has started the Carlisle Events car show and swap meet season in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The three-day event always offers a nice break from the cool winter temps and gives car lovers from the mid-Atlantic a chance to re-connect, shop and otherwise enjoy all things automotive. In 2021, the only difference from the historical norm is that Auto Mania was held at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Spanning January 15-17, vendors and guests made great use of their one-year-only temporary home by offering an eclectic mix of auto parts, collectibles, merchandise, tools, practical use items and more for sale. Given the mild temperatures and generally dry weather for mid-January, Auto Mania even hosted outdoor vendors, again with a variety of must-have items.
As the gates of the Carlisle Expo Center opened at noon on Friday, enthusiasts who would normally attend in Allentown mixed with regionally local Carlisle car lovers to walk the aisles in search of a good deal. Vendors and guests familiar to events at Carlisle found very little difference between this offering and what they experienced in years past. Each vendor table saw a constant stream of customers daily. Items like Mopar oil pans, Ford specific fuel lines, bumpers, garage and floor mats, videos, vintage magazines, toy cars and more were all offered.
When the doors opened Saturday, there was excited interest once more to gain access to the show. The best part of this get together was that everyone at the venue was compliant with current CDC guidelines regarding masks and did their part to social distance, sanitize and otherwise take care of themselves and those around them.
Sunday saw a morning rush for last minute deals and ultimately helped wrap up the weekend. Besides the last minute deals on items and/or cars within the car corral, it also served as one last chance to connect with old friends and say goodbye until “the next time.”As the next time goes, Auto Mania 2022 returns to the Allentown Fairgrounds and its customary home of Ag Hall January 14-16. In the meanwhile, Carlisle Events, these guests, vendors and many more are gearing up for Spring Carlisle and the start of car show and swap meet season in April. Spring Carlisle spans five days and runs April 21-25 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, while Carlisle Auctions sets up shop within the aforementioned Carlisle Expo Center for its two-day auction, April 22-23. Complete details on both spring related events as well as links to purchase tickets, register to show, become a vendor and more can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Every February a trio of airplane hangars come to life at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lak …
Every February a trio of airplane hangars come to life at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland, Florida. The event, a two-day classic and collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions, hosts 400+ pieces of automotive history along with buyers, sellers and a hard-working staff. The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, slated for February 19-20, is a means to connect buyers and sellers with an investment that truly accelerates. More so, the auction is a means to start or add to an existing collection. Some rides are head turners but are ultimately daily drivers. Others are top of the line, best of show type consignments. In between, there are a few that the owner can simply have fun with along the way.
The auction runs the gambit of production and history, so it’s only fitting that it returns to SUN n’ FUN following a most historic year. In February 2020, Carlisle Auctions topped the $4 million sales mark as part of its Winter AutoFest offering some 10 months ago. While that was a good kind of history, obviously a different kind has been gripping the world in other ways since about three weeks after that event. Fast forward to now and Carlisle Auctions is excited to return to SUN n’ FUN to present its 2021 event, February 19-20. The excitement starts at 10:30 a.m. daily. There are THREE great ways to bid and buy too, in-person, on the phone and ALL NEW, online.
Carlisle Auctions finds success due to its experienced staff, competitive buyers and sellers fees and its FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee. The sooner someone can commit to the auction, the more time and opportunities exist to promote and market select consignments. Further, online bidding makes the chance of a sale that much easier because as soon as a consignment is received and processed; it becomes eligible for online bidding. Pre-registered bidders have a chance to save upwards of 50% and again, can start bidding on online inventory as soon as their bidder credentials are processed.
2021 auction highlights include the aforementioned 400+ consignments PLUS an all-truck hour planned for a time slot TBA on Friday. There’s also a handful of resto mods which should be some of the higher bid consignments too. Mix these great elements into the special feeling of Florida in February and the 2021 auction is shaping up to be another must-attend event backed by Carlisle Auctions.
For the February 2021 auction, there will be some modifications due to COVID. In compliance with CDC suggestions and state of Florida regulations, Carlisle Auctions will offer added hand washing stations, hand sanitizing options, encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks. The event will be accessible to guests (buyers, sellers, staff, business partners and spectators) per guidelines in place at the time of the February auction. Even though there are indoor elements associated with the auction, the facility in fact has open hangar doors on both ends and breezeways on both sides. Further, since this is an airplane hangar, there is more than enough built-in opportunities to social distance.
For guests looking to enjoy the auction but not attend in 2021, it’s important to utilize the various options to bid and buy. In fact, with confirmed consignments already listed, online bidding has commenced and will run throughout the auction. For details on buying or selling with Carlisle Auctions in Lakeland or any other event on the 2021 auction schedule, health safety measures and more, visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
Finally, the auction and the annual Air & Coach Concours display are the ONLY parts of the originally scheduled Winter AutoFest Lakeland 2021 event that will take place. For 2021, Winter AutoFest has been canceled. The automotive flea market, car corral, car show elements and more will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever.
Central Florida is home to many great entertainment options. This includes family fun hot spots such as Lego Land, Sea World and Magic Kingdo …
Central Florida is home to many great entertainment options. This includes family fun hot spots such as Lego Land, Sea World and Magic Kingdom just to name a few. There’s also a bevy of non-theme park related fun such as boating, fishing, nightlife and plenty of car/automotive themed activities. One such car event, Winter AutoFest, is held annually at the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland each February.
The event, powered by Pennsylvania based automotive promoter Carlisle Events, has taken place in Lakeland since 2013 and has grown exponentially since its inception. The three-day offering includes a quintet of car show options, an automotive flea market and two-day classic and collector car auction. Following a best-ever 2020 offering the Carlisle Events team was eager to return to Lakeland, February 19-21, 2021 for Winter AutoFest, however; the Coronavirus had other plans.
As with many aspects of the past 8+ months, Carlisle Events and Winter AutoFest 2021 have fallen victim to Coronavirus. Because of ongoing COVID related concerns, the planned 2021 event has been canceled for 2021 ONLY! The event as it’s been known and recognized for the past few years WILL RETURN IN FULL in 2022, running February 25-27.
While Winter AutoFest has been put in the garage for an extended period of time, there are two aspects of the weekend that will continue. First and foremost, the auction element of the event will be happening at the facility during its originally planned dates. Carlisle Auctions, the sister company of Carlisle Events, will move forward with its two-day classic and collector car auction, Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction. This socially distant event takes place on the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus grounds, within a trio of spacious hangers February 19-20. Start time is 10:30 a.m. daily and interested parties can bid and buy THREE great ways, in person, online and on the phone. More details on this event will be shared in the coming days via a separate news release.
Feature two is the annual Air & Coach Concours. This gathering of luxury motorcoaches has become a popular destination for those who enjoy the motorcoach lifestyle. The $299 participation cost includes three overnights at the spacious SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus, TWO bidder’s passes for the auction, plus four coupons, power hook ups and more.
For complete details on the 2021 Carlisle Events, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855. Enthusiasts interested in auction specific information should visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
2021 marks the 40th iteration of Corvettes at Carlisle. This event, presented by Top Flight Automotive, was the FIRST brand/car sp …
2021 marks the 40th iteration of Corvettes at Carlisle. This event, presented by Top Flight Automotive, was the FIRST brand/car specific event on the annual Carlisle Events schedule and dates back to 1982 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. From August 26-28, every generation of Corvette comes to Carlisle and with a special spotlight on those from 1971, so does a special partnership for the display itself.
Carlisle Events is pleased to welcome, beginning in 2021, the C3 Vette Registry. The C3 Vette Registry will be the featured sponsor of the 50-year/1971 Corvette display and will have a presence on-site (under the grandstand) during the event as a means to promote and interact with C3 Corvette owners. Recognized as THE best resource on the net for the third generation Corvettes, their web page (C3VR.com) sees thousands of monthly page visits, not just from 3rd-Gen owners, but Corvette lovers of all generations.
While Carlisle Events might bring cars and people together, the C3 Vette Registry serves as a means for C3 owners from all walks of life to interact, mix and mingle. The registry also aims to help every C3 owner get the absolute best out of their beloved Corvette. In fact, getting involved with the C3 Vette Registry is quite simple. Born from a conversation between two friends in 2001, the registry just celebrated its 19th year of serving Corvette lovers. Interested parties can visit the registry online and learn about the various levels of registry membership, ranging from basic to lifetime. Best of all, the basic membership level is FREE.
“C3 Vette Registry is happy to sponsor the 1971 Corvette display at Corvettes at Carlisle 2021,” noted registry founder Adam Wartell. “Since we are all about celebrating the longest running generation of Corvette models (the C3), we hope to make even more C3 owners aware of our club so we can help them enjoy their C3 as we already have with thousands of C3 owners since we were founded in 2001.”
The display will be located just off Dukes Blvd. and consist of 20 of the best from 1971. While the ’71 display presented by the C3 Vette Registry is limited in capacity, even more 1971 Corvettes will adorn the Fun Field. Links and details for how to apply for the display and/or register for the Fun Field are available at http://CarlisleEvents.com.
“We’re excited to have the C3 Corvette Registry partner with us for the 50th Anniversary display during Corvettes at Carlisle in 2021,” noted Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Events. “Adam Wartell, C3 Vette Registry Founder, is no stranger to the event and we’re excited to have them become an intricate part of the event,” continued Miller. “If you’ve got a C3, be sure to become a member. We’re happy to have them.”
Finally, Carlisle Events and the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds remain COVID compliant and plan to offer detailed health safety measures at all 2021 events. Complete details on the COVID plan, specifics on how to secure a vending or car corral space, register for the ’71 display, the Fun Field, links to purchase spectator tickets and more can be found at the aforementioned Carlisle Events web page or by calling 717-243-7855.
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