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It’s been too long – too long indeed since the Carlisle Auctions brand was front and center as part of a Carlisle Events automotive event. Wi …
It’s been too long – too long indeed since the Carlisle Auctions brand was front and center as part of a Carlisle Events automotive event. With auctions cancelled due to the coronavirus in the spring and summer, Carlisle Auctions is proud to present a two-day, 400 car offering as part of Fall Carlisle 2020. While Fall Carlisle itself runs September 30-October 4 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, just a few blocks west at the Carlisle Expo Center, nearly 100 years of automotive excellence will cross the block on October 1 & 2.
Powered by an all-new partnership with the AACA Museum, Inc., Carlisle Auctions second auction of the season hosts more than a half dozen cars from the museum, including a handful that are from pre-war era. In addition, these time capsules are impeccable and not only must be seen to be believed but will most certainly draw large scale attention from collectors across the country. Commitments from the AACA collection include a 1926 Packard 4-Door Club Dietrich, 1926 Wills St. Clair, 1931 Cadillac Town, 1935 Brewster Sedan, 1946 Kaiser Street Rod, 1956 Chrysler Imperial and a 1991 Jaguar XJS.
In addition to these gems, Carlisle Auctions offers an eclectic mix of muscle plus even more collector cars from the past, present and even some future classics. While muscle is quite frequently flexed during auctions, there are other styles of rides that cross the block. Thursday, October 1 at around 5 p.m., trucks take center stage. An all-truck hour will help transition the lots from early on day 1 to the heavy hitters of the evening. Big trucks, little trucks and even some SUVs will be part of the fun.
One of the best parts of a Carlisle auction is that consigned vehicles run the gamut. Bidders can pick up their first or next classic and do so with a variety of options. SOLD could mean a trailered white-glove collector car destined for Best of Show honors or it could be a ride that will still turn heads, but can be driven from show to show.
Powered by Carlisle Auctions FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee, auction events offer competitive fees that are some of the best in the industry, world champion auctioneers, years of experience and a wide assortment of marketing measures that aim to maximize exposure for committed consignments.
“We are excited to return to the Carlisle Expo Center for our Fall Carlisle Auction,” noted Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “We’ve been hearing from buyers and sellers alike who are anxious for the event,” continued Cline. “We feel this will be one of our best available lots of cars in some time, with different types and styles available dating back to the early 1920s. We are still actively taking consignments and encourage those interested in bidding to register in advance. I can’t wait to see you starting October 1.”
Vehicles will begin loading in on Tuesday, September 29. All outdoor placements can be viewed by one and all, but ONLY event staff, registered buyers/sellers and guests and select business partners are permitted to enter the Expo Center during the auction. Due to gathering restrictions, general spectators are restricted from entering the Expo Center. The auction starts at 12 p.m. daily and includes an all-truck themed hour on October 1 at about 5 p.m. If a desired lot doesn’t sell, Carlisle Auctions offers a “Still for Sale” option for one last chance at connecting seller and buyer person to person and away from the spotlight of the auction block. “Still for Sale” is available starting October 1 and is available in person for a few days following the event in person and online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com for approximately three weeks.
As part of Carlisle Auctions health safety measures, masks will be required for entry and indoors, multiple hand washing/sanitizing stations will be available, restrooms, food and service areas will be regularly cleaned and hopeful bidders are encouraged to pre-register for easier packet pick up. In addition, concession options will be modified. Learn more about these measures plus details on bidding (in person, online or on the phone), buying and more by calling 717-960-6400 or online via aforementioned Carlisle Auctions web page.
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive did what it always does, showcased the past, present and future of the Corvette brand.&nbs …
Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive did what it always does, showcased the past, present and future of the Corvette brand. For 2020, while things looked and felt a little different, the reality was that for everyone who came to Carlisle, it was status quo and three-plus days of Corvette themed fun. To put it a different way, even during the worst of times, the event was still the biggest all-Corvette themed offering in the world. The first Corvette on the Fun Field arrived three days before the event started, but once things officially got up and running (August 27-30), many, many more joined.
Thursday ushered in the cars, the people and the excitement plus a nice mix of automotive flea market vendors. Day one afforded guests the chance to see special displays like the 50-year 1970 feature and Chip’s Choice in Building T. For the 2020 Chip’s Choice display, Bloomington Gold took the lead, populating the building with cars that were previous Benchmark award winners, while also promoting their upcoming September event at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This impeccable Corvette gallery was one of the most photographed aspects of the weekend. In fact, between Chip’s Choice and the nice array of C8’s onsite, guests had plenty of photo options.
The C8 wasn’t the only generation of Corvette to turn heads. From early era solid axle production to a bevy of C7s, the packages, styles and look of each and every ride was worth the price of admission. Decades of excellence didn’t just show, they were also in motion. Friday and Saturday hosted a Corvette cruise around the grounds, there were open autocross runs with the Cumberland Valley Corvette Club, Lingenfelter Performance backed the King of the X autocross shootout Saturday and 14 Corvette owners took part in the first-ever rolling exhaust contest.
Another key element to event weekend was support for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation. Every day saw Judy Miller, wife of the late Chip Miller, and various family members staffing the CMAF tent. Here, they took donations and shared information on the foundation. In addition, the C8 Corvette that would be given away on August 29 was on display too. Further, on stage Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. each day, Dr. Joe Abal, long time CMAF supporter, held court as an auctioneer as the CMAF auctioned off over a dozen items; all in the name of charity.
Finally, Saturday wrapped with an afternoon medley of awards and recognition. Beginning at 4 p.m. various winners throughout the weekend were honored, including the largest club, King of the X, People’s Choice, Spring Mountain Motor Resort giveaway and the CMAF Sweepstakes C8 giveaway. Further, the day fully concluded with an awards parade. Here, a few dozen car owners who stuck around after the rains picked up their plaque, posted for photos and more.
While 2020 is a wrap, 2021 is already in the planning stages. Chip’s Choice is planning a salute to first-responders, there will be a 1971/50-year reunion showcase, Paul Koerner returns with more amazing diagnostic sessions, parts shopping on the midway, within the automotive flea market and more. Save the date, because Corvettes at Carlisle runs August 26-28 (Thursday-Saturday), 2021. Learn more at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
In late spring, the team with Carlisle Events made the difficult decision to postpone the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals from its orig …
In late spring, the team with Carlisle Events made the difficult decision to postpone the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals from its original May dates to the second weekend of August. As world events evolved, August 14 through the 16th rapidly approached and with the weekend in the rearview mirror, it was obvious that while the date change would slightly augment the show, the passion and enthusiasm of those who attended would not be altered. Spanning the three-day event, over 1,000 cars and even more attendees walked the grounds, enjoyed great concessions, participated in competitions and otherwise just hung out and enjoyed the automotive world at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Gates opened Friday at 7 a.m. and while most guests didn’t arrive until mid-day, waiting for them was a great indoor display in Building T. Here, the BBS was celebrated as was 100 Years of Mazda and 50 Years of the Datsun and Nissan Z. There was also a general vehicle display too, including a Lamborghini, C8 Corvette and an ‘80s era Ferrari. Along with those displays indoors, the outside offered even more history with a massive SAAB tent, a Showfield of Audi’s, Volvo’s and more.
The Showfield itself is really the draw, as it offered such an eclectic mix of automotive history. Cars represent over a half a dozen countries and are parked by country of origin. The geographical placement allows guests to walk the grounds and essentially the automotive world. One of the countries, France, historically sees support from the Renault Club. For 2020, they had some early 20th century French production on display, while more modern rides also made up this international automotive festival. Dune Buggies cruised the grounds, the Opel saw lots of love as did displays with Fiat, Subaru, BMW and VW just to name a few.
Of course the cars at Carlisle didn’t just show, many were on the go via multiple competitions and or/a parade. These competitions included a couple of preliminary rounds for the rolling exhaust contest, the exhaust finale itself, drift limbo, low car limbo and of course the ultimate competition, the judged Showfield. There was even a mid-day Saturday parade as the Nissan Z went from being featured to in motion as part of an impromptu parade around the grounds.
Car clubs were also a big part of the event, dozens of clubs set up shop at Carlisle, and select clubs won awards as well. Saabs at Carlisle was tapped as the largest club, while Street Distortionz earned coolest club honors.
Hundreds of awards were doled out Sunday following another successful eJudged event, with car owners making plans for the 2021 event. Speaking of which, with less than nine months to go, plans are under way for the weekend, back to its original May dates; in this case May 14-16 2021. Check out photos and more about the event at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
If you build it, they will come. We all know the famous Field of Dreams movie line. Well, if Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Truck Nat …
If you build it, they will come. We all know the famous Field of Dreams movie line. Well, if Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Truck Nationals may, if you host it, they will come…and come they did. While the 2020 Carlisle Truck Nationals didn’t match numbers from the past few years, it actually saw a larger turnout of trucks than the 2014 show offered. With a nice mix of 106 years of truck history on display combined with family friendly activities, the event happened in a unique and different way, during unique and different circumstances.
Gates opened at 7 a.m. daily and while most of the afternoon Friday was a wash, there was enough sunshine to enjoy the Showfield, midway and indoor displays. In addition, the aforementioned family fun took center stage where possible. Dialed Action Sports presented Mountain Bike stunt exhibitions, while Lawrence Frederick and his world champion Disc-Connected K9s soared above the infield, much to the delight of guests of all ages. If ever there was a time for indoor truck viewing, mid-day Friday reminded guests that yes, it’s August and yes, it rains. Though outside was best suited for a slip and slide, inside Buildings T and Y were about three dozen super cool trucks. For Building Y, it was the SyTy display, while Building T hosted the annual Featured Vehicle display. Within T was a 1916 Fire Truck, classic car haulers, lowered trucks, lifted trucks and more.
As the weather did a 180 on Saturday, those who didn’t come Friday afternoon mixed and mingled (at an acceptable social distance) with everyone who was planning a Saturday venture. The bikes and the pups were back in action, but there were other competitions too. Day 2 hosted the low truck limbo, high truck challenge and the drop and drag contest. In addition, more family fun came to fruition as the Optimus Prime replica rig anchored the Big Rig display AND played host to kids of all ages during its time onsite. The Big Rigs also closed out the day, with their popular glow show lighting up the Carlisle night.
Another hot draw throughout the event came from Ford. Following a successful showcase at the previous week’s Carlisle Ford Nationals car show, Ford spotlighted its 2021 F-150 truck, offered a Ford Raptor simulator for guests AND displayed their Ford Lifestyle trailer. Within and around this trailer was stylish merchandise for sale and products on display that accessorize, power or compliment some of Ford’s most popular brands.
Sunday was a chance to see one last show, check out one last truck AND check out the winner’s list. For some, that meant an award and recognition as part of the two awards parades. For others, it meant simply saying goodbye to friends with a plan to return for 2021. Speaking of which, next year’s Carlisle Truck Nationals take over the fairgrounds once more between August 6-8. Details about this event and all others promoted by Carlisle Events are available at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
After a nearly two-month delay, the 2020 Carlisle Ford presented by Meguiar’s took over the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds July 31-August 2. The event, wh …
After a nearly two-month delay, the 2020 Carlisle Ford presented by Meguiar’s took over the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds July 31-August 2. The event, while slightly modified from its standard format, still welcomed droves of enthusiasts and thousands of cars to the National Parts Depot Showfield. Without a doubt, those onsite in 2020 had a great time!
People come to Carlisle and this event for a variety of reasons. Some come to buy or sell within the expansive automotive flea market and midway, others came to buy or sell within the car corral, even more came to show or see the cars and some even came to take part in onsite activities. Regardless of why they came, they all made a point to visit with Ford to check out their new products showcase. For 2020, Ford offered attendees a glimpse into the future with a pair of 2021 MACH 1 Mustangs as well as the 2021 F-150 truck. Further, their display hosted a Raptor simulator, heritage collection Cobras, a few modern GTs and more. Ford even took their new MACH-1 to the stage and hosted walkarounds on it, sharing info about their latest build with the audience.
Speaking of the GT, Ford’s Supercar helped draw show goers closer to the special displays with dozens of them in and around Building T, including a 1966 GT40. Other highlight features focused on the Starliner, Maverick, Grabbers, Thunderbirds and a Euro Ford Garage where the Capri and Merkur stood front and center. The GT’s didn’t just show, they were in motion too. Friday saw a half a dozen or so parade around the grounds, while Saturday hosted open track time where a few of them made some laps to the delight of those looking on.
The track was another hotspot destination throughout the weekend as Gateway Mustang hosted open autocross runs on Friday and Saturday, car owners participated in a multi-round rolling exhaust contest Friday and Saturday and on Friday night, nearly 20 competitors took to the track for the annual real street shoot out. Winners for exhaust and real street were Jeremy Sperlein and Don Slevia respectively. There were other winners too at Carlisle. Focus Rising was named largest car club in attendance and John Clor, Ford Performance Enthusiast Communications, named the Beltway Mustang Club as the coolest club.
Speed, performance, history and the overall elegance of the Ford brand were popular themes of the weekend. Most importantly, while the event and select activities were slightly augmented in 2020 due to world events, it still delivered on its position as being the largest all-Ford themed car show of its type. All the fun culminated with an hour’s-long awards parade on Sunday in front of the stage.
While 2020 has wrapped, 2021 will be here in less than one year. The 2021 event takes place June 4-6 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and plans to feature the 50th Anniversary of the Pinto, a 1971-73 Mustang Celebration, Holman Moody & Stroppe reunions and a Comic Car Con display.
Learn all about the Carlisle Ford Nationals, review event photos, check out the winner’s list, take the post-event survey and make plans for next year online now at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
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