ABOUT CARLISLE EVENTS
Since 1974, Carlisle Events has been a staple in the automotive community. Our passion is legendary to those who have
made Carlisle, PA their "Automotive Hometown" and our commitment to the hobby continues with our expansion and
continued growth in markets outside of central Pennsylvania.
Our Mission Statement
To continue our tradition as a respected leader in the automotive
hobby; to be a responsible member of the communities in which we
operate; and to pursue new business opportunities, ensuring the
growth of the company.
Bill and Chip Miller, Founders of Carlisle Events
What makes Carlisle,
Pennsylvania so unique? It is
the home of Carlisle Events
and the Carlisle Fairgrounds,
the location for the largest
car and truck collector
events in the country.
Prior to Carlisle Events'
interested in restoring or
showing 1950s‐ or 1960s‐era cars had few options. That all changed
when Chip Miller and Bill Miller, Jr. became friends through a mutual
interest in cars of the 1950s. Together they began going to car
shows and swap meets, where like‐minded individuals would hunt
for parts and accessories to restore their vehicles. A need for these
events became obvious to these two men in 1973. Until that time,
the only cars deemed worthy to collect were pre‐WWII automobiles.
Carlisle Events was one of the first companies in the United
States organized specifically to conduct and promote events for the
collector car and truck hobby.
26, 1974, on the
War '74" took place.
It was the very first
car event promoted
by the company. In a
year still remembered for gas lines and inflation, nearly 600 vendors
set up in more than 800 spaces, and 13,000 spectators paid the $1
admission to sample their wares.
Carlisle Events Archives (1975)
Within a few years, the Carlisle Fairgrounds had become a
mecca for collector car enthusiasts all over the world. The runaway
success of what became known as the Fall Carlisle Collector Car
Swap Meet & Car Corral led to a similar spring event in 1977. In
short order, they became complete sellouts for vendor and car
corral spaces. In 1981, after renting the fairgrounds for each event,
the Millers purchased the 82‐acre property.
Over the years, Carlisle Events has transformed the fairgrounds
to suit the needs of car show participants and visitors. Continuous
include paved roads,
landscape and more
than 10 permanent
buildings. At the
same time, Carlisle
services such as onsite
bank financing, notary and title service and a wide variety of
Experience Carlisle Events Today
When Chip and Bill Miller held their first car show at the Carlisle
Fairgrounds in 1974, they never could have envisioned the growth
and legacy of Carlisle Events.
2007 Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap and Corral Aerial Photo.
Chip Miller passed away in 2004 and his son Lance took over
not long after. It’s been a family affair ever since as Lance has
carried on his dad’s “Life is Good” mentality. As the 21st century
rolls forward, Bill Miller, Jr. continues to be involved with the
company, as does his son and Lance’s long time friend, Bill Miller, III.
What started as a pair of swap meets in the mid to late ‘70s has
spawned specialty show after specialty show. Events now include
Carlisle Import & Performance,
Carlisle Ford Nationals, Carlisle GM Nationals, Carlisle Chrysler
Nationals, Carlisle Truck Nationals and
Corvettes at Carlisle.
As of 2015, Carlisle Events hosts or is part of 13 events and four
collector car auctions. By popular demand, the auction portion of
Carlisle Events (Carlisle Auctions) was re‐established in 2013 and
prior to that, events in Allentown Pennsylvania
were added. Further, Carlisle Events introduced itself to the Florida
market in 2013, initially hosting events in Zephyrhills. Now, with
rapid growth in Florida comes a move to Lakeland and a larger
facility in the Sun ‘n Fun complex. Carlisle Events’ schedule is what it
is today due to the demand for all things collector car and family
fun. Events have evolved from “cars in a field” to destination
activities for individuals and families from around the world. In all,
more than a half a million guests visit shows promoted by Carlisle
Lakeland, Florida and Carlisle are also collector car auction
locations. The Carlisle‐based events bring in $98 million annually to
the local economy in Central Pennsylvania and the spring show is
the organization’s biggest draw of the year with nearly 100,000
enthusiasts converging on the region.