Mike Garland is a Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania native and has been with Carlisle
Events since January of 2011 as its Public Relations Manager. At Carlisle, Mike serves as
a front line representative for the company by working closely with local, regional
and national media before, during and after all Carlisle based events. Mike is responsible
for the creation of company based press releases, social media posts, voicing radio
and television commercials, event specific e-news content, recording of onsite public
address announcements and assisting with customer relations. Mike also works as
part of the Carlisle Events Marketing Department to properly promote and enhance
the Carlisle Events brand.
Mike came to Carlisle Events from
Jacksonville, Florida where he worked for Cox Media Group, PRI Productions and the
Jacksonville Jaguars. With Cox, Mike served as the primary traffic anchor for News
Talk WOKV, helping get area residents to and from their destination in a timely
manner. Also for Cox, Mike was a producer, show host and on-air talent for the cluster’s
Classic Rock station, Rock 104.5. In addition, Mike worked as a spotter and in stadium
voice talent for PRI Productions and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to living in
Jacksonville, Mike worked in radio and athletic media relations for the University
of Tampa, Lehigh University, Capital University and Ohio Dominican University; Mike
not only served as an Assistant Sports Media Relations Director, but was also a
play-by-play talent for college and local high school sports.
Mike Blake has lived across America, and is a former resident of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania
and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He also has lived on both coasts and in the Midwest.
Mike began working at Carlisle Events in 2004, taking over as Senior Automotive
Journalist for the nationwide column “All About Cars,” for which he happily test
drives some 60 vehicles a year on roads, highways and test tracks across America.
Mike also served as Carlisle Events’ on-air spokesperson and appeared on a weekly
live TV automotive segment on the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, CBS affiliate, WHP-21
TV. While with Carlisle full-time, Mike also helped bring to market Carlisle Events’
auction series, wrote more than a dozen TV and radio commercials and also scripted
SpeedChannel’s successful series: “Cars at Carlisle.” He can be seen smoking tires
in a hot Mustang and a sweet Corvette on Carlisle Events’ autocross course during
two segments. Leaving Carlisle Events as a full-time staff member in 2007, he continued
to stay within the Carlisle Events family and has now written more than 450 weekly
columns and special-information pieces for “All About Cars” and the dozens of newspapers
that carry the column.
Mike came to Carlisle Events from Michigan,
by way of California, where he worked for Primedia Publications as editor of “Kit
Car” and “Kit Car Illustrated” magazines, after a stint as Assistant Editor for
“Vette”. Mike earned his journalism spurs as a reporter-editor-feature writer for
the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper, and he wrote some 600 articles as a freelance
writer. While freelancing, Blake wrote three informational films for the US Air
Force and has had one theatrical screenplay and one teleplay optioned. He also authored
six books – four on baseball, one on a WWII death camp survivor and one on a Denver
industrialist (this book was used in evidence against the industrialist at the defendant’s
trial). As a freelancer, he also served as U.S. baseball correspondent for Sankei
Baseball Monthly, Japan; and was the voice of American Sports in Japan, speaking
a column he wrote, for the English language teaching program: “News/Sports USA”.
Blake also served as managing editor and consultant for the Nasdaq newspaper, “The
Investment Reporter.” While on the book promotion scene, Mike appeared on some 400
live TV and radio broadcasts including “The Larry King Show,” “Tom Snyder Show”
and “Up Close with Roy Firestone.”
Bob Hall (1948-2004) was many things to Carlisle Events; a writer, a collector car
hobbyist and most importantly a friend.
Prior to his passing from cancer in 2004,
Bob noted many times that he inherited a life-long love of cars from his father,
who owned more than 300 cars during his lifetime. It was that love of cars growing
up that had Bob an active participant in the collector car hobby by the mid 1970’s.
In addition to collecting, Bob embarked on a professional writing career in 1973
as a sports stringer for the Baltimore Sun. Along with his sports duties, Bob continued
writing about collector cars for various hobby publications. Finally, in 1987 his
commitment to his passion paid off as he was offered and accepted the associate
editor position at Old Cars Weekly. Not long after being appointed to that position,
his work was appearing in publications as diverse as Automobile Magazine, Sports
Collectors Digest, Special Interest Autos, Goldmine, Car Collector, Automobile Quarterly,
AutoWeek, MOBILIA, Automotive History Review, Baseball Cards Magazine and the Brazilian
magazine Autos Antigos.
By 1993 and within six years of his appointment at Old Cars
Weekly, Bob became a staff writer for “MotorWeek Television.” After four years at
“MotorWeek,” Bob moved west to become publicist for the Las Vegas Motor Speedway,
not long after the track began hosting NASCAR races. He also worked for the Imperial
Palace Auto Collection. In conjunction with those duties, he became host of “Las
Vegas Motor Speedway on the Air,” a show that eventually evolved into “All
About Cars,” the program he hosted until his death.
Over the years his writing and
radio efforts earned a number of awards from automotive press associations, including
three prestigious WAPA Golden Quill Awards, of which Bob proudly said, “that was
nothing to sniff at.” Besides his duties in Carlisle (including a syndicated newspaper
column called “All About Cars,” published in numerous papers including Harrisburg’s
Patriot-News and found online at www.CarlisleEvents.com), Bob regularly appeared
as the “Car Guy” on the “News Daybreak” morning show.
As a column, “All About Cars”
continues in print and online as Mike Blake assumed the duties following Bob’s passing.
Further, the video portion of “All About Cars” lives on in spirit with various Carlisle
Events staff members using the title as part of video interviews and segments conducted
on site during many events hosted by Carlisle.