For Immediate Release

Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals Offer Speed, Style and Elegance in 2018

Annual Gathering of International Automotive Excellence Entertains Thousands
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

There was a time at the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals when there were two distinct groups of attendees and show cars. As the show has grown and automotive tastes have changed, that’s no longer the case. For 2018, the mid-May showcase brought together cars and car lovers of all types to showcase the hottest trends in the hobby, coolest styles, top vendors and show worthy gems representing the past, present and future of the collector car world.

From May 18-20, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds came to life and it wasn’t just about the cars on display. While there were many, over 1,400 to be exact, fun was had in various forms. Sure, the show cars offered the rare and unique, but the competitions wowed guests too. New in 2018 was drift limbo and the rolling exhaust contest was expanded. These popular draws were complimented perfectly by drifting and autocross hosted by NICOClub/NICOFest as well as low car limbo, burnouts and beauty.

While the international automotive flavor outdoors was amazing, what was showcased indoors was nothing short of spectacular. Millions of dollars of Super Cars anchored the Building Y display, with millions more positioned in Building T. The Building T cars were super in another way. These cars were Concours caliber, including Jaguars and Aston Martins. One of the Jags was formerly owned by Hollywood legend Clark Cable. Needless to say, jaws were dropping left and right!

Seminars were a popular attraction too. Multiple offerings drew crowds, including the Legends of Design seminar which included panelists associated with the Jags and Astons on display. Other seminars included experts on restoration, windshield replacement and a unique one where a Citroen was disassembled and re-assembled, all while enthusiasts looked on.

Another family fun aspect of the event was the annual passport program. This popular feature took a turn this year too, with a collectible pint glass offered as the grand prize as well as additional prizes from local businesses and entertainment outlets. Finally, the swap meet and car corral was also a driving force and will return next year along with more great cars from around the world, seminars, guests and more. Save the date, because 2019’s show runs May 17-19.

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717-243-7855 ext. 133

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