For Immediate Release

Carlisle Events Presents Winter AutoFest 2019 – Now with Corvettes (Lots of Them)

Join the NCRS for a Special Corvette-Themed Weekend in Lakeland
Monday, August 20, 2018

In 2014 when Carlisle Events announced the move to Lakeland, Florida in front of a standing room crowd at its previous facility, someone asked co-owner Lance Miller about the possibility of a Corvette show being part of the fun. At the time, the response was “never say never,” after all; Carlisle Events is known for large scale car events including its flagship car show, Corvettes at Carlisle. Fast forward 4+ years and it’s FINALLY happening - a Corvette themed showcase in conjunction with Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, February 22-24, 2019!

Over the span of three days, the SUN N’ FUN campus in Lakeland comes to life with all things automotive. There’s an automotive flea market, car corral, collector car auction and of course a car show. The 2019 car show will be the biggest and best one yet! The NCRS crew has been hosting their annual event at SUN N’ FUN for a few years as a stand-alone event but for 2019 will join forces with Carlisle Events and Winter AutoFest. This partnership gives guests even more to see and do as part of the annual February weekend.

Branded as the 41st Annual NCRS Winter Regional Corvette Show, hundreds of America’s Sports Cars (and their owners) plus dozens of Corvette themed vendors and enthusiasts of the brand will converge on SUN ‘N FUN for all things Corvette. There is a judged element to the showcase, meaning some of the best-of-the-best from the Sunshine State and the southern region will be in attendance. In addition, with a nod to the NCRS show itself, Carlisle Auctions will host at least one Corvette specific hour as part of its two-day auction in the adjacent hanger/auction arena.

“Winter AutoFest in Lakeland is always an exceptional time,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller. “We have loads of vendors, amazing cars for sale in both the corral and auction, plus we have a fun car show tied to the event and plenty of amazing food! With this said, I’m always excited to steer more Corvettes and their owners to this event,” continued Miller. “While brainstorming with Ed Augustine who runs the NCRS Regional event in Lakeland, we thought it would benefit both events by having them join forces. I’m thrilled to say this will be our inaugural event with the NCRS Winter Regional and it promises to be a great one!”

Miller continued with nothing but praise for the event, adding “I’ve been going to the NCRS Winter Regional event for a long time. I recall going to the venue in Cypress Gardens when it was held there with my father. It’s really neat to know NCRS will be joining us in Lakeland in February of 2019. On behalf of Carlisle Events and Corvettes at Carlisle, we’re encouraging all Corvettes to come out and support this event. We aim to please and look forward to ensuring this event and venue become a destination for every Corvette lover to visit. I hope to see you in beautiful sunny Florida in February!”

Participants for the NCRS event will gain entry to the entire Winter AutoFest weekend for themselves and a guest plus receive two bidders passes for the auction. Corvettes who choose to be a part of the all-new Corvette VIP showfield will also be privy to some amazing perks including a designated parking area in the center of the fun, Saturday morning breakfast and VIP access to preview the day’s auction, two free bidder’s passes and an evening cookout with entertainment and more! As planning begins, stay tuned for more details!

Registration for the NCRS event should be done through them as been the case in years past, while those looking to be a vendor should contact Carlisle Events online at or by calling 717-243-7855.

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Journalist note: Information about Carlisle Events, its event listings, auction offerings and the Carlisle Expo Center is available to journalists by phone:

Michael Garland
Public Relations Manager
717-243-7855 ext. 133

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