Nixon was in the White House, Woodstock overtook a New York field, the Beatles were king, man was landing on the moon and Detroit was manufacturing …
Nixon was in the White House, Woodstock overtook a New York field, the Beatles were king, man was landing on the moon and Detroit was manufacturing some of the most iconic cars of all time. It all happened in 1969 and 50 years later, a little bit of the famed Summer of ’69 will take center stage at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
While the season schedule for Carlisle Events has seen two of its events completed, the core of its season remains. From Spring Carlisle (April 24-28) through Fall Carlisle (October 2-6) and everything in between, guests who come to America’s Automotive Hometown will find something a little nostalgic about their experience. Call it a 50-year class reunion, because the displays, imagery and even some musical ambiance will transport guests back in time.
The shows themselves will offer special displays, more specifically starting with the Carlisle Ford (May 31-June 2) Nationals and concluding with Corvettes at Carlisle (August 22-25). Ford weekend, presented by Meguiars, hosts the 50th Birthday celebration of the Mach 1, the 50th anniversary of the Boss, 50th anniversary of the Eliminator and celebrates the 50th of the Maverick. Up next is the Chevrolet Nationals (June 21-22) which is also the first official show of Summer. This weekend spotlights the 50th birthday of the Blazer as well as the GTO Judge. In addition, Buildings T and Y will have featured displays including cars from 1969.
As June transitions to July, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals (July 12-14) are up next. 50-year honors for this event include a 50th tribute to the Dodge Charger Daytona & 500, the A12 Road Runner & Super Bee, the M Code A-Body as well as a featured vehicle showcase of some of the best Mopars ever made in 1969. In August, the Carlisle Truck Nationals (August 2-4) and Corvettes at Carlisle help wrap the specialty events at Carlisle. Truck weekend will offer a look at some of the coolest trucks ever made and spotlight the $69/69 second burnout contest, while Corvettes at Carlisle, presented by Corvette America, will host a massive display of 1969 Corvettes. Carlisle Auctions will even offer a ‘60s Power Hour during its events.
Common themes across all events include branding and special graphics specific to the theme. This includes flags around the grounds, plus signs and banners near main entry gates. In addition, Carlisle Events is offering a Summer of ’69 souvenir cup. As part of each event, a “Flash Sale” will pop up on social media. From there, the first 69 people to order tickets online will also get the cup. In addition, a limited amount of cups will be available with a qualifying purchase in the Carlisle Store. The cup will also be available as a stand-alone purchase from any concessionaire too. Another season long giveaway will be a special Summer of ’69 sticker. These stickers will be available on grounds as well as in Guest Services for registered Showfield participants.
Opportunities will also be available to win money in at least two different ways in 2019. While the standard burnout contest continues with the three-minute time limit, NEW this year only, anyone who pops a tire in 69 seconds or less will win $69 cash. Speaking of cash, an inflatable cash machine will come to life at most events providing several chances throughout the weekend to fill your pockets. For that, select guests will have the chance to snag the flying dollars. Contestant 1 each day starts with the chance to snag $69. What’s left remains, meaning contestant 2 has the chance at $69, plus whatever was left over…and so on.
Complete details on each event are available at the all-new www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. Cruise to Carlisle this summer. It’ll be groovy man!
Spring Carlisle (April 24-28) is a destination event for over 110,000 guests from around the world. Those guests come for many reasons, but o …
Spring Carlisle (April 24-28) is a destination event for over 110,000 guests from around the world. Those guests come for many reasons, but one is most certainly the chance to enjoy LIVE collector car auction excitement. Carlisle Auctions is front and center once more as part of Spring Carlisle for its two-day offering (April 25-26) and this time around its more cars, more special themes AND an all-new start time.
Preview day for the auction commences on April 24 as the over 500+ consignments roll in, with nearly every car in place for the event by 7 a.m. on April 25. Carlisle Auctions is also getting the fun started even earlier with a 12 p.m. start on both event days. In doing so, it allows more cars to cross the block each day and gives everyone in attendance even more of the fun they’ve come to know from Carlisle Auctions.
When guests walk the Carlisle Expo Center footprint, they’ll find many classics and choices which would make an ideal first or next classic for their collection. The automotive timeline dates back to at least 1920 and includes a great array of low mileage and original/survivor cars.
The two-day event itself not only presents that all-new 12 p.m. start time but will offer a trio of specialty hours. These hours spotlight a specific brand, era or theme from start to finish, offering even more fun. The hours include a “no reserve” hour on Thursday, April 25 at 2 p.m. with an all-truck showcase just a few hours later at 5 p.m. In addition, Carlisle Auctions spotlights some of the best ‘60s era vehicles ever made as part of its all-‘60s hour on Friday, April 26 at 5 p.m.
Carlisle Auctions also welcomes seven charity consignments, each aiding local organizations. Five of the consignments will benefit the Carlisle Branch of the Salvation Army, while another assists Carlisle Cares, with another helping Project Share.
As always, consignments are taken via the FRESS UNLESS SOLD guarantee on all consignments 25 years or older. There’s still time to register to bid, either in advance or by walking up during the event itself. Complete details about this auction, including the run list when available, details on committed consignments, a video link for the live stream and more is available online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400.
Every Carlisle Events show page has a “what’s fresh” activity listing. This is done to indicate the new and fresh happening …
Every Carlisle Events show page has a “what’s fresh” activity listing. This is done to indicate the new and fresh happenings for each of the 10 shows in the Carlisle Events season schedule. For 2019, the events aren’t the only thing sporting something fresh, as Carlisle Events is pleased to announce some changes to its staffing structure as well as its concession options.
The biggest staffing change at Carlisle comes in the form of Scott Amig being named General Manager & Operations Manager of Carlisle Events. Scott has been with Carlisle Events since 2011 and much like every other staffer in the office, he wears and has worn many hats. He’s been a building manager, an event manager, still oversees the maintenance and facilities team and now, with years of leadership experience under his belt, will also direct day to day operations on behalf of Bill Miller, Jr. and Lance Miller.
Additional management level changes include Ed Scholly being tapped as Director of Event Development and Associate Sponsorship Development. Scholly has been with Carlisle Events since 2000, working as an event manager for the former Carlisle Bike Fest, York Open House and numerous other past events as well as his current role in the regionally popular Carlisle Truck Nationals. In addition, his role with sponsorship development aides in securing high-end industry leaders as part of the Manufactures Midway not only at the truck show, but at all events on the Carlisle schedule. For 2019, Scholly will also oversee each event manager, while continuing to work hand in hand with the marketing team to assure that all aspects of the event, from promotion to execution run smoothly.
One other management role that changed for 2019 is that Tami DeMark is the new Director of Customer Relations. DeMark has transitioned into this roll following the retirement of long-time Carlisle Events staffer Diane Vaughn. In addition, DeMark also oversees bookings, logistics and overall management of the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center.
Speaking of events, two staffers have seen increased event planning roles for this season. Ed Buczeskie, who historically has been the event manager for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals and Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals adds Spring and Fall Carlisle to his resume as well as being the one to oversee the Hurst Showcase which happens in conjunction with the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals. Down the hall and around the corner from Buczeskie is Jodi Morrison. Jodi was hired in 2011 and over the past eight seasons has transitioned from just the Assistant to Ownership to the Executive Assistant, Concessions Manager as well as the event manager for Corvettes at Carlisle and Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Florida.
Finally on the staffing front, Carlisle Events will be naming a new Director of Marketing in the near future. This position, once filled, will oversee all marketing efforts for the company and its events. The position will also oversee a staff of four who bring more than 30 years of combined service to the table.
Staff changes aren’t the only thing fresh for Carlisle Events in 2019. Through the efforts of Jodi Morrison, yet another 501c group is joining the already impressive list of vendors in the concession area. The Big Spring High School Band Boosters join groups like the Boy Scouts, Carlisle High School Band and Carlisle High School Football as local non-profits who earn support via the car community each summer. This connection, plus other local businesses like Horner’s Corner BBQ, Marcellos Ristorante & Pizzeria, Brusters Ice Cream, Market Cross Pub and Desperate Times Brewery continue to spotlight Carlisle Events’ desire to do business locally first, helping a community that’s helped us since 1974!
All the fun starts with Spring Carlisle on April 24 and continues through the final day of Fall Carlisle on October 6. Complete details about the season can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
As the 19th edition of the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals takes shape, one thing is for sure. The weekend of June 21-22 at the Carli …
As the 19th edition of the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals takes shape, one thing is for sure. The weekend of June 21-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds will be unlike anything ever seen before at this annual summertime gathering. If cars were stars, which to the thousands of guests at Carlisle they are, then this year’s event is star-studded to say the least. From special displays to guests, activities and more, being a part of the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals is a MUST for any tried and true fan of the brand.
Gates open at 7 a.m. for this two-day event. Once on grounds, showgoers will immediately be taken back to a time when Detroit and Chevrolet (as well as other products under the GM umbrella) were king. From Pontiac to Buick, Cadillac to Oldsmobile, Camaro to GTO Judge, El Camino to Chevy Trucks and so much more, the National Parts Depot Showfield has it all!
While there are many great highlights to the event, THE highlight of the entire weekend happens on the back half of its final day. At 1 p.m. on June 22, guests can enjoy the Bandit Jump. This is the first event of its type ANYWHERE in 2019 and the first time it’s ever happened at Carlisle. Join the Northeast Ohio Dukes as they honor the late great Burt Reynolds and Smokey and the Bandit with this jump on the south side of the grounds. The jump is free for all on-site, but for prime viewing, a VIP ticket is required. The VIP ticket pack is available now at www.carlisletickets.com.
Other great celebration features in 2019 include a judged Showfield specific to Chevy and GMC trucks spanning the era of 1947 to 1987. In addition, the Chevy Blazer gets a nod with a display spotlighting 50 years, while El Camino lovers honor 60 years of their beloved coupé utility. Another 50th showcase includes the GTO Judge while Carlisle Events as a company also invites enthusiasts to help honor the iconic Summer of ’69 with a 50-year focus of cars and trucks from that era.
50 and 60-year old honors aren’t all that will come out of Chevrolet weekend, as the Nova Nationals invade the fairgrounds, plus the Solid Lifter Showroom returns to Building Y. A judged Showfield of nearly 1,000 cars plus a strong automotive flea market and midway help make this event one of the best of its type in the region.
Chevrolet weekend also plays host to a two-day dedicated Hurst Showcase. This display, located under a tent, features dozens of top of the line Hurst branded cars. There will also be Hurst engineers and others associated with the early years of Hurst. In addition, Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, Linda Vaughn is scheduled to appear at the event for the first time in more than a decade.
But wait, there’s more! In keeping with the theme of Chevrolet Nationals weekend being bigger and better, guests should also plan a stopover at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center for a full day of collector and classic car auction excitement. Backed by Carlisle Auctions, the Summer Sale spans a good portion of Saturday and will host over 200+ consignments. A free shuttle will transport guests between venues to best quench their automotive appetites too.
Judging, competitions like burnouts and autocross, awards, an awards parade, seminars and so much more. Register today or by single day/weekend tickets at www.CarlisleEvents.com. To learn more about the auction, visit www.CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
The 2019 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals run June 21-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and have many great features and guests slated to appear. …
The 2019 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals run June 21-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and have many great features and guests slated to appear. One such guest stands head and shoulders above all others due to her iconic affiliation with an equally iconic brand. Linda Vaughn is coming to Carlisle to honor the Hurst brand as part of a very special Hurst Showcase. This is Vaughn’s first appearance at the Chevrolet Nationals since 2008, making this a much anticipated return to this special event weekend.
In an automotive world dominated by men, Vaughn, also known as Miss Hurst Golden Shifter, burst onto the scene in the early ‘60s and perfectly blended Hollywood, sex appeal and women into the ranks of motorsports. She is, without question, the First Lady of Motorsports and was the trophy girl at nearly every type of major motorsports competition, including Indy Car, Formula One and NASCAR. She’s been crowned the queen of many different tracks, products and organizations, but her attachment to the Hurst brand in the ‘60s propelled the one-time dental assistant and local beauty to an international superstar. She was so popular that she did USO type tours to Vietnam and even had similarly “built” assistants work as stand ins (Hurstettes) during the height of her popularity due to demand.
As part of her visit to Carlisle, Vaughn will meet fans, sign autographs, pose for photos and talk about her time in the automotive world as one of its preeminent beauty queens. The Chevrolet Nationals is a can’t miss two-day happening and when combining that show with the long awaited return visit for Vaughn to Carlisle, there is no reason not to get involved.
“When you think of the Hurst brand you almost instinctively think of Linda Vaughn. They are almost inseparable,” said event manager Ken Appell. “From an event planning perspective, getting Linda to the show was arguably as important as anything else and I’m glad we were able to make it happen.”
Again, autographs and photos are free and her appearance schedule will be announced closer to event weekend. Rest assured, she will be in Carlisle throughout the weekend to meet everyone who wants to meet her. Complete details about the Chevrolet Nationals, including the Bandit Jump, special displays additional Hurst guests, links to purchase single day or weekend tickets, specifics on Ms. Vaughn’s time at Carlisle and more can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
In November of 2010 Carlisle Events purchased a 50+ acre plot of land south of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds referenced by many as the former IAC or …
In November of 2010 Carlisle Events purchased a 50+ acre plot of land south of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds referenced by many as the former IAC or Lear Plant. This footprint included a massive factory, plus acres of parking. While the initial purchase was made to preserve parking, which supports the annual automotive events at the fairgrounds, Carlisle Events also had plans to redevelop the industrial landscape for mixed use commercial and residential.
As the work has progressed, the landscape on the southside of Carlisle along Route 34 (Carlisle Springs Rd.) has changed dramatically. Trees have been planted where a factory once stood, lining streets that will connect parts of town that haven’t been directly connected in over 100 years. While some trees have gone in, others have come out on the opposite side of the road. This was done as a precursor to a much-needed storm water runoff area.
Another aspect of the project that has necessitated a temporary new look to the landscape was the removal of a large rock, some shrubs and more importantly, a war memorial plaque. The plaque was positioned on the west side of Carlisle Springs Rd. near the parking area closest to Hamilton St. It was placed there decades ago to honor and remember factory workers who served and sacrificed via military action/service as part of World War II. The plaque, while a long-standing fixture at the facility, was not visible to the masses as of late due to overgrowth in its area. In addition, it was affixed to a large rock, which over time and due to various aspects of attrition, had deteriorated and crumbled to a point where it could no longer be maintained or fixed.
This plaque will return as soon as possible (likely mid-summer). With its return to the factory site, the plaque will continue to honor those who worked at the factory, served our country and made many sacrifices along the way.
Complete details on the project can be found at https://www.carlislepa.org/carlisle-plan/. In addition, car show season commences in less than six weeks with Spring Carlisle. Parking areas adjacent to the main project footprint will be open, but guests may experience some delays as it is an active construction site.
Hey Bandit, this is the Snowman – you got your ears on? CB talk, fast cars, Coors beer, southern charm, handsome stars – Smokey a …
Hey Bandit, this is the Snowman – you got your ears on? CB talk, fast cars, Coors beer, southern charm, handsome stars – Smokey and the Bandit had it all in the Summer of 1977. Bring the family to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds in June, because 42 years after the now iconic Bandit Trans-Am took flight, the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals and Northeast Ohio Dukes will replicate something NEVER seen before by anyone at Carlisle.
The “Bandit Jump” is coming to Carlisle as part of Chevrolet Nationals weekend, June 21-22. The Jump itself takes flight on June 22. This isn’t just a family friendly jump, this is something you’ll want to involve your friends with too. In fact, go knock on a neighbor’s door right now and tell them that Carlisle is hosting the “Bandit Jump.”
As a tribute to Mr. Reynolds who passed away in September of 2018 as well as a nod to one of the most iconic cars and car movies of all time, a Bandit Trans Am will FLY THROUGH THE AIR at the Chevrolet Nationals. Saturday afternoon, June 22 the professionals from Northeast Ohio Dukes will put the pedal to the metal, the thing to the floor, they’ll wind it up and let it roar! As the Bandit would say, “it ain’t never been done before” and it sure ain’t never been done before at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds! At 1 p.m. the wheels will leave the ground; the car will set sail and your heart will pound as you witness this spectacular stunt in person.
A can’t-miss Saturday at the fairgrounds for the family, Carlisle Events is offering a VIP Family 4-Pack of tickets for just $69. This price point includes general parking, entry for 4 and entry into the coveted VIP jump zone for the best lines of sight, photos, video and more. This package is the only way to enjoy VIP access to the jump. Watch from up close as the Bandit takes flight! VIP Packages are limited and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.
The jump is one of many great features coming to Carlisle and the Chevrolet Nationals. Planned is a 60th Anniversary celebration of the El Camino, the 50th Birthday of the Blazer, the 50th birthday of the GTO Judge and more!
In addition, Carlisle hosts Hurst branded cars as part of a special Hurst Showcase. The showcase welcomes Hurst specific showfield classes, a featured vehicle display under a tent, Hurst products and memorabilia on display, seminars, special guests and more. Speaking of guests, we can confirm that five men with ties to Hurst are slated to appear. Those guests include Hurst Engineer Don Glover, Jim Kerr, an original Hurst Customer Service team member, Steve Weiner, a Sales Engineer, Marky Danko from Hurst Production/Engineering, Don Lane, a Hurst Engineer/Designer and others to be announced once confirmed.
Joining the Hurst Showcase will be an all-new Chevy Trucks feature. The all-new show within a show called Chevy/GMC Truck Madness comes to Carlisle and will celebrate all Chevy and GMC Trucks from 1947 to 1987. This special judged event takes place June 21-22 and includes 21 new classes as part of a professionally judged showfield. This includes special categories for classic Chevrolet Cameos, GMC, Suburbans, NAPCO Four-Wheel-Drive trucks and more!
Further details about the jump are forthcoming, so be sure to follow the Chevrolet Nationals on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ChevroletNationals/ on online at the all-new www.CarlisleEvents.com. Tickets for this amazing “Bandit Jump” at Chevrolet Nationals weekend can be purchased direct at store.carlisleevents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. That same store page also offers access to register for the NPD Showfield, so don’t miss out!
February in Florida is a dream for most; sunny skies, warm temps and cool cars – lots of them! All that and then some came together for …
February in Florida is a dream for most; sunny skies, warm temps and cool cars – lots of them! All that and then some came together for Winter AutoFest in Lakeland. Spanning February 22-24, 2019 at the SUN ‘n FUN Campus, the event proved to be the best Lakeland offering yet for Carlisle Events. The event success was due in part to a dedicated core of automotive enthusiasts within the Sunshine State and beyond.
Winter AutoFest was billed as a Friday through Sunday show, but people showed up Thursday jonesing for an automotive fix. While some got an early jump on the automotive flea market shopping on set up day, it was the Friday through Sunday morning offerings that really brought show-goers out.
When gates opened Friday at 8 a.m., there were lines of anxious enthusiasts, proving that the demand for an event like this is real. Once on grounds, the lines snaked past hundreds of cars parked within the FREE cruise-in as well as vendors who set up in the blue field. Waiting for these same guests past the tree line at SUN ‘n FUN were hundreds more vendors, thousands more pieces, parts, merchandise and collectibles, plus nearly 1,500 cars spanning the auction, car corral, free cruise-in, NCRS Winter Regional event, Corvette Fun Field and Imperial Mustang Club of Polk County Mustang showcase. Of that estimate, the Corvette and Mustang camps were able to boast over 300 cars each. Of course there was a hearty line of people at the food stands too, enjoying the unique fair-style offerings.
Saturday ushered in even more guests and cars for a full day of festivities. GM Certified Technician Paul Koerner returned for another day of tech sessions and tech talks, former FBI agent and 9/11 first-responder Wes Wong spoke at the auction, while the Fly Adventure team from St. Augustine was up and down all day with their vintage Stearman Bi-Plane offering rides high above the facility. Speaking of the aforementioned auction, it offered yet another entertainment option with two days of live fun. The top seller was a 1965 Corvette, going for $72,760, with the top 5 overall garnering $274,455. All dollar amounts include fees applicable to the sale.
Other highlights included seminars from Kevin Mackay of Corvette Repair Inc, Corvette vs. Cobra from Fabulous Restorations and a Resto Mod talk from Extreme Mid-Years LLC. There was also a special screening of The Quest, a Corvette documentary film directed and produced by Michael Brown. Brown, Mackay and Lance Miller were also on hand to sign copies of the DVD following the screening with monies benefiting the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.
As the show wrapped on Sunday, guests had one last chance to pick up a little something within the automotive flea market, make a deal on a car corral sale or work with the auction team on a Still for Sale consignment.
Another piece of news coming out of the show was Carlisle Auctions announcement of a two-day auction only event in Sarasota, Florida. Suncoast-Carlisle spans November 8-9, 2019. More details will be released on this event in the coming weeks, but complete info on Winter AutoFest can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com, while auction news comes via www.CarlisleAuctions.com. Save the date, because Winter AutoFest 2020 returns to SUN ‘n FUN February 21-23.
It’s showtime in Lakeland, Florida for Carlisle Auctions and car lovers throughout the Sunshine State and southeast region will converge on t …
It’s showtime in Lakeland, Florida for Carlisle Auctions and car lovers throughout the Sunshine State and southeast region will converge on the SUN ‘n FUN Campus for two amazing days of classic and collector car excitement. Auction wise, it all starts on February 22 at 10:30 a.m. when the first of some 400+ consignments cross the block, consignments that will offer a little something for everyone’s automotive tastes.
While each consignment could easily have its own dedicated write-up, the best way to sum up the available lots are to say that decades of history will be up for grabs. Consignments span nearly 100 years and much of that rich production history will be available. Those looking to bid and buy can attend and do so with the confidence that many years, many makes and many models specific to their tastes could be theirs for the right price. There literally is something for everyone as part of this automotive history lesson.
But why this auction? First of all, it’s in Florida and unless a Polar Vortex and bone-chilling cold is your kind of fun, the sun of the Sunshine State is draw in and of itself. Add that in to an automotive flea market, car corral, car show, air plane rides and more, and Winter AutoFest is one of many great entertainment venues to consider too!
As noted above, Carlisle Auctions will feature a wide array of consignments, but this year is extra special due to a heavy Corvette presence at the show. For the first-time ever, the National Corvette Restorers Society (NCRS) brings its Winter Regional Meet to Winter AutoFest. As such, Carlisle Auctions will feature an all-Corvette power hour on Saturday, February 23 at approximately 12:30 p.m.. Consignments are expected to span all seven generations, from the solid axel C1 of the early ‘50s to the modern-day powerhouse C7.
“The Carlisle Auction team is thrilled to be returning to Lakeland, Florida for Winter AutoFest,” noted Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “With well over 400 consignments, we are looking forward to the biggest and best auction that we have ever presented in Lakeland.”Complete details about this and every other auction produced by Carlisle Auctions is available online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400. Register to bid, consign to sell or simply inquire about our FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee, Carlisle Auctions is looking forward to working with you!
There’s nothing user friendly about the phrase “Polar Vortex.” The cold, winds and snow that it brings are nothing to laugh …
There’s nothing user friendly about the phrase “Polar Vortex.” The cold, winds and snow that it brings are nothing to laugh about and are quite serious to animals and people alike. This type of bone-chilling cold swept through a large portion of the country during the week of January 28, with a “warm up” finally happening during the first weekend of February. That cold turned water to ice in many places, including the bay in Ocean City, New Jersey. With snow falling on ice covered waters, Carlisle Events co-owner, Corvettes at Carlisle Event Manager and Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation President Lance Miller had an idea. “What would it take for me to jump into the frozen waters of the bay and who can benefit from my craziness?”
Miller didn’t have to look too far, as the selfie mode on his camera revealed that he was both the cause and solution to what he was wondering. The end result? Miller took to Facebook to solicit donations for his beloved Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation and found that his faithful followers were eager to see him strip down to little more than board shorts to take the plunge. At first, Miller asked for $1,000. That total was reached with ease, then as the dollar amounts climbed, there were additional enticements, like friends of the foundation jumping in and if by chance $7,500 was reached, a Speedo was discussed. As the donation window played out, the Speedo never happened, but the plunge sure did.
The time was right for a jump into the deep freeze on Friday, February 1 around 3 p.m. It was snowing, temperatures were in the 20’s and some of the people who said they’d do it bailed, but Miller forged on. With his wife, daughter and friends egging him on, Miller jumped feet first (and topless) into the bay. Based on the video evidence, he stayed in for about 7 seconds before running as fast as he could on the snow-covered deck to a warm (or at least dry) towel. After that, it was time to go inside to assess the physical damage and review the financial support.
When the dust settled, Miller walked away with redness on his chest, abrasions from the ice on the sides of his torso and most important, over $4,000 raised for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation. For some perspective, this total ranked right up there with a handful of foundation events in 2018 and required a lot less logistical planning.
“My father was my best friend and I watched him sacrifice and give so much of himself personally and professionally,” noted Miller. “It didn’t matter if he was healthy and happy at a Corvette event or weakened by Amyloidosis, dad was always giving and I wanted to do what I could to give back and honor my father’s legacy,” continued Miller. “So…I woke up one morning and thought, it’s cold, I should jump in this water, but if I’m going to do it, I want to be sure my crazy actions benefit the foundation. The power of social media is amazing, continued Miller, because when I reached out and asked for donations, I had no idea that my simple goal of $1,000 would be blown away to the tune of over $4,000. I want to thank everyone who helped me do what I did and more so, thank you everyone who helped the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.”
While Miller won’t be doing something like this anytime soon, he is excited to re-connect with the CMAF family as part of the 2019 events and awareness schedule. This schedule includes the 16th Annual Chip Miller Surf Fest, Taste of Ocean City & Slide for Amyloidosis, 3rd Annual Chip Miller ‘80s Themed Skate Fest, an Evening of Corvettes as part of Corvettes at Carlisle, the Hugh Claus Memorial 5K run/walk and the always popular fall car show known as Corvettes for Chip.
As with all events, prices and participation vary, but complete details on the 2019 season can be found online at www.ChipMiller.org or via the CMAF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AmyloidosisAwarenes.
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