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Annually in late October/early November, automotive businesses from around the world converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center f …
Annually in late October/early November, automotive businesses from around the world converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. SEMA, short for the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is a trade association that consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams, and more. The show itself brings a who’s who of the automotive world to Vegas to show off their products and builds, network with industry professionals, and in some cases, receive special honors.
For 2022, SEMA honors have not only been bestowed on Carlisle Events, but one of its staff members too. At a banquet/dinner on November 1 hosted by the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Carlisle Events was recognized as its Business of the Year, while Sponsorship and Development Specialist Jeff Broadus was inducted into the ARMO Hall of Fame.
Candidates for the ARMO Business of the Year award must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics as well as made a commendable contribution to the restoration industry and for 2022, that distinction goes to Carlisle Events.
While the aforementioned award is for a business, the ARMO Hall of Fame focuses more on individuals who have played an integral role in the advancement of the restoration industry. For Broadus, his contributions to the hobby extend beyond Carlisle Events, but the sum of his accomplishments meant that his first year with the Carlisle team was award-worthy.
The Hall of Fame dates back to 1998 and the honor for Broadus means THREE Carlisle Events team members have been tapped as Hall of Famers since its inception. Past inductees include Carlisle Events co-founder Chip Miller (2004) and long-time Director of Business and Event Development, Jim Vinarski (2018).
“Carlisle Events has a long and rich history of supporting SEMA and ARMO,” said co-owner Lance Miller. “We were honored and quite humbled to be awarded ARMO 2022 Business of the Year. We take great pride in every event we host and our goal is for each person that enters our gates to feel like a member of the Carlisle family,” continued Miller. “This award really goes to each of our supporters and our team. We love this hobby and appreciate being a small part of it.”
As our team returns from SEMA in the coming days, their focus immediately turns to the 2023 events season, which starts January 20 with Auto Mania (January 20-22) in Allentown, Pennsylvania and concludes with the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction (November 10-11). In between, there are a dozen events and auctions. The season schedule spans months as car enthusiasts converge on America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and beyond, for some of the biggest classic and collector car events in the world.
Complete details about the upcoming 2023 season are available online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855, while auction specific information is available at CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400.
The famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race takes center stage in France each year in June. The race dates back to 1923…
The famed 24 Hours of Le Mans race takes center stage in France each year in June. The race dates back to 1923 and while it hasn’t offered 100 races for various reasons, it will still celebrate 100 years of its first race in 2023. As a nod to its rich and storied history, Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors will celebrate 100 years too, not with wheels in motion, but with cars on display.
The 2023 showcase of all things Corvette takes place August 24-26 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. As part of the annual Chip’s Choice display (located in Building T), Corvettes at Carlisle will honor 100 years of Le Mans with a display that includes upwards of a dozen cars that competed on the famed 13.626 km (8.467 mile) long track. While many of the display cars are still unknown, one is a car very familiar to Corvettes at Carlisle fans; the famed #3 Cunningham Corvette. This car, which took first in its class in 1960, is now owned by Irwin Kroiz and returns to Carlisle for the first time since 2021.
“The largest, most prestigious race in the world is the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” noted Lance Miller of Carlisle Events. “With the 100-year anniversary upon us, we felt it was appropriate to feature various Corvettes of all generations that raced at Le Mans. We are looking forward to celebrating the 100th in true Corvette fashion; with a special display at Corvettes at Carlisle.”
Chip’s Choice is an annual feature at Corvettes at Carlisle that carries a specific theme each year. The display is presented in memory of and in tribute to Chip Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events and National Corvette Museum Hall of Famer. Chip began the tradition of ‘Chip’s Choice” in 1990 and every year since, the display aims to embody the best-of-the-best within the Corvette hobby. Since his passing in 2005, Chip’s son Lance continues the themed tradition the display and plays a key role in the selection of its display cars.
Corvettes at Carlisle is the last specialty car show offered by Carlisle Events in 2023. The gathering of America’s Sports Car brings enthusiasts together from around the world showcasing every generation of Corvette ever produced. In 2022, a new Fun Field record was established and between the show cars and those who simply parked on grounds, the event welcomes over 5,000 Corvettes. Fun Field registration is now open, with a 10% discount in place through July 10. In addition, vendor opportunities are available for those looking to sell Corvette merchandise, parts, etc. Finally, for those looking to attend as a spectator or parts buyer, admission tickets are available at a discount online, plus kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.
Learn more about Corvettes at Carlisle online at CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855 today.
Fall Carlisle (September 28-October 2) is the final automotive themed weekend in Carlisle, Pennsylvania e …
Fall Carlisle (September 28-October 2) is the final automotive themed weekend in Carlisle, Pennsylvania each year. As part of the event, guests flock to central Pennsylvania to buy, sell, and trade all things automotive in a massive automotive flea market. At the same time, Carlisle Auctions is hosting its final PA based classic and collector car auction at the Carlisle Expo Center (September 29-30). While rain may have dampened the final two days of Fall Carlisle itself, the auction went off without a hitch under sunny skies outdoors, and a temperature-controlled auction arena indoors.
A total of 455 lots crossed the block and it all started with a charity consignment, a 1923 Ford T-Bucket, selling for $8,250 and seeing dollars benefit Mission 23. From there, it was non-stop excitement, including TWO great collections and the popular All-Truck Hour.
As collections go, Thursday hosted the Bill Miller collection, a showcase of 20 rides direct from Carlisle Events co-founder Bill Miller, while Friday welcomed nearly a dozen lots from enthusiast and builder Dave Ferro. Each collection saw sales, including one of Dave’s lots which benefitted Gold Star Mothers.
In addition to their collections, the All-Truck Hour continued to be a hit, with 60 minutes of nothing but trucks. Beyond that, decades of past, present and future classics found new homes, including the top seller; a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am.
From the first smack of the gavel on the 29th to the final hammer to fall on the 30th, the interior of the Expo Center and its adjoining parking lot were hopping. The roar of the engines, the smell of car care products; it was a true sensory experience.
The top five (5) selling cars totaled nearly $360,000, with Thursday’s top seller being the ’67 Corvette, while the Oldsmobile 442 convertible was tops for Friday. The top five (5) are as follows:
1.)1969 Pontiac Trans Am - $98,280
2.)1962 Chevy Corvette - $87,500
3.)1956 Chevy Belair - $82,080
4.)1954 Kaiser Darrin - $78,000
5.)1956 Plymouth Belvedere - $75,600
“Thank you to all of the consignors and bidders for making this one of our greatest Fall Carlisle Auctions ever,” said Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “We continue to move forward in both quality and quantity and look forward to carrying this momentum into our final auction of 2022, the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction, November 11-12 in Lakeland, Florida.”
With Fall Carlisle and its two-day classic and collector car auction now in the rear-view mirror, Carlisle Events and Carl …
With Fall Carlisle and its two-day classic and collector car auction now in the rear-view mirror, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions can now look back on an amazingly successful season. For Fall Carlisle (September 28-October 2) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, it was all about bringing the automotive community together one last time, while the auction team spent September 29-30 connecting bidders and buyers with decades of classic and collector cars.
Despite the official mid-week start for Fall Carlisle, the fun actually started earlier in the week with Bill Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events, hosting a two-day collectibles and merchandise auction. Thousands upon thousands of items sold and became part of not only the Fall Carlisle automotive flea market, but future events like it for years to come.
Once the gates opened on Wednesday the 28th, however; Fall Carlisle was officially up and running. New at Fall Carlisle in 2022 was the Shop Art Gallery within Building T. There, creative artists showcased works forged from repurposed car parts and/or automotive themed art, including wood carved motorcycles. Items were also for sale, with some even finding new homes. In addition, the AACA Car Club parked front and center on the stage to showcase a half dozen cars, plus promote their events, and club membership. In addition, vendors had the chance to come together to celebrate the hobby and reminisce as part of an appreciation dinner held on Saturday night, October 1.
While Fall Carlisle was happening on the fairgrounds, just a few blocks west, Carlisle Auctions was once again hitting an auction style home run. The auction tallied more than $5.4 million in sales, with a 63% sales percentage. The top seller was a 1969 Pontiac Trans Am ($98,280), with the top five sellers totaling $421,460. In addition, the Bill Miller auction continued with 20 of his lots crossing the block on the 29th, while enthusiast Dave Ferro moved nine vehicles from his collection on Friday the 30th. One of Bill’s lots, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin, was the #4 top selling car.
Fall Carlisle had a few hurdles too, as the remnants of Hurricane Ian brought rain on Saturday and Sunday. While that did dampen the shopping frenzy outdoors, the indoor car auction on Thursday and Friday, combined with the overall success of events between January and August, positioned this year as one of the best ever at Carlisle. This includes multiple record-setting Showfield/Fun Field turnouts.
The year started strong with two indoor January events, Auto Mania in Allentown and the Winter Auto Expo in Carlisle, followed by the official launch of the 2022 year and Spring Carlisle. From there, it was a near record-setting Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, the biggest car show ever hosted at Carlisle with the Carlisle Ford Nationals (3,454), a top 5 Carlisle GM Nationals, record setting Carlisle Chrysler Nationals (3,101), record setting Carlisle Truck Nationals (2,595), AND a record setting Corvettes at Carlisle (2,926). In addition, with one collector car auction remaining, Carlisle Auctions can already tout its year as a success, tallying nearly $15 million in sales to date.
Finally, thanks to Carlisle area Lions Clubs and the generous donations of guests all season, Carlisle Events was able to donate $10,000 to the Carlisle branch of the Salvation Army in support of Ukrainian Humanitarian relief efforts.
While all the Pennsylvania automotive fun has concluded for 2022, Carlisle Auctions still has one more event remaining. The Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction returns to the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Florida November 10-11 for two days and 400+ lots of in person auction excitement. Planned lots will span decades and include the ever-popular All-Truck Hour on November 10 at approximately 1:30 p.m.
Complete details on all things Carlisle Events for 2023 as well as Carlisle Auctions are available online at either CarlisleEvents.com or CarlisleAuctions.com. Save the date(s) because 2023 gets going with Auto Mania at the Allentown Fairgrounds on January 20.
There are 400+ consignments slated to cross the block on September 29-30 as part of the Fall Carlisle Col …
There are 400+ consignments slated to cross the block on September 29-30 as part of the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction and of those 400+, a trio of them will benefit charity. Carlisle Auctions is excited to work with sellers who support Mission 23, Rescue 22, and Blue Star Mothers as a means to raise money and awareness for these great causes.
Of the three planned charity lots, one will run Thursday, while the other two run Friday. Thursday’s offering is at 11:45 a.m. and comes to the auction by way of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church. The church is showcasing and selling a 1923 Ford T Bucket that was built from the ground up by the church and its parishioners. More so, the youth of the church, with the help of their parents and other community members built the car as a fund raiser in support of their mission work. Annually the group serves the Appalachia Service Project and this year, the mission group will be working in Kentucky.
As the ’23 T Bucket crosses block, members from Cedar Grove UMC and Mission 23 will be on hand as a room full of car enthusiasts will bid on the ride. 100% of the sale plus any donations from the room will go directly to the group not only for their work in Kentucky, but to assist with funding future missions too.
In addition to the ’23 T Bucket, Carlisle Auctions welcomes Sission Pre-Owned of Uniontown, Pennsylvania back to the auction to sell a 2006 Cadillac DTS. Proceeds from this sale benefit the Rescue 22 Foundation. The Rescue 22 Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides the highest quality task trained service dogs to our nations combat veterans. 100% of the sale from the ’06 Cadillac will benefit Rescue 22 and the car will cross the block first thing Friday at approximately 12 p.m.
Not long after the Sission/Rescue 22 Cadillac sells, another lot of cars will come to the block with the third and final charitable tie-in. As part of the Dave Ferro Collection (4 p.m. on September 29), Mr. Ferro will run nine (9) lots, with one of them, a 1977 Dodge Power Wagon Military truck, selling with dollars benefiting Blue Star Mothers. Blue Star Mothers is a group of moms throughout the nation who have children serving in the military. The first $10,000 from the sale of the ’77 Power Wagon will go to them for use within their organization.
“We are so glad to be able to assist three wonderful organizations as part of our Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction,” said Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “We wish them well as they continue forward with the good work that they continue to do. Bid with your heart, knowing you’ll be helping a trio of worthy causes.”
The Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction takes place in conjunction with Fall Carlisle itself (September 28-October 2) and starts at 12 p.m. each day. Preview hours for the in-person sale start at 8 a.m. on the 28th and continue each morning through the start of the auction. Complete details on each charity consignment as well as the rest of the lots scheduled to cross the block are available online at CarlisleAuctions.com. Bidder registration is ongoing by calling 717-960-6400 or by stopping into the Carlisle Auctions office starting Monday, September 26.
Book online or call (800) 216-1876