Carlisle Events and its staff have won numerous awards since its inception in 1974. …
Carlisle Events and its staff have won numerous awards since its inception in 1974. Founded by Bill Miller and the late Elliot “Chip” Miller, the events at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds entertain over a half a million guests annually, plus draw over ten thousand classic and collector cars to America’s Automotive Hometown each season. None of this would have been possible without the passionate efforts of two men who shared more than just the same last name. Their efforts and decades of work/contributions within the collector car hobby have earned them a VERY special honor – being named 2019 Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum Automotive Heritage Award recipients. The ceremony takes place at the AACA Museum’s “Night at the Museum” gala and silent charity auction on October 9 in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
There’s a bit of irony surrounding this award for Bill and Chip, as the October 9, Hershey based ceremony is also home to where it all started for the Miller’s (not related) more than 45 years ago. It was 1973 and Chip was selling a ‘50s era Corvette at the AACA’s big event in Chocolate town. What the young men didn’t realize at the time, was that while the Corvette in question seemed “old” to them, it did not classify as a classic car. As such, they were asked to remove the car from the grounds.
“We decided we needed a place for guys like us who liked the kinds of cars that we did,” said Bill Miller. With a rented fairground and some loan money, Bill and Chip set out to make history, and they most certainly did. Over the years, their efforts have resulted in billions of local economic impact dollars, countless jobs, thousands of dollars in charitable monies, dozens of cars given away, proposals, marriages, babies, generations of guests and a mecca for car lovers from around the world to converge and “talk shop” for a weekend.
After many years of hard work, the duo receives this amazing honor, albeit posthumously for Chip. The Automotive Heritage Award is designed to honor and provide public recognition for an individual(s) who made an exceptional contribution to the hobby by preserving antique automobiles and motorsports vehicles, exhibiting their vehicles, promoting the hobby, engaging in sustained, noteworthy activities that have positively impacted the hobby and using his/her position in the hobby for philanthropy and service to others. This is the third annual offering of the award. Past award recipients include race car driver Bobby Rahal and Gale Halderman, the man who sketched the first Ford Mustang.
This recognition is the latest in a line of honors for Bill and Chip since the inception of Carlisle Events. Past honors include the Meguiars Award, Central Penn Business Journal Persons of the Year (with Lance Miller), the Others Award from the Salvation Army and many more local and regional honors. In addition, Chip was posthumously inducted into the National Corvette Hall of fame in 2013.
Lance Miller, Chip’s son, will accept on his behalf, while Bill Miller will join Lance on the stage for this amazing recognition. Complete event information is available at www.aacamuseum.org/events or by calling the AACA direct at 717-566-7100.
Herb Houston of South Carolina has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the MotorCrush 100K Sweepstakes.
The public announcement came at the …
Herb Houston of South Carolina has been named the Grand Prize Winner of the MotorCrush 100K Sweepstakes.
The public announcement came at the IMSA Northeast Grand Prix—part of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series—on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Lime Rock Park just before 10:00am. MotorCrush users and Grand Prize-hopefuls were able to tune-in via Instagram Live to hear the winner’s name, but only one of them went home with a modified Nissan GT-R valued at $70,000.
Houston, who had been contacted prior to the event and was flown-in the day before, accepted the keys. “When I received the news, I asked myself, ‘Is this for real?’ There was disbelief, coupled with a lot of excitement,” he said. “I was sworn to secrecy up to this point, but now I can finally share this with my friends, family, and the MotorCrush community.”
Shortly after Houston got behind the wheel, he was asked to slide over to the passenger seat as professional sports car champion and ALIVE® founder Andy Lally took him out onto the track to show Houston the full capabilities of his new ride. The GT-R is outfitted with a 3.8L twin-turbo V6 engine, 6-speed dual clutch, and 480 horsepower—all wielded with the expertise of a pro driver.
The experience, and the car, were made possible thanks to MotorCrush’s partners, Lockton Motorsports Insurance® and Lime Rock Park, as well as the hard work of their build contributors, including:
The app serves to connect enthusiasts to all aspects of the motoring community. For Houston, this is what drew him to MotorCrush. “I've been into cars almost my whole life,” he said, “and grew up in a thriving car culture. But since I have been raising a family in a very rural community, it's all removed. With MotorCrush, I was able to interact with other enthusiasts in spite of the distance.”
Houston said his top priority after leaving Lime Rock Park will be to show his new ride to his father.
The sweepstakes, which ran from November 1, 2018 to May 15, 2019, may be over, but there is more to look forward to from the ALIVE Team. In the fall, Lally will be taking the six recipients of the Andy Lally Track Day for a ride of their own. The Team also plans to host sweepstakes for ALIVE’s two other products: Track Rabbit and Awesome Joe Auctions.
Life is Good – that’s what Chip Miller would always say. For a pair of recent fund-raising events hosted by the late National Cor …
Life is Good – that’s what Chip Miller would always say. For a pair of recent fund-raising events hosted by the late National Corvette Hall of Famer’s namesake foundation, not only was it good, it was great! On Friday, July 19, the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation welcomed hundreds of surfers and dozens more families for its 16th Annual Surf Fest and 4th annual Slide for Amyloid & Taste of OC.
In the days leading up to Surf Fest, the ocean was calm by surfing standards, but with Chip Miller looking down on an event he’d surely be proud of, King Triton rose up, offering perfect surfing conditions with waves not seen in OCNJ all summer.
Registration got things going at 7:30 a.m. with surfers of all ages and skill sets taking part in the fun. Nearly a hundred surfers took part with the top 6 being recognized in 7 different categories. Those categories included Girls 12 & Under, Girls 13 & Up, Boys 12 & Under, Jr. Men, Men, Longboard and Parent/Child. Category winners (in the same order) include Brynn Gallagher, Mia Gallagher, Cruz Dinofa, Tucker Collins, Stephen Zakroff, Kaiden Cameron and the Edington Family.
Complete results are available HERE.
As if cooling off IN the ocean wasn’t enough on a day when temps touched triple digits, the CMAF had more water themed fun planned for the evening. Just blocks from the surf beach sits the Ocean City Water Park and as the sun faded to the west, the 2019 turnout and subsequent festivities topped last year’s event. Earned money was well over $30,000 and surpassed last year’s totals, while sixteen restaurants and eateries in OC donated some of the best food anyone could want as part of the evening.
My father, Chip Miller was looking down on us this beautiful beach day,” noted CMAF president Lance Miller. “We haven’t had waves all summer and everyone couldn’t believe their eyes once they peered towards the ocean and saw some incredible surf pouring in for the contestants to enjoy. We couldn’t have asked for better surf and weather,” continued Miller.
Miller also noted that the weather (and his wife) played a key role in the Taste of OC/Slide for Amyloid event too.
“The weather couldn’t have been better for an evening at the OC Waterpark. My wife, Michele, really took the helm this year and worked diligently on getting local eateries behind the Taste of OC. I was simply stunned at the transformation she and her friends did to make the waterpark an elegant yet laid back setup. The food was out of this world! The outpouring of rave reviews were constant all evening long, people really loved the food. We couldn’t have done it without the amazing OC community.”
These two events are just two of many on the summer schedule for the CMAF. The next event happens Saturday, July 27 at the OCNJ Skate Park as part of the 3rd Annual Skate Fest. Following Skate Fest, the CMAF turns its attention to Carlisle Pennsylvania for Corvettes at Carlisle, the annual CMAF dinner and Corvette raffle giveaway hosted by the Lancaster County Corvette Club.
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. Can’t make the event? Donate today via the CMAF web page. Either way, join in the fun and support a great cause along the way.
The first day of summer may be June 21, but just one day later on the 22nd, Carlisle Auctions accelerates the summertime …
The first day of summer may be June 21, but just one day later on the 22nd, Carlisle Auctions accelerates the summertime fun with its second annual Summer Sale. The auction, held in conjunction with the neighboring Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals, sees the first gavel drop just after 11 a.m. While the event itself starts then, the buzz on the display floor gets underway with preview hours starting at 8 a.m. Carlisle Auctions anticipates 200+ classics will cross the block, plus merchandise and memorabilia for sale too.
While there are many amazing consignments committed spanning generations of production, THE star of the event is a 1989 Lamborghini Countach. Considered one of the first true super cars, its 455 HP/V12 engine takes it from 0-60 in under 5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 192 (or so we’ve heard). Available in an eye-popping Rosso Sivila Red with tan leather interior, this consignment has just 2,284 miles on its odometer and would be the jewel of any car collection.
Consignments date back to 1935, but also spotlight current and future collector classics. From Camaros, Cobras, Corvettes, Mustangs, trucks of all types and so much more, this auction has it all. As an added bonus to the fun, Carlisle Auctions will tip its cap to the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals. The auction is excited to announce an all-Chevrolet hour starting at approximately 3 p.m. During this hour, only Chevrolet branded vehicles will cross the block.
“This is an excellent mix of consignments,” noted Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “There is something here for everyone and consignments are priced to sell. From your first classic to an addition to the collection, expect options priced from $5,000 to $350,000,” continued Cline. “It’ll be a fun automotive weekend at Carlisle and we’re looking forward to the second annual Carlisle Summer Sale.”
Find an investment that will accelerate with Carlisle Auctions as part of the Summer Sale. To learn more about the auction, view consignments, register to bid and more, visit www.CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
A new car! Sure, the announcer guy on a TV game show says it best, but it’s true…you really could win a NEW 2019 Corvette Stingr …
A new car! Sure, the announcer guy on a TV game show says it best, but it’s true…you really could win a NEW 2019 Corvette Stingray. Once again, the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation with the help of their friends at Lancaster County Corvette Club are raffling off a 2019 Corvette! The always popular giveaway is up and running and would-be winners are invited to purchase tickets early so as not to miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Tickets available have 3 digits – 000 through 999, meaning 1,000 opportunities exist for this 2019 Stingray. The winning number, well that will be determined by the evening Pick 3 drawing via the Pennsylvania Lottery. Those 1,000 tickets are available now! The price for a shot at a “free” car? Just $100!
The Pick 3 drawing takes place twice daily, so hopeful winners will want to keep an eye on the evening drawing on Saturday, August 24. This is the date and time frame when the winning numbers will be pulled at random. At that point, the winner will be notified and subsequently recognized at the event.
The prize itself is indeed a Corvette. Coming direct from Kerbeck Corvette in New Jersey is a 2019 Corvette Stingray. The car retails for over $50,000 and is brand new. Each ticket sold is another $100 towards the Chip Miller Amyloidosis foundation, though the value of the car does come out of money raised. Once all the I’s are dotted and T’s crossed, the CMAF tallies about $50,000 which is earmarked for donation and research purposes. Monies also benefit Clare House, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania based organization serving homeless women and children in a caring environment. This is done through life skills training and support, leading to self-sufficiency.
“The Lancaster County Corvette Club has been an amazing group to work with,” said CMAF President Lance Miller. “Their passion to help two wonderful charitable organizations by promoting ticket sales and the raffle and being so energetic about their efforts is great to see,” continued Miller. “The CMAF can’t thank them enough for all of their efforts. I also want to thank the many supporters that purchase raffle tickets to help the CMAF. We really enjoy being one of the lucky charities behind the effort, plus who wouldn’t want to win a BRAND NEW CORVETTE?”
Tickets for this cool car and great cause are available now! They can be obtained a few different ways. Tickets can be ordered by downloading the raffle form at https://tinyurl.com/y2drr2mc, by calling the CMAF at 717-243-7855 x113 or in person at the Chevrolet Nationals in June or Corvettes at Carlisle in August.
Complete details about the CMAF and all of its events are available at www.ChipMiller.org. There, not only can you download the form to buy a ticket to win the car, you can also register for other summer fun events, donate or simply learn about all that the CMAF offers. Good luck and thanks for the support!
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.
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