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Joe Dirt loved his Mopars and so do the thousands of guests and event participants of the Carlisle Chrysler Nation …
Joe Dirt loved his Mopars and so do the thousands of guests and event participants of the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. After topping the 3,000 show car mark for the first time ever in 2022, event plans for 2023 aim to do the same, all while showcasing a little nostalgia and passion along the way. This year’s event, July 14-16 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, welcomes 50 Years of 1973 Mopars, High School Mopars, and a Malaise Era showcase.
Each display’s application process is currently open and will be through at least the first quarter of 2023. The displays, each unique in their own way, will turn heads both on the Showfield and within the display buildings. One such display, High School Mopars, is the brainchild of the biggest Carlisle kid of them all, enthusiast Steve Leber. Leber’s love for Mopars dates back longer than he can remember and recently, he shared this idea with event manager Ed Buczeskie. Ed loved the idea and ran with it, devising a display that aims to host THE car its owner drove in school.
Along with the rides from the old high school parking lot comes a display from the proverbial “old school” itself. We are now 50 years removed from 1973 and that means the 2023 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals bring a half-century of awesome to the event for all to enjoy. This showcase is designed for all ‘73s, stock or modified, and once populated with the best of the best from the application pool, will tell an amazing story of the cars, their owners, and their combined history together. Cars can be original, restored, modified, etc. but as always, a good story goes a long way.
Another display will include a gathering of nostalgic race cars highlighting at least three of the late Roger Lindamood’s “Color Me Gone” cars. One is a fresh restoration that will make its big debut at Carlisle, and another is coming directly from the now closed Chrysler Museum collection.
Attendees of last year’s show were treated to a first-ever display of Mopar collectibles that included things like the Shutdown! racing game, driving simulator, Sno Runner, a boat, a Chrysler chainsaw and even a Mopar hacksaw blade plus so much more. It was super popular and will make a return appearance!
Finally, the Malaise Era feature offers a look back and select rides from the mid-70s through the mid-80s (and maybe a little beyond). Such rides as the Volare/Aspen, Magnum, Cordoba, Mirada, and more will be selected for the display. On a nostalgia scale of 1-10, this should be at least a 10, if not higher. After all, when was the last time you saw multiples of the aforementioned vehicles together in one place? The best part is, there isn’t a black and white want or need for this display, and it’s being kept vague on purpose. According to Ed B., “I’ll know it when I see it.”
Make sure you see it too, plus all the other great featured cars as well as those on the Showfield. The vendor base is also stronger than ever, with an always-at-capacity Mopar flea market, offering some of the most sought-after parts within the hobby.
The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is actively taking display consideration submissions online through the Carlisle Events/Carlisle Chrysler Nationals web page. The submission process is ongoing into at least the first quarter of 2023. It’s FREE to apply for consideration and if accepted, it’ll be FREE to be part of the display, too. Don’t have something that fits the bill for these displays, but own a car or truck that that you’d like to show off? Showfield registration is open now. Full details on the event, links to purchase tickets, and more are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855 today.
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The car shows at Carlisle draw hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world annually and each ha …
The car shows at Carlisle draw hundreds of thousands of guests from around the world annually and each have their own personality. With that in mind, there is no one show during the events season that’s more unique and diverse than the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals. For the 2023 offering, May 12-13 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, showgoers can enjoy features that spotlight some of the top rides from two amazing European automakers and one Japanese: Audi, Rolls Royce, and Honda.
For two days in May, guests can peruse Buildings T and Y and check out an amazing feature that highlights the Audi and Rolls Royce. The Audi display in Building T is supported by The Audi Club, a loose-fitting chapter of Audi Club North America. With their help, this display brings some of the best Audis to Carlisle for the display and for the Showfield. Featured cars don’t have to be owned by an Audi Club member, instead, it’s an invitational/submit for consideration process. There is no “one kind of Audi” on the menu, rather a wide range will be handpicked from the applications to show off. This may include some old variations of the Auto Union and DKW, as well as more modern ones, too. If you’re an Audi fan, this display is a can’t-miss and as always, the feature will likely include a car or two that guests have never seen before.
But wait…there’s more. In addition to rare and unique Audis in Building T, the Rolls Royce Foundation from nearby Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania is bringing a gallery of cars to Building Y. Not only will the foundation bring a dozen or so high-end Rolls, but they’ll also transform the building, too. Bring your Grey Poupon as you check out one-off builds, Hollywood movie cars, some of the oldest and rarest models, and more!
In addition to these two displays, guests can also check out a nod to 50 years of the Civic. This iconic model started out as an economical mode of transportation that eventually evolved into the car of choice for today’s hot rodders. It’s a car with extremely broad appeal and functionality that ranges from the most basic grocery-getter sedan to a hot hatch to an all-out race car. If there’s one car that’s the epitome of the modern car scene, it’s arguably the Civic and we’ll have highlighted examples in Building T and more than 100 expected on the Showfield.
This diverse event features race-prepared rides, a general spotlight of cars from around the world, competitions, track activities, drive-through judging, and more.
Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Complete details about the 2023 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, including information on how to become a vendor within the automotive flea market, register for the Showfield, apply for display consideration, or simply purchase discounted spectator admission tickets can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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Fresh off a record-setting 2022 car show season in Carlisle, …
Fresh off a record-setting 2022 car show season in Carlisle, Carlisle Events is back at it with its opening event of 2023, the 34th offering of Auto Mania at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Auto Mania takes place the third weekend of January (20-22) and is Pennsylvania’s largest indoor heated swap meet! The weekend is so popular that it annually sells out all available vending spaces in and around the 59,000 square foot facility that is Ag Hall.
Auto Mania offers two halls loaded with car parts, collectibles, signage, antiques, and even some practical items for sale. In addition to packing in the aisles indoors, guests can meander outdoors for even more shopping options. Best of all, select vendors, indoors and out, just may have a classic or collector car for sale too.
Automotive items aren’t all that’s available, as Cardinal Hollow Winery returns for tastings of their award-winning products for those 21 and older. In addition to the tastes from Cardinal Hollow, the neighboring Allentown Fairgrounds Farmer’s Market offers a sensory tour of “Flavor Town” by way of a top-notch menu of food, snacks, and drinks. The market is open on Friday and Saturday and is less than 100 yards from Ag Hall’s front door.
Situated conveniently off many of eastern Pennsylvania’s major roadways, Auto Mania welcomes committed buyers and sellers who travel from far and wide to be part of the fun while also getting out of the house during the winter season. It doesn’t matter if guests are amid a restoration project or looking to get going on something new in 2023, there’s no better way to get the new year up and running than with Auto Mania. From rare to common, unique to exotic, the event certainly does have it all!
Vendor spaces are still available. In addition, there are space options for classic and collector cars, trucks, and other motorized units. This may include snowmobiles, tractors, plows, boats, etc. Admission/shopper tickets are available online and in advance of the event at a discount. Gates open at 12 p.m. on Friday, January 20, and at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Parking is FREE, kids 12 and under are FREE, and complete details about the event can be found online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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There’s no better time to be in Florida than February. Not only is the weather nearly perfect, but Carlisle …
There’s no better time to be in Florida than February. Not only is the weather nearly perfect, but Carlisle Auctions of Carlisle, Pennsylvania converges on central Florida and Lakeland’s SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus to host a classic and collector car auction for the droves of locals, transplants, and snowbirds who call the area home. This is an auction only event. There is no car show or swap meet accompanying it.
Fresh off an amazing 2022 auction schedule, including a November offering in Lakeland, Carlisle Auctions returns to SUN ‘n FUN for the Winter Lakeland Collector Car Auction. For two days in Pasco County, the facility comes to life with sounds other than the roar of airplane engines. The Winter auction is February 10-11 and starts at 10:30 a.m. daily.
As part of the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction, some 400+ lots are anticipated, including the always-popular All-Truck Hour. The truck hour is taking place starting at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, and offers one full hour of nothing but trucks, Jeeps, Vans, and SUVs. The ALL-TRUCK HOUR has become an annual part of auctions in Florida and Carlisle and is hands down the most popular themed hour available to buyers and sellers.
Carlisle Auctions is actively registering bidders for the February auction as well as accepting quality consignments to populate the auction. Further, Carlisle Auctions offers THREE great ways to bid, in person, on the phone, or online. Not buying or selling, but still looking for some auction excitement? Spectator admission is just $10 with ample FREE parking not far from the heart of the action. Forms, flyers, details, and more are available online at CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400.
Just announced, Carlisle Events regrets to announce the cancelation of the Winter Carlisle Auto Expo (January 27-2 …
Just announced, Carlisle Events regrets to announce the cancelation of the Winter Carlisle Auto Expo (January 27-28). Vendors and ticket holders will receive a full refund by December 31, 2022.
With the Winter Carlisle Auto Expo canceled, car lovers can still get their indoor fix by way of Auto Mania at the Allentown Fairgrounds (January 20-22). Auto Mania brings nearly 35 years of consistent history to Ag Hall and again, is a great way to further a project or jump-start something new.
The car show and events excitement in the town of Carlisle itself now commences with Spring Carlisle (April 19-23). Spring Carlisle is a five-day event that also includes a car corral on grounds and a two-day collector car offering powered by Carlisle Auctions off grounds at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center. The auction is April 20-21.
Complete details about every scheduled automotive happening in Carlisle and beyond can be found online at CarlisleEvents.com. Those interested in becoming a vendor for Auto Mania, Spring Carlisle or any other event on the Carlisle schedule can learn how online or call 717-243-7855 today! Auction enthusiasts should visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
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