Carlisle Events has been doing “the car show thing” since 1974 with great success. That success over the past 46 years has led to …
Carlisle Events has been doing “the car show thing” since 1974 with great success. That success over the past 46 years has led to expansion, including events in Florida. Now, with the growth of Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Carlisle Events is pleased to announce that an all-new car show element is coming to the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus starting at 8 a.m. daily and running February 21-23, 2020.
First it was Mustangs in 2015, then it was Corvettes in 2019…now, Mopar Madness takes over the show. With a passionate enthusiast base who can often be heard saying “Mopar or no car,” it’s a given that not only will there be a solid turnout of cars and car owners, but vendors specific to the brand and fans, too.
For Carlisle Events, a Mopar themed showcase is nothing new. Annually, each July in Carlisle hosts the world’s largest all-Mopar themed weekend; the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. That show draws nearly 3,000 cars and 60,000 guests, including a massive Mopar flea market. While the showcase in Lakeland won’t be that big, it will still offer some themed displays, guests and seminars.
Details are still being ironed out on the guest and seminar front, but Lou Santiago, of Car Fix on Motor Trend is slated to appear. Mopars will be part of the 1970/50-year showcase and Santiago, as well as others specific to the hobby will talk with guests about their beloved rides. Parts shopping will also be key to this display and Carlisle Events is now accepting vendor registration.
“Mopar owners are arguably the most passionate and loyal of any automotive brand,” noted Carlisle Chrysler Nationals event manager Ed Buczeskie. “There are a lot of Chrysler enthusiasts in Florida and since Ford and Chevrolet were being featured, I wanted to make sure the Pentastar was represented too. Rather than focus on one nameplate, ALL Mopar brands will be welcome.”
There are three great ways to experience this all-new showcase at Winter AutoFest Lakeland. The best way would be to show and car owners can do so at one of two price points. The $75 VIP package offers weekend admission for the car, car owner and a guest, plus two VIP bidder passes to the two-day auction, powered by Carlisle Auctions. In addition, the $75 option allows its holder and guest access to the VIP bidder’s breakfast on Saturday morning; offers two days of celebrity judging; exclusive photo opportunities to showcase your Mopar; a FREE event t-shirt and more!
Option two is a $25 Fun Field pass. Again, the car, car owner and guest will be part of the event each day, but are only eligible for the two days of judging along with auction access.
Finally, anyone can see the Mopars, the Mustangs and the Corvettes, the auction and/or shop the automotive flea market by purchasing a single day or full event spectator ticket. Simply park in the general parking lot, pay admission, walk on grounds and enjoy all that the event has to offer. While it is very much an option at $10 per adult (kids 12 and under free), it just might be more fun to be the attraction rather than just seeing the attractions.
Complete event details including links to register can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com via the Winter AutoFest Lakeland page or by calling 717-243-7855 today!
Cyber Monday marked the official launch of Awesome Joe Auctions™, the new online auction house for the modern enthusiast that offers a collec …
Cyber Monday marked the official launch of Awesome Joe Auctions™, the new online auction house for the modern enthusiast that offers a collection of modified, motorsport, classic, exotic, and other commodity autos for collectors, racers, and hobbyists.
Developed by Andy Lally ALIVE® and Carlisle Auctions, the consignment arm of Carlisle Events® (one of the largest event organizations in the United States), Awesome Joe Auctions was created to capture all the excitement of a live car, truck, and motorcycle auction and put it in the palm of every motoring enthusiast’s hand.
“We work to ensure the safety of online transactions by subjectively assessing vehicles with the utmost regard for value and credibility standards,” said Lance Miller, co-owner of Carlisle Auctions. “From the start we offer buyers and sellers a streamlined purchasing experience, with a growing network of partners that provide everything from financing to logistical support once the auction ends.”
The “Awesome Joe” origin story is based on Awesome Joe Racing, the New Jersey racing team founded by Gerald “Jerry” Raffa. A lifelong racing enthusiast, Jerry invested heavily in the development of his local racetrack and dedicated himself to supporting and promoting the sport he loved.
Both the racing team and auction house are represented by the bad-boy-in-a-leather-jacket mascot, Awesome Joe, who touts the wry humor and skill of a mechanic that can tell what your ride has under the hood at a glance.
Awesome Joe Auctions is the third product from ALIVE, with predecessors MotorCrush®, the app for motoring enthusiasts, and Track Rabbit®, the source for motorsports registration, in conjunction with a full range of marketing, design, and technology services. Together, this unique combination creates a cohesive, enhanced experience for the automotive and motorsports industry. With this latest launch, ALIVE continues to fuel and strengthen the community by connecting people to their passion in a meaningful way.
Buyers and sellers alike can head to AwesomeJoeAuctions.com today to place their bids. Successful auctions pay only 2% of the winning bid, and all accepted rides onto Awesome Joe Auctions are FREE TO LIST unless sold.
There was a time when the Carlisle Events season schedule ran April through October. Spring Carlisle would start th …
There was a time when the Carlisle Events season schedule ran April through October. Spring Carlisle would start things off, with Fall Carlisle wrapping things up. Over the past few years, due to demand, that trend has shifted. Now, Carlisle Events offers an event 9 out of 12 months, including a season opening weekend in Allentown Pennsylvania. Auto Mania, as it’s been known for decades, runs January 17-19 within the Agri-Plex building at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
Auto Mania takes place within a singular building on the 46-acre fairgrounds complex and thousands of enthusiasts travel from regional cities and towns to buy, sell and trade with total confidence. The over 200 vending spaces are contained within a fully heated building, making an otherwise cold weekend in Lehigh County an automotive hot spot. In addition to an all-automotive sales floor, attendees have an opportunity to snag a collector car via the car corral. This forum allows for owner and seller to deal directly with one another in a no pressure, no haggle environment.
In addition to the car corral which varies in size depending on the weather, Auto Mania once again offers Pennsylvania's largest indoor and heated automotive flea market. Within the facility, enthusiasts will find sold-out vending spaces packed with automotive pieces and parts. Included within the building will be a wide array of aftermarket accessories, original restoration items, new old stock parts, merchandise, memorabilia, collectibles and more.
The annual Allentown weekend runs January 17-19 and not only can guests enjoy a buffet of automotive treats and treasures, less than 200 yards from the main entrance of the Agri-Plex is the Allentown Farmer’s Market. This expansive footprint spans the underbelly of the fairgrounds grandstand and has all types of home grown and home cooked foods and treats. This aspect of the weekend runs on Friday and Saturday only of Auto Mania weekend.
Finally, the best part of the show is the ease and convenience of finding it. The Allentown Fairgrounds are less than two hours from New York City, Philadelphia and Scranton with major roads like I-78, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 22 all nearby. In addition, because of its location on the fairgrounds property, ample FREE parking is available.
Don’t just sit around waiting for spring time and car show season, beat the winter blues with Auto Mania and experience a mix of food vendors, plus even more vendors looking to move automotive pieces and parts, movies, collectibles, signage, merchandise, antiques, aftermarket accessories and more. Event details can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. Spectator tickets are just $10 (kids 12 and under are free) and must be purchased at the door during the event. In addition, interested vendors who wish to be part of the event should connect with Carlisle Events via the aforementioned phone number.
Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions often tout that cars, people and excitement help power their annual schedule of events and auctions. Wh …
Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions often tout that cars, people and excitement help power their annual schedule of events and auctions. While that is certainly the case, a fourth bullet point often helps make or break a fun-filled weekend; weather! For Sunset-Carlisle, November 8-9, 2019 in Sarasota, Florida, warm temps, blue skies and an awesome turnout of excited bidders and spectators helped make this first-ever offering worthy of a fall 2020 sequel.
Prior to the start of Sunset-Carlisle, the Carlisle Auctions team worked to load in cars, register bidders, check in consignors and prep the venue in front of Friday’s start. Event prep also included positioning of Friday’s scheduled cars, indoor merchandise and collectibles as well as making sure the VIP area was ready for those planning to attend. Another great feature of the event included a display complements of Corsa 7 of Sarasota. Their two Hyper-cars strongly appealed to the guests who meandered the facility daily.
With seats in place, video monitors turned on, participants ready and auctioneers on the podium, it was show time in Sarasota! The first of 400+ cars crossed the block just after 10 a.m. From the time the first item crossed the block until the final car crossed on Saturday, the event ran smoothly. From Corvettes to Corvairs, Mustangs to Mopars, Street Rods to VW Vans and lots of things in between, the auction featured nearly 100 years of automotive history.
Millions in total sales were amassed, with the top five selling cars amassing $277,090. Speaking of the top five, they are as follows:
1) 1973 Detomasa Pantera - $97,370
2) 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet - $55,105
3) 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 - $51,895
4) 1956 Chevrolet BelAir - $51,360
5) 1998 Ferrari F355 Spider - $51,360
*all totals include applicable fees
“For our first event in Sarasota we were very impressed with the turnout of bidders and guests as well as the quality of the cars,” noted Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “Sarasota is a beautiful city and the hospitality was second to none,” continued Cline. “We are looking forward to our next event here in 2020."
Sunset-Carlisle marks the end of the 2019 auction season for Carlisle Auctions. Looking forward, the Carlisle Auctions team turns its attention to its upcoming 400+ car auction as part of Winter AutoFest in Lakeland, Florida. The event runs February 21-22, 2020 at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. Finally, details on any leftover inventory from Sunset-Carlisle that is still for sale can be learned by calling Carlisle Auctions at 717-960-6400 or online at www.CarlisleAuctions.com and viewing the results page and link associated with Sunset-Carlisle. Also, for car lovers and followers of events outside of the Carlisle Events/Carlisle Auctions brand, visit Awesome Joe Auctions, an all-new online auction marketplace run in partnership with Carlisle Auctions.
It’s a Jeep thing July 18-19, 2020! PA Jeeps’ All Breeds Jeep Show makes a move from York, PA (and the York Fairgrounds) to Carlisle, P …
It’s a Jeep thing July 18-19, 2020! PA Jeeps’ All Breeds Jeep Show makes a move from York, PA (and the York Fairgrounds) to Carlisle, PA and the Carlisle Fairgrounds as they celebrate their 25th annual weekend of all things Jeep! The All Breeds Jeep Show, produced by PA Jeeps, will make its annual home at the Carlisle, PA Fairgrounds where enthusiasts of America’s biggest automotive brands and vehicles come together annually to gather, share and celebrate the vehicles, manufacturers hobbies and interests.
PA Jeeps was established in 1992 by a small group of friends in York. The club evolved into a group of more than 150 Jeep enthusiasts and friends that continues to grow. A quarter of a century ago they set in motion the All Breeds Jeep Show to share their passion for Jeeps. They are joined annually by more than 80 vendors and at least 700 Jeeps in celebration. The event features manufacturers of Jeep products, a swap meet, CTI Trailer as well as a show and shine Jeep show. Raffles, food vendors and a kid’s area add to the weekend fun. A highlight of the annual events is an obstacle course with materials donated by Union Quarries of Carlisle.
The Carlisle Fairgrounds is home to Carlisle Events, producers of their own portfolio of automotive events. The Jeep weekend will fall between two of the many great events on the Carlisle Events schedule, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals and Carlisle Truck Nationals. The Carlisle Fairgrounds facility also welcomes a number of annual club cruise ins, a Camping World RV show and numerous community and charity events each year.
Carlisle Fairgrounds representative, Ed Scholly, was pleased to see the All Breeds Jeep Show choose the fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA. “The All Breeds Jeep Show making their home at Carlisle will put their enthusiasts in the company of some of the most passionate communities of automotive enthusiasts in the world. Some of the biggest automotive makes and models share their products and passions here. Seeing an iconic brand like JEEP and their loyal enthusiasts at Carlisle will be good for the Carlisle Fairgrounds, and the automotive community as a whole. We are happy to welcome them.”
PA Jeeps expressed excitement in the opportunity to grow their event in Carlisle as well. “We are looking forward to the 25th Anniversary of this event,” noted Jennifer Watson, Show Chairman of PA Jeeps. “The Carlisle Fairgrounds is set up for automotive events with all the resources on-site to make the All Breeds Jeep show the number one destination for Jeep enthusiasts in the Mid-Atlantic,” continued Watson. “We are a non-profit club and organization, so the event supports a number of charities such as Keystone Warriors, Homeless Veteran’s, PA Breast Cancer Coalition and more. We invite the Carlisle and surrounding communities to join us as well.”
Watson also recognized the surrounding community and town of Carlisle, specifically its numerous hotel offerings. She also noted the numerous new restaurants and outlets to explore and be entertained. This, combined with the Carlisle Fairgrounds itself will help make this event a memorable weekend endeavor for friends and families in the Jeep community.
Jeep owners should eagerly connect with the PA Jeeps team to get involved, as the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds offer a more central location with more hotel options, great ease of access, more restaurants and a larger overall footprint to show, go and have fun. Registration is now available for the 2020 event and details can be found at www.pajeeps.org.
Chrysler weekend at Carlisle – it’s three days on paper, but much longer for those who experience it in person. Good weather mean …
Chrysler weekend at Carlisle – it’s three days on paper, but much longer for those who experience it in person. Good weather means vendors are setting up days in advance, great weather means show cars are on grounds at least two days prior to the official start date. Regardless of when someone shows up, the bottom line is that the annual Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is juggernaut within the Dodge/Chrysler/Mopar enthusiast base. 2020’s event should be no different and coming off a record 2,803 Showfield turnout in 2019, Carlisle Events is excited to share what themes and anniversaries will be showcased in America’s Automotive Hometown starting at 7 a.m. daily.
Running July 10-12, 2020 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, displays will offer a diverse snapshot of the brand. From indoor features within Buildings T and Y to those under a tent on the Showfield, there will be something for everyone. Can you believe 1970 was 50 years ago? It’s true…and with that milestone comes some amazing planned displays.
Though locations are TBD, what is confirmed is the amazing array of history coming to Carlisle. Chrysler weekend honors 50 years of the following: 50 Years of the Dodge Challenger, 50 Years of the AAR & T/A, 50 Years of the Plymouth Duster, 50 Years of the Superbird and 50 Years of Pro Stock.
The application for featured vehicle consideration is available online today and while every owner/applicant for one of the recognized celebrations won’t be selected, that doesn’t mean their vehicle isn’t welcome. With such a massive facility and show car layout, registering for the Showfield is very easy and in most cases, available at a discounted rate. A link to register for the event is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com. Once on the Chrysler Nationals portion of the page, event hopefuls can either register to show their car OR pick up single day/weekend tickets to enjoy the event as a spectator.
Seeing these great displays is just one aspect of the fun. There are product walk-arounds and FREE thrill rides from Dodge, on-site installations from A&A Auto Stores, automotive competitions like autocross, a real street shootout and a burnout contest, plus there’s a massive midway and automotive flea market. The midway and flea market are must-see/must-do aspects of the show and keep growing annually. Shopping is made easy at Carlisle!
To be involved with the 2020 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals as an automotive flea market vendor or midway partner, call 717-243-7855 to inquire about pricing and availability. Otherwise, to be part of the show as a spectator or by showing a vehicle, visit one of the following web pages to learn more.
General Info: http://www.carlisleevents.com
Event Info: https://www.carlisleevents.com/events/events-detail/index?id=chrysler+nationals
Featured Vehicle Consideration: https://www.carlislefeatures.com
Spectator Tickets/Weekend Passes: https://www.carlisletickets.com
Corvettes at Carlisle is the cornerstone of all things automotive at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. The event, launched in 1982 by the late Chi …
Corvettes at Carlisle is the cornerstone of all things automotive at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. The event, launched in 1982 by the late Chip Miller, honors America’s Sportscar each summer by welcoming over 5,000 Corvettes and 60,000+ guests to central Pennsylvania. For 2019, Carlisle Events and Corvettes at Carlisle were honored by Team Chevrolet to host and spotlight the all-new mid-engine 2020 Corvette, also known as the C8.
The hype surrounding the car is real and now, instead of just looking at a 2020 C8 at a car show or on a showroom floor (if you can find one), you have a chance to WIN ONE! The Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation is excited to announce that one lucky winner WILL drive home in a 2020 Mid-Engine C8 Z51 Corvette on May 1, 2020.
Entry for the sweepstakes runs August 24, 2019 through May 1, 2020 and while there are many price points for entry into the sweepstakes, packages begin at $25 (3 tickets) and go as high as $2,500 (375 tickets + 150 bonus tickets). In between the high- and low-end packages, tickets and bonus options span $50 through $1,500, making this a giveaway/sweepstakes priced for all who may want to own an instant classic!
With such anticipation, now is a great time to enter the sweepstakes; after all, the 2020 C8 Corvette is nearly sold out! Simply make a donation to the CMAF for sweepstakes tickets and a chance to win! The prize isn’t just a Corvette, it’s a machine powered by the all-new 6.2L LT2 V8 engine with 495 hp, 470 lb.-ft. and a top speed of 194 m.p.h. It also features continuously Variable Valve Timing which will further improve performance.
“We are extremely excited to work with Valley Chevrolet of Wilkes-Barre, PA to offer this all-new 2020 C8 Corvette as a prize for those who support the CMAF,” noted CMAF President Lance Miller. “The wife of Valley’s owner was recently diagnosed with amyloidosis and that makes this partnership extra special for me and the foundation,” continued Miller. “Much like the team at Valley Chevrolet, my father was very passionate about all things Corvette. Unfortunately, amyloidosis took him from us in March of 2004,” added Miller. “While it was too late for my dad, our goal since the launch of the CMAF is to help those afflicted with the disease and to raise awareness to offer the knowledge and understanding of amyloidosis for earlier detection. In turn, we hope to ensure a better quality of life for those afflicted with the disease and to help science find a cure.”
The chance to donate and get tickets as well as details on all events supported by the CMAF can be found online at www.ChipMiller.org or via the CMAF Facebook page, www.facebook.com/AmyloidosisAwarenes.
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.
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