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The display, named in honor of Chip Miller (co-founder of Carlisle Events and Corvettes at Carlisle), is an annual special display that is showcased within Building T. This display embodies the best-of-the-best in the Corvette hobby, including unique themes, designs, builders or cars that have some type of historical tie-in to Corvettes at Carlisle, Chip Miller and/or the Miller family. For 2020, the display features the Best of the Best of Bloomington Gold.
As noted, Bloomington Gold is a big deal within the Corvette hobby and is the longest running event of its type dating back to the early 1970’s. For 2020, Bloomington Gold President Guy Larsen and Event Director Bill Locke will hand pick Corvettes that have made an impact not only within the hobby but at their prestigious event. These cars, 12 to be exact, will sit front and center for all to see as part of Chip’s Choice in Building T. Not only will this be a heavily trafficked area at Corvettes at Carlisle, each car will also be showcased within the nearly 90-page event guide as well on online and via social media.
“We’re excited to showcase some amazing Corvettes throughout this display,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller. ‘My father, Chip Miller, went to every single Bloomington Gold while he was alive. In fact, he was a long-time judge at each of the events,” continued Miller. “Corvettes at Carlisle continues to be represented year in and year out. I recall going with him on many occasions and enjoying the various events. I felt it was appropriate to showcase a taste of what Bloomington Gold has to offer during their events. So, for 2020, what better way to include them than this special Chip’s Choice display. I know my father is smiling down proud.”
“The 2020 Chip’s Choice display at Corvettes of Carlisle will feature a display of some of the very best Bloomington Gold Benchmark® Corvettes, the most prestigious Corvette award,” said Guy Larsen, President – Bloomington Gold Corvettes. “The Benchmark® award recognizes the very rare Corvettes that embody the ultimate in factory originality and condition,” continued Larsen. “Benchmark® Corvettes are highly unrestored and appear to be in ‘typical factory production.’ The Corvettes on display at Chip’s Choice 2020 will appear as if they were put in a time capsule when they left the factory and have been preserved. These Corvettes are the best examples for anyone doing a restoration or trying to learn about authentic Corvettes of that time, hence the name Benchmark®. Benchmark® cars are the sports’ best link to the past and preserving Corvette’s factory authenticity heritage in the future. It is an honor for Bloomington Gold Corvettes to present these fine Benchmark® Corvettes this coming August, 2020.”
For details on the upcoming June Bloomington Gold event at the Indianapolis Speedway, visit www.BloomingtonGold.com and for information on Corvettes at Carlisle this August in Carlisle, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com. While on the Carlisle page, register for the massive all-Corvette Fun Field, learn more about becoming a vendor or simply purchase spectator tickets. Discounts are available through one month out for those registering to show, while spectator tickets are available at a discount up to and even during the event. Log on, learn more and save!
If performance and speed are your thing, then the 2020 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals is the fix your passion needs. Returning f …
If performance and speed are your thing, then the 2020 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals is the fix your passion needs. Returning for its 35th edition at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, Import & Performance weekend runs May 15-17. 2020 offers special displays, some new activities, popular standards and an international showcase of cars and trucks, some of which you simply don’t see anywhere other than Carlisle on a show weekend.
Most times, the guests at Carlisle let their hair down and have fun, not a care in the world; but now and again, they come together to honor one of their own. This year, a very special enthusiast will be honored. As part of a newly forged partnership in 2020, the Driven to Cure group debuts at Carlisle to honor Andrew Lee, a hobbyist who passed away during Easter weekend of 2019. Lee’s customized Nissan GTR anchors the DTC show within the show display in Building Y, with money being raised to support Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC).
Along with the DTC feature in Building Y, 2020 shines a spotlight on 100 years of Mazda, 50 years of the Datsun/Nissan Z and more. With nearly 2,000 cars and over 20,000 guests converging on Carlisle, the automotive flavor is mouthwatering. One of the coolest parts of the event is the international showcase of cars and trucks. There are at least eight different countries represented on the Showfield. Within that automotive globe will be some of the largest single gatherings of Volvos and Saabs anywhere, while also hosting some of the best from England, Japan and Germany. There’s even an amazing display planned from the Rolls Royce Owner’s Club and Rolls Royce Museum of Mechanicsburg, highlighting luxury seldom seen at Carlisle.
Show cars aren’t the only draw to Carlisle during the second weekend of May. There’s a bevy of competitions and activities on tap for the show, too. Returning for 2020 is the always popular burnout contest, track time/autocross/drifting with NICOFest, low car limbo and the exhaust competition, while NEW for 2020 is an exciting donut contest. More details on the contest will be unveiled via the Carlisle Events website in the coming weeks, but with its addition, the event offers even more chances to be the show versus simply attending. Speaking of things that go fast, another great display puts race prepared cars in the spotlight courtesy of the Race Paddock, located on the east side of the grounds in the pavilion.
Registration is open now for the judged and non-judged Showfield. A 10% registration savings is available now through April 13 via Gate-N-Go. Speaking of convenient offers, those looking to simply enjoy the show as a spectator can pick up single day or full event tickets online too. Savings are available today with the tap of a finger/click of a mouse; only at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
If you build it, they will come...and come they sure have! Carlisle Events took what were literally cars in a field in rural Florida in 2012 and wi …
If you build it, they will come...and come they sure have! Carlisle Events took what were literally cars in a field in rural Florida in 2012 and with the support of car clubs, vendors, enthusiasts and more, built one of the biggest and best events anywhere within the bustling city of Lakeland. For three days in February (21-23), auto lovers from Florida and surrounding states converged on the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus to buy, sell and trade all things automotive.
After a few days of set up and load in, the grounds came to life with a mix of car displays, an auction and guests. Special displays included the 42nd Annual NCRS Winter Regional Corvette show. Over 100 of the best Corvettes in the southeast converged on Lakeland and were joined by a passionate group of car owners and enthusiasts. Adjacent to the NCRS showcase were 400+ classic and collector cars as part of Carlisle Auctions two-day auction. The top selling car from the auction was a 2005 Ford GT, moving for $256,800. The top five overall sellers amassed an all-time high total of $683,625.
SUN ‘n FUN isn’t just a spacious facility, it’s a functional airport and school. That makes the event that much cooler of an in-person experience. After all, there are vintage planes on display, a museum and guests can see planes coming and going all day long. With that in mind, what better location to stage and showcase cars then their multi-purpose on-site hangers? Hangers A through D weren’t the only hot spots, as every corner of the grounds was packed with something automotive themed. All-new for 2020, Winter AutoFest welcomed Mopars. With their vibrant colors showcased amidst a backdrop of palm trees and sunshine, not only did the cars bring the people, but some special guests too. Joining the display were TV host and overall car guy Lou Santiago along with racing legend Herb McCandless.
As show goers perused the Mopar Fun Field, they also took in the return of Corvettes at Lakeland along with the Mustang display too. Joining the Corvette group for 2020 was GM Certified Technician Paul Koerner. Lou, Paul and Herb also hosted seminars throughout the event, talking shop, answering questions and meeting fans.
Cars, cars, cars everywhere; making the spotlight displays not the only displays. There were two new features this year, a race inspired display and another highlighting some of the best from 1970. The race inspired display welcomed over $15 million in cars, including an ultra-rare 2015 Ferrari FXX-K.
But there’s more to the show than just looking at cool cars or dropping a few thousand and buying one within either the car corral or auction. Another great draw for attendees was the automotive flea market. Nearly 300 vendors from across the country occupied a little more than 1,000 spaces and offered millions of pieces and parts, collectibles and automobilia for those working on a project or looking to add to a collection.
As the sun set on Winter AutoFest 2020, the enthusiasm left everyone wanting more. For some, more is Spring Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania starting April 22. For others, it’ll be next year, February 19-21 as Winter AutoFest returns to the SUN n’ FUN Expo Campus. To see the event in photos or learn more, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com.
Death, taxes and car show excitement at Carlisle...three things that are a given in life. There’s a fourth, more so for car lovers, and that’ …
Death, taxes and car show excitement at Carlisle...three things that are a given in life. There’s a fourth, more so for car lovers, and that’s the opportunity to finally shake off the cabin fever from the long (and so far wet) winter and enjoy Spring Carlisle. With your tax refund in hand, you can spend, spend, spend as part of the massive Spring event running April 22-26 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Spanning five days, Spring Carlisle welcomes over 100,000 automotive enthusiasts converging on the facility, all looking to buy, sell and trade all things automotive. Well…maybe not all, because some legitimately come to Carlisle to simply enjoy the camaraderie of Spring, making new friends and connecting with old ones. In the end though, you never know what you’ll find at Carlisle. Hidden gems include items for the shop, the man cave or even the she shed. Expect the unexpected in Carlisle as you browse the 82-acre facility enjoying the thrill of the hunt.
As shopping goes there are plenty of options at Spring Carlisle. The 8,100 vending spaces are filled with millions of automotive pieces and parts with buyers and sellers alike coming from around the world to shop and sell at Carlisle. By visiting the thousands of vendors who set up at Carlisle, attendees find things that they didn’t even know they needed, all at bargain pricing. In addition to the parts, collectibles and memorabilia, there are cars for sale within the car corral, meaning buyer and seller can work face to face, most times consummating the sale very quickly. The automotive history available to be had spans nearly one century of production and ranges from must-have classics to unique and daily drivers.
The car corral isn’t the only way to pick up a car at Spring Carlisle as Carlisle Auctions offers a two-day classic and collector car auction on Thursday and Friday of event weekend. The fun starts at 12 p.m. each day some 250 cars will cross the block per day. Much like the car corral, auction cars and trucks will span automotive history. Consignments that are 25 years and older are taken via the Carlisle Auctions’ FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee. By welcoming cars of this era into the auction, the variety of available lots is nearly limitless. The best thing about the live auction excitement provided by Carlisle Auctions is that not only is it a great spectator opportunity, but cars are priced to move. Select consignments will sell for low four figures with others touching the six-figure price range. Online bidding is also an option with Carlisle Auctions.
There truly is something for everyone at Carlisle because cars aren’t the only form of entertainment. Cruise to Spring Carlisle and meet Lou Santiago from TV’s Car Fix. Lou and his wealth of automotive knowledge will be at the event throughout the weekend. While at Carlisle, he’ll be meeting guests, signing autographs and posing for photos, while also walking the swap meet and enjoying the event just like the rest of the international audience.
Complete details about Spring Carlisle, the auction, guest appearance by Lou Santiago and more can be found online at www.CarlisleEvents.com. Also, while online be sure to pick up advanced spectator tickets for the show at a discounted price. Call 717-243-7855 for details or visit www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com to learn more.
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