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Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety in mind of the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events staff as well as event gue …
Due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic and with the health and safety in mind of the Carlisle community, Carlisle Events staff as well as event guests and business partners, Carlisle Events has POSTPONED the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals benefiting Driven to Cure. This event was originally scheduled for May 15-17.
The NEW, rescheduled dates for the Import & Performance Nationals are August 14-16, making this the latest this show has ever been held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. The new event date also shifts the pre-registration/10% Gate-N-Go deadline savings to July 13.
While the show has a new late summer date, it’ll maintain many of its same great content. This includes special displays like 100 Years of Mazda, 50 Years of the Nissan/Datsun Z, the race paddock, French car display in Building R and more. Further competitions remain, including drift limbo, drifting and autocross via NICOFest, low car limbo and burnouts. Also remaining in place is the charitable tie-in with Driven to Cure. DTC is a non-profit 501 (c3) established to help raise awareness and provide funding for the research of rare kidney cancers like Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC) in children and young adults. A portion of participant dollars benefit DTC.
“Historically, this event is our first specialty show of the season, truly jump-starting the car show excitement at Carlisle,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller. “So many things are changing daily with this global pandemic and we feel it’s best for the safety and health of all involved to transition the show from its original May dates to the new August 14-16 dates,” continued Miller. “We’ll continue to follow all guidelines and directives set forth by relevant parties as well as state, local and national officials. Car shows WILL happen at Carlisle again soon and for our regular Import & Performance Nationals guests, I look forward to seeing everyone in Carlisle August 14-16, 2020.”
Ultimately, offering a safe and fun environment for everyone is THE most important part of this new event date. Finally, spectator tickets, registrations of all types including Showfield, vendor spaces, etc. will be honored for the new dates.
During this event, as well as others on the schedule, Carlisle Events will continue to be proactive from a health and sanitation standpoint within the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Carlisle Expo Center.
For details regarding the 2020 Carlisle Events schedule, the NEW Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals event dates in August, tickets or to register for the Showfield, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855.
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.
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