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In sports, before the regular season starts, there are tune-up contests. For Carlisle Events, its a …
In sports, before the regular season starts, there are tune-up contests. For Carlisle Events, its annual tune-up event is a sleeper of an event that more enthusiasts within automotive circles are learning about; Auto Mania at the Allentown Fairgrounds. While this event is smaller in comparison to the more grandiose events like it held in Carlisle, for Allentown show-goers, it’s their Daytona 500, their big game…it’s the show that gets it all going!
From noon on January 20 through 3 p.m. on January 22, thousands of guests mixed and mingled with a few hundred vendors and millions of automotive pieces and parts for an event that has been going on now for 34 years. Auto Mania is also Pennsylvania’s largest indoor and heated event of its type, so it’s easy to see why guests from the region over walked aisle upon aisle of automotive pieces and parts, collectibles, and merchandise. Each vendor table saw a constant stream of customers daily. Items like Mopar oil pans, Ford-specific fuel lines, Camaro bumpers, garage and floor mats, videos, vintage magazines, toy cars, and more were all offered. There were also a few food vendors positioned within Ag Hall, giving everyone some great culinary options throughout the weekend.
For anyone at the event that thought Friday was busy, they had not seen anything yet. When the doors opened Saturday, there were again lines to gain access to the show. Once inside, the guests were shoulder to shoulder and aisles were packed with enthusiasts. Saturday’s turnout, combined with the one from Friday gave everyone a lot of what they wanted. Sure, the shopping was there, but most importantly, the unmatched camaraderie that comes with an event like this was prevalent throughout.
As the final day rolled around, it served as one last chance to buy parts, check out last-minute deals, and even visit with the dedicated group of vendors who set up outdoors. In all, what better way to enjoy a January day than to spend it with friends talking cars, buying parts, and getting excited for events season at Carlisle which commences on April 19 with Spring Carlisle?
“What a fantastic weekend,” said event manager Tim DeMark. “It just goes to show what the Carlisle name means to the collector car hobby. I really would like to thank the vendors and our guests for a fantastic weekend. I encourage everyone to 'like' us on Facebook. This way, everyone knows what we have going on and how they can be part of this great weekend next year. Save the date because we can’t wait to do it again, January 19-21, 2024.”
Up next for Carlisle Events is Spring Carlisle. This massive automotive flea market event spans five days, April 19-24, and includes a two-day classic and collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. There is also a military discount available for ALL events for in-person purchases (with valid ID). Complete details about Spring Carlisle can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. For auction information, visit CarlisleAuctions.com or call 717-960-6400.
The holiday season is best recognized as a season of giving, and while that season is primarily in the rear-view mirror fo …
The holiday season is best recognized as a season of giving, and while that season is primarily in the rear-view mirror for the next 300+ days, the time to give and do good for others continues. Carlisle Auctions, a Pennsylvania-based classic and collector auction house, returns to Lakeland, Florida for its first auction of the year and in doing so, will sell a stunning vehicle benefitting a worthy cause.
The aforementioned auction powered by Carlisle Auctions revs up the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus in Lakeland on February 10-11 and in doing so, brings an expected 400+ classic and collector cars spanning generations to central Florida. The fun starts each day at 10:30 a.m. with past, present, and future classics crossing the block, including a “gotta have it” 1992 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign. The one-owner only Jag with new tires is a confirmed charity consignment and will sell at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. The charity sale will be the first vehicle to cross the block on day two of the two-day offering and 100% of its dollars will benefit Wheels from the Heart. Better yet, there are no buyer’s or seller’s fees attached to the final gavel price.
Before the fast-paced nature of the auction hits its stride on the 11th, team members yield the floor to Steve Muschlitz and Wheels from the Heart. Wheels from the Heart is a Delray Beach, Florida-based organization whose mission is to give the gift of a reliable vehicle to single moms with children and help them drive to a better life. While there’s an obvious play on words there, the fact remains that owning a reliable means of transportation makes nearly every aspect of life better. It helps you get groceries, go to and from work, do social activities, school drop-offs and pickups, and more. Since being nominated in 2016 for the Men with Caring Hearts Award, Steve and his team have donated hundreds of cars to moms in need.
“I’m excited to work with Carlisle Auctions at their upcoming event in Lakeland,” said Muschlitz. They put on a great event and their bidder/buyer base has always been generous when we offer a lot for charity. Of course, these sales wouldn’t be possible without their gracious donations of them in the first place by their previous owners. Together, we can all change the lives of someone in need.”
“Wheels From the Heart has provided 158 reliable vehicles for hard-working single moms,” noted Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations. “Their group truly helps drive a better life for them and their family and we are thrilled to be able to help them with their mission. This is our second time working with Wheels from the Heart and we’re looking forward to helping make a difference in the lives of those who depend on the organization.”
Complete details on the auction are available at CarlisleAuctions.com. In addition, the auction offers THREE great ways to bid on desired lots; in person, on the phone, or online! Best of all, once registered as a bidder, online bidding commences the Monday of the auction week (February 6). Consignments are being added daily to the Carlisle Auctions web page. Spectator admission is $10 with FREE parking, plus the event offers onsite RV parking for those looking to make the event a multi-day adventure. For auction details, call 717-960-6400 and for details on RV parking, call 717-243-7855. Get involved today and don’t miss out!
Carlisle Events shined a spotlight so bright on the 40th Anniversary of the 3rd …
Carlisle Events shined a spotlight so bright on the 40th Anniversary of the 3rd Gens in 2022 that they’re back in 2023 with even more pizzaz! Don’t miss the all-new 3rd Gen Nationals at the 2023 Carlisle GM Nationals. This gathering will be the ultimate showcase of not just 3rd Gen Camaros and Firebirds, but vendors, seminars, car clubs, activities, and more…and it’s all happening June 23-24 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Ground zero for the 3rd Gens will be in and around Building R. This building, located near Gate 2 on the west side of the facility, brings special display cars indoors as well as under tents, and on the Showfield itself outdoors. The dedicated 3rd Gen Showfield classes, which are anticipated to fill a few rows of the National Parts Depot Showfield, are currently open for discounted registration through May 23. Further, not far from the display and Showfield will be 3rd Gen-focused vendors too.
Seminars with a 3rd Gen focus are in the works and 3rd Gen guests have been invited to Carlisle in 2023. Club leaders spanning the 3rd Gen Camaro and Firebird are actively working with Carlisle Events to bring the biggest and best gathering of these cars anywhere together for the first weekend of Summer.
Best of all, registration is now open for the 3rd Gen Nationals at Carlisle. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to show your 3rd Gen or be part of the automotive flea market as a 3rd Gen parts vendor, there are options for everyone. Finally, if you don’t have a 3rd Gen but are a big fan and still want to come to look at the cars or do some parts shopping, discounted spectator admission tickets are available too.
Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Complete details about the 2023 Carlisle GM Nationals car show, including more detailed information on the 3rd Gen Nationals showcase, how to become a vendor within the automotive flea market, register for the NPD Showfield, other feature displays of the 2023 event, and more can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Corvettes at Carlisle is the biggest and best all-Corvette-themed car show in the world. Not only does it draw 5,000 …
Corvettes at Carlisle is the biggest and best all-Corvette-themed car show in the world. Not only does it draw 5,000+ Corvettes to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, but it also hosts nearly 60,000 spectators. Cars, car owners, vendors, and spectators alike converge on central PA because they not only love the cars but the camaraderie too. There are many displays and guests each August, none showcase more Corvette excellence than the NCRS Gallery.
This summer, August 24-26 to be exact, the NCRS Gallery returns for its 22nd iteration of top-notch Corvettes. The gallery’s purpose is to present an ever-changing gallery of Corvettes and one that is accessible to not just the NCRS members and car owners, but to non-NCRS members too. In fact, the collection historically contains select Corvettes that have won some of the most prestigious awards available. This includes Duntov Mark of Excellence Award® winners, McLellan Mark of Excellence Award® winners, NCRS-Chevrolet Bowtie Award® recipients for Preservation Excellence, American Heritage Award® recipients, and Sportsman Award® Corvettes.
It's easy to find the display tent too, as it’s not far from the grandstand or Gate 3, the main entry gate. In fact, adjacent to Building R on the east side of the grounds is where this exclusive gathering of Corvettes will be. While the NCRS itself picks its cars, there is still time to become an NCRS member for future consideration. Visit NCRS.org for details on how to become a member, review their annual events schedule, and more.
Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Complete details about the 2023 Corvettes at Carlisle car show, including information on how to become a vendor within the automotive flea market, register for the Fun Field, apply for display consideration, or simply purchase discounted spectator admission tickets can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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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