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Bigger is indeed better and with the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, guests get the best of …
Bigger is indeed better and with the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, guests get the best of the automotive world, literally and figuratively. The 2023 offering runs May 12-13 and with a Showfield parked by country of origin, the 82-acre around the world adventure has something for everyone. From seminars to parts shopping and more, Import & Performance weekend isn’t just about classic cars, it’s about classy cars and the people who love them.
Imagine it now if you can; a Showfield that includes automotive excellence from at least eight different countries! Cars and trucks representing Korea, Japan, the United States, Germany, the U.K., France, Sweden, and Italy all make up this event. Best of all, these cars aren’t just trailered in and parked, many of them not only drive to the show, but they show the 20,000+ guests in attendance what their whip can actually do via on-site competitions. These activities include autocross, rolling burnouts and donuts, drifting, drift limbo, low car limbo, and a rolling exhaust competition.
Cars featuring fresh styles of today and yesterday perfectly complement the special features planned in 2023. Those features include a spotlight on Audis of all eras, a dedicated Rolls Royce display, 50 Years of the Honda Civic, race-prepared vehicles, French vehicles in Building R, and of course a general Showfield that offers the rare, unique, and exotic too.
Awards are also available in many different categories. While there is a non-judged Showfield option, others may pick the judged Showfield. For this, judging is done drive-thru style and managed by professional judges from eJudged.com. In addition, there are club awards for the largest and coolest club, plus Carlisle Elite. Carlisle Elite winners are selected by Carlisle Events’ staff based on what is deemed “cool.” The selection process takes place on Friday of the event, encouraging showgoers to make it a true two-day experience.
In addition to the international vehicles on display, the food court offers a nice mix of food, including select stands offering dishes representative of the automotive world. In all, the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals is the kind of car show that is just as educational as it is entertaining. Discounted spectator tickets are on sale now, while the event itself is actively taking Showfield registrations. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. For complete details on discounted spectator admission tickets, gift cards, registering to show, becoming a vendor, and more, visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855 today.
For many years at Carlisle, one man helped put together a display that showgoers loved and looked forward to checking out. …
For many years at Carlisle, one man helped put together a display that showgoers loved and looked forward to checking out. Mel Major was the mind behind the Mopar Survivors Display at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. It was his idea, he fielded the submissions for consideration, and he sat under the tent with car owners as he mixed and mingled with guests. Sadly, Mel passed away not long after the 2022 Chrysler Nationals. While his passing is monumental within the hobby, his legacy lives on at the July 14-16, 2023 event with the return of the Mopar Survivors Display.
Powered this time around by Mel’s sons Ken and Gregg, the display once again welcomes 40+ cars that areat least 85% original. The cars and their protective tent will be just east of the stage with ample access space for guests to walk through, photograph, and check out in person.
“Even as a participant, Mel’s Mopar Survivor Display was always one of my favorite parts of the show, if not my favorite,” said Carlisle Chrysler Nationals event manager Ed Buczeskie. “I continue to be amazed at how many Survivors there are in this area (the Rust Belt). Working with Mel was a pleasure and an honor,” continued Buczeskie. “He was the greatest guy to talk to, not just about Mopars, but about anything. He ran the entire Mopar Survivor Display and made it a turnkey operation for me. All I had to do was provide the tent. I am excited and looking forward to working with Mel’s sons, Gregg and Ken this summer and can’t wait to see what types of vehicles they’re able to secure for the display.”
Learn more about the display, the 2023 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, and how you can be involved by way of CarlisleEvents.com. If you're not showing within the tent or at the event itself, but still looking to attend as a spectator or shopper, we also offer discounted spectator admission tickets. Make your plans today. Full details on the event, links to purchase tickets, and more are available online or by calling 717-243-7855 today.
Carlisle Auctions will run over 1,600 lots across the auction block in 2023,…
Carlisle Auctions will run over 1,600 lots across the auction block in 2023, and its season of automotive excitement recently commenced by way of a two-day event in Lakeland, Florida. The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction took place at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus February 10-11, 2023, and in doing so, brought buyers, sellers, and spectators alike together for $4 million in total sales, money raised for charity, and live automotive excitement outdoors amongst airplanes, palm trees, and sunny skies.
As mentioned, the auction garnered $4 million in sales with 50% of all committed consignments selling. This data exceeds last year’s Lakeland February totals. In addition, a nice mix of lots staked claim to “Top 4” distinction. Those four, a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda ($86,400), 1968 Chevy Camaro ($78,440), 1966 Cadillac Eldorado ($77,145), and 1965 Chevrolet Corvette ($72,000) accounted for nearly $400,000 of the $4 million total. The Camaro was the top-selling lot for Friday, while the Barracuda was not only the top sale for Saturday, but for the auction as a whole.
In addition to the cars that crossed the block, the popular All-Truck Hour returned on Friday, February 11 at 1:30 p.m. 25 trucks crossed the block during this time with 20 of them finding new homes. Overall, this hour was the strongest performing of any time slot spanning two days. Lots ranged from standard trucks, to Jeeps, SUVs, and even a VW Van.
Carlisle Auctions also helped sell a vehicle for charity. The lots came to the event by way of Steve Muschlitz and Wheels from the Heart. The sale of a 1992 Jaguar garnered $2,600 for Wheels from the Heart. Wheels from the Heart is a Delray Beach, Florida-based organization that provides road-worthy transportation to single mothers in need and this sale offers a nice boost for them and their cause.
"Thank you to all of the buyers and sellers that made this a great start to our auction year,” noted Director of Auction Operations, Tony Cline. “We are looking forward to our Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction in April in Carlisle PA. We’re actively accepting consignments and bidder registration. We can’t wait to see you at Carlisle for this great event.
Finally, Carlisle Auctions reminds everyone that its next offering is in just over one month as part of the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral. Spring Carlisle itself runs April 19-23, while the auction is April 20-21. As noted by Cline, the opportunity to get involved with the auction is open and ongoing. Call 717-960-6400 or visit CarlisleAuctions.com to learn more.
The automotive events at Carlisle are affordable family fun for those who purchase a spectator admission ticket. The …
The automotive events at Carlisle are affordable family fun for those who purchase a spectator admission ticket. There aren’t many entertainment venues that offer $10-$20 admission tickets (depending on the event) that in turn allow upwards of 10 hours of entertainment once on-site. In addition, with kids 12 and under admitted for FREE, bringing a family of four to a Carlisle car show is, hands down, one of the best “bang for the buck” options in central PA.
What was already super affordable is now even more so with special online-only discount pricing on tickets for the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, Carlisle GM Nationals, and Fall Carlisle. These three shows take place May 12-13, June 23-24, and September 27-October 1 respectively, and each offers a variety of historic automotive displays, parts shopping, activities, etc. Further, they carry an in-person ticket cost of $13 (IPN), $12 (GM), and $13 (Fall) per event. Now, with the “Sweetheart of a Deal” Valentine’s Day Promotion, those prices which are already discounted online by $2 get an extra dollar’s savings between February 13 and two weeks before the event itself.
Those savings mean that a spectator coming to Carlisle for Import & Performance Nationals is paying just $10 for admission between February 13 and May 1. Admission to the Carlisle GM Nationals is just $9 between February 13 and June 12 and a ticket to Fall Carlisle to shop the massive automotive flea market is just $10 between February 13 and September 18. Spectator tickets must be purchased online within the promotional period to receive this discount. Click on “Tickets & Gift Cards” on the website home page and then click on “Buy Tickets” under the specific event header. The discount will automatically be applied within the purchase transaction during the promotional time period, which begins Monday, February 13. Online spectator admission prices for these three events return to their original prices two weeks preceding each event.
Other events on the Carlisle car show schedule also have discounts in place, either by way of standard online ticket purchases or in person by showcasing a valid military ID (ID holder only). In addition, events offer a spectator ticket purchase option that includes parking, and all-new in 2023, Carlisle Events gift cards.
It’s easy to see why families from near and far travel to Carlisle. Not only are the car shows great family fun, but they are educational too with decades of past, present, and future classics on display. There are also parts, toys, collectibles, merchandise, and more for sale within the automotive flea market. Save time by skipping the lines, save money by buying online, and spend an enjoyable day out with friends and family at Carlisle in 2023 and beyond. Learn more online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. Don’t delay…Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and of course, the Carlisle Events season schedule starts April 19 with Spring Carlisle.
Summertime means sun, fun, and outdoor excitement for many in and around central Pennsylvania. It a …
Summertime means sun, fun, and outdoor excitement for many in and around central Pennsylvania. It also means the return of car show excitement by way of Carlisle Events at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Annually, Carlisle Events employs some 200 part-timers and will be looking to add to that roster as part of a two-day job fair, February 24-25 within the Carlisle Events offices.
The job fair runs 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday the 24th and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday the 25th and is open to all potential applicants ages 14 and up. Would-be workers are invited to stop in to apply for a variety of job opportunities. Jobs range from part-time with the security team to gate workers, ticket takers, customer service, facilities, and more. Multiple shifts are available too, though a majority of the employment carries primary hours during car show set up, tear down, and/or event weekends between April and October. On-the-spot hiring may take place. Candidates are encouraged to bring two forms of ID and be prepared to fill out an application in person at the job fair. Applications are also available online at CarlisleEvents.com/careers. The Carlisle Fairgrounds is located at 1000 Bryn Mawr Rd. on the north side of Carlisle, just off Route 34. Turn at the light and follow the signs for the job fair and the Carlisle offices.
In addition to working outdoors and being around some of the coolest cars and trucks on the planet, would-be hires also have access to the following:
These opportunities exist in a fast-paced, live event environment.
Applicants must be at least 14 years of age for consideration and if in school, would need applicable work permits once hired. These jobs are great for a student looking for their first work-related experiences, a retiree looking to stay busy, or anyone in between.
The first large-scale car show at Carlisle is Spring Carlisle and its two-day collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions. The spring events run in conjunction with one another, as Spring Carlisle takes place April 19-23 at the fairgrounds, while the auction takes place April 20-21 at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center. Complete schedule information is available at CarlisleEvents.com and job fair-specific questions can be fielded at 717-243-7855 x111.
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