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Since 1982 Corvettes at Carlisle has been THE destination for Corvette lovers from around the world. This year’s event will …
Since 1982 Corvettes at Carlisle has been THE destination for Corvette lovers from around the world. This year’s event will be no different and will offer new displays, special guests and partners to the mix. For 2022, Corvettes at Carlisle is not only celebrating its 40th anniversary, it is being presented by eBay Motors. The event (August 25-27) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds will bring together ONE iconic Corvette Racing Crew Chief and nearly a dozen amazing Pratt Miller Factory Corvette Race cars.
The man (Dan Binks) and the display (Chip’s Choice) will greet Corvette enthusiasts of all ages within Building T and for Binks, this will be the first time in many years that he’s seen some of these cars. Chip’s Choice always showcases cars that embody the best-of-the-best within the Corvette hobby and this first-of-its-kind display does just that and then some.
As mentioned, the display welcomes Pratt Miller Factory Corvette Race Cars. These cars span decades of Corvette Racing and were conceived, designed, constructed, developed, and campaigned by Pratt Miller Engineering. Per the Pratt Miller web page, they’ve helped Corvette Racing dominate Ground Touring (GT) racing around the world for more than 30 years. Some of their most iconic Corvette works of art will be part of this display, including the legendary #3 Corvette racer that was co-piloted by Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. In fact, the aforementioned #3 is, unfortunately, the last car in which Dale Sr. ever finished a race, having passed just weeks later in the 2001 Daytona 500.
The display will also host a C5.R (Chassis #001) which achieved its biggest accomplishment by racing the 2000 24 hours of Le Mans where it marked the first Le Mans race for a factory-backed Corvette team, a 2013 ALMS winning C6.R GT2 (Chassis #005), and a C7.R (Chassis #004) which won both the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
With the Kings of GT Racing converging on Carlisle, it just made sense to also welcome the man who helped guide Corvette Racing during its dominance. In addition to the Pratt Miller cars in Building T, Corvettes at Carlisle welcomes retired Corvette Racing Crew Chief Dan Binks to the event. Binks career spans more than 40 years including his time with Corvette Racing from 2002 until his 2020 retirement. Binks will be part of Q&A sessions, photo ops, and more, all while enjoying the event just like the 50,000+ Corvette enthusiasts who call Carlisle home during the final days of August.
“We’ve all heard and seen these amazing vehicles throughout the many racetracks they’ve competed on and continue to compete at year in and year out,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller. “One evening I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about how amazing it would be to have some of these incredible cars hosted together in one location - better yet, imagine hearing these monsters all at one time,” continued Miller. “We’ve reached out to a few owners and already have some amazing cars that will be on display for 2022 Chip’s Choice.”
Complete event information, links to register for the Fun Field, register to be a vendor, or purchase discounted spectator admission tickets in advance can all be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE and gates open at 7 a.m. daily for the grandest Corvette show of them all!
In the days leading up to the 2022 Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction, there was optimism by many that this event just might be …
In the days leading up to the 2022 Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction, there was optimism by many that this event just might be the best Spring auction ever. That hope became a reality and then some as hundreds of bidders converged online and in-person for the auction, helping send 72% of all available lots home to new owners, while tallying $6.5 million in sales (includes fees).
For two days (April 21-22, 2022), plus multiple preview opportunities leading up to it, the Carlisle Expo Center became a mecca for those looking for their first or next classic. 400+ lots were anticipated, which included enough trucks to fill a themed hour on Thursday, April 21; plus 100 years of confirmed consignments. With rides spanning 1923 to 2022, there was literally something for everyone and just about everyone at the event were able to find what they needed.
From the first smack of the gavel on April 21 to the final hammer to fall on April 22, the interior of the Expo Center and its adjoining parking lot were hopping. The roar of the engines, the smell of car care products; it was a true sensory experience.
In addition to all the senses that were piqued throughout, the auction benefitted charity too. According to Tony Cline, Director of Auction Operations, “several thousand dollars were raised for veterans at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.”
It turns out that not only was this auction fun for all involved, it goes down as THE BEST Carlisle Auctions event of all-time – not just an all-timer for Spring, but for any Carlisle auction. The 72% sell-through rate and $6.5 million in sales (with fees) are the best numbers to ever come out of an auction. Along with the in-person sales, at least 30 cars sold online too, meaning the fun was not only available to those at Carlisle, but to those on a PC around the world.
The top five (5) selling cars totaled nearly $360,000, with Thursday’s top seller being the ’67 Corvette, while the Oldsmobile 442 convertible was tops for Friday. The top five (5) are as follows:
If the cars were hot, trucks were even hotter. On April 21 starting at about 4 p.m. an all-truck hour took over the Expo Center. This 60-minute window of time saw dozens of trucks cross the block, with 80% of them selling.
“Thank you to all of the buyers and sellers that helped make the Spring Carlisle Auction the most successful auction that we’ve ever produced,” noted Tony Cline. “We could not do what we do without our buyers and sellers in person and online. I can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Carlisle for our next car auction, September 29-30, 2022 as part of Fall Carlisle,” continued Cline. We are actively taking consignments today and registering bidders for the event.”
For the first time since 2019, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Spring Carlisle welcomed automotive enthusiasts fr …
For the first time since 2019, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and Spring Carlisle welcomed automotive enthusiasts from around the world with the return of international event attendees. This year’s event, presented by eBay Motors, did just that and then some as guests and vendors alike flocked to Carlisle between April 20-24, 2022 to buy, sell and trade all things automotive. Spring Carlisle was one part commerce and one part social gathering; as has been the case since 1977. It once again served as THE event to jump-start the outdoor events season in Carlisle!
What was obvious early was the amount of vendors eager to re-connect with one another and the demand that their offerings have within the hobby. Cruising the grounds in advance of the April 20 start date, vendors were mixing and mingling with one another, catching up, buying and selling amongst each other, and otherwise getting ready for the big event. When the gates opened at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, their advanced planning and hard work paid off, as throngs of enthusiasts converged on Carlisle.
Car parts, merchandise, memorabilia, collectibles, and more were coming and going all day, every day. Cars and trucks were even finding new garages to call home as business was booming in all corners of the 82-acre facility. In 2022, there were more vendors, more tickets sold, and more people at Carlisle than there were in 2021; a year that was record-breaking for Carlisle Events.
As noted in the opening headline, the automotive world did indeed return to Carlisle. Canadian guests were back in full force, so were those trekking to the Cumberland Valley from “across the pond.” Every face had a smile on it at Carlisle and the next generation of the hobby was also on-site in full force, especially on Saturday where kids were out of school and families were off work.
Speaking of kids, Spring Carlisle welcomed the York County School of Technology to the stage area as they hosted exhibition runs in front of their Hot Rodders of Tomorrow championship competition in the days following event weekend. Multiple teams of school-aged enthusiasts tore down and re-built a Chevy small block engine. The competition is done against the clock and per certain criteria put in place by the Hot Rodders organization. From their first run to their last, they had a crowd cheering them on, asking questions, and taking photos of them in action.
The stage area was actually a popular spot for guests throughout Spring Carlisle. On it were members of the AACA Car Club. They returned to Carlisle to showcase cool cars from the club, solicit for new members, and promote their upcoming fall meet in Hershey. While the AACA was on the stage, the ARMO Hot Products Showcase was in front of it. ARMO brought some of the hottest NEW products on the market to the masses at Carlisle. ARMO is a council of SEMA, which is a private industry trade event held each fall in November. For most guests, this ARMO display gives them a first-hand/in-person look at ways to better their prized ride.
One of the best parts about Spring Carlisle 2022 was the giving nature of those who walked through the gates. Through a joint effort between Carlisle Events, the Salvation Army, and multiple local Lions Clubs, over $3,000 was raised for Ukrainian Humanitarian relief efforts. That total includes a company donation made by Carlisle Events, plus in person donations by those attending Spring Carlisle. Best of all, at least two generous attendees dropped $100 in the bin. That kind of support goes a long way to helping those in need and will continue throughout the 2022 season.
Another great element of Spring Carlisle was the two-day classic and collector car auction hosted by Carlisle Auctions (more soon). The Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction tallied $6.5 million in sales (including fees) and can boast a 72% sell-through rate. The auction even had its own charitable venture, with several thousand dollars raised for veterans at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center in Altoona, Pennsylvania.
While Spring Carlisle is a wrap for 2022, Carlisle Events sets its sights on the next event, plus next year’s spring show. Up next at the fairgrounds is the annual international showcase of cars and trucks as part of the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (May 13-14). As Spring Carlisle 2023 goes, the event is planned for April 19-23, with the auction happening April 20-21. Complete details on all things car show related, including the ability to buy spectator tickets in advance at a discounted rate can be found at CarlisleEvents.com.
There is undeniable turmoil currently playing out in the Eastern European country of Ukraine. Since February, its people have been under atta …
There is undeniable turmoil currently playing out in the Eastern European country of Ukraine. Since February, its people have been under attack from the Russian military. As survivors flee, many have been left in need of support in ways that most will never comprehend. In a simultaneous act, the war rages on, while a large-scale international humanitarian effort plays out. Carlisle Events is teaming with the Carlisle Area Lions Clubs and the Carlisle Salvation Army to receive donations that can ultimately help those in need.
Beginning with Spring Carlisle (April 20-24) and running through Fall Carlisle (September 28-October 2), the Salvation Army will be on grounds, ringing their familiar bell, and taking donations. According to Captain Ozzie Urbaez, their on-site donations will go towards Ukrainian relief efforts, while also raising awareness for their local causes too. Their location per event varies, but their mission remains the same; to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in his name without discrimination. In addition to their standard monetary donations, they’ll also have a donation bin set up where that support will benefit Ukrainian refugees.
“We at The Salvation Army are honored to partner with Carlisle Events to help the people of Ukraine who have been heavily affected this year,” added Captain Baez. “Our partnership with Carlisle Events dates back to more than 20 years and their support to the people we serve in Carlisle is invaluable. On behalf of The Salvation Army we thank you for your generosity in helping our friends from Ukraine who are in desperate need of our help this year.”
In addition to the Salvation Army’s on-grounds presence, local Lions Clubs will come together to greet guests as they enter the venue to solicit donations for the Ukrainian relief effort. These Lions Clubs include Carlisle, Boiling Springs, Mt. Holly, Plainfield, Newville, Shippensburg, and Jacksonville (Walnut Bottom). Just as the bell and look from the Salvation Army will be unmistakable, so will the vests and branding of the Lions Club members.
“Our motto is ‘we serve’ and when Carlisle Events called us to ask about supporting this cause, we were eager to spring into action,” noted Raymond Highlands, Carlisle Lions Club President. “In addition to Lions from our Carlisle club, we are thankful for the help and support of area Lions Clubs too. I can’t thank them enough as we pull together to help those in need.”
This venture is one that was discussed for weeks within the Carlisle Events offices, but ultimately got going following an e-mail from co-owner and co-founder Bill Miller, Jr. Recognizing our long-time partnership with the Salvation Army and having formerly served on their board, a conversation was started that pays off with the Salvation Army, Lions Clubs, and Carlisle Events partnering to continue supporting those in need, locally and abroad.
“Our team at Carlisle Events stand with the people of Ukraine,” said Miller. “Our hearts are heavy with the devastation they are enduring and we want to help in any way we can,” continued Miller. “Carlisle Events has teamed up with the Salvation Army to send as much as we can to ease the suffering on all the people of Ukraine. Give with your hearts with whatever you can and we will make sure every penny will get to the people.”
Attending a car show at Carlisle isn’t just a great way to support those in need, it’s an affordable family outing. Kids 12 and under are always admitted free at Carlisle and for details on vendor or Showfield registration, event specifics, or to purchase discounted spectator admission tickets, call 717-243-7855 or visit CarlisleEvents.com.
Some of the top automotive businesses in the hobby have attached themselves to various elements of the car shows in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for good …
Some of the top automotive businesses in the hobby have attached themselves to various elements of the car shows in Carlisle, Pennsylvania for good reason. The car shows at Carlisle attract nearly half a million guests annually and are some of the largest of their type in the world. With a built-in customer base and a storied history of success, Carlisle Events is pleased to announce that eBay Motors and the PA Turnpike (E-ZPass) are the newest business partners that car show guests can interact with and learn more about in 2022 and beyond.
The eBay Motors brand is no stranger to guests at Carlisle, as it was introduced to Carlisle enthusiasts as an Official Partner two decades ago. With their sponsorship of Spring Carlisle (April 20-24) continuing this season, eBay Motors will also join Carlisle Events as the presenting sponsor of the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (May 13-14) and Corvettes at Carlisle (August 25-27). Each of the new partnerships offer unique opportunities for eBay Motors to share its platform as one of the largest online marketplaces for automotive parts, products, and items.
In addition to eBay Motors, the PATurnpike is coming on board as the sponsor for Carlisle Events’ Gate-N-Go (GNG) program. GNG is a pre-registration option that allows for a 10% savings to those who pre-register at least 45 days in advance of an event. More than a financial perk, GNG offers time savings and better ease of access, much like the PA Turnpike’s E-ZPass option. Those who take advantage of Gate-n-Go and E-ZPass from the PA Turnpike can save on Carlisle Showfield registrations and travel to Carlisle by way of the PA Turnpike (I-76).
The partnership with the PA Turnpike is also fitting, as a portion of the highway parallels the northern part of the fairgrounds. In fact, the original stretch of turnpike opened in 1940 and terminated in Carlisle. Today, the highway spans the entirety of Pennsylvania with two exits in close proximity of Carlisle: one near Shippensburg about 30 miles west and the other in Middlesex Township (Carlisle), about 2 miles to the east.
“We’re excited to continue our relationship with eBay Motors to bring car show participants and attendees world class automotive events,” said Ed Scholly, Director of Business and Event Development. “They’ve been a great partner of Carlisle over the years, participating on many levels for a long time,” continued Scholly. “The PA Turnpike has enabled thousands upon thousands of show cars, vendors, and attendees easy highway access to events at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. We hope that you can take advantage of the connections to eBay and the savings with E-ZPass on your visits to Carlisle.”
Car show season starts on April 20 in Carlisle with Spring Carlisle presented by eBay Motors and concludes on October 2 as part of Fall Carlisle (September 28-October 2). In between, six more events will draw car enthusiasts and families from around the world to browse, buy, and socialize. Kids 12 and under are always admitted free at Carlisle and for details on vendor or Showfield registration, event specifics, or to purchase discounted spectator admission tickets, call 717-243-7855 or visit CarlisleEvents.com.
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