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2022 was a great year in Carlisle, Pennsylvania both with the internationally recognized car shows backed …
2022 was a great year in Carlisle, Pennsylvania both with the internationally recognized car shows backed by Carlisle Events as well as some awesome collector car auction excitement powered by Carlisle Auctions. Records fell, smiles per hour were at an all-time high, and kids flocked to Carlisle too! That momentum continues into 2023, not only based on the success of the one event that’s already taken place in Auto Mania (January 20-22 at the Allentown Fairgrounds), but with the anticipation of the upcoming 2023 Carlisle-based season. Once again, this year should be another that leaves guests wanting more and planning annual trips to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
While a bulk of the fun takes place in Carlisle, there are a few happenings outside of central Pennsylvania. February brings the first collector car auction to the table for Carlisle Auctions. In fact, Carlisle Auctions starts and ends its season with auctions in Lakeland, Florida, and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction recently concluded, while the Lakeland Fall offering is November 10-11. In Carlisle, the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction (April 20-21) happens in conjunction with Spring Carlisle, while the Fall auction is September 28-29 as part of Fall Carlisle. In each instance, 400+ consignments are anticipated with three great ways to bid; in-person, on the phone, and online by way of Proxibid. There’s even an all-truck hour and opportunities to bid and buy for various charity causes. Auction details are available at CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400.
The first Carlisle-based event is Spring Carlisle, April 19-23. Spring Carlisle may have been the second automotive flea market added to the Carlisle Events resume of events in the late 1970s, but in 2023, it stands head and shoulders above nearly every event of its type around the world! Some 100,000 guests flock to Carlisle, all looking to buy, sell, or trade something with a little automotive flavor to it. There’s the flea market of course, where hundreds of vendors are selling millions of parts, but there’s also a car corral where classic and collector cars are for sale by owner.
Once the Spring show comes and goes, Carlisle transitions to specialty events season. This includes a portfolio of six car-centric events, led May 12-13 by the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals. IPN is a very unique event in that it spotlights over 2,000 cars from around the world, including many rare and unique rides that are seldom seen by the public. There are also a few special displays and activities planned. Cruise to Carlisle as the event showcases the Audi, Rolls Royce, a 50-year celebration of the Honda Civic, race-prepared vehicles, and even a general showcase of vehicles from around the world. There are car club gatherings, track, and automotive activities, plus a judged and non-judged Showfield.
As May becomes June and Memorial Day ushers in the unofficial start of summer, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds welcomes THE Ford car show of Ford car shows. The Carlisle Ford Nationals (June 2-4) offers no shortage of cars, people, and excitement. The 2022 event became the largest car show of any type ever hosted at Carlisle and there’s no doubt 2023 should match, if not exceed that turnout. Ford Nationals 2023 honors include the SVT, Coyote powerplants, the Lightning, 40 Years of Saleen, the Malaise Era, and more.
Three weeks after the Blue Oval excitement leaves town, the Bow-Tie fun rolls in. Summer officially gets going with the Carlisle GM Nationals (June 23-24) as 100 years of history adorn the National Parts Depot Showfield. Planned features include a few “shows within the show.” This includes the all-new 3rd Gen Nationals at Carlisle (Camaro and Firebirds) as well as Corvettes for Chip. Further, there are planned displays for 40 Years of the Pontiac Fiero, 50 Years of the Buick Regal, a 4th Gen Camaro and Firebird showcases, Malaise Era GM vehicles, and 120+ years of the Buick Motor Company.
June becomes July and that means the largest all-Mopar event in the world, the Carlisle Chrysler (July 14-16). Over 3,100 show cars came to Carlisle in 2022, the first time Chrysler Nationals weekend ever topped the 3,000 car mark. In addition, the vendor footprint sold out too. All those folks don’t just come to Carlisle because of the well-kept grass, no…they come to Carlisle because it’s THE gathering place for die-hard Mopar enthusiasts. 2023 promises once more to offer a nice mix of general show cars on the Showfield and a head-turning collection of special displays too. This year, it’s a nod to Mel Major, long-time Carlisle supporter and organizer of the Survivor Display, Malaise Era Mopars, Mopars from your high school days, 50-Years of 1973 Mopars, and more.
August offers two events in the form of the Carlisle Truck Nationals (August 4-6) and Corvettes at Carlisle (August 24-26). For three days, truck lovers of all ages can see in real life the toys they played with as kids. This includes trucks of all shapes, sizes, styles, and eras; plus Monster Trucks, cool custom vans, big rigs, and heavy equipment. There are also a handful of planned displays, including 40 Years of the Ford Ranger, the “low show”, Vanarama, antique Fire Trucks, and the Big Rig Show and Shine. Don’t miss a sensory-ladened event, complete with sights and sounds, including the big rig glow show, drop and drag contest, and neon that frequently accompanies the vans.
Corvettes at Carlisle wraps up the August offerings at Carlisle and for 2023, guests can enjoy the latest and greatest from Corvette and Team Chevrolet, seminars anchored by the Corvette mechanic team and Paul Koerner, car-themed anniversary displays, and ultra-rare gathering of Le Mans Corvette race cars as part of Chip’s Choice. There will also be a 50th anniversary of 1973 Corvettes showcase and the NCRS Gallery. The show wraps up with the Corvette Parade, Park, and Party on Saturday evening, again offering the community a chance to see hundreds of cool cars in motion.
Lastly for Carlisle in 2023 is Fall Carlisle (September 27-Otober 1). Fall Carlisle is similar to its spring counterpart in that it offers cars, parts, merchandise, collectibles, and more for sale. Enthusiasts and vendors alike converge on Carlisle to celebrate tradition, the car culture, and an unmatched camaraderie that only those who are part of the experience can truly appreciate. Fall Carlisle includes the AACA Car Club on stage and their showcase of classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. This feature is the perfect appetizer for their upcoming event in Hershey just days after Fall Carlisle concludes. Fall Carlisle is the last big event to find the parts you need for those winter projects or to wrap up something that’s been in the works all summer.
The cars and trucks at Carlisle don’t just show, they go. Beginning with the Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals in May and concluding with Corvettes at Carlisle in August, there will be parades (on grounds and off), drifting, autocross, thrill rides, rolling exhaust competitions, smoke-billowing donuts, and more. Select shows go one step further with low car/truck limbo and a real street shootout, testing a driver’s skill vs. the clock, and the multi-turn course at Carlisle. In most cases, Showfield registration is required to participate in these added activities, but specific details are available via the event’s specific web page.
Guests making plans to come to Carlisle will also notice some new web page elements, making it more customer friendly and easier to navigate, some new food options such as Kay Melts (cheesy/gooey goodness in a sandwich), expanded options from Stoltzfus, including ham and cheese melts, breakfast and an all-new turkey bowl, Mom Mom’s Sweet Corn (fresh roasted ears of corn), Quinn’s Coffee Bar, and best of all, Carlisle Milkshakes.
There are also more ways to give the gift of Carlisle with gift cards and convenience of access with admission packages, including spectator admission for one plus parking.
Spectator tickets are available for purchase at a discount online and registration to show is also discounted by 10% up to 45 days prior to most events. Vending spaces are also available for those looking to sell tools, parts, collectibles, cars, merchandise, etc.
2023 Carlisle Events Schedule
Spring Carlisle April 19-23
Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction April 20-21
Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals May 12-13
Carlisle Ford Nationals June 2-4
Carlisle GM Nationals June 23-24
Carlisle Chrysler Nationals July 14-16
Carlisle Truck Nationals August 4-6
Corvettes at Carlisle August 24-26
Fall Carlisle September 27-October 1
Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction September 28-29
Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction November 10-11
All events listed are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds except for the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction which takes place in Lakeland, Florida at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. Hours vary by event. Links to purchase, details on the 2023 schedule, and more can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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.
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