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The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores has been taking place at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds…
The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores has been taking place at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds since 1991. During that time, participation has fluctuated, with the occasional new Showfield record being set. What’s occurred for this event spanning the last ten years and more so the last two, has been nothing short of amazing. Dating back to 2013, this gathering of all things truck has more than doubled and in 2022 (August 5-7), a new Showfield record was set with 2,595 registered rides, including a new record of 213 big rigs as part of the Big Rig Show and Shine. This is the second consecutive year a truck Showfield record was set and overall, the event has seen a nearly 900 truck increase since 2019.
Gates opened at 7 a.m. daily for families, truck owners, and truck lovers from the region to enjoy all that the event had to offer. This included a low truck “skate parade,” tractor parade, multiple competitions for drivers, and displays indoors and out that featured some of the coolest trucks on the planet. Many first-time participants marveled at the diverse make up of the Showfield; from tractors to mini trucks, cool custom vans to fire trucks, lifted monsters to chopped originals, the event really had it all. There were even parts shopping options within the automotive flea market and midway, plus installs by way of A&A Auto Stores
In addition, the Monster Truck showcase with Diehl Wilson and his crew packed the grandstands for multiple shows between Friday and Sunday. Wilson, known for his time piloting the Virginia Giant, served as host to rides with his truck, plus emcee as Full Boar and Bad News Travels Fast soared through the air and crushed cars. Further, there were motorcycle stunt shows with Freestyle FMX riders and Moto Motion riders too. The freestyle riders soared through the area showcasing their daredevil skills, while Moto Motion’s riders used their trials bikes to exhibit amazing balance and showoff some stunts of their own.
On the Big Rig side of things, not only were the trucks on display, but companies were onsite hiring and looking to fill out staffing needs. Jobs didn’t just involve driving or having a CDL. Companies like Lily, NAPA Transportation, S&H Express, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc., NHH Services, Inc., FIT Transportation, and UPS were on site also looking to hire dock workers and other staff for their warehouses.
Rigs also served as the backdrop and soundtrack for Saturday’s Carlisle after dark showcase. This evening celebration included a drop and drag contest by the low trucks, a laughter and fun filled party with the Vanners, and the Big Rig glow show. The glow show allows guests a chance to check out the cool light displays, interiors, and sounds of the rides that help move America.
There were a trifecta of locations spotlighting displays too. This included Building Y (SyTys at Carlisle), Building T (S10’s, antique fire trucks, and featured display trucks), plus the pavilion (Vanarama 10). Finally, the S10 got a little extra love at Carlisle in 2022, with a two-show spotlight as part of its 40th anniversary (also featured at the Carlisle GM Nationals in June).
While the Carlisle Truck Nationals have concluded for 2022, many owners and guests are making plans for 2023. This includes vendors who saw much success within the automotive flea market and show truck owners who were part of the record setting Showfield. Planning is already underway for the 2023 show, so save the date. The Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores returns to Carlisle August 4-6! Call 717-243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com for details about this event and everything else happening in America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
For three days in August more Corvettes converge to one central location than anywhere else on the planet. Corvettes …
For three days in August more Corvettes converge to one central location than anywhere else on the planet. Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors is August 25-27 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and between the cars parked on grounds and those registered for the Fun Field, over 5,000 Corvettes will be present. Mix those 5,000 in with nearly 60,000 guests, and it makes for quite the showcase of America’s Sports Car!
Not only will every generation of Corvette be on display, but there’s an automotive flea market packed with the latest aftermarket Corvette items, plus a nice mix of original items too. There’s also Corvettes for sale within the car corral for anyone looking to pick up their first or next speed machine.
Seminars and autograph sessions are also a big part of the show, with GM certified technician Paul Koerner and his Corvette Mechanic crew onsite. Playing to a packed Corvette Mechanic team garage within Building R, they’ll leave no question unanswered. Seminars include how to buy your first car, diagnostics on all generations, and more. Further, Corvette guests including Team Chevrolet will also be positioned in Building R where they’ll sign autographs and meet showgoers, while the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation will set up shop in a tent just off IF row (space 74). Visit the CMAF to register for TWO amazing Corvettes, including a Z06 (sweepstakes car awarded October 1) and a 2LT (raffle car awarded at 7 p.m. on August 27).
Corvettes at Carlisle also welcomes some very special cars to the show, including a Callaway showcase that includes “Sledgehammer,” an 880hp Corvette that was recognized for 11 consecutive years as the fastest street-legal Corvette. In addition, on stage, Corvettes at Carlisle welcomes the first Corvettes that Carlisle Events co-owners/co-founders Chip Miller and Bill Miller showcased at the very first Corvettes at Carlisle in 1982. There will also be a “Cheers to 40 Years” celebration on the stage with Bill and Lance Miller (no relation). The celebration also welcomes a few industry professionals who plan to discuss how things have evolved over the last 40 years and what goes into planning the largest Corvette car show in the world.
Those cars join Team Chevrolet, a 50-year reunion of 1972 Corvettes, the NCRS Gallery, NCCC 7-Sanctions judging, Chip’s Choice featuring Pratt & Miller/Factory Corvette Race Cars, and more in Carlisle. Speaking of people joining cars, the Pratt & Miler display in Building T welcomes Dan Binks, retired crew chief for Corvette Racing. Binks directed many of the cars guests will see in the display while they were on the track and his career spans more than 40 years, including leading Corvette Racing team from 2002 until his 2020 retirement. Not only will Binks be appearing, he’ll be signing autographs and hosting a Q&A discussion specific to each display car.
Finally, there are some great prizes on the line too. Lingenfelter Performance presents the King of the X autocross competition, where two winners will take home $500 each; the Ron Fellows Driving School is giving away an experience at their Nevada venue; Aerolarri Wheels presents four of its best to the People’s Choice winner; and the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation in partnership with the Lancaster County Corvette Club will award the aforementioned 2LT in conjunction with Saturday’s Pennsylvania Lottery Pick 3 drawing. A portion of the proceeds benefit Claire House.
Online registration for the Fun Field is available through Sunday, August 21, with in person registration options available throughout the event. In addition, spectator admission is $20 for adults, with kids 12 and under admitted FREE. Call 717-243-7855 to learn more or visit Corvettes at Carlisle online today.
Bill Miller, Jr. co-founded Carlisle Events in 1974. While his name has been attached to America’s Automotive Hometown of Ca …
Bill Miller, Jr. co-founded Carlisle Events in 1974. While his name has been attached to America’s Automotive Hometown of Carlisle, Pennsylvania for nearly 50 years, his passion for all things automotive goes back to his early years as an enthusiast. As one can imagine, someone as passionate as Bill has amassed quite the collection of automotive items and as part of this year’s Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction, select pieces of that collection can be yours!
The Bill Miller Collection is so big that it will take THREE DAYS to offer it all and span two venues in Carlisle! On September 26-27 at 10 a.m. each day, Miller plans to offer thousands of items, parts, merchandise, collectibles, and more as part of the first half of his collection sale. These items include literature, car parts, signage, showroom banners from his dealership days, bikes, toys, a snowmobile (with snowmobile trailer), shirts, fairgrounds collectibles, pictures, posters, and even some autographed items. In short, this is a 60+ year collection from a man who is just as much a part of the automotive fabric of our country as Henry Ford, the Dodge Brothers, and Louis Chevrolet.
Along with the two-day merchandise sale, Miller will also move 20+ classic and collector cars across the auction block on Thursday, September 29 at approximately 3 p.m. These lots span from the 1930’s to the 2000’s and are low milage and in some cases, one owner cars. In addition, per Bill Miller’s automotive tastes, they are original too. After all, according to him, “they were only original once.”
Miller has identified a pair of Kaiser Darren’s for the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction, two 1981 VW trucks, including one that’s never been titled and a 1958 Cadillac two-door hard top with 12,000 original miles and original tires; quite possibly the finest one that money could buy. Also heading to auction is his 1936 Ford pickup, one that many Carlisle guests have seen him drive at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, a 1972 VW Bug convertible, a 1938 Chrysler Royal Convertible, a 1986 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS with 11,000 miles, a 1953 Kaiser Manhattan Sedan with 20,000 original miles, 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with 27,000 original miles, 1985 Chevrolet El Camino with 60,000 original miles, 1987 Chevrolet El Camino with 8,000 original miles, and more.
“I have been collecting cars, parts, and memorabilia all my life,” said Miller. “It is time to part with my collection so many other hobbyists can enjoy these treasures just as I have. I have owned some cars more than 50 years so here is an opportunity to own some great original automobiles,” continued Miller. “I have been a purist for collecting original cars as they are only original once. I just love how the factories built them with precision and accuracy and you’ll love them too!”
The merchandise sale takes place in and around the former Smith’s Appliance Building. This facility is located at 1188 Spring Rd. in Carlisle and is just across the street from the Fairgrounds Diner and Desperate Times Brewery. The car collection will be positioned for preview and sale at the Carlisle Expo Center, located at 100 K. St. While each sale is part of the Bill Miller Collection, they will be managed separately. Merchandise will be sold through a third-party auctioneer, while the cars will be managed by Carlisle Auctions.
The merchandise will be auctioned at no reserve and there will be no fees associated with bidding or buying. Cash or charge will be accepted, and bidder registration will take place in person on September 26-27. Meanwhile, industry standard auction rules and practices may apply for the automotive portion of the collection on September 29, including pre-registration for bidders.
To learn more, register to bid or simply ask questions, call 717-960-6400 or visit CarlisleAuctions.com.
All roads lead to Carlisle! That statement is supported by the many major roadways and just as many trucking companies that are part of the c …
All roads lead to Carlisle! That statement is supported by the many major roadways and just as many trucking companies that are part of the central Pennsylvania landscape. Over the last 10 years not only has the Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores (August 5-7) grown as an event, but Big Rig participation has too. Not only do these trucks show, many are competing for awards, and best of all, hiring for drivers and facilities workers!
The August 2022 showcase is expected to host over 300 rigs and heavy equipment, plus more than 1,800 pick-up trucks, vans, SUVs, etc. For families, it’s a chance to bring their kid’s toybox to life and for the adults, it just might be the perfect opportunity to find a new job. There is always a demand for truckers to haul payloads of all sizes, but in many cases, there aren’t enough drivers for the work, not just locally, but nationwide. This slows down commerce and creates issues for companies contracted to do a specific job. Those jobs are competitive and in many cases, high paying.
Of course there are jobs in trucking that don’t involve driving or having a CDL. Companies are also looking to hire dock workers and other staff for their warehouses, many of which line I-81 between Chambersburg and Harrisburg.
Scheduled for the show in August are Lily, NAPA Transportation, S&H Express, New Enterprise Stone & Lime Company, Inc., NHH Services, Inc., FIT Transportation, and UPS just to name a few. Not only will these companies be part of the Carlisle Truck Nationals Big Rig Show & Shine, they’ll also have representatives at Carlisle talking to potential candidates for jobs.
For those interested in the trucking industry or warehouse work, this event also showcases the trucking industry with vendors, custom rig builders, antique, and historic trucks as well as regional truck equipment dealers and service centers. Kenworth of PA and Motor Truck, a multi store dealership and service center for Kenworth truck equipment will be on site sharing the newest equipment.
“Annually, our trucking friends come to Carlisle. While they love to show off their rigs, haulers, fleets, etc., many of them are also looking for talented new team members,” noted event manager Ed Scholly. The Carlisle Truck Nationals has frequently served as a backdrop for these great companies to fill openings for operator and logistic jobs in their companies,” continued Scholly. “Anyone who may be looking to enter this industry or to make a work-related change should consider visiting the event. You may not find a better place to get a picture of the industry and what it has to offer.”
In addition to the big rigs and heavy equipment, the Truck Nationals offers a light truck, custom van and SUV showcase. The event hosts family fun with the kids activities, light truck, jeep and SUV vendors, monster truck shows and rides, competitions, and more. It’s all available for just $15 per adult, with kids 12 and under admitted for FREE. Discounted spectator admission tickets are available at CarlisleEvents.com as are details about the 2022 Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores.
For years, Mopar enthusiasts have flocked to the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals and annual …
For years, Mopar enthusiasts have flocked to the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals and annually, each show seems to top its predecessor. While new Showfield records have been a near annual occurrence for this event, one number has eluded its participants: 3,000! Wait no longer, as not only did this year’s event (July 15-17) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds set a new Showfield mark for the second straight year, but it also finally topped 3,000…3,101 to be exact. Powered by guests from around the world, this show truly was one for the ages.
With favorable weather throughout the weekend, Thursday’s set up day (July 14) seemed more like a show day. In fact, by 4 p.m. the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center’s parking lot was packed as the Mopar Rebellion Car Club hosted its kick-off party. This event within the event grows annually and is free for spectators and participants alike. Mix this in with the early bird fairgrounds access for parts shopping and it’s easy to see why the world’s largest all-Mopar themed show got off to such a great start.
Gates opened at 7 a.m. Friday but before the official start time, show cars were rolling on grounds and spectators were lined up waiting to check out the displays and get their first interactions with the variety of special guests, including Cristy Lee, Herb McCandless, Paul Rossi, the Ramchargers, Golden Commandos, Miss Direct Connection 1984, Claudia Abel, and more. While many of those guests had a chance to get on grounds and meet the early attendees, they also stood front and center at 10 a.m. as part of the event’s State of the Hobby Address. For more than an hour, the panel spoke on what the hobby has meant to them, what they do in it and how important a car show like this is to owners and attendees alike. Further, a handful of cars were unveiled at the stage, including one from ExoMod; a 1968 Charger carbon fiber body, positioned atop a brand new 2021 Challenger Hellcat Redeye.
The Friday morning gathering helped usher in a full day of autograph signings from many of the aforementioned guests. It was also a day filled with sensory delights, including amazing smells from the food court and Showfield alike. Dodge had guests on edge all day with their thrill rides, plus the foot traffic at their midway display served as a reminder to them how important and popular they are to the hobby and this event. Friday wrapped up with the autocross shootout and saw an upset of sorts, with a modified Jeep Cherokee topping a Dodge Viper on the final run of the night.
On Saturday, the line of cars rolling on grounds started early and lasted until mid-day. Cristy Lee was back on stage as well as a special presentation from Mopar’s Mad Men, Jim Ramsey and Joe Schulte, the marketing guys responsible for the famous ads coming out of the ‘60s era muscle car magazines. Along with them were McCandless and Buddy Martin (of Sox and Martin fame).
Saturday also included an all-new rolling burnout and donut contest. The fun took place on the track in front of a packed audience and opened with an exhibition from Dodge. What happened next wowed the crowd, as trucks and cars of all eras participated, culminating in a win by a Massachusetts attendee and his 1969 Charger.
The record setting show didn’t just include cars and trucks on display, there was an entire display and parade showcasing Mopar collectibles. This included bikes, a snow sled, driving simulator, video games, Richard Petty Lawnmowers, and more.
The fun concluded Sunday with one last pass through the displays, some rides with Dodge and a two-hour awards parade that included a photo opportunity with Cristy Lee. While 2022 has concluded, guests and event planning staff are already looking forward to next year. Save the date, because the 2023 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals are July 14-16 and include displays focused on the Malaise Era, High School Mopars, and more. Visit CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855 to make your plans today.
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