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2021 gave central Pennsylvania car lovers a “bonus show” as the long-standing event in Allentown made a one-time transition to the Carlisle Expo Ce …
2021 gave central Pennsylvania car lovers a “bonus show” as the long-standing event in Allentown made a one-time transition to the Carlisle Expo Center. That event yielded a bevvy of feedback and enthusiasm that eventually led to the creation and execution of the Winter Carlisle Auto Expo. Held January 28-29, the event was exactly what everyone hoped it would be, another successful automotive event promoted by Carlisle Events.
When the doors opened at 12 p.m. on the 28th, an eager line awaited the vendors positioned within the Carlisle Expo Center. Once indoors, the buying and selling frenzy was up and running. Each vendor brought a little something to the table, figuratively and literally. For every vendor who had something available suited for an automotive project, there was another who had a practical/retail item that could be used around the home or the shop.
Winter Carlisle Auto Expo even offered a handful of cars for sale, two of which sold to buyers who weren’t even at the event. The fact that two non-attendees purchased cars, a Mustang and Corvette respectively, isn’t unique to an event like this, though it does make for a cool story. In the case of the 1970 Mustang Convertible, Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller, Jr. happened to be walking the aisles and snapped a photo of it. Its factory shaker hood and 351 Cleveland powerplant, combined with power top and 82,000 original miles caught his eye. He shared the photo with his son, Bill Miller, III who in turn, shared it with a friend who was in Scottsdale, Arizona attending the Barrett-Jackson auction. After a few conversations between all parties involved, the new owner wired the money the next day. The same vendor also sold a Wurlitzer 1050 Jukebox for an impressive $5,000. Only 2,000 were made and it was recently delivered to its new home in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania…just a short 30-minute drive from Carlisle.
In an almost similar manner, the aforementioned Corvette also sold thanks to modern technology and an eagle-eyed observer. The seller, who attends multiple events at Carlisle, gave the Winter Auto Expo a try and in doing so, brought a clean, one owner 1999 Corvette with him. Not long after the doors opened, a friend of a friend spotted it, shared some photos and after a FaceTime call, a verbal handshake agreement was made. Less than 48 hours later, the car was picked up in Maryland and taken to its new home at the beach.
Between the parts and merchandise heading home with eager buyers and the cars that sold, the first-ever Winter Carlisle Auto Expo was deemed a success. In fact, the event returns January 27-28, 2023. In the meanwhile, opportunities exist for more great stories and camaraderie like what happened at the Winter Carlisle Auto Expo by way of upcoming events beginning with Spring Carlisle (April 20-24) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Complete details on this event and all others are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
When you have the muscle, it’s only fitting you showoff your power, right? The annual Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s …
When you have the muscle, it’s only fitting you showoff your power, right? The annual Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s runs June 3-5 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and history tell us that the event brings the best of the Ford branded muscle from across the country to Carlisle. This includes more than 40 states represented, over 55,000 guests, and more than 3,200 cars. In 2022, power flanks muscle as guests can check out a nice mix of Electric Fords.
EV aren’t new in automotive circles but have seen a renewed push with nearly every major manufacturer touting EVs as the future. Ford has ties to EVs dating back to the early 1900s, but in modern times, the Ford Ranger EV was their first in 2011. Not long after, consumers were introduced to the Ford Focus EV. While Ford has offered Hybrids for more nearly 20 years, their big splash full-on EV was revealed in 2019 with the introduction of a new kind of Mustang, known as the Mach-E. This new addition to the Ford portfolio has proved to be a popular one and paved the way for even more EV production options from the Blue Oval brand, including the F-150 Lightning and coming soon, the Maverick.
For 2022, the surge of EVs will be a focal part as the Carlisle Ford Nationals host an EV display. This showcase brings together the Mustang Mach-E, 2022 Ford Lightning truck, as well as modified Ford EVs from owners who apply for display consideration. Plus, when showgoers cruise down Electric Avenue, they can also check out a dedicated Mach-E Showfield, located right beside the EV showcase.
More power comes from Ford, as its popular corporate display not only brings the latest gas powered rides to town, but also will have a handful of their amazing Mach-E’s, trucks, and even their all-new, state-of-the-art Eluminator crate motor.
The future is now as the Carlisle Ford Nationals welcome Ford to town, their amazing displays, product walkarounds, and industry experts help guide and educate a loyal and enthusiastic group of participants. Registration for both the Showfield itself and this very special invitational display are now open. Details on both are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Not showing but still want to attend? Spectator admission tickets are discounted online in advance of the event and kids 12 and under are free. The gates open at 7 a.m. daily and though the fun concludes on Sunday, June 4 with an on-site awards parade, the crescendo is Saturday night as the Fords cruise into the streets of downtown Carlisle for the annual Ford Parade and Street party.
For more than 25 years, Auto Mania has taken place at the Allentown Fairgrounds in eastern Pennsylvania. After a one-year CO …
For more than 25 years, Auto Mania has taken place at the Allentown Fairgrounds in eastern Pennsylvania. After a one-year COVID related hiatus, Pennsylvania’s largest indoor/heated automotive flea market returned for three great days of buying and selling all things automotive. Mother nature even cooperated during show hours as January 14-16 became more than just a three-day weekend for some, it became an escape from being indoors and a reconnect of sorts for car enthusiasts who haven’t seen each other in quite some time. That enthusiasm showed, as guests were lined up more than an hour in advance of the doors opening at 12 p.m. on day one.
Temps were cool outside, but that didn’t stop those at the event from enjoying the weekend and an event that has three footprints, including two halls indoors and an outdoor vendor area too. With guests shopping indoors and out, the first date on the 2022 Carlisle Events season schedule was a great starting point for those looking to pick up automotive pieces and parts, restoration items, collectibles, merchandise, memorabilia, and more.
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, reminded everyone that Auto Mania was indeed back!
With guests onsite from New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other neighboring states, the energy was palpable. Not only was the main floor footprint hopping, the adjacent hall with body kits, classic cars for sale, shirts, banners and other automotive themed pieces and parts further powered the weekend.
Sunday helped wrap the weekend and although it was an active show day, it ultimately was the day for vendors to pack up and load out. Guests that came had one final shot at deals within the swap meet and one last chance to connect with old friends before saying goodbye until “the next time.”
Speaking of the next time, Carlisle Events' next offering is at its home base, Carlisle, Pennsylvania with the all-new Winter Carlisle Auto Expo (January 28-29) at the Carlisle Expo Center. The event is similar to Auto Mania, while also offering central Pennsylvania locals a chance to further winter projects and prepare for the spring car show season. Parking is free for buyers and sellers and attended admission is $10 (cheaper if purchased in advance online). A complete rundown of this event and others that follow it are available online via the Carlisle Events’ web page; www.CarlisleEvents.com.
January is a time to start anew in many ways. For Carlisle Events, that means a NEW automotive event; appropriately branded Winter Ca …
January is a time to start anew in many ways. For Carlisle Events, that means a NEW automotive event; appropriately branded Winter Carlisle Auto Expo. The event runs two days, January 28-29 at the Carlisle Expo Center, and offers an intimate parts shopping opportunity for those looking to re-stock their wares in the midst of project season.
The event may be new, but this is actually the second time the Carlisle Expo Center has hosted a January event. Last year, Auto Mania, an event historically held in Allentown, Pennsylvania and promoted by Carlisle Events, was held in Carlisle. The turnout, feedback, and enthusiasm was such that January now has two great automotive flea market based events, Auto Mania (returning to Allentown in 2022) and the aforementioned Winter Carlisle Auto Expo. An automotive flea market, or swap meet, is an outlet for those with an abundance of parts, automobilia, collectibles, merchandise, etc. that sells to buyers with specific needs, either for the home, the shop, or a project.
Ample space, heat and FREE parking welcome buyers and sellers alike to the event. Indoors at the Carlisle Expo Center, approximately 150 vending spaces staffed by a few dozen vendors will offer aisle upon aisle of parts, merchandise, collectibles, and more, while outdoors, even more vendors will be set up; some with cars for sale within the car corral.
Carlisle may be known as an automotive destination to car lovers from around the world between April and October, but this event is more suited for local and regional car enthusiasts. With easy access from the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-81, Carlisle falls within a 50-mile radius of nearly 1,000,000 people, some of whom are certainly looking for a day out of the house and a road trip into the scenic and historic Cumberland Valley.
With the new event comes a new way to participate too, in that attendees can purchase admission tickets online and in advance of the event. This allows for a discount on the purchase. Kids 12 and under are admitted free and the facility is just one block west of the familiar Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Event hours vary but are as follows: (Friday/12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday/9 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Available at the venue and online in the days leading up to the event will be a one-sheet map with vendor information and what they’ll be bringing to Winter Carlisle Auto Expo.
Finally, Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Expo Center remain COVID compliant and continue to follow CDC recommendations as part of current health safety protocols for the venue. Complete details on the COVID plan can be found at CarlisleExpoCenter.com. To learn more about the event itself or purchase discounted admission tickets, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
Santa may have left gifts under your tree, but did he park anything cool in your garage? What’s that, no sweet ride with an oversized bow on …
Santa may have left gifts under your tree, but did he park anything cool in your garage? What’s that, no sweet ride with an oversized bow on the hood for you to cruise town in over the next few months? Wait no longer, as Carlisle Auctions brings the gift of classic and collector cars to Polk County, Lakeland, Florida and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus as part of the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction.
The auction spans two days, February 25-26, and is conveniently located just off I-4 and the Polk Parkway…or County Line Rd. for those looking to avoid the tolls. Revving up 2022, Carlisle Auctions welcomes bidders, buyers, and spectators, all who come to enjoy the muscle cars, antiques, daily drivers, best of show gems, trucks, and so much more. This isn’t a car show, it’s an as seen on TV auction and you can take home one or more of the 400+ anticipated showpieces!
The auction starts at 10:30 a.m. daily and on February 25 at approximately 1:30 p.m., trucks take center stage as part of the popular all-truck hour. That means those who are into the truck lifestyle can watch for 60 minutes straight, truck after truck cross the block. This hour has been the single most popular themed hour Carlisle Auctions has ever hosted, so to say it’s back by popular demand would be an understatement.
With used car prices through the roof and the chip shortage curbing new vehicles for the foreseeable future, the Lakeland Winter Collector Car auction is THE BEST way to find something pre-owned at an affordable price point. Inventory will cover nearly 100 years of production and cars will sell at price points ranging from the mid four-figures to low six-figures.
The Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction also plans at least one charity lot. Details are TBD but will be shared via the Carlisle Auctions Facebook page prior to the auction in 2022. Once finalized, 100% of the funds raised will go directly to charity and all fees associated with buying and selling will be waived too.
“The Carlisle Auctions team is thrilled to be returning to Lakeland, Florida for our season-opening event, the Lakeland Winter Collector Car Auction,” noted Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline. “With well over 400 consignments anticipated and following a record-setting auction year in 2021, we expect this event to continue the trend of successful auctions in Florida.”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 auction week (February 21). 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!
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