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2022 at Carlisle was a record-setting affair, not just for other car shows, but for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. For the …
2022 at Carlisle was a record-setting affair, not just for other car shows, but for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. For the first-time ever, the show car count during Chrysler weekend climbed above 3,000 and with displays, features, and draw of the automotive flea market, 2023 should be yet another one for the history books of Mopar lovers. This year’s Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is July 14-16 and with three days of excitement, the question lately has been…will it all fit on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds? Yes…yes it will, but seeing is most definitely believing. The event is more than a car show, it’s a reunion of sorts for like-minded friends and family.
Despite the three promoted dates, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals actually starts, somewhat unofficially, on July 13 with a kick-off party at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center hosted by the Mopar Rebellion Car Club. The party starts in the late afternoon/early evening and is FREE for all to attend. There is a DJ, grilled food for sale, and some other fun elements, but more than anything else, it’s a way to “toe dip” into the automotive excitement planned for the weekend.
At 7 a.m. on the 14th, all Hell(cat) breaks loose, with an influx of guests from around the world. Of course, many of the Showfield show cars and trucks are worth everyone’s time and attention, but along the way, guests will be wowed by the special themed displays. For this year, those themes focus on the Malaise Era, High School Mopars, 1973 50th Anniversary, and a general Featured Vehicle Display. In addition, the Mopar Survivors Tent is back as is Herb McCandless with a tent display of some of his prized rides.
Beyond seeing the cars at Carlisle, there’s a chance to enjoy some track activities for an adrenaline fix and an automotive flea market for parts shopping, too. The track fun includes a rolling burnout and donut contest presented by Atturo Tires, and the Real Street Shootout (autocross). There are more wheels in motion by way of impromptu parades on the grounds, which helps bring the cars to the people, no matter where they are on grounds.
As the automotive flea market goes, there isn’t one bigger for Mopar enthusiasts than the one at Carlisle. A quarter of the southern portion of the grounds is filled from east fence line to west with car parts, merchandise, collectibles, and memorabilia. Parts are both NOS and OEM used, giving buyer and seller alike more options than anyone could possibly imagine. Mix that in with the midway and it’s clear to see why shopping at Carlisle is a must-do for any, make that every, Mopar enthusiast.
The cars may be the stars, but there are some other special guests at Carlisle, too. In addition to the aforementioned Herb McCandless, the Ramchargers, and Golden Commandos are back, too. Also planned for 2023 are Linda Vaughn, Butch Leal, Paul Rossi, members of the “Missile” race team, Dave Rea, and Claudia Abel (Ms. Direct Connection).
The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is actively taking registrations for the Showfield, vendor registrations for the automotive flea market, and selling discounted spectator tickets in advance of the July 14-16 offering. Please note, vending spaces are sold out currently due to demand. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, purchase discounted spectator admission tickets, and get involved today by calling 717-243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
Every June in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ford lovers unite to celebrate their Blue Oval passions by way of the Carlisle Ford …
Every June in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ford lovers unite to celebrate their Blue Oval passions by way of the Carlisle Ford Nationals (June 2-4). The National Parts Depot Showfield is populated with over 3,200 show cars spanning the history of the brand, the automotive flea market and midway are packed with vendors and retailers selling highly sought-after products, car clubs converge to socialize and recruit, and all-new for 2023, eBay Motors joins the fold as the presenting partner for the world-famous car show.
Car shows have been and will always be an in-person, sensory experience, but the internet and online marketplaces like eBay Motors rightfully play their part in connecting car lovers with content and items too. That’s why this partnership, much like those previously forged at Carlisle, provides real value to everyone involved.
As presenting sponsor, eBay Motors positions itself to make its growing brand visible to the masses at Carlisle, including the expansive Showfield and nearly 60,000 guests. In addition, eBay joins great partners like Amsoil and American Collector Car Insurance as sponsors with a focused promotional effort in Carlisle at the car shows.
eBay Motors and Carlisle Events have roots dating back as early as 2000. eBay Motors launched and soon thereafter, introduced their online marketplace to Carlisle Events as an official sponsor in 2002. For many years after, they worked directly with Carlisle Events and showgoers on the ins and outs of buying and selling online. Since the initial partnership, online buying and selling various products have become commonplace, including by every Midway vendor at the Carlisle car shows and even Carlisle Events by way of an overstock merchandise eBay store.
Carlisle Events welcomes them back to share their online selling experience and be part of the overall market of buying and selling “car stuff.” Guests will find them and their marketplace experts on the Midway at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. In addition, they’ll have free t-shirts and swag for anyone who signs up to win. Prizes include daily drawings for a $100 eBay Gift Card, even more free goodies AND a chance to WIN a UTV. Stop by, sign up, and learn more about continued sales once in-person events conclude, all while eBay’s 24/7 online market remains open, benefiting everyone, not only at Carlisle but around the world!
“I was here when eBay Motors introduced their online marketplace to enthusiasts at Carlisle,” said Ed Scholly, Associate Director of Business and Event Development. “We are happy that they continue to support buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts of Carlisle with their sponsorship, support, and participation offline with attendees of the Carlisle car shows,” continued Scholly. “If you can’t find it here at Carlisle, we are happy to have a partner like eBay Motors to help you find it elsewhere!”
Registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through Sunday, June 4. In addition, discounted spectator admission tickets are available online, while kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Register to show, purchase spectator tickets, and learn more about the 2023 Carlisle Ford Nationals online at CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855 today.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show, in its current state, was launched in 2016 when …
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show, in its current state, was launched in 2016 when the former Carlisle Performance & Style and Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals car shows became one. Since then, there’s been a steady growth of participation and a gradual evolution in the quality of vehicles showcased indoors and on the Showfield. For 2023, the eighth offering of this mashed-up masterpiece generated an all-new Showfield record of 2,097 vehicles. This total topped the previous modern-day record by 78 show cars.
For two days (May 12-13), guests flocked to Carlisle to celebrate the unique event that is the Import & Performance Nationals. From general Showfield participants to special vehicle displays, the participation was nothing short of awe-inspiring. When showgoers entered Gate 3, the main entry point to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, they were met immediately by dozens of Porsches. From there, the German Showfield continued to the mid-point of the grounds and transitioned to an even more international flavor from fence line to fence line that included Italian, Ukrainian, Japanese, French, British, French, American, and Swedish cars too.
Outdoors may have looked great, but indoors was even better. Building Y hosted a gallery of nearly a dozen Rolls-Royce cars from the Rolls-Royce Museum in nearby Mechanicsburg, PA. At least two of the vehicles had a Hollywood pedigree too, having been used in conjunction with Adam Sandler’s 2022 movie Hustle, and the Amazon Prime program The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Adjacent to Building Y was Building T and its multi-focused gallery of cars. Visitors of T enjoyed 50-Years of the Honda Civic, an Audi celebration, and a best-of-the-best showcase of cars from around the world. Another indoor display (Building R) featured French and Eastern Bloc vehicles.
Car clubs were also a big part of the two-day event, with the SAABs at Carlisle club earning the largest club honors, Volvos at Carlisle coming in second, and the Audi Club coming in third. Further, Citroen’s at Carlisle picked up Coolest Club honors. Additional awards were handed out by way of Carlisle Elite selections on Friday the 12th and kid’s choice on Saturday the 13th, plus competition awards in low car limbo, drift limbo, rolling exhaust, and the second annual rolling burnouts and donut contest.
Rolling Burnouts and Donuts may have been back for its second year, but one all-new feature of the event was the inaugural Carlisle Brew Mixer. On Saturday the 13th, eight local central Pennsylvania breweries converged on Carlisle to offer paid pours of some of their finest brews to guests. As the brew mixer forged on, local band Green Tangerine offered a musical backdrop to the festivities by way of a multi-hour set of popular favorites.
Additional fun elements of the event included the automotive flea market, pop-up on-grounds parades, a grand entrance by the Audi Club, and the passport program; where guests can travel the automotive world and get a stamp, special treat, and a prize at the end of their journey.
As the final hours of the 2023 event concluded, awards were posted for those who participated in professional judging. eJudged.com was back at it this year, offering its expertise to a few hundred car owners. Those who didn’t win still had the chance to talk with the judges to better their chances for future consideration.
The 2024 version of the event is happening May 10-11 and registration for it is now open. Up next for Carlisle Events is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by eBay Motors June 2-4. For details on this event, advanced arrival information or to check out the winner’s list and photos from Import & Performance weekend, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour by Shelby American, …
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will rumble into the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by eBay Motors on June 2-4, 2023, in Carlisle, Penn. The impressive tour will bring two new vehicle introductions, a factory display and members of the international club, Team Shelby to the American Heartland.
Each year, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds hosts Ford fans from across the country and more than 3,200 vehicles on the National Parts Depot Showfield. In addition to the impressive cars and crowds, the weekend includes displays, special themes and automotive celebrities.
“The world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the great Carroll Shelby’s birth this year,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour will honor him at the Carlisle Ford Nationals with an amazing display of our Shelby Super Snake, Shelby Cobra roadster and supercharged muscle trucks. Last year, over 500 Team Shelby members joined us at the event and we’re asking them to return for our two vehicle introductions planned specifically for the Carlisle Ford Nationals. It will be a memorable weekend!”
Born on January 11, 1923, in East Texas, Carroll Shelby is one of the great American success stories. Racecar driver, WWII “Flying Sergeant", philanthropist, automotive entrepreneur and racing team owner, his ingenuity, tenacity and grit made him a winner throughout his life.
Ford fans are most familiar with the man’s exploits after the 1959 Le Mans-winning driver established car company Shelby American in 1962. His first car was the Ford small block powered Shelby Cobra roadster, which he promptly took racing on the drag strips and road courses of the world. It was followed by the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won its class at Le Mans in 1964. Shelby American captured the FIA world sportscar racing championship the next year, the only American carmaker to ever do so. In 1966, the Shelby American team won the 24 hours of Le Mans overall, making Carroll Shelby the only person to win it as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.
Shelby American also offered a big block Ford motored Shelby Cobra and a series of high-performance Ford Mustangs during the 1960’s. Over the years, Shelby has continued to offer sports cars, powerful trucks and muscle cars. Many of those vehicles will be displayed at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, including the company’s current vehicle lineup.
After the successful introduction of a concept vehicle at the Carlisle Ford Nationals last year, the Shelby team elected to return and unveil two limited edition vehicles. The first will be the public introduction of a Shelby car at 1 PM ET on Friday, June 2 inside Building T. The second introduction will announce a Centennial themed vehicle on the outside stage at 3 pm that same day. Both events are open to the media, as well as anyone attending Ford Carlisle.
“We are honored that Shelby American has chosen the Carlisle Ford Nationals as its host location for these special unveilings,” said event manager Ken Appell. “This event is recognized by many as the best of its type and its annual growth would not be possible without our guests and partners like Shelby American. I can’t thank the Shelby American team enough for being with us and I encourage you to make your way to Carlisle next month, not only for these historic unveilings, but to experience first-hand THE biggest all-Ford themed car show in the world.”
Team Shelby will again swell the attendance at Carlisle as it enters the Carlisle Fairgrounds on June 2 in a grand parade. The club will have its own hospitality area and encourages Shelby owners to attend with their vehicle as part of the festivities. Gary Patterson, along with Team Shelby International Director Tracey Smith, will be part of Ford’s Youth Initiative, which is intended to inspire young people to enter the automotive industry.
Ford Motor Company returns to Carlisle in 2023 with their midway display, product experts, and planned stage walk-arounds and info sessions. Guests at Carlisle can speak directly to those responsible for the design and creation of their favorite Ford vehicles during most hours of the event. In addition, Ford weekend at Carlisle welcomes special themed displays, including those showcasing SVT, Coyote powerplants, the Lightning, the Malaise Era and more. Further, the annual Ford Nationals Select Display returns to Building Y, offering a glimpse of at least a dozen vehicles unique to the history of Ford.
The cars and trucks at Carlisle don’t just show, they go too. There are multiple wheels-in-motion competitions planned, like rolling burnouts and donuts presented by Atturo Tires, a rolling exhaust contest, and even some track time with the Real Street Shootout (autocross). Select special displays will also transition from parked to rolling for on-grounds parades, while the Downtown Carlisle Association presents its annual Ford Downtown Parade, Park and Party on Saturday, June 3.
The Carlisle Ford Nationals is actively taking registrations for the Showfield, vendor registrations for the automotive flea market, and selling discounted spectator tickets in advance of the June 2-4 offering. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, and get involved today by calling (717) 243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
The car shows at Carlisle have the kind of drawing power that entices stars of the automotive world to wa …
The car shows at Carlisle have the kind of drawing power that entices stars of the automotive world to want to be onsite for events. Sometimes they show up unbeknownst to the masses because they want to enjoy it just like the guests who pass through the gates. Other times, the car star is booked weeks if not months in advance to appear, meet fans, and in some cases, do the thing they are best known for just for the Carlisle crowd. The latter is happening June 2 as Formula Drift Champion driver Vaughn Gittin, Jr. will be at the 2023 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by eBay Motors.
Vaughn is no stranger to Carlisle, though it’s been upwards of 10 years since his last appearance at a Carlisle car show. This time around, Vaughn is competing in more events than ever and growing his RTR and Fun-Haver brands further than ever. With one of the most career wins and two Formula Drift Championships to his name, along with Ultra4 off-road championships, Vaughn is at the top of his game. When he rolls in for his Friday, June 2 visit, he’ll bring with him a fleet of RTR vehicles, including his RTR-X. Better yet, this display won’t just showcase the RTR-X as a stationary ride, it’ll be in motion too by way of drifting exhibitions on the Carlisle track.
Guests of the Carlisle Ford Nationals can meet Vaughn as part of planned autograph sessions, while also connecting with him and his RTR team on the midway too. The RTR setup will be in place all three days of the Ford Nationals (June 2-4), while Vaughn is scheduled for June 2 only.
There are additional elements of Vaughn’s Carlisle visit that are being ironed out, including possible stage walkarounds and info sessions on RTR Vehicles. In addition, there’s the likelihood of involvement in some private events fostered by Ford, and the possibility of rides for select attendees of the Carlisle Ford Nationals.
A full rundown of Vaughn Gittin, Jr.’s return to Carlisle is outlined (and will be updated) by way of the Carlisle Ford Nationals page of CarlisleEvents.com. Speaking of the web, online Showfield registration is available now through May 31, with discounted spectator admission tickets also available online. There are also opportunities to confirm event involvement by way of the automotive flea market, midway, and/or car corral. Learn more about the 2023 Carlisle Ford Nationals online or call 717-243-7855 today.
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