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Ford Motor Company makes a trip to Carlisle each June for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, …
Ford Motor Company makes a trip to Carlisle each June for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, the annual Carlisle Ford Nationals car show presented by eBay Motors offers them their greatest “all in one” platform to speak to their core customer base. In addition, the sheer size of the event, 3,200+ show cars, vendors, and nearly 60,000 guests, means that they can showcase their latest and greatest rides in front of THE people who will buy them as quickly as Ford can produce them. This will once again be the case June 2-4, 2023 as Ford will bring its all-new Ranger Raptor to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Rumored and talked about for some time, but officially announced on May 10, the Ranger Raptor will be one of the many great new vehicles showcased by Ford at this year’s event. In fact, it will be showcased and discussed at an enthusiast event/car show for the first time ever when Ford Performance Chief Engineer Carl Widmann takes hold of the microphone on Friday, June 2, and starts breaking down the ins and outs of the truck. Forget about reading about it online or browsing a gallery of photos, Widmann will show guests first-hand the revolutionary elements of Ford’s latest performance-based ride, all while onlookers snap photos to show their friends just exactly what they saw first.
“Ranger Raptor is the high-performance off-road truck so many customers have been begging for, said Widmann as part of Ford’s announcement on the 10th. “It’s right-sized for tight trails and daily life, can carry lots of gear, and is a blast to drive. Ranger Raptor is fast, comfortable, and packed with top-shelf, purposeful technology that’s designed to perform. This is the baddest Ranger we’ve ever made,” concluded Widmann.
“We are very fortunate to have a great partner in Ford who not only comes to the Carlisle Ford Nationals each June, but does so with some of their finest creations and amazing team members,” noted event manager Ken Appell. “While this truck has been seen privately, our Ford event is the first car show in the world where consumers who will no doubt want to buy it, can see it in person,” continued Appell. “Not only will they see it, but they can hear directly from the man who helped bring it from concept to build in Carl Widmann.”
The Ranger Raptor isn’t the only unveiling planned for Ford weekend at Carlisle, but it’s the one that’s officially confirmed at this time. As more details from the Carlisle Ford Nationals emerge, details will be shared online by way of the event’s web page and through the Carlisle Ford Nationals’ social media channels. In the meanwhile, there is still time to register for the National Parts Depot Showfield, sign up to be a vendor, or purchase discounted spectator admission tickets. Call 717-243-7855 or visit CarlisleEvents.com to learn more.
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A gorgeous weather week made Spring Carlisle 2023 an overwhelming success. From Wednesday to Sunday …
A gorgeous weather week made Spring Carlisle 2023 an overwhelming success. From Wednesday to Sunday and every day in between, Carlisle was bustling with automotive excitement. Event highlights included a two-day classic and collector car auction presented by Carlisle Auctions, the automotive flea market, car corral, Manufactures Midway, AACA Car Club display, and the ARMO Hot Products Showcase. In total, the 8,100 spaces onsite were filled, including most spaces within the car corral. Best of all, everyone who came to Carlisle left with something, either a much-needed part, must have collectible, collector car, or great memories.
Gates opened bright and early on Wednesday, with the crowds steadily picking up into the afternoon. Thursday’s turnout was even more impressive, with the beautiful weather surely enticing the guests. Thursday was also the first day of the auction, where 450+ lots were up for grabs. While the auction happened a few blocks west of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, onsite excitement between Thursday and Saturday mid-day really helped solidify Spring Carlisle as one of the premier events of its type in the world. Aisles were packed shoulder to shoulder with guests who spent every available show hour picking, purchasing and mingling along the way. Vendor sales were also reported to be brisk and despite some wet weather, spirits remained high all around.
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. 2023 continues the upward trend for Carlisle Events, as vendor sales, spectator admission tickets, and overall attendance were up year over year from 2022.
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.
Spring Carlisle had a charitable angle too, as representatives from area Lions Clubs were staffing the gates and accepting donations for their own Lions International Disaster Relief Fund. By working three days, the Lions secured just over $2,000 in generous donations. They’ll return to Carlisle for a few more events this season, including the upcoming Carlisle Ford Nationals in June.
Another great element of Spring Carlisle was the two-day classic and collector car auction hosted by Carlisle Auctions. The auction tallied $6 million in sales (including fees) and can boast a 68% sell-through rate. The auction showcased the Robert Metzgar Collection, an All-Truck Hour where 72% of the trucks sold, and hit the $324,000 mark by way of selling Serial #100, a 1953 Corvette.
While Spring Carlisle is a wrap for 2023, 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 12-13). As Spring Carlisle 2024 goes, the event is planned for April 17-23, with the auction happening April 18-19. 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.
History was made April 20-21, 2023 at the Carlisle Expo Center as part of the S …
History was made April 20-21, 2023 at the Carlisle Expo Center as part of the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction. Carlisle Auctions, hosting its second auction event of the year, not only achieved $6 million in total sales and a 68% sell-through rate, but notched its highest-ever top-dollar sale when a 1953 Corvette sold for $324,000.
As the cars and trucks loaded in on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of auction week, the anticipation of those browsing the staging lot grew to a fever pitch. 450+ lots were planned and bidders had the chance to review each from bumper to bumper, while spectators and car lovers alike took pictures and shared stories of “a car like that from when I was younger.” From the early 1900s to modern day, each vehicle glistened in the sun in anticipation of its sale.
From the first smack of the gavel on April 20 to the final hammer to fall on April 21, 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. Not only was the ’53 the star of the event, but Carlisle Auctions was fortunate to procure a 20-car collection by way of enthusiast Robert Metzgar. 19 of those 20 sold and the planned All-Truck Hour at 4 p.m. on April 20 went beyond an hour, with 72% (35 of 48) selling.
The top five (5) selling cars totaled nearly $640,440. The ’53 Corvette was the top seller on Friday (and overall), while Thursday’s top-selling lot was a 1960 Cadillac Series 62. All dollar amounts include applicable fees associated with the sale. The top five (5) are as follows:
“We were honored to sell #100,” said Director of Auction Operations, Tony Cline. “It was the pinnacle of a fantastic Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction,” continued Cline. “In addition to the sale of the ’53, we saw great success with the Robert Metzgar Collection AND our All-Truck Hour continues to be a winner for both buyers and sellers alike.”
Finally, Carlisle Auctions has already turned its attention towards September and the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction. The auction is September 28-29 and runs in conjunction with the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral. Fall Carlisle itself is September 27-October 1. 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.
Every May in Carlisle, some of the rarest, exotic, and most unique vehicles converge for an international automotive flavor of sorts by way of the …
Every May in Carlisle, some of the rarest, exotic, and most unique vehicles converge for an international automotive flavor of sorts by way of the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show. This year the event takes place on May 12-13 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, and on Saturday the 13th, in addition to the automotive flavor, guests can enjoy the taste of some of central PA’s finest breweries by way of the ALL-NEW Carlisle Brew Mixer.
The inaugural brew mixer runs between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday only with a prime location centrally located on the fairgrounds and adjacent to the food court. This location is conveniently located near both on grounds parking and the car show itself. Best of all, it allows all attendees the opportunity to purchase a pour from the participating Carlisle Brew Mixer breweries. In addition to the liquid excitement, those who trek to Carlisle for just the brew mixer can also enjoy some of the coolest cars from around the world.
Confirmed Carlisle Brew Mixer participants include Big Bottom Brewery, Desperate Times Brewery, Devils Eye Brewing, Market Cross Pub and Brewery, Shy Bear Brewing, Whiskers Brewing, and Wolf Brewing Company. There are even more breweries in discussion for the fun at Carlisle, but with the confirmed roster, this first-ever event within the event is bound to become an annual standard at Carlisle.
Participation is simple, in that guests who are at Carlisle for the car show or those who specifically come for the brew mixer have access to both for the same admission costs. Spectator parking is $10 and as noted, is available on the grounds. Spectator admission is $12 at the gate, cheaper online in advance or in person with a military ID. Speaking of IDs, the brew mixer is for those 21 and older. IDs will be checked, with wristbands being issued for eligible participants.
Each brewery will operate individually, offering full pours for a reasonable price point, while also making available merchandise specific to their business. Further, the Carlisle Store, located in Building T, will have a Carlisle Brew Mixer t-shirt for sale which will include logos of many of the confirmed breweries. There will also be live music from Green Tangerine between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Don’t miss their sounds as they are positioned within the brew mixer footprint, offering a nice ambiance of sorts to the fun of the day.
The brew mixer isn’t the only exciting element of the car show. There is a nice mix of food in the adjacent food court and the Showfield includes decades of cars, representing automakers from around the world. The event has always had a festival atmosphere, and the addition of the Carlisle Brew Mixer is THE perfect complement to this international automotive celebration. Learn more about the mixer and car show today by calling 717-243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com!
Friends celebrating similar interests and spending time together, that was one of the many things the late Elliot “Chip” M …
Friends celebrating similar interests and spending time together, that was one of the many things the late Elliot “Chip” Miller loved about the car community. The notion that it didn’t matter what automaker you supported, that when car lovers and like-minded people come together, good things happen. After all, even in the days before his untimely passing in 2004, he firmly believed life was indeed good! His legacy is honored annually by way of his namesake Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation (CMAF) and the events it hosts and for 2023, an all-new event will not only benefit the foundation but bring Ford lovers together on the Friday of the largest all-Ford-themed car show in the world.
Beginning with the doors opening at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2, and continuing with a 6 p.m. dinner at the Carlisle Expo Center (100 K. St. in Carlisle, PA), the Saleen Club of America, Steve Saleen himself, the CMAF, and Ford enthusiasts from around the world converge for a special dinner, car unveiling, and one-of-a-kind camaraderie that can’t be duplicated outside of this event.
The inaugural event not only offers participants a one-on-one chance to mix and mingle with the legendary Steve Saleen, but other Saleen-themed guests too. Stories will be shared spanning 40 Years of Saleen, a special Saleen unveiling is planned, plus a great mix of food and drinks are on the menu, all sourced by Pepsi as well as a local Carlisle business. Best of all, there are multiple ways to support the CMAF, both by admission to the dinner and via planned raffles and a live charity auction. Prizes vary but will include a Carlisle Ford Nationals VIP Package, which yields a three-night hotel stay, plus National Parts Depot Showfield registration for the 2024 event.
As if the chance to mingle with a legendary name and his creations isn’t enough, consider this. Carlisle and its surrounding towns have many great dining options, but there aren’t many opportunities for large groups, car clubs, etc. to all come together in a mixer of this size. With that in mind, supporters of the CMAF and Carlisle Ford Nationals attendees should consider making this all-new event part of their Friday evening plans. Dollars support a great cause too. The cost per person is $70 through April 18 and $80 thereafter. Tickets include the dinner menu (highlighted online) plus a special commemorative gift for each participant.
The dinner is only one amazing portion of the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Steve Saleen will also be part of the fun at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds June 2-4. He’ll be there in support of the 40th Anniversary of Saleen display. Saleen (the organization) will have vehicle walkarounds at the stage and Steve will be available to sign autographs for showgoers. Additional displays include SVT, Coyote powerplants, the Lightning, the Malaise Era, and more. Call 717-243-7855 to register as a vendor or Showfield participant. Discounted spectator admission tickets are also available online, while kids 12 and under are FREE! Don’t delay. Space is limited all around, so be sure to visit the Carlisle Ford Nationals portion of CarlisleEvents.com to sign up and get involved.
Book online or call (800) 216-1876