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The largest kit car gathering in America – along
with scores of original, classic, vintage and new imports – attracted
17,923 visitors to the three-day event. Those in attendance were able
to see 1,179 cars on the show field and shop with vendors covering 980
Kit cars are full-sized, driveable, functional
replicas of original-design vehicles that have captured the
imaginations of car fans. They included replicas of Cobras, GT40s,
Daytonas, ’32 Fords, ’55 Thunderbirds, Lamborghini Countaches and
Diablos, MGs, Lotuses, and Porsche Spyders and Speedsters. Among the
replicas were original-design vehicles including the Noble M-12 super
car, Dragon and GTM. Many designs were debuted at the event.
import show field was filled with vintage and late-model British,
European and Asian vehicles. The fairgrounds swelled with Volvos,
Saabs, Audis, MGs, Porsches, BMWs, NSUs, Toyotas, Hondas and a
cornucopia of foreign automobiles from new to vintage. This year’s
invitational display had an Italian flavor and was appropriately titled
Celebri Italiano, a Celebration of Italian cars. Original Ferraris,
Panteras and Fiats filled the display building.
and competition also filled the weekend carfest. Allan and Bobbi
Shapiro of Vineland, N.J., won a 1976 Fiat Pininfarina Sport Spider
just by being at the event and holding the winning ticket.
in the event’s new Standard of Excellence competition included Ted
Hatem and Kate English’s 2004 356D convertible and Mark LeVea’s 1966
Ford GT40 replica for four commendations; Hans Martinsen’s 1964
Corvette Coupe and Terry Terragna and Kathy Leathers’ Cobra Replica
convertible 427 for three commendations; Tara and Rick Greco’s 2000
Lamborghini Roadster replica for two commendations; and Don Simon’s
1995 Lamborghini Countach for one commendation.
Awards were also
given for club participation, with trophies going to those
organizations with the most members and cars attending the event. The
Saabs at Carlisle club won for the fourth consecutive year with 137
members attending. Fieros were well represented as the Mid Atlantic
Fieros owners brought 95 members and cars to the show. Another club
challenge was the Club Cook-off, won by Linda Golden with a delicious
dessert called Decadent Delight.
The Susquehanna Region of the
Sports Car Club of America and its chapter club, the Appalachian Sports
Car Club, conducted a drivers’ school and an autocross for attendees
during the weekend. Each participant ran the traditional autocross with
a three-lap run against the clock. Drivers’ skill resulted in the
quickest times, and scoring was accomplished by using an RTP index
designed to adjust for the performance capabilities of the car. The top
drivers included Michael Louie in his 1991 Honda Civic (he had the
second-fastest lap in the field at 70.097 seconds and one of the lowest
PAX indices to gain him the victory), Robert Beck in his 2002 Subaru
Impreza and Markus Houser in his 1997 Dodge Neon. The quickest time was
registered by Brian Kraus in his 1978 MG Midget with 68.453 seconds,
but his PAX index helped put his final total in 11th place.
event was more than cars, as activities included a wine tasting
sponsored by Brookmere Winery of Belleville, Pa., a guided tour of
downtown Carlisle and a cruise the Central Pennsylvania countryside of
the Cumberland valley.
Next year’s Carlisle
Import-Kit/Replicar Nationals will be held May 19-21 at the Carlisle
Fairgrounds. Visit www.carsatcarlisle.com or call (717) 243-7855 for