Spring Carlisle was a huge
hit, even though it rained most of the weekend. More than 100,000
people visited the Carlisle (Pa.) Fairgrounds on April 20-24 to see the
thousands of vendors selling all sorts of automotive parts, accessories
and memorabilia and to shop in the Car Corral among thousands of
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“Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Spring Carlisle
were gangbusters, and then came the bleak weather forecast for
Saturday,” said Bill Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events. “Almost 100
percent chance of rain, high winds and thunderstorms were predicted,
but it actually turned out to be a nice day. The weather forecast is
often worse than the weather, and that puts a damper on people who are
traveling any distance. Saturday started off slowly, but most local car
hobbyists saw the weather was not too bad and started to come late
morning and all afternoon.
“From talking to the vendors, the
real buyers came no matter the weather, and sales were very strong.
Talking to the notary service, car sales were very strong too,” Miller
continued. “If you missed Spring Carlisle, you missed a great time, but
always remember that this is just the first of the season with many
more events to follow.”
Most vendors were happy with the
turnout and the sales at Spring Carlisle. “We had an excellent show,
said Bob Troutman, co-owner of More Than Tires in Carlisle. “We did
very well. We’re very pleased with the show.”
Some of the more
interesting vehicles for sale in the Car Corral included a convertible
Shelby Mustang going for $135,000. An original restored 1932 Ford sat
right beside a 2005 Ford Thunderbird in the Car Corral, showing the
variety of vehicles available. Cars from every era of automotive
history were represented.
Don’t miss any of the other exciting
events in Carlisle this year: the Carlisle Import-Kit/Replicar
Nationals, presented by Beck/Arnley, May 20-22; Carlisle All-Ford
Nationals, June 3-5; Carlisle All-GM Nationals, June 24-26; Carlisle
All-Chrysler Nationals, July 8-10; Carlisle Summer Bike Fest, July
22-24; Carlisle All-Truck Nationals, Aug. 26-28; and Fall Carlisle,
Sept. 28-Oct. 2. Carlisle Events also produces two shows at other
venues: Modified Madness, an event for tuners, custom cars and trucks,
taking place at the Bryce Jordan Center, State College, Pa., on May
21-22; and the York Open House motorcycle event at the York (Pa.) Expo
Center, Sept. 22-24.
Visit www.carsatcarlisle.com or call (717)
243-7855for information. For lodging information, call 1(877) 727-8573.
Carlisle Events welcomes Advance Auto Parts, official auto parts store
of Carlisle Events, and Meguiar’s.
Carlisle Events, host of 11
collector car, truck and motorcycle events, attracts more than half a
million people to its 82-acre fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pa., each year.
Included in the annual schedule are two huge automotive swap meets – in
the spring and fall – and individual specialty shows featuring
Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, sport compacts
and imports. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller,
the “Cars at Carlisle” shows attract automotive enthusiasts from around