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For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car sho …
For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car show. The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals presented by eBay Motors took place May 13-14 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and it did just that and then some in 2022. The show has always been a diverse and eclectic mix of cars and trucks from around the world, but this year, the mix was even greater with the rare and unique combining with the new and yet to be released.
1,802 vehicles populated the Showfield and that total is the third highest ever since the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals came to be. Of those cars, one was the all-new 2023 Nissan Z, a model that won’t be available to the consumer until late in 2022 or early 2023. In addition, the yellow version on grounds is just one of a handful of show cars known to exist and best of all, regardless of color, the 2023 Z was making its enthusiast car show debut at Carlisle. A popular draw, the yellow Z sat front and center in Building Y and was possibly the most photographed car at Carlisle.
Not far from THE Z were display buildings laced with some of the best of the best from around the world. This included French cars in and around Building R, BMWs, Dune Buggies and Subarus in Building T, dozens of Zs in and around Building Y, Porsches just inside of Gate 3, and race prepared cars in the paddock on the east side of the grounds.
Those who ignored their weather apps in advance of the car show and simply came to Carlisle anyway stayed dry throughout the weekend, dodging just one late afternoon shower on Friday. Otherwise, it was warm, with sun, and hot cars all around.
While the Z was unique in that it’s not available yet, there were more rare and unique rides on display in 2022. With more than half a dozen countries represented, guests were able to check out a Toyota Century, Honda Beat, Honda S660, VW XL1, Volvo 340 and much more. In addition, the club scene was hopping with the SAABs at Carlisle group taking home the largest club award, while Club NVUS was tapped as the coolest club winner.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals also became a stopping point for a group of European car lovers who were trekking cross-country from Los Angeles to Baltimore in a 1986 Citroen 2CV. The car turned plenty of heads on their drive and at the show as they worked to raise awareness for Kennedy’s Disease. From Carlisle, the car was slated to make a few more stops before it gets shipped to England. From there, the journey continues to Rome, Italy.
Speaking of cars in motion, the Datsun and Nissan Z cars took part in an on grounds parade, the Volvos did too and with multiple competitions, plus autocross and drifting hosted by NICO Club, and all new, rolling burnouts and donuts, there were plenty of opportunities to see the show cars come to life.
As the final day of the 2022 show concluded, awards were posted for those who participated in professional judging. eJudged.com was back at it this year, offering their 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 considerations.
The 2023 version of the event is happening May 12-13 and registration for it is now open. Up next for Carlisle Events is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s June 3-5. 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.
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its …
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s on June 3-5, 2022, in Carlisle, Penn. Festivities will include a concept vehicle introduction, factory display and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals integration.
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.
“Shelby American has become an international symbol of high-performance motoring during the past 60 years,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “We’ll honor that reputation by displaying our past, present and potential future at the Carlisle Ford Nationals including the Shelby Super Snake, Shelby Mustang Mach-E concept and supercharged muscle trucks. A huge number of Team Shelby members will join the East Coast Grand Nationals to watch us unveil a concept car in the historic Shelby display.”
After retiring as a Le Mans-winning driver, Carroll Shelby established Shelby American in 1962. His first car was the Ford small block powered Shelby Cobra roadster, which he promptly took racing. It was followed by the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won its class at Le Mans in 1964. Shelby American introduced an all-new big block Ford motored Shelby Cobra and high-performance version of the Ford Mustang (Shelby GT350). Over the years, Shelby has offered sports cars, trucks, hot hatches and muscle cars. The company’s current vehicle in the lineup builds upon its rich legacy.
One of the most exciting moments of the weekend may be the introduction of a Shelby concept car by Patterson, surrounded by Team Shelby members, at 3 PM ET on Friday, June 3. The event is open to the media, as well as anyone attending the Carlisle Ford Nationals, inside Building T. The concept is a tribute to one of the most celebrated cars in automotive history and will gauge the demand for a limited series of the vehicle.
“We are honored that Shelby American has chosen the Carlisle Ford Nationals as the host location for their special unveiling,” 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 this historic unveiling, but to experience first-hand THE biggest all-Ford themed car show in the world.”
Team Shelby will do its part to boost attendance. The international club is holding the annual East Coast Grand Nationals with track sessions at Pocono Raceway and other activities, including a parade to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds on Friday, June 3. Team Shelby will have its own hospitality area and is encouraging Shelby owners to attend with their vehicles to break the record for the most Shelby vehicles in one place.
Ford Motor Company is returning with walk-arounds focused on the Ice White Mach 1, Ice White Mach-E, Shelby GT500, Raptor, and more. Ford will have a display dedicated to the electrification revolution showcasing both the Mach-E and Shelby Mach-E GT. Patterson will be part of a Ford’s presentation that includes the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
In addition to the show field, the cars and trucks will hit the streets of downtown Carlisle on Saturday night for the annual Ford Parade and Street Party. Historically, nearly 400 cars from the show itself roll into town for the community to check out. There will be multiple activities that put the wheels in motion including a rolling exhaust contest, autocross ride-alongs, and the Real Street Shootout (autocross).
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 3-5 offering. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, and get involved today by calling (717) 243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit mor …
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit more. With that in mind, showgoers planning to come to the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 3-5) have a chance to meet a trailblazer in her field; designer Emeline King.
King is more than a designer, she notched a quarter century of work with Ford and most important, became the first black woman ever within Ford to be tapped as Transportation Designer. In that position, she became the primary designer on the fourth-gen SN-95 Mustang’s dual-cockpit interior. In addition, her talents can be associated with a variety of components on other Fords, including the iconic Thunderbird.
Being a trailblazer means that her voice matters and that people respect and listen to what she brings to the table. Those experiences are outlined in her book, “What Do You Mean a Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? Emeline King, She Did It!” That book, along with Ms. King will be at Carlisle to meet fans, sign autographs, and host seminars/Q&A sessions regarding her background and career.
The seminars and book signing will be hosted in Building R. There are two seminars planned per day (June 3 and June 4) and the interactions are free once on-site at the event. Books will be available for sale for a fee, but much like meeting Ms. King, the autograph will be free.Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Spectator admission tickets are just $15 at the door, or cheaper online in advance or in person with a valid military ID. Finally, registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through the end of the event or online from now through event week. Learn more about Emeline King and the Ford Nationals online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
A summit means many things, including conference, meeting, peak, and top just to name a few. It’s fair to say that since its re-launch, the F …
A summit means many things, including conference, meeting, peak, and top just to name a few. It’s fair to say that since its re-launch, the Ford Bronco has been the top (or summit) of SUV options for consumers. That reality will play out in Carlisle, Pennsylvania June 3-5 as part of the 2022 Carlisle Ford National presented by Meguiar’s.
Flanked by a National Parts Depot Showfield with decades of Ford branded vehicles, the 6th Generation of the Ford Bronco takes center station. Not only will the 6th Gen Bronco be turning heads, the Bronco Sport will too. Of course the 6th Gen is the latest offering and it will be the one showcased within this display, but with Bronco history dating back to the 1966 model year, there will many represented throughout the grounds, plus vendors selling Bronco parts within the automotive flea market and midway too.
The featured vehicle display tent is the perfect complement to Ford’s corporate display tent, located not too far away. With Ford at Carlisle, their representatives will not only have a handful of 6th Gens within their display, but will have walkarounds at the stage focused on them and be able to offer first-hand feedback for showgoers.
Broncos aren’t the only ride getting featured display treatment. Additional features include a 60th Anniversary of the Shelby, 40 years of the SSP, a Lightweight Reunion, EVs, and the Ford Nationals Select display in Building Y.
Not showing but still want to attend? Spectator admission tickets are discounted online in advance of the event and kids 12 and under are admitted free. The gates open at 7 a.m. daily and though the fun concludes on Sunday, June 5 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.
Details on the Bronco Summit as well as all other special displays, ticket information, and more are available at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Since 1982 Corvettes at Carlisle has been THE destination for Corvette lovers from around the world. This year’s event will …
Since 1982 Corvettes at Carlisle has been THE destination for Corvette lovers from around the world. This year’s event will be no different and will offer new displays, special guests and partners to the mix. For 2022, Corvettes at Carlisle is not only celebrating its 40th anniversary, it is being presented by eBay Motors. The event (August 25-27) at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds will bring together ONE iconic Corvette Racing Crew Chief and nearly a dozen amazing Pratt Miller Factory Corvette Race cars.
The man (Dan Binks) and the display (Chip’s Choice) will greet Corvette enthusiasts of all ages within Building T and for Binks, this will be the first time in many years that he’s seen some of these cars. Chip’s Choice always showcases cars that embody the best-of-the-best within the Corvette hobby and this first-of-its-kind display does just that and then some.
As mentioned, the display welcomes Pratt Miller Factory Corvette Race Cars. These cars span decades of Corvette Racing and were conceived, designed, constructed, developed, and campaigned by Pratt Miller Engineering. Per the Pratt Miller web page, they’ve helped Corvette Racing dominate Ground Touring (GT) racing around the world for more than 30 years. Some of their most iconic Corvette works of art will be part of this display, including the legendary #3 Corvette racer that was co-piloted by Andy Pilgrim, Kelly Collins, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and Dale Earnhardt, Sr. In fact, the aforementioned #3 is, unfortunately, the last car in which Dale Sr. ever finished a race, having passed just weeks later in the 2001 Daytona 500.
The display will also host a C5.R (Chassis #001) which achieved its biggest accomplishment by racing the 2000 24 hours of Le Mans where it marked the first Le Mans race for a factory-backed Corvette team, a 2013 ALMS winning C6.R GT2 (Chassis #005), and a C7.R (Chassis #004) which won both the 2016 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
With the Kings of GT Racing converging on Carlisle, it just made sense to also welcome the man who helped guide Corvette Racing during its dominance. In addition to the Pratt Miller cars in Building T, Corvettes at Carlisle welcomes retired Corvette Racing Crew Chief Dan Binks to the event. Binks career spans more than 40 years including his time with Corvette Racing from 2002 until his 2020 retirement. Binks will be part of Q&A sessions, photo ops, and more, all while enjoying the event just like the 50,000+ Corvette enthusiasts who call Carlisle home during the final days of August.
“We’ve all heard and seen these amazing vehicles throughout the many racetracks they’ve competed on and continue to compete at year in and year out,” noted Carlisle Events co-owner Lance Miller. “One evening I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about how amazing it would be to have some of these incredible cars hosted together in one location - better yet, imagine hearing these monsters all at one time,” continued Miller. “We’ve reached out to a few owners and already have some amazing cars that will be on display for 2022 Chip’s Choice.”
Complete event information, links to register for the Fun Field, register to be a vendor, or purchase discounted spectator admission tickets in advance can all be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855. Kids 12 and under are admitted FREE and gates open at 7 a.m. daily for the grandest Corvette show of them all!
Book online or call (800) 216-1876