The 2015 season for Carlisle Events was one for the record books and one of changes, too. A handful of shows were the all-time biggest of their type or close to it and Carlisle Events as a company reorganized a bit, condensing its schedule from 13 events to 11. Ultimately, the event that started it all 41 years ago is still just as popular as ever and that’s why this year’s Fall Carlisle event still drew more than 90,000 guests and saw folks onsite from around the world. The swap meet, car corral, auction and all new North Side Collector’s Corner provided a bevy of can’t-miss features, with each on full display as the Pennsylvania based schedule concluded for Carlisle Events.
Shopping started early within the swap meet as vendors were onsite starting Monday, setting up and visiting one another in advance of the influx of guests arriving Wednesday. Once the gates opened, there was plenty of wheeling and dealing. Items varied from the simple to the rare and the onsite parts hauling service was busy from sun up to sun down helping guests take their items from the grounds to their cars. In addition, classics were a popular draw, too, as thousands of them spanning automotive history were positioned from south to north on the east side of the grounds. While these cars were for sale, they also made for a great car show for everyone to check out, view, review and snap photos of.
Saturday hosted a little get together in the evening to recognize the vendors. This included complimentary food and drinks and was the second year for a vendor party.
Finally, at Carlisle Auctions sale nearly 400 cars crossed the block with 56% of them called sold. The Fall 2015 offering garnered $3.4 million in sales, the most ever for a Carlisle Fall Auction and also raised more than $30,000 for charity along the way.
With Fall Carlisle wrapped up, Carlisle Events turns its attention to Lakeland, Fla., and its all new Fall Florida AutoFest event. This event, much like Spring and Fall Carlisle, is a home for all things automotive and is where thousands of guests come to buy, sell and trade. There are activities, guests like actor Burt Reynolds, helicopter rides, thrill shows and more. Fall AutoFest runs Nove.12-15, with the auction taking place Nov. 13-14. For information on the auction or to secure a vending space, call 717-243-7855 or visit www.CarlisleEvents.com.