Carlisle, PA – It took a little while, but Carlisle Events was finally able to host its first specialty car show of the season. For two days in June (26-27) all felt right with the world as the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals took over the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Over 700 cars adorned the National Parts Depot showfield, spotlighting the past, present and future of the brand. Yes; there were Camaros, but the show offered so much more than that. Special displays highlighted the Nova, Monte Carlo, GMs of the ‘70s, LS6 454 and so much more.
There were some new aspects for event weekend in 2020, including a rolling exhaust contest and first-time guest, TV host and author, Courtney Hansen. For the exhaust contest, 12 cars competed in the finals in front of a trio of judges from the Capital City G8 Club. When the proverbial dust settled, Rachel Lynch and her 2006 Trailblazer was selected as the winner. For Hansen, her first-ever trip to Carlisle was a success, hosting two autograph sessions and even making a few purchases within the automotive flea market.
Otherwise, the Chevrolet Nationals maintained its position as the largest event of its type in the region. Cars rolled on grounds throughout the day Friday and into the early part of Saturday. One surprise entrant on the Showfield was a C8 Corvette, though its likely not the last time a C8 will be showcased at Carlisle this summer.
Participant balloting offered numerous awards for showgoers, as did celebrity judged selections, Carlisle Elite picks and Standard of Excellence, powered by eJudged. These winners, combined with competitions like largest club, coolest club and the exhaust contest were recognized as part of the evening awards parade in front of the stage.
This year’s event also hosted the launch of a season long campaign where guests can donate money or goods to the United Way or Project SHARE of PA. Donation tins and bins are available at the main gates for all events between now and the end of Fall Carlisle on October 5.
There were some modifications to the Chevy event in 2020 only, as decisions were made in advance of event weekend to augment or eliminate select activities to best promote social distancing.
While 2020 is a wrap, the 2021 event isn’t all that far off. The 2021 Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals take place June 25-26 and will once again be flanked by the single day Summer Sale, powered by Carlisle Auctions. Displays for 2021 “Carlisle Comic Car Con,” a spotlight of GM themed TV and movie cars, the 50 Anniversary of the Chevy Vega, and 50 Anniversary of GM Swaps just to name a few. To check out photos of this year’s event and learn more about this, and other events on the Carlisle schedule, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com.
Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of over a dozen annual collector car/truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), the Sunset Auction Facility (Sarasota, FL) and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes four automotive flea markets of varying size, five auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, imports, tuners and performance sport compacts. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract more than half a million enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available via www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
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