CARLISLE, PA – For decades, Auto Mania has started the Carlisle Events car show and swap meet season in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The three-day event always offers a nice break from the cool winter temps and gives car lovers from the mid-Atlantic a chance to re-connect, shop and otherwise enjoy all things automotive. In 2021, the only difference from the historical norm is that Auto Mania was held at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Spanning January 15-17, vendors and guests made great use of their one-year-only temporary home by offering an eclectic mix of auto parts, collectibles, merchandise, tools, practical use items and more for sale. Given the mild temperatures and generally dry weather for mid-January, Auto Mania even hosted outdoor vendors, again with a variety of must-have items.
As the gates of the Carlisle Expo Center opened at noon on Friday, enthusiasts who would normally attend in Allentown mixed with regionally local Carlisle car lovers to walk the aisles in search of a good deal. Vendors and guests familiar to events at Carlisle found very little difference between this offering and what they experienced in years past. Each vendor table saw a constant stream of customers daily. Items like MoPar oil pans, Ford specific fuel lines, bumpers, garage and floor mats, videos, vintage magazines, toy cars and more were all offered.
When the doors opened Saturday, there was excited interest once more to gain access to the show. The best part of this get together was that everyone at the venue was compliant with current CDC guidelines regarding masks and did their part to social distance, sanitize and otherwise take care of themselves and those around them.
Sunday saw a morning rush for last minute deals and ultimately helped wrap up the weekend. Besides the last minute deals on items and/or cars within the car corral, it also served as one last chance to connect with old friends and say goodbye until “the next time.”
As the next time goes, Auto Mania 2022 returns to the Allentown Fairgrounds and its customary home of Ag Hall January 14-16. In the meanwhile, Carlisle Events, these guests, vendors and many more are gearing up for Spring Carlisle and the start of car show and swap meet season in April. Spring Carlisle spans five days and runs April 21-25 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, while Carlisle Auctions sets up shop within the aforementioned Carlisle Expo Center for its two-day auction, April 22-23. Complete details on both spring related events as well as links to purchase tickets, register to show, become a vendor and more can be found at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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) and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes four automotive flea markets of varying size, four 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 enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at CarlisleEvents.com or CarlisleAuctions.com.
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