Carlisle, PA – The first event of the Carlisle Events season has come and gone; Auto Mania, an automotive flea market that kick-started the 2021 schedule at the Carlisle Expo Center. From here, the next Carlisle based event is Spring Carlisle (April 21-25), followed by six more car/truck shows and wraps up with Fall Carlisle at the end of September. While the automotive flea market events are some of the largest in the world, the specialty shows are what draw the cars, the people and fan the flames of excitement.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals (May 14-15) are first up and while the international spotlight of cars is a display in and of itself, the multiple themes recently announced will be eye catching. Roll to the event in final weeks of the spring season for a Volvo celebration, 20 years of the Honda K-Series and 30 years of the Toyota 2JZ engine. Additionally, the Opel Manta turns 50, the club, Opels at Carlisle, celebrates 25 years of attending the show AND the 15th annual Opel Nationals meet, which rotates locations annually, has rotated its way to Carlisle for 2021!
Next up is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 4-6) and a quintet of unique, must-see displays. Given the star power of cars on stage and screen, Ford weekend welcomes its first-ever Comic-Car Con. In addition, the Pinto gets a 50th celebration as does the Big Horse Mustangs (’71-’73). There’s also a Stroppe Reunion and the annual Ford Nationals Select display within Building Y.
From pony power to all things GM, the Carlisle GM Nationals (June 25-26) usher in summer and another handful of special displays. Comic-Car Con gets a nod at this event too and is supported by a 50th celebration of the Vega and H-Platform. Further, there’s a GM Swaps display, a GM Nationals Showcase display and the annual Solid Lifter Showroom in Building Y.
Next comes the biggest all-MoPar themed event of its type, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals (July 9-11). From a jam-packed showfield to a bulging swap meet, themes still help carry the event from year to year. In 2021, taking center stage will be a showcase of 1971 vehicles – all kinds of them. In addition, the “Dirty ‘Birds” get preferential treatment. What is a Dirty ‘Bird? Well, car lovers know what a Barn Find is, but as dirty birds go, this display will highlight derelict Superbirds…ones that aren’t shiny! Chrysler weekend gives guests at least three more great displays, one hosting Survivors, another tailored to the Demon, the other a spotlight of Old Skool paint! For the paint display, cars may have a coat 40 years in the (un) making or one that is retro, but new to your ride. Either way, it’ll be a trip back in time.
The MoPars give way to trucks of all types as the Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores come to life August 6-8. Family fun is the theme during truck weekend and the featured display in Building T will showcase some of the truck enthusiasts interests of this event. Participants, clubs and associations of the Truck Nationals also bring some of the best features of this event to the showfields in Carlisle. Big Rigs, Vans, Cyclones, Typhoons, Sky High Rides and a show for those that like them low are just a few of the gatherings that will gives kids and parents alike the chance to see in real life the toys they’ve played with at home.
Specialty show season concludes with Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive (August 26-28). For three days, every generation of Corvette will be at Carlisle, flanked by generations of Corvette lovers. In 2021, the event honors 50 years of the 1971 Corvette, a nod to law enforcement by way of Chip’s Choice, the Solid Axle Corvette National Convention comes to town as does the NCCC and a 25th reunion of the Grand Sport.
The 2021 Carlisle Events season concludes much the same way it started, with an automotive flea market event. Fall Carlisle (September 29-October 3) is the event that started it all in 1974 and for the 48th time, vendors and enthusiasts alike converge on Carlisle to celebrate tradition, the car culture and an unmatched camaraderie that only those who are part of the experience can truly appreciate.
Each and every Featured Vehicle Display theme is accepting submissions now. All candidates for the displays are vetted by each event’s planner, with notifications coming in the weeks leading up to the event. If chosen, vehicles are then showcased not only front and center at the events, but online through social media posts, as part of event promotional materials and even within the event guide, handed out free to guests upon arrival at Carlisle.
Carlisle Events is COVID-19 compliant and follows current guidelines suggested by state officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). A detailed Health/Safety Measures summary is available on CarlisleEvents.com. While on the web, be sure to apply, register, or purchase discounted spectator tickets in advance of all events or call 717-243-7855 to learn more today.
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 enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com or www.CarlisleAuctions.com.
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