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Passionate! That one word and ten letters is the best way to describe and summarize those who attend and/or participate in t …
Passionate! That one word and ten letters is the best way to describe and summarize those who attend and/or participate in the world’s largest all-Ford-themed car show; the Carlisle Ford Nationals. The 2023 offering presented by eBay Motors (June 2-4) became the second-largest Ford Nationals ever and did so in more than one way. Of course, the all-time Showfield mark was set in 2022, but this year’s total of 3,434 show cars, combined with a stellar vendor and spectator turnout means that since 2014, this was THE largest gathering of Ford lovers at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Now, why did all these blue oval lovers migrate to Carlisle? Where does one begin? Maybe it was the two-dozen new product walkarounds from industry experts being executed two and sometimes three times an hour, or the half a dozen or so new vehicle unveilings. It could have also been the special guests, unique displays, competitions, parades, and of course parts shopping within the automotive flea market. The reality is, it was all of that…and more.
Friday, June 2 included a special one-day-only visit by two-time Formula Drift Champion and professional fun-haver Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Vaughn and his RTR Vehicles team came to Carlisle to showcase their new fleet of vehicles, meet fans, sign autographs, and have some drifting fun on the Carlisle track. In addition, another automotive giant, Steve Saleen, made Carlisle home for the weekend. Steve and his team showcased a handful of Saleen customized rides, including the amazing S7 and an all-new SA-40 Mustang, including one that supports a charitable cause. Steve was also part of a special Friday evening dinner and auction that benefited the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.
2023 featured displays included the annual Ford Nationals Select in Building Y, plus a mix of Saleens, Lightnings, SVTs, the Coyote Den, Malaise Era cars, and more mixed between Building T and special display tents on the grounds.
Ford Performance was well represented by its team members, including the likes of Jim Owens, John Clor, Carl Widmann, and Arie Groneveld just to name a few. Each had a little something to showcase to the masses. For Owens, it was a trio of Mustangs, including the Dark Horse, the EcoBoost, and one with an all-new GT performance package. Widmann and Groneveld had the honor of presenting for the first time at an enthusiast event, the Ranger Raptor truck, plus brought the F-150 Raptor, and Bronco Raptor with them too. Meanwhile, Clor presented some talks on the SVT, while also honoring Venom Invasion, the event’s coolest club.
Further love of Ford branded products came from Kyle Sargent of Ford Performance Racing Parts as well as Gary Patterson and Tracey Smith from Shelby American. Sargent showcased a pair of 700+ HP F-150s, while the Shelby leadership not only introduced but also reopened production of the Shelby Dragonsnake with its former driver Bruce Larson, while also pulling the covers off a pair of Centennial Edition trucks on the Carlisle stage. KTL Restorations also got in on the walk-around game, showcasing their award-winning 1970 Aruba Eliminator two different times as amazed showgoers looked on.
The wheels were in motion at Carlisle, not only from Gittin, Jr. drift exhibitions, but from rides via Gateway Mustang, the Real Street Shootout (autocross), a rolling exhaust contest, rolling burnouts and donuts presented by Atturo Tires, on-grounds parades, monster truck rides from the Virginia Giant, and the Ford Downtown Parade, Park and Party.
As the final hours of the 2023 event concluded, awards were posted and presented to those who were available to receive them, while others celebrated the success of the weekend with late-day photos and even some open autocross runs on the Carlisle track.
While 2023 is a wrap, the Carlisle Ford Nationals 2024 is in the planning stages and taking place May 31-June 2. Registration for it is now open and planned 2024 display themes include 60 Years of the Mustang, including a gallery of legendary and historically significant Mustangs, a Mustang production timeline, a Y-Block Reunion, 40 Years of the SVO, 50 Years of the Mustang II, and the annual Ford Nationals Select display. For details on upcoming car events at Carlisle, advanced arrival information, or to check out the winner’s list and photos from Ford Nationals weekend, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
2022 at Carlisle was a record-setting affair, not just for other car shows, but for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. For the …
2022 at Carlisle was a record-setting affair, not just for other car shows, but for the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals. For the first-time ever, the show car count during Chrysler weekend climbed above 3,000 and with displays, features, and draw of the automotive flea market, 2023 should be yet another one for the history books of Mopar lovers. This year’s Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is July 14-16 and with three days of excitement, the question lately has been…will it all fit on the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds? Yes…yes it will, but seeing is most definitely believing. The event is more than a car show, it’s a reunion of sorts for like-minded friends and family.
Despite the three promoted dates, the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals actually starts, somewhat unofficially, on July 13 with a kick-off party at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center hosted by the Mopar Rebellion Car Club. The party starts in the late afternoon/early evening and is FREE for all to attend. There is a DJ, grilled food for sale, and some other fun elements, but more than anything else, it’s a way to “toe dip” into the automotive excitement planned for the weekend.
At 7 a.m. on the 14th, all Hell(cat) breaks loose, with an influx of guests from around the world. Of course, many of the Showfield show cars and trucks are worth everyone’s time and attention, but along the way, guests will be wowed by the special themed displays. For this year, those themes focus on the Malaise Era, High School Mopars, 1973 50th Anniversary, and a general Featured Vehicle Display. In addition, the Mopar Survivors Tent is back as is Herb McCandless with a tent display of some of his prized rides.
Beyond seeing the cars at Carlisle, there’s a chance to enjoy some track activities for an adrenaline fix and an automotive flea market for parts shopping, too. The track fun includes a rolling burnout and donut contest presented by Atturo Tires, and the Real Street Shootout (autocross). There are more wheels in motion by way of impromptu parades on the grounds, which helps bring the cars to the people, no matter where they are on grounds.
As the automotive flea market goes, there isn’t one bigger for Mopar enthusiasts than the one at Carlisle. A quarter of the southern portion of the grounds is filled from east fence line to west with car parts, merchandise, collectibles, and memorabilia. Parts are both NOS and OEM used, giving buyer and seller alike more options than anyone could possibly imagine. Mix that in with the midway and it’s clear to see why shopping at Carlisle is a must-do for any, make that every, Mopar enthusiast.
The cars may be the stars, but there are some other special guests at Carlisle, too. In addition to the aforementioned Herb McCandless, the Ramchargers, and Golden Commandos are back, too. Also planned for 2023 are Linda Vaughn, Butch Leal, Paul Rossi, members of the “Missile” race team, Dave Rea, and Claudia Abel (Ms. Direct Connection).
The Carlisle Chrysler Nationals is actively taking registrations for the Showfield, vendor registrations for the automotive flea market, and selling discounted spectator tickets in advance of the July 14-16 offering. Please note, vending spaces are sold out currently due to demand. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, purchase discounted spectator admission tickets, and get involved today by calling 717-243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
Every June in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ford lovers unite to celebrate their Blue Oval passions by way of the Carlisle Ford …
Every June in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Ford lovers unite to celebrate their Blue Oval passions by way of the Carlisle Ford Nationals (June 2-4). The National Parts Depot Showfield is populated with over 3,200 show cars spanning the history of the brand, the automotive flea market and midway are packed with vendors and retailers selling highly sought-after products, car clubs converge to socialize and recruit, and all-new for 2023, eBay Motors joins the fold as the presenting partner for the world-famous car show.
Car shows have been and will always be an in-person, sensory experience, but the internet and online marketplaces like eBay Motors rightfully play their part in connecting car lovers with content and items too. That’s why this partnership, much like those previously forged at Carlisle, provides real value to everyone involved.
As presenting sponsor, eBay Motors positions itself to make its growing brand visible to the masses at Carlisle, including the expansive Showfield and nearly 60,000 guests. In addition, eBay joins great partners like Amsoil and American Collector Car Insurance as sponsors with a focused promotional effort in Carlisle at the car shows.
eBay Motors and Carlisle Events have roots dating back as early as 2000. eBay Motors launched and soon thereafter, introduced their online marketplace to Carlisle Events as an official sponsor in 2002. For many years after, they worked directly with Carlisle Events and showgoers on the ins and outs of buying and selling online. Since the initial partnership, online buying and selling various products have become commonplace, including by every Midway vendor at the Carlisle car shows and even Carlisle Events by way of an overstock merchandise eBay store.
Carlisle Events welcomes them back to share their online selling experience and be part of the overall market of buying and selling “car stuff.” Guests will find them and their marketplace experts on the Midway at the Carlisle Ford Nationals. In addition, they’ll have free t-shirts and swag for anyone who signs up to win. Prizes include daily drawings for a $100 eBay Gift Card, even more free goodies AND a chance to WIN a UTV. Stop by, sign up, and learn more about continued sales once in-person events conclude, all while eBay’s 24/7 online market remains open, benefiting everyone, not only at Carlisle but around the world!
“I was here when eBay Motors introduced their online marketplace to enthusiasts at Carlisle,” said Ed Scholly, Associate Director of Business and Event Development. “We are happy that they continue to support buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts of Carlisle with their sponsorship, support, and participation offline with attendees of the Carlisle car shows,” continued Scholly. “If you can’t find it here at Carlisle, we are happy to have a partner like eBay Motors to help you find it elsewhere!”
Registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through Sunday, June 4. In addition, discounted spectator admission tickets are available online, while kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Register to show, purchase spectator tickets, and learn more about the 2023 Carlisle Ford Nationals online at CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855 today.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show, in its current state, was launched in 2016 when …
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals car show, in its current state, was launched in 2016 when the former Carlisle Performance & Style and Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals car shows became one. Since then, there’s been a steady growth of participation and a gradual evolution in the quality of vehicles showcased indoors and on the Showfield. For 2023, the eighth offering of this mashed-up masterpiece generated an all-new Showfield record of 2,097 vehicles. This total topped the previous modern-day record by 78 show cars.
For two days (May 12-13), guests flocked to Carlisle to celebrate the unique event that is the Import & Performance Nationals. From general Showfield participants to special vehicle displays, the participation was nothing short of awe-inspiring. When showgoers entered Gate 3, the main entry point to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, they were met immediately by dozens of Porsches. From there, the German Showfield continued to the mid-point of the grounds and transitioned to an even more international flavor from fence line to fence line that included Italian, Ukrainian, Japanese, French, British, French, American, and Swedish cars too.
Outdoors may have looked great, but indoors was even better. Building Y hosted a gallery of nearly a dozen Rolls-Royce cars from the Rolls-Royce Museum in nearby Mechanicsburg, PA. At least two of the vehicles had a Hollywood pedigree too, having been used in conjunction with Adam Sandler’s 2022 movie Hustle, and the Amazon Prime program The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Adjacent to Building Y was Building T and its multi-focused gallery of cars. Visitors of T enjoyed 50-Years of the Honda Civic, an Audi celebration, and a best-of-the-best showcase of cars from around the world. Another indoor display (Building R) featured French and Eastern Bloc vehicles.
Car clubs were also a big part of the two-day event, with the SAABs at Carlisle club earning the largest club honors, Volvos at Carlisle coming in second, and the Audi Club coming in third. Further, Citroen’s at Carlisle picked up Coolest Club honors. Additional awards were handed out by way of Carlisle Elite selections on Friday the 12th and kid’s choice on Saturday the 13th, plus competition awards in low car limbo, drift limbo, rolling exhaust, and the second annual rolling burnouts and donut contest.
Rolling Burnouts and Donuts may have been back for its second year, but one all-new feature of the event was the inaugural Carlisle Brew Mixer. On Saturday the 13th, eight local central Pennsylvania breweries converged on Carlisle to offer paid pours of some of their finest brews to guests. As the brew mixer forged on, local band Green Tangerine offered a musical backdrop to the festivities by way of a multi-hour set of popular favorites.
Additional fun elements of the event included the automotive flea market, pop-up on-grounds parades, a grand entrance by the Audi Club, and the passport program; where guests can travel the automotive world and get a stamp, special treat, and a prize at the end of their journey.
As the final hours of the 2023 event concluded, awards were posted for those who participated in professional judging. eJudged.com was back at it this year, offering its 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 consideration.
The 2024 version of the event is happening May 10-11 and registration for it is now open. Up next for Carlisle Events is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by eBay Motors June 2-4. 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.
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour by Shelby American, …
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour by Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will rumble into the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by eBay Motors on June 2-4, 2023, in Carlisle, Penn. The impressive tour will bring two new vehicle introductions, a factory display and members of the international club, Team Shelby to the American Heartland.
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.
“The world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the great Carroll Shelby’s birth this year,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “The Carroll Shelby Centennial Tour will honor him at the Carlisle Ford Nationals with an amazing display of our Shelby Super Snake, Shelby Cobra roadster and supercharged muscle trucks. Last year, over 500 Team Shelby members joined us at the event and we’re asking them to return for our two vehicle introductions planned specifically for the Carlisle Ford Nationals. It will be a memorable weekend!”
Born on January 11, 1923, in East Texas, Carroll Shelby is one of the great American success stories. Racecar driver, WWII “Flying Sergeant", philanthropist, automotive entrepreneur and racing team owner, his ingenuity, tenacity and grit made him a winner throughout his life.
Ford fans are most familiar with the man’s exploits after the 1959 Le Mans-winning driver established car company Shelby American in 1962. His first car was the Ford small block powered Shelby Cobra roadster, which he promptly took racing on the drag strips and road courses of the world. It was followed by the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won its class at Le Mans in 1964. Shelby American captured the FIA world sportscar racing championship the next year, the only American carmaker to ever do so. In 1966, the Shelby American team won the 24 hours of Le Mans overall, making Carroll Shelby the only person to win it as a driver, team owner and manufacturer.
Shelby American also offered a big block Ford motored Shelby Cobra and a series of high-performance Ford Mustangs during the 1960’s. Over the years, Shelby has continued to offer sports cars, powerful trucks and muscle cars. Many of those vehicles will be displayed at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, including the company’s current vehicle lineup.
After the successful introduction of a concept vehicle at the Carlisle Ford Nationals last year, the Shelby team elected to return and unveil two limited edition vehicles. The first will be the public introduction of a Shelby car at 1 PM ET on Friday, June 2 inside Building T. The second introduction will announce a Centennial themed vehicle on the outside stage at 3 pm that same day. Both events are open to the media, as well as anyone attending Ford Carlisle.
“We are honored that Shelby American has chosen the Carlisle Ford Nationals as its host location for these special unveilings,” 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 these historic unveilings, but to experience first-hand THE biggest all-Ford themed car show in the world.”
Team Shelby will again swell the attendance at Carlisle as it enters the Carlisle Fairgrounds on June 2 in a grand parade. The club will have its own hospitality area and encourages Shelby owners to attend with their vehicle as part of the festivities. Gary Patterson, along with Team Shelby International Director Tracey Smith, will be part of Ford’s Youth Initiative, which is intended to inspire young people to enter the automotive industry.
Ford Motor Company returns to Carlisle in 2023 with their midway display, product experts, and planned stage walk-arounds and info sessions. Guests at Carlisle can speak directly to those responsible for the design and creation of their favorite Ford vehicles during most hours of the event. In addition, Ford weekend at Carlisle welcomes special themed displays, including those showcasing SVT, Coyote powerplants, the Lightning, the Malaise Era and more. Further, the annual Ford Nationals Select Display returns to Building Y, offering a glimpse of at least a dozen vehicles unique to the history of Ford.
The cars and trucks at Carlisle don’t just show, they go too. There are multiple wheels-in-motion competitions planned, like rolling burnouts and donuts presented by Atturo Tires, a rolling exhaust contest, and even some track time with the Real Street Shootout (autocross). Select special displays will also transition from parked to rolling for on-grounds parades, while the Downtown Carlisle Association presents its annual Ford Downtown Parade, Park and Party on Saturday, June 3.
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 2-4 offering. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, and get involved today by calling (717) 243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
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