CARLISLE, Pa. – The American love affair with the Corvette is legendary—Carlisle’s is permanent—every August. This year, Corvettes at Carlisle rolls in on August 25-27 for the annual meeting at the 82-acre Carlisle Fairgrounds. Carlisle is the largest gathering of Corvettes in the world. This three-day meet draws over 5,000 Corvettes to Carlisle. The show field alone is more than 2,500 vettes. In addition, some 3,500 spaces are dedicated to a Corvette corral and vendors of parts, accessories and memorabilia.
In 2006, Carlisle will host a HUGE Grand Sport Reunion. It is has already doubled the size of the largest-ever gathering of ’96 Grand Sports. The present count is more than our goal of ninety-six 1996 Grand Sports and increasing daily. Additionally, an important 50th reunion of 1956 Corvettes takes place at Carlisle as well. The Corvette Z06s Unite! will highlight Z06 Corvettes of all years. The Z06s will have a designated field area and fine examples under tent throughout the weekend.
Chip’s Choice this year will be a showing of the second half of Chip Miller’s family wide collection of Corvettes. This will be a great exhibition of cars. At noon on Saturday, all Corvette owners are requested to rev their Corvettes’ engines for 20 seconds, following by a moment of silence, in tribute to Chip Miller.
Come out and talk with the guys that design and build Corvettes. This year, Tom Wallace, Chief Engineer at Corvette will join us. This is his first trip to Carlisle. Be sure to come out and meet him and his team of engineers. They will be available to answer questions, talk about Corvettes and sign autographs.
The National Corvette Restorers Society will present a unique Corvette collection in a true gallery exhibit format. This enables non-NCRS members to have a better understanding of the National Corvette Restorers Society, its goals and purposes. Sponsored by West Coast Corvettes, the NCCC judged show field is hosted by York County Corvette Club. Up to 175 of the finest Corvettes will compete for cash prizes on the NCCC judged show field. Also, all Corvettes parked in the Fun Display show field are eligible to win Celebrity Pick awards.
To test your driving skills, you can try out the Carlisle Events’ Autocross. Sponsored by Cumberland Valley Corvette Club, each driver will get three or four chances to run the course. The fee is $20 for 1 hour. CVCC will have instructors for each session to watch, ride with and advise novice drivers. It’s a learning event for those interested in the sport or just learning how to handle their Corvette and a chance for experienced drivers to compete against each other for fastest time. Don’t miss the Dyno Challenge, sponsored by Corvette Enthusiast, awards and bragging rights will be distributed throughout the weekend!
For those of you looking for something new, exciting and fun, Corvettes at Carlisle bring you for the first time…the Corvette Burnouts! Watch as intelligent adults ruin a set of tires!
Looking for a Vette? Want to sell one? An auction, produced by Mecum Auction, takes place Friday and Saturday. Saturday morning, a special auction will benefit the Chip Miller Charitable Foundation. Pre-register for sales or bidding numbers by calling (815) 568-8888 or go on-line to www.mecumauction.com. You may also register at the show.
Win a Corvette! This year, Corvettes at Carlisle is giving away a low-mileage 1994 Polo Green convertible, with factory hardtop, to one lucky attendee or vendor. The giveaway is set for Sunday at
3 p.m. No purchase is necessary, but you must be present to win. This event is sponsored by Corvette Mike.
Corvettes at Carlisle is fun for the entire family. For women, there is the Women’s Oasis, complete with seminars, demonstrations, free therapeutic massages, manicures and a Saturday fashion show. Free Ride and Drive with battery-powered cars, Jimbo the Clown, caricature artist, spin art and more will entertain the kids.
Gates open at 7 a.m. General admission is $12 daily. On-grounds parking for Corvettes only is $10. Children under 12 years old are admitted free. Visit carlisleevents.com/corvette for more information, to sign up for Carlisle Events’ e-newsletters, hotel info and to check out Carlisle Events’ Web forum. You may also call our info-line at (717) 243-7855. Carlisle Events welcomes Advance Auto Parts, official auto parts store of Carlisle Events, and Meguiar’s.
Carlisle Events, host of 10 collector car, truck and motorcycle events, attracts more than half a million people to its 82-acre fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pa., each year. Included in the annual schedule are two huge automotive swap meets – in the spring and fall – and individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, sport compacts and imports. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, the “Cars at Carlisle” shows attract automotive enthusiasts from around the world.
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