CARLISLE, PA - Entering its 18th year, Carlisle Performance & Style saw numbers unmatched in sometime as part of its weekend, May 10-12 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. With a showfield that saw a pre-registration bump of at least 60%, the weekend started with high hopes and grand expectations. Despite some late day rain Friday and intermittent activity Saturday, all who came to Carlisle had fun.
Friday opened the weekend with a late afternoon cruise-in and kick off celebration. The evening included not only the cruise-in, but a low car limbo, plus the chance to beat the weekend rush by registering for the showfield or at least picking up materials in advance of the Saturday rush of guests. The new first night activity paid off, as lines were much shorter than they've been in years past at the registration office.
With many all ready to cruise onsite Saturday, the hobby was on full display as thousands of cars adorned the grounds at Carlisle. Displays included one dedicated specifically to domestic cars, another for Asian machines, European styles where showcased and so were the ladies with a display that featured cars owned, maintained and shown exclusively by females. Family fun was prevalent, too, with kids and adults alike enjoying the RC Drifting via Driftsylvania. Additional showcase moments included the burnout competition and beauty contest. Chris Taber won burnouts, while Annie Costello beat out 19 other ladies to be crowned Ms. Carlisle Performance & Style 2013. In addition, Jessica Miller was crowned "People's Choice" as part of a weeks-long Facebook campaign. Miller, Costello and two other participants earned a cash prize for their efforts.
Clubs gathered at Carlisle, too, using the weekend as a great forum for socializing and celebrating the hobby they are so passionate about. As part of the Club Challenge, the top three were the Hyundai Motor Club (44 registered cars), IHateStickers.com (43 registered cars) and Nepa (41 registered cars), while Nuthin' Fancy won the Coolest Club Award. Each will be featured in the 2014 event directory.
Sunday wrapped the festivities with an awards presentation via a winners' circle style format. With numerous awards issued to the participants, the winners' circle served as a great showcase for the winners and onsite guests to mingle and allow for one final review of the great cars that came to Carlisle. Though Carlisle Performance & Style has wrapped for 2013, the event returns to Carlisle next year. Enthusiasts are encouraged to circle May 10-11, 2014 on their calendars and register early, assuring a space on the showfield of the hottest automotive lifestyle event on the east coast.
About Carlisle Events: Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of 17 annual collector car, truck, motorcycle and outdoor-themed events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Bloomsburg Fairgrounds (Bloomsburg, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), Auburn Auction Park (Auburn, IN) and Festival Park (Zephyrhills, FL). The season schedule hosts a sports and outdoors event, seven automotive swap meets of varying size, six auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, motorcycles, imports and kit cars and tuner and modern customs. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract more than a half a million enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available via www.CarlisleEvents.com and www.CarlisleAuctions.com.