February 15-16, 2020

Cumberland Valley is home to some of the best auto experiences in the country, including the world-famous car shows at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, which run from April through October. During the colder winter months, auto enthusiasts can get their "racing fix" at Motorama, held inside at the nearby Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. The nation's largest all-indoor motorsports event features one million square feet of racing action. Highlights include:

  • Arenacross racing: Competitors ages 4 to 40 racing on tanbark & clay inside the large arena (120' x 240')
  • Go-Kart racing: Racers from all over the east coast battle it out on the oval course, a flat concrete surface approximately 1/10 of a mile
  • Quarter midget racing: Younger races (ages 5 to 16) compete in 1/4-scale Midget race cars with full 4-wheel independent suspension and full roll cages race on a 1/20th of a mile banked oval track
  • RC demolition derby: New this year, a full weekend of remote control demo derbys
  • RC off-road racing: Electric off-road racing with tracks in two separate rooms -- one for 1/10th scale cars and trucks and a larger track for 1/8th scale buggies and trucks.  
  • RC scale trials: The tough course features various driving obstacles. Competitors who complete the course in the quickest time with the fewest penalties will be named the U.S. Scale Trial Champion in their respective class.
  • RC Mud Boss and sprint racing: A fun entry-level class open to all skill levels and driving ability; there will be drivers from all over the country at the Northeast's premier race.
  • Robot conflict: Handmade, remote-controlled robots, weighing between 3 and 30 pounds, fight their opponents in a high-tech arena by using a variety of weapons and tactical actions. 
  • Car, truck and bike show: Motorama's Rod, Custom and Tuner Show exhibits vehicles from the early 1900s through today.
  • Speed show: There will be hundreds of authentic race cars -- from sprint cars and stock cars to drag cars and rock crawlers -- plus more than one hundred vendors plenty of activities.

While you are here, explore automotive history with a trip to the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, where you can find interactive exhibits and displays featuring vintage vehicles from the 1890s to the 1980s. Or, stop by the Rolls Royce Museum, a hidden gem in Mechanicsburg, only a short 20-minute drive from the Farm Show Complex. Here you can take a short self-guided tour to see classic Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars. Guests are welcome to open doors and check out the interiors in order to see and appreciate the quality craftsmanship of these vehicles.

If you are looking for a place to stay, Cumberland Valley's numerous lodging options make it easy for you to find a hotel that fits every style and budget.