CARLISLE, PA - Corvettes at Carlisle, the world's most popular all-Corvette-themed event, frequently highlights unique and very special cars, always honors its founder Chip Miller and annually welcomes some of the top names within the hobby. The 2013 event, August 23-25 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, continues the tradition and this time around, the unique cars are even more unique, the Miller tribute is even more special and the guest list is supersized.
With a three-day event that's so popular it historically hosts four days of action, Corvettes at Carlisle is putting a heaving emphasis on the 50th anniversary of the 1963 production line of cars. As was the case ten years ago when, as part of his final Corvettes at Carlisle, Chip Miller showcased 53 1953 Corvettes, his son and event manager Lance Miller will do him ten better this year with a 63 ‘63s display. Along with this particular '63 display, the 2013 Chip's Choice display will also feature some of the best 1963 Corvettes.
One particular car that is coming to Chip's Choice is very special as it's a one-of-a-kind Corvette. This car, a Corvette Rodine concept, was built for the Paris Auto Show and since its birth until at least 2008, was on display at the Pininfarina Museum in Italy. At that point, the car was sold at the famed Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Arizona) auto auction. What really makes this car special is that it is the ONLY steel-bodied Corvette ever created. In addition, the car is based on the '63 Corvette chassis and has a 327cid/360-hp V8 under the hood.
Joining this car at Carlisle will be the Asteroid Corvette. This '63 was delivered straight to the King of Custom cars George Barris of Barris Kustoms. The new C2 Corvette was already a fresh redesign from Chevrolet and Barris made a radical transformation and redesigned the car with an extended nose cone that had headlights positioned behind the bladed grille and custom headers exiting behind the front wheels. He also removed the split window, filled in the rear tail panel and opened up the rear wheel wells to accommodate big wheels. The paint job was out of this world and was painted in a heavy metallic copper finish that would blind you in the sunlight.
New to the event this year will be a showcase of the brand new 2014 Corvette Stingray. With Corvette Engineers onsite, enthusiasts will be able to get their first up-close look at the car, plus talk directly with the designers of this machine. There will also be walk around sessions focused specifically on the C7 and it will be one of the pack leading cars as part of the always-popular Downtown Carlisle Corvette Parade and Street Party.
"Corvettes at Carlisle is always action packed year in and year out and this year will be no different," said event manger Lance Miller. "This year we have some amazing cars for our attendees to enjoy. The all-new Corvette Stingray is really going to blow people away, then taking a step back about 50 years we'll have some of the absolute best ‘63s on display that will make for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We've had people contacting us from all around the world about this upcoming event; I feel confident in saying it'll be one show you won't want to miss!"
The weekend is so much more than just the aforementioned cars and downtown parade. There are seminars, demo rides, a burnout competition, onsite dyno machine, beauty contest and onsite installations of aftermarket Corvette accessories. Further there are diagnostic sessions, industry-specific guests and thousands of cars positioned on the Corvette America Fun Field. Gate admission for Corvettes at Carlisle is $15 per adult with children 12 and under admitted for free. A full event pass costs just $35 and covers gate access beginning with early bird Thursday. There is also a half-price admission cost on Sunday, running just $7 for adults.
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.