We know it’s hard to believe, but this year Corvettes at Carlisle will celebrate its 32nd year of putting on one of the nation’s biggest and best Corvette shows. Led by the spirit of Chip Miller, the Carlisle staff outdoes itself every year and this year is no exception.
In addition to celebrating the long and storied history of the Corvette as a street car, this year’s show during August 22-24 at the Fairgrounds in Carlisle, PA will celebrate the power and success of Corvette on the race track with two racecar exhibits—one featuring the cars of the Corvette Challenge series and the other highlighting Corvette racing in general.
In the mid ‘80s, the fourth generation Corvette was so successful at winning in the Showroom Stock GT class—taking 19 wins in 19 races—that the Sports Car Club of America banned them from participating following the 1987 season. General Motors and Canadian race promoter John Powell then created the Corvette Challenge in 1988, a race series that allowed only Corvettes. All of the Corvettes were prepared under GM’s supervision to be as equal as possible and the drivers were turned loose in sprint races. The series proved wildly successful and was brought back in 1989.
Corvettes at Carlisle is proud to host the 25-year reunion for the Corvette Challenge cars and encourages car owners of these special rides to get involved today! Each owner who is part of the display earns a nice memento of the event, plus they will snag a prime parking spot on the Fun Field. Guests who want to enjoy the Challenge display can get up close and see in person the cars that dominated the track in a truly unique professional racing series.
Given the significance of Corvette’s racing history, the Racing Corvettes display should not be missed. The vast array of cars will include the Briggs Cunningham Corvette #3 that won its class at Le Mans in 1960; Jim Jefford’s #1 Corvette, the famed Purple People Eater; and the #3 Corvette C5.R co-driven by Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Rolex 24. In addition to the cars, many famed drivers, pit-crew members and race team owners will be in attendance throughout the weekend.
Entries to both displays are by invitation only. In addition, Corvettes at Carlisle enthusiasts are invited to a special Racer’s Retreat Dinner and Gathering planned for Friday night August 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Lance Miller and the owners of the racecars on display. Enjoy time with others who share your passion for racing, plus meet special guests and share in great conversation while you dine, surrounded by Corvettes. It’s all made possible by Corvette Repair, Inc. The deadline for dinner registration is Friday, August 8 at 11:59 p.m.
Complete event details, including a link to register, are available online at www.CarlisleEvents.com. Also online are registration details for Corvettes at Carlisle itself. The cars and excitement come to Carlisle annually — all that’s missing is you!
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