Corvettes at Carlisle. The annual late August spectacle that celebrates all things Corvette and draws fans from all over the world to a quiet, small town in eastern Pennsylvania. Faithfully we make the pilgrimage each year to see old friends, make new ones, and celebrate America’s sports car.
The 2016 edition of Corvettes at Carlisle is in the books and Lance Miller and his Carlisle Events team put on yet another stellar show. Weather was hot as usual with temps in the upper 80’s and low 90’s all weekend long. Abundant sunshine dominated the weekend as thousands of Corvette enthusiasts wandered the sprawling Carlisle Fairgrounds.
We covered all corners of the event and our gallery of our weekend adventures is below. For the first time ever, Corvettes at Carlisle was open for admission on Thursday. Traditionally Thursday has been setup day, but this year they decided to kick things off 1 day early. We really liked the change and the opportunity to add 1 more day to enjoy the show. It was also interesting to see this monster slowly come to life over the course of the day.
Corvettes at Carlisle has something for everyone. No matter what type of Corvette fan you are, there’s something for you to see or do. Those looking for some quick mods got new exhausts installed in Installers Alley. Various seminars on a variety of topics helped educate folks on everything from auctions to seat trim. GM engineers answered questions throughout the weekend, signed autographs, and held live 2017 model year workarounds in front of the grandstand. The annual burnout contest had one of the best turnouts in a couple years and ended up with one C5 on fire. Meanwhile the Chip’s Choice display celebrated racy Guldstrand and Greenwood Corvettes.
Our good friends Paul Koerner and Brittany George held their popular diagnostic sessions to packed houses all weekend while many Corvettes sought new owners in the for sale lot. Hundreds of vendors peddled their wares over in the swap meet area. The swap meet alone is worth the price of admission. Those looking for brand new parts could see some of our friends at Corvette America, Mid America Motorworks, Zip Corvette, Corvette Central, or Nowicki Autosport. You could even potentially meet your new Corvette through Mike Furman or Kerbeck Corvette.
One big change this year was the NCRS Gallery’s return to the main show field. After 10 years in a building right outside gate 1 it was nice to see this display get some great exposure while helping to showcase the mission of the National Corvette Restorers Society.
Offsite the annual Saturday night parade meandered its way from the fairgrounds to downtown Carlisle. Engines revved and onlookers stared and pointed while the record number of Corvettes slowly made their way side-by-side to their parking spots.
As you can see, Corvettes at Carlisle truly does have something for everyone. There are so many things to do we can’t even list them all here. In order to see everything for yourself mark your calendars for Aug 24-27, 2017 and book your hotel accommodations now.
While we countdown to next year’s show enjoy our gallery from Corvettes at Carlisle 2016 below.
[VIDEO] 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Presentation with Tadge and Harlan from Carlisle
[VIDEO] Corvette Paint Shop Update with Kai Spande at Corvettes at Carlisle
[VIDEO] 2017 Corvette Grand Sport Walkaround with Harlan Charles
[GALLERY] Midyear Monday! Corvettes at Carlisle Edition (53 Corvette Photos)
[VIDEO] Flame On! It’s the 2016 Corvettes at Carlisle Burnout Contest