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There are many great car stories that come from events hosted at Carlisle. This week's All About Cars pulls the curt …
There are many great car stories that come from events hosted at Carlisle. This week's All About Cars pulls the curtain back on one such story from a Corvette loving husband and wife duo named Robert and Carrie Frampton. In Robert's own words, learn about his trials and tribulations throughout his build, how Corvettes at Carlisle was a part of his experience and what's next for them!
This is my second time to build a first-generation Corvette Restomod. My first was a 1961 Corvette project car which my wife and I found at Corvette’s at Carlisle in 1998. I thought the project would take me approximately 2 to 3 years to complete; boy was that a miscalculation. My 1961 Corvette build was my first experience in fiberglass repair and bodywork. I disassembled the car in 2002 and didn’t have it back on the road until the summer of 2011. Although it was a great experience, and the car came out beautifully, I swore I would never do that again.
Fast forward to 2020 and imagine my wife’s surprise when attending Corvette’s at Carlisle, I told her I saw a 1962 Corvette project car for sale which I was thinking about purchasing. Against my better judgment we purchased the car. Since I was now retired my thought was, I could build the car in two years. The car was primed therefore I couldn’t see all of the hidden damage.
As soon as I got the car home in September 2020, I started to take it apart making a list of what I would need to rebuild it. After the car was completely disassembled, I made a wooden dolly for the body so I could move it around the garage. The chassis it was sitting on was from a 1959 Corvette and since I intended to buy an aftermarket chassis with a modern Corvette suspension, I sold the old chassis. I ordered my chassis complete with a C5 front suspension and brakes, and a C4 suspension and brakes for the rear, with coil over shocks at all four corners along with power rack and pinion.
With the body on the dolly, I was able to get to the underside of the car. I spent most of the 2020/2021 winter scraping and sanding the underside of the car. After all of the undercoating was removed, I was able to start making repairs. Five of the ten body mounts were damaged, the steel body mount reinforcements were missing, and the fiberglass floor supports were damaged beyond repair. When I started scraping the undercoating from the underside of the nose of the car, I could see the nose was pieced together from several different year Corvettes. The right front fender and the center nose piece were from a 1961. After finding more damage on the left side I decided to remove the nose and order a new press molded one.
The chassis was delivered in the spring of 2021 and at the same time I ordered my drivetrain for the car; a 430HP LS-3 and a 4L65E automatic transmission. In July 2021 the engine and transmission were delivered. From there I was able to set them up on the chassis and start to build my exhaust system, fabricate brake lines, and build the parking brake system.
With my parts list made I started patiently waiting for 2021 edition of Corvettes at Carlisle. The most expensive parts on my list were the front bumpers. The bumpers that were on the car were so badly rusted through they could not be repaired. In September 2020 I ordered a set of reproduction bumpers and as of August 2021 I still did not have them and could not get an estimated delivery date. While attending the 2021 Corvettes at Carlisle event, I found many used bumper cores in great condition. After looking at several bumpers and negotiating the best deal I could, I purchased them and took them immediately to one of the many chrome platers on the Carlisle Fairgrounds. In three months, I had a perfect set of show chrome front bumpers for approximately the same price as a set of reproductions. While at the Corvette show, I also purchased a set of C7 Z-06 chrome wheels from one of the vendors. There are some parts for the first-generation Corvettes which are not reproduced so a swap meet (thank you Carlisle Events) or the internet are your only options. Before my wife and I went to Carlisle in August 2021, I checked the internet prices for the parts on my list so I could compare them to the prices at Carlisle. One of the nice things about looking for used parts at any of the Carlisle swap meets is you actually meet the people you are dealing with and you can see the part you are purchasing. Every part I purchased at the swap meet was much cheaper than buying off the internet. At this point I am one year into the build.
When I got home from Carlisle, I ordered the new front end with a delivery date of March 2022. With the nose cut off at the firewall I decided to flip the car over to complete all of the repairs on the underside and apply paint. I built another dolly and mounted it to the top of the car. When family arrived for Thanksgiving 2021, they helped me turn the body upside down. Little did they know they would be working for their dinner. In February of 2022 with all repairs made and the underside painted, and with the help of family and friends, we flipped the car back over and set it on the chassis to get it ready for the new front end.
After removing the rest of the fiberglass from the old front end I found the left side hinge pillar was damaged beyond repair. I ordered a reproduction fiberglass replacement, which took another three months to get.
The new front end was not delivered until June 2022; approximately three months later than expected which in the long run gave me the time I needed to make the repairs to the left side hinge pillar. With the body mounted to the chassis, I was ready to start fitting the new press molded front end. As with any reproduction fiberglass part, there is some grinding and trimming of the part to make it fit properly. From the middle of June 2022 through the middle of August 2022 I had installed and removed the front end a total of seven times, each time trimming and sanding for a perfect fit. Shortly before Corvettes at Carlisle 2022 I had the front end fitted perfectly and bonded in place. Now...all I had left to do before taking it to the painter was to fit the doors, hood, deck lid, and trunk lid; which would have to wait until after Corvettes at Carlisle.
Off to Corvettes at Carlisle with a small list of parts I still needed which included rocker panel moldings. There was no shortage of good used moldings allowing me to get them at a great price. Also, while at Carlisle, we picked up our custom leather interior which we had ordered from Al Knoch Interiors during Fall Carlisle 2021.
So now I am at the two-year mark of the build, which is when I had originally hoped to have the car completely done. I can partially blame Covid and the lack of parts availability, but I also did find a lot of surprises along the way with one of the biggest surprises coming right after attending Corvettes at Carlisle 2022.
I was working on the passenger door gaps when I realized someone had mated a '62 outer door skin to a 61 inner door shell. Since the '62 Corvette has a unique one year only door and the inner shell being a 61 there were no provisions for mounting the arm rest. I decided to wait for the Fall Carlisle Swap meet hoping I might get lucky and find a passenger door. There were a few sets of doors there, unfortunately none for a '62 Corvette. All the vendors I spoke with had sold the ones they had at the Corvettes at Carlisle show. When I returned home, I had no choice but to search the internet for a good used door. Finding a passenger door for a '62 Corvette wasn’t a problem, the problem was finding one undamaged. I finally located one in California which appeared to be in good condition. After purchasing it, it took approximately two weeks to receive it and thankfully it was in pretty good condition. I stripped the paint off, made some minor repairs, and fit it to the car.
Early January 2023 I called the painter to see when my wife and I could deliver the car to him. On January 24th we trailered the car to Brad Goetz of HarborVette Fiberglass Magic in Erie, PA. Brad did an exceptionally nice job when painting our '61 Vette in 2011, so there was no question on whom we would have paint our '62 Vette. Since Brad made our '61 Vette look perfect, I know our '62 Vette is in good hands.
All we can do now is wait for Brad to work his magic and return the car to us so I can put the Vette back together.
Learn all about Corvettes at Carlisle, the location where Robert and his wife Carrie sourced many of their parts, in person August 24-26, 2023 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. Complete event details can be found online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
Whether attending an event far from …
Whether attending an event far from home or moving your 4x4 for any reason, covering long distances isn’t always easy. If you can’t physically drive your 4x4, you must prepare safe and secure transport.
Some of the following tips for transporting a 4x4 will help you get the vehicle to the intended destination yourself or with third-party assistance.
Make sure the vehicle is adequately secured to the trailer or transport vehicle. Use wheel straps or chocks to keep the car from moving during transit.
To increase transportation safety, check the load capacity of the trailer or transport vehicle. You must ensure it can safely handle the weight of the 4x4 vehicle, especially when going over rough terrain and bad roads.
Naturally, it would help if you always used a proper hitch and safety chains. Shippers and car manufacturers can help you determine your vehicle’s equipment needs for easier and safer transportation.
If you’re transporting a 4x4 vehicle with a lift kit, make sure you have a trailer with a ramp. A lowboy trailer with a beavertail is a dependable alternative.
Ensure the vehicle’s fluids are at the proper levels before moving it over long distances. This includes the oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid.
Note that this is a mandatory step when shipping with car transport companies. You can find out more about that at https://a1autotransport.com
Another thing you can do is make sure the vehicle’s tires are properly inflated and in good condition. It can help absorb vibrations and minimize wear during transport. Furthermore, it makes the vehicle easier to load onto a trailer.
If the vehicle is transported a long distance, consider disconnecting the battery to prevent any electrical issues.
Always make sure the vehicle is insured correctly for transport.
Here’s another one of the top tips for transporting a 4x4.
Before moving a 4x4 or any vehicle, for that matter, check the road and weather conditions, and plan your route accordingly to avoid any potential hazards.
Drive slowly and cautiously, and be aware of dangerous weather, bad roads, high traffic areas, etc.
There are several reasons why using a car transport company is better for transporting a 4x4 vehicle across state lines.
Hiring a vehicle transport company eliminates the need for you to drive the vehicle yourself. That can save you a significant amount of time and effort.
Furthermore, professional carriers will take responsibility for moving your car from point A to B, giving you extra peace of mind. It can be a key advantage when selling your 4x4 to an out-of-state buyer.
Professional vehicle transport companies are experienced in safely and securely transporting vehicles, which can give you confidence that your 4x4 vehicle will be transported without any damage.
If you want tips for transporting a 4x4 and saving money at the same time, choosing a carrier is a no-brainer.
It can be more cost-effective to hire a vehicle transport company than to drive the vehicle yourself, particularly if you’re traveling a long distance.
Transporters know the best routes to use to get better mileage. In addition, fulfilling multiple orders helps shipping companies accomplish more in a single run. Therefore, they can afford to give customers competitive rates.
In addition, you won’t have to rent or buy equipment you might not use again to move your 4x4 from point A to B.
Car transport companies have the necessary equipment and experience to safely transport your 4x4 vehicle.
For instance, car shippers usually have proper trailers with good anchoring mechanisms and straps to secure the vehicle during transport. Moreover, the trailers should have well-calibrated suspensions to minimize vibrations and potential wear during the trip.
In addition, you’re more likely to find enclosed trailers big enough to fit a 4x4. Lastly, you can ship multiple 4x4s with professional shippers.
Large open trailers can fulfill big orders and help you simultaneously move many vehicles to various locations.
Another consideration regarding equipment availability is gear and experience when transporting non-operational 4x4s. Loading and unloading cars that don’t run is much more complicated, and not everyone can handle it as a DIY project.
But shippers should understand the unique requirements of loading, securing, and unloading 4x4s in various conditions. Moreover, they have people who always do this type of work.
Another crucial tip for transporting a 4x4 is to buy insurance to cover potential damage. But the insurance you buy yourself can be expensive.
Many vehicle transport companies are insured, which means that if any damage occurs to your vehicle during transport, it will be covered by their insurance.
Another reason to consider shippers is the possibility of extra coverage. Not all car transporters pay top dollar for insurance. However, some are even insured for transporting high-end, vintage, and classic vehicles.
That means you can rest assured knowing that you will be reimbursed in the event of total loss.
Professional vehicle transport companies are reliable and typically provide a pick-up and delivery date, so you can plan your schedule accordingly.
In addition, vehicle transport companies are aware of the laws and regulations regarding the transport of 4x4s. As a result, they know how to comply with the different state laws while transporting your vehicle across state lines.
It’s less research for you to do and much less paperwork to fill out, especially for custom 4x4s with complex shipping requirements.
By not driving the vehicle across state lines, you will reduce the wear and tear on the vehicle. Maintaining its condition can increase its service life, preserve mileage, and increase or maintain its street value. The latter is an important consideration when selling a vehicle in a different state.
Careful planning is crucial for moving a 4x4 across long distances. Unless you want to drive the car, hiring professional shippers is one of the most important tips for transporting a 4x4 anyone can give you.
But regardless of who handles the shipping, know the process inside and out, the route, and all the requirements for safe transport.
Registering to Show at Carlisle
If you have questions or need to know more, visit A-1 Auto Transport on the web today! Otherwise, with this great transport education, make your plans to bring your 4x4 to Carlisle! While there aren't spots for ATV type 4X4s, the Carlisle Truck Nationals, Carlisle Ford Nationals, and Carlisle GM Nationals have ample space on their respective Showfields for 4x4 trucks, Jeeps, and SUVs. Visit Carlisle Events online today to learn more about the full event season, register to show, purchase discounted spectator admission tickets, become a vendor, and more.
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Have you ever been to an entertainment venue and seen people working there and thought, “wow these people get paid to do t …
Have you ever been to an entertainment venue and seen people working there and thought, “wow these people get paid to do that?” At Carlisle Events, we hear it too from those who come for a few days of fun. Some people literally can’t believe that our staff gets paid to play with (and around) cars. It’s true…we do indeed get paid. There are about 25 full-timers here that do actual work 12 months a year, but more importantly than that, we hire some 200 seasonal/part-time employees to help make our events go off without a hitch. This is where you come in. Carlisle Events is hiring and we’d like you to be part of the team and have a lot of fun along the way.
You don’t have to take our word for it. Hear from some of our part-timers in their own words.
Betsy Smith, a former full-time staff member, and current Guest Services team member said “I love meeting all kinds of new people. It’s fun to come back each year to reconnect with old friends and see all the cool cars. I grew up in a car family so to be able to earn some part-time money while doing something I enjoy is an added bonus.”
Mike Maust, who has worked with Carlisle Events for nearly 20 years, helping with set up and goody bags notes “I’m a people person. It’s always fun to meet new guests and see the smiles on their faces. I can tell by who comes through the gates as to what show we are having. Every show offers a different personality and level of fun. The chance to get paid to do something I enjoy is something I’ll never take for granted. It’s been a unique and fun experience working for Carlisle Events.”
Melanie Strickland, who works with Betsy in Guest Services, has been coming to Carlisle for the car shows for many years, but now she’s getting paid for it. “It’s fun. There’s no doubt this is the most fun I’ve ever had at a job. I used to come to the car shows all the time with my friends and family and the people working always looked like they were enjoying themselves. Turns out…they were because I do too. I enjoy working here now as much I did coming here then. I love meeting new people and helping them out.”
Don Shugart, who manages goody bag distribution and elements of Showfield registration in Guest Services, has been here for nearly 30 years. “I was contacted by Diane Vaughn due to my involvement with a local car club. I’m so glad she reached out, because this has been the best second job I could have ever hoped for. I’ve made friends that are part of my day life as well as those who I only see at shows each year. I love seeing the different types of cars, helping guests, and learning more about them. Best of all, I’ve had the chance to work with my kids for many years too.”
Tracey Graver, who has worn many hats over her 20+ years of part-time work at Carlisle (but currently distributes Goody Bags), echoes the sentiments of other Carlisle part-timers. “I love meeting people from around the world, seeing their cars, hearing their stories, and helping them out. I grew up in a car family and coming to the car shows. My parents always had something to show off and coming to Carlisle was very much a part of my upbringing. I’ve never looked at this work as a job. It’s just fun that I happen to get paid for.”
Roy Snoke, who leads the team we call “the parkers” and assists with event week Showfield logistics, has been working part-time at Carlisle for more than 20 years. Roy is an accountant and loves working at Carlisle because of the camaraderie and friendships he’s built with his fellow co-workers, Carlisle staff, and event guests. “I love meeting new people from all over the world, seeing all the cars; from those that are show ready when they show up, to those that are still being worked on, and it’s just a fun job…one I get paid to do. It’s also a great place to work for retirees like me and for students who are just starting out.” Roy, much like Don, has also had the chance to work with his daughter at events.
As you can see, there is fun to be had and memories to be made at a Carlisle car show. Join the team today. To apply, visit CarlisleEvents.com/Careers to download an application and fill it out in advance, then stop by the Carlisle Events offices (1000 Bryn Mawr Rd.) with two forms of ID to submit for consideration OR e-mail with questions.
There are employment opportunities available for would-be staffers of all ages. This age range spans early teens looking for their first job to retirees looking to stay busy. Where else can you get paid to see some of the coolest cars on the planet, mix and mingle with like-minded enthusiasts from around the world, maybe meet some celebrities, and get some free food too? Here’s what we are looking for and how you can get involved.
Gate Workers/Ticketing Staff/Parking Assistants: If you’re a people person, these jobs may be perfect for you. Be in the middle of the excitement as you help spectators and participants get parked, either off grounds or on the Showfield. You may also work as a ticketing staffer, selling or receiving admission tickets from attendees at the gates. Additional gate staff may be required to direct vehicles through in a timely manner.
Overnight Security: This position is part-time/seasonal. Currently seeking 3rd shift security employees responsible for patrolling the fairgrounds and serving as a checkpoint at the entrance. Work hours are 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. during evenings and weekends of events. Events are held outdoors, rain or shine.
Part-Time Event Prep, Custodial and Maintenance: The Carlisle Expo Center, located just a few blocks west of the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds on the north side of Carlisle, hosts a variety of events, trade shows, expos, and gatherings. The Expo Center is looking for Event Prep/Custodial and Maintenance help. Hours are part-time and include evening/weekend work. Duties vary and may include table/chair set-up, restroom/floor clean-up, trash, hanging banners, electric drops, operating scissor lift (18+), etc. Must be organized, self-motivated multi-tasker. General knowledge of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and custodial maintenance is a plus.
Sanitation: Maintain the cleanliness of the grounds during car shows. Earn some cash while you pick up the trash. You'll be part of a team that helps make the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds one of the cleanest and most welcoming live event venues in the region. We're looking for team members that are reliable, dependable, and willing/able to follow directions. These positions are available for weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Hours are flexible, part-time pay is competitive and jobs are available immediately through at least early October.
Of course, there’s more to the job than just the work and its paycheck. I mentioned some perks, too. Here’s a snapshot of the intangibles that come with working at Carlisle:
-FREE admission to events before and/or after shift
-FREE employee meal with your shift (up to an $8 value)
-FREE snacks and drinks throughout your shift
-FREE work shirt and hat provided
-FREE parking within close proximity to the facility
-Annual employee appreciation party
-Flexible scheduling opportunities may exist
-The opportunity to see some of the coolest cars and trucks on the planet
The automotive industry is ALWAYS on the look-out for its next generation. This week's All About Ca …
The automotive industry is ALWAYS on the look-out for its next generation. This week's All About Cars brings you a SEMA backed program that offers scholarship money to students preparing for careers in the automotive or performance parts industries. This is a story you'll want to check out, as FREE money is available for the future of the hobby.
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A new year yields fresh content from our Mopar-minded buddy, Lou Costabile. Let's journey back to July of 2022 and t …
A new year yields fresh content from our Mopar-minded buddy, Lou Costabile. Let's journey back to July of 2022 and the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals as Lou and his guest Ronny Conklin talk about Ronny's love for the AMC and his '79 Spirit AMX 360.
Do you have a car story? E-mail us today and you too may be featured on All About Cars! In the meanwhile, be sure to watch the video (linked below) and make your plans for the 2023 Carlisle Chrysler Nationals, July 14-16.
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Last week we shared a story from Theaa.com focused on driving in adverse weather. With today, December 21, 2022, mar …
Last week we shared a story from Theaa.com focused on driving in adverse weather. With today, December 21, 2022, marking the first day of winter, it makes sense to showcase another weather-related story; this time from Jalopnik!
By way of writer José Rodríguez Jr. and automotive web page Jalopnik, let's take a look at how winter weather can affect your EV's battery life. The concern isn't specific to one auto maker either. Right now, there's no way around it, but after reading José's feature story, you'll at least learn some tips on how to make the best of the situation. Bundle up and enjoy the read!
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A massive winter storm has been crossing the country, with east coast residents preparing for a dose of snow, ice, sleet, …
A massive winter storm has been crossing the country, with east coast residents preparing for a dose of snow, ice, sleet, and rain this week. Even if you're not impacted by this particular weather event, at some point you will be (or have been).
In this week's All About Cars, we're sharing out a piece from Theaa.com on some of the best practices for driving in adverse conditions. Remember, just because your vehicle has four-wheel drive, it doesn't mean you can't slide off the road or into another driver. Safe travels and check out their feature today to learn how you can become a better driver!
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I have driven many places and logged a ton of miles dating back to becoming a legal driver in the summer of 1994. Wh …
I have driven many places and logged a ton of miles dating back to becoming a legal driver in the summer of 1994. When I go on vacation, more times than not, I want to rent a car and traverse the lands to see things off the beaten path versus the standard tourist stops. I’ve driven cross country twice (Alaska to Pennsylvania and Florida to California). In the summer of 2021, I logged more than 2,000 miles in five days bouncing between Colorado and some of its neighboring states. I’ve driven in Canada, I’ve driven in the United States…but until recently, I’d never driven off continent. That all changed as part of a hybrid work/vacation trip I took to Germany!
What do you think when you think about driving in Germany? My first thought was…Autobahn! I also wondered about reading road signs, the types of cars I’d see, license plates, how did the roads and drivers measure up compared to the states, and even what the radio offerings might be like. For this week’s All About Cars, I’d like to share a little bit about my adventure in Deutschland!
I landed in Hamburg on Friday morning, November 11 and knew I had at least an 8 ½ hour/500 mile or so drive in front of me to get to Munich. The rental car company gave me a brand-new VW Golf diesel. I have never driven a VW before, but it was an automatic (I can drive a stick) and was going to get me a lot of miles to the gallon (or kilometers to the liter in this case), so I was happy with my get. I did spend a solid 30 minutes messing with settings, as the default language in the car was German, and my default language….is not. Once I did that (and burnt my finger on the very hot and very active cigarette lighter), I plugged in my phone for GPS purposes and I was off. The first sign I saw read Ausfahrt. Now, I learned after a while that this meant exit, but early on the sounds of that word made me laugh a little.
The highway wasn’t far from the airport and I spent equal parts time looking at the buildings, eying up the passing cars, and trying to best understand all the signs so as to avoid a speeding ticket. By the way, I am not sure I’ll be avoiding a speeding ticket (more on that later). Another word I heard a lot was Straße (stra-za), or street. Almost everything had the word Straße in it. Again, much like Ausfahrt, once you know, it makes a lot more sense.
My first foray onto a European highway saw many similarities to driving in the states. I know not every European country is this way, but Germany and Austria, the two countries I visited, were left side of the car, right side of the road driving, so that was helpful. Beyond that, the signage is similar, yet very different. If a sign needed to be blacked out due to construction or a closure, a DOT type would just put a large X over it in what looked like tape. Speed limit signs were circular and white, with red trim. Posted limits ranged from around 40 (24.8 MPH) to 130 (80.7) kilometers per hour. There was also the magical circle with no number and a line through it. That, I quickly learned, meant no speed limit and yes, it’s true…there are long chunks of road with no speed limit.
In case you’re wondering, during daylight hours, I did open up the Golf on a straight stretch and hit 137 MPH. Oddly, or not…I still wasn’t the fastest car on the road. Going that fast for any period of time was not of interest to me, so I scaled back to a more reasonable 107 and hit cruise. The car was smart enough to scale me back and accelerate for me depending on what zone I was in too. I also couldn’t help but smile when driving through some of the towns with neighborhood type streets. Some speed signs had a digital addition where you’d get a green smiley face if you were speed compliant and a red frowny face if you weren’t. The visual affirmation of compliance or shame of failure was well executed.
Cars wise, I mentioned my VW and yes, there were many VW’s on the road. I also saw a few offerings from Ford, including very American looking Rangers and Mustangs, but also saw some Euro builds including a Focus wagon and a Galaxy (not Galaxie). Additionally, I spotted the following: Fiat, Porsche, the Dacia Duster, Audi, Mini, BMW, Opel, and even a few Tesla’s. There were also four-wheelers and tractors on the road, but that’s only fair because one time I drove my car on a bike path. Oops! What I did not see where large SUVs, cross overs, lifted trucks, vans, Jeeps, most other forms of muscle car, or anything that we might construe as gawdy vehicles. Every tractor trailer I saw was flat nosed and none seemed to exceed what we view as a two-trailer load.
I was also smartened up to how to read a European license plate. I’m sure you’ve seen them before, but here’s what you’re actually looking at.
Once I knew the bottom left was the country, I played my own version of the license plate game. As I played that game, I caught what appeared to be some kind of in country satellite radio and listened to German DJ’s play many of my American rock favorites. Also…Rammstein.
Finally, the roads themselves…oh so smooth. I am sure potholes exist, but I didn’t see or hit any. Driving felt like a group effort, like everyone around me was on the same team vs. in the states where people weave in and out of traffic, just to get one car ahead and park at the same red light. The left lane of the highway was definitely for those going fast. Unless you’re the pace setter, don’t cruise in the left lane. A fast mover can come in hot behind you and their speed vs. your reaction time isn’t a math problem you want to solve. They’ll flash their lights, but it’s best to not be in the way. The right lane seemed to be for the slower drivers and the middle of the road was for drivers like me; you want to go fast, but not that fast…but faster than those people in the right lane. I also saw first-hand something I’ve long believed; that 100% of car vs. train accidents happen on the train tracks. Look, if tracks are where you are driving, let the train go by first. You won’t win. Finally, construction zones are tight when trying to pass a car, let alone a big rig. I almost got smushed. I mean, when I say tight, I mean no room for error tight. If you can wait it out, do that.
In all, Germany and Austria were amazing! Not only was it scenic, but the areas I experienced were clean, friendly, and fun. I may have fallen victim to an automatic speed camera or two near Hamburg on my way back, but the Polizei (police) and the rental car folks tell me I should be ok since I’m from out of country. We shall see. Either way, I’d love to go back and who knows, maybe next year I will.
If imports are your cup of tea, you can either head to Europe like I did, or make plans for the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals. This two-day event happens each year in May and brings together some of the coolest and hottest rides from around the world. You’ll see things that you’ve never seen before, and not just one of them either. Visit CarlisleEvents.com to learn more about the show and how you can be part of it!
All About Cars is a platform for us to share automotive-related content with you and this time, we’re turning the spotlight on a first-hand experie …
All About Cars is a platform for us to share automotive-related content with you and this time, we’re turning the spotlight on a first-hand experience that you can also enjoy! My name is Rebecca Spahr and during my more than twenty-year career with Carlisle Events, I’ve seen and experienced some pretty cool automotive sights and sounds. I’ve even been hands-on with some of the coolest rides to ever be produced. Recently, I had my coolest experience yet; driving an early 1900s-era Model T Ford at the nearby AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The displays at the AACA Museum are a walk-through time. It begins with an interactive garage with functioning equipment and moves on to huge display rooms with beautiful wall murals that bring the museum to life and create the perfect atmosphere for the featured vehicles. It’s not often that one gets the opportunity to get up close with historic vehicles, but there you can. I was honored with the opportunity to sit in one of Betty White’s cars, “the Peacock.” There is an entire room with hands-on exhibits about the Tucker, easily identified by its centered third headlight. The Museum also showcases displays of many diecast models, buses, a functioning model train room, and so much more. There are more “celebrity rides” than just Ms. White’s too. The bus display includes one famously used in Forrest Gump, one from Speed, and another from A League of Their Own.
For all the times I’ve gone to the museum, I never knew you could do more than just look at their cars. In fact, it was during a trip there in February that I was invited to be part of their Model T driving school. When I got there on an early October afternoon, I was amazed from start to finish at the experience.
The experience began in a classroom setting with an engine on display and a display board with photos and explanations of the curious 3-pedal function and hand levers. We were firmly warned that when turning to only move the wheel slightly or we ran the risk of “turning turtle” (flipping over).
The Museum has five different Model T body styles, however, three of them were under repair on the day of my visit. A group of lively volunteers was very welcoming and happy to answer my questions about their work and how things function on these cars of yester-century. I was impressed that they can keep 100+-year-old vehicles in running condition!
I chose to drive the 1913 red C Cab first, named for the shape of the box body. With my volunteer Jim behind the wheel, he moved the spark lever the whole way up, the accelerator lever just slightly down, and after I pushed the start button, the engine roared to life. At this point, the spark lever is lowered until the sound of the engine smooths out. To begin the movement, the floor lever is moved to neutral and when the reverse pedal is pressed the car gently moves backward. When we were out of the parking space, he released the reverse pedal, pressed the clutch pedal, and moved the floor lever into the low position. As soon as he lowered the accelerator lever we were off! During our voyage around the AACA Museum property, I couldn’t help but smile and wonder what it would have been like to drive this vehicle with my ancestors. Would we be headed to visit family, have a picnic or gather supplies?
My turn at the wheel came after Jim completed the loop. I was giddy with excitement and couldn’t remove the smile from my face as I moved levers, pressed pedals, and very gently turned the steering wheel. Bumping through a field, with the roar of the engine in my ears and the wind blowing through my hair, I was transported to a bygone era. I was at the wheel of a 102-year-old masterpiece – a Ford Model T. It wasn’t the first of the horseless carriages but it was the first automobile born of assembly line production which made it more accessible to middle-class Americans.
Several loops later, I switched to the 1920 Model T which didn’t have a roof like the C Cab. I learned that this car was personally owned by Jim years ago and he donated it to the museum for this program. I felt so incredibly privileged to be driving his vehicle. I bombarded him with questions and he was patient and kind in providing all the answers. He even offered some stories, which were very entertaining.
The AACA Museum volunteers were so accommodating and generous with their time and kindness and patient with my questions and curiosity. They made the driving experience all the more fun. They even rewarded me with a certificate and a hat!
You can have this same amazing experience as I did with our friends at the AACA in 2023! They have multiple cars and classes available throughout the year and if you’re an AACA member, it’s just $140 and WELL WORTH IT! Dates are below or you can visit them online for details about not only the class but the museum itself.
June 21, July 12, 22, August 5, 19, September 9, 17, October 14, 28
Model T Driving Experience - AACA Museum
The Ford Truck market is hotter than ever right now, from Maverick to Super Duty, the market is showing no signs of slowin …
The Ford Truck market is hotter than ever right now, from Maverick to Super Duty, the market is showing no signs of slowing down. This year's SEMA Show was no exception, and everything from slammed Ford trucks to jacked-up customs truly (in some cases literally) rose above the competition. From new to old, Ford Trucks were not only Built Ford Proud, but modified and customized to a new level of Pride that every single one of these vehicle owners showed.
The first things to catch my attention were at the entrance to the Central Hall and the in the back of the Central Hall, mainly because our Carlisle Events booth was located with our friends in the ARMO area. There were two Lightnings that caught my eye mainly because of the monsters under their hoods. Now naturally those monsters were Ford’s new 7.3L “Godzilla” engine.
Another super popular area to spot Truck builds has been the Dub Lifted and Leveled showcase at The SEMA Show. Ford Trucks of all kinds have staked their claims to this area mostly due the sheer numbers of builds! It was insane.
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Walking between the halls, I spotted something popping out in the Toyo Tires booth as well. Most of the builds showcased in that area were from the Import market, however this Ford Ranchero stood out for a number of reasons. Its level of customization caught my eye first, and then I looked under the hood and spotted that Coyote howling from its engine bay.
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A new up and comer in the Ford market also has started making its aftermarket splash at the show. Ford’s new Maverick was showcased in not only some cool sport truck stylings, but also in some 90’s-esque mini truck builds. As production quantities incraese on these, I can't wait to see where the aftermarket world takes the Maverick.
Wheels and tires make or break most truck builds, so naturally I had to check out the Wheel and Tire Area in the South Hall.
This year’s West Hall (I call it the "Truck Hall") was overtaken by Broncos, however a ton of unique and custom Ford Trucks also stood out.
Closing out the week, I had to check out the trucks in the outside areas in front of the Central and North Halls.These trucks definitely took things to another level.
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With SEMA Ignited had me finding a few more trucks in the TIS Offroad area. These Ford Trucks are the definition of customization, and take things to an entirely new level for Ford Truck enthusiasts.
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All in all, the SEMA Show each year showcases the latest and greatest trends of the automotive industry. This year was no different and Ford Trucks seem to keep dominating in what I see out there. I can’t wait to see what June brings for the Ford Truck enthusiasts at the Carlisle Ford Nationals happening June 2-4 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Ken Appell has been an employee of Carlisle Events and event manager of the Carlisle Ford Nationals since 2012.
The aftermarket and Ford enthusiast market is going absolutely bananas over the new Ford Bronco. This year at SEMA, that p …
The aftermarket and Ford enthusiast market is going absolutely bananas over the new Ford Bronco. This year at SEMA, that passion has been matched with numerous builds of new and old Ford Broncos. It was truly “Broncomonium” (I'm making that a word) with new aftermarket modifications debuting for new Broncos, and lots of traditional builds showcasing older Broncos.
My first stop was the Central Hall and the halls that surround it. Mainly because our Carlisle Events booth was located with our friends in the ARMO area. New Broncos greeted guests as they entered the first part of the Central Hall with loads of new accessories. Look for those accessories to be launched at your local auto parts stores in Q1 of 2023.
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I saw tons of Ford Trucks all throughout the event. A super popular area to spot Truck and SUV builds has been the all-new West Hall at the SEMA Show (I call it the Truck Hall). Broncos staked their claim to this hall dominating not only the aftermarket "bolt-on" parts but also some serious off-road accessories that will make all Bronco fans' mouths water.
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Walking between the halls I spotted some killer builds as well. Most of these builds showcased the offroad potential of the new Bronco, and I also saw a few older Broncos.
Not to be forgotten, and a can’t miss feature in recent years of the SEMA Show, has been the Dub Lifted and Leveled showcase outside the South Hall. These builds typically showcase the "wild side" of the modification world, and they certainly lived up to my expectations.
SEMA Ignited (The SEMA Show post-trade-show public event) was rocking and blasting into the night on Friday, which led me to a few more builds in the TIS Offroad area. These Broncos are certainly at the customization forefront, and really take things to an entirely new level for Bronco enthusiasts the world over.
All in all, the SEMA Show each year showcases the latest and greatest trends of the automotive industry. Not only was the Ford Bronco and its aftermarket trending all over the show but it’s definitely ushering in an entirely new vibe in the Ford market. I can’t wait to see what June brings for the Bronco enthusiasts at the Carlisle Ford Nationals happening June 2-4 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Ken Appell has been an employee of Carlisle Events and event manager of the Carlisle Ford Nationals since 2012.
Annually in late October/early November, automotive businesses from around the world converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center f …
Annually in late October/early November, automotive businesses from around the world converge on the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. SEMA, short for the Specialty Equipment Market Association, is a trade association that consists of a diverse group of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, auto restorers, street-rod builders, restylers, car clubs, race teams, and more. The show itself brings a who’s who of the automotive world to Vegas to show off their products and builds, network with industry professionals, and in some cases, receive special honors.
For 2022, SEMA honors have not only been bestowed on Carlisle Events, but one of its staff members too. At a banquet/dinner on November 1 hosted by the Automotive Restoration Market Organization (ARMO), Carlisle Events was recognized as its Business of the Year, while Sponsorship and Development Specialist Jeff Broadus was inducted into the ARMO Hall of Fame.
Candidates for the ARMO Business of the Year award must have demonstrated exceptional service, integrity and business ethics as well as made a commendable contribution to the restoration industry and for 2022, that distinction goes to Carlisle Events.
While the aforementioned award is for a business, the ARMO Hall of Fame focuses more on individuals who have played an integral role in the advancement of the restoration industry. For Broadus, his contributions to the hobby extend beyond Carlisle Events, but the sum of his accomplishments meant that his first year with the Carlisle team was award-worthy.
The Hall of Fame dates back to 1998 and the honor for Broadus means THREE Carlisle Events team members have been tapped as Hall of Famers since its inception. Past inductees include Carlisle Events co-founder Chip Miller (2004) and long-time Director of Business and Event Development, Jim Vinarski (2018).
“Carlisle Events has a long and rich history of supporting SEMA and ARMO,” said co-owner Lance Miller. “We were honored and quite humbled to be awarded ARMO 2022 Business of the Year. We take great pride in every event we host and our goal is for each person that enters our gates to feel like a member of the Carlisle family,” continued Miller. “This award really goes to each of our supporters and our team. We love this hobby and appreciate being a small part of it.”
As our team returns from SEMA in the coming days, their focus immediately turns to the 2023 events season, which starts January 20 with Auto Mania (January 20-22) in Allentown, Pennsylvania and concludes with the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction (November 10-11). In between, there are a dozen events and auctions. The season schedule spans months as car enthusiasts converge on America’s Automotive Hometown, Carlisle, Pennsylvania and beyond, for some of the biggest classic and collector car events in the world.
Complete details about the upcoming 2023 season are available online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855, while auction specific information is available at CarlisleAuctions.com or by calling 717-960-6400.
If you've spent a ton of money on your car. You probably want to ensure it stays safe and looks good for as long as possible. Well, there …
If you've spent a ton of money on your car. You probably want to ensure it stays safe and looks good for as long as possible. Well, there are some easy ways to maintain the freshness of your car that don't even require an ounce of effort. Here are five tips to help keep your ride looking its best!
Oil is the life of your engine. It's what keeps everything cool, lubricated, and clean. Oil helps maintain a smooth running engine by keeping all moving parts from grinding.
Changing the oil at regular intervals will help you get more miles out of your car or truck before it needs to be completely overhauled or replaced. Not changing your oil regularly risks damaging the engine and other parts, such as transmissions and differentials in trucks and SUVs (or 4×4 vehicles).
The best thing about changing your oil is that it costs less than having someone else do it for you. Plenty of great tutorials are available online, so anyone can learn how easy it is!
Your car is equipped with an air filter that maintains the quality of the air inside and keeps your engine running at peak performance. Keeping this filter clean is essential, as dust and debris can clog it up and reduce your vehicle's fuel efficiency. We recommend changing your car's air filter every 12-15 months or whenever you notice a decrease in acceleration or poor performance due to poor ventilation.
To change your car's air filter, locate the air filter compartment on top of your engine block (usually near where you attach windshield wiper fluid). If you don't see one, look under your hood by checking behind various components like hoses or belts. This may help you identify where exactly it is located on your vehicle model type. Research online to promptly find replacement parts like filters before needing them again quickly!
As with most things, it is best to start with a thorough inspection of your car's ignition system-this can be done at home. To do this, check the ignition coil and crankshaft position sensor (CPS). These two parts can be damaged by water and debris that get into them during heavy rain or snow storms-so make sure they're dry before starting up again.
In most cases, the spark plugs are located in the cylinder head. When you look at your car's engine, you will find these metal cylinders sticking out of each of its four corners.
The job of these spark plugs is to convert chemical energy into electrical energy so that other parts of the vehicle system can use it.
When those metal cylinders become dirty and clogged with carbon deposits or other impurities, they no longer work effectively. Their ability to convert chemical energy into electric current has also been compromised.
When talking about maintaining your car’s freshness over time, it is important to talk about car insurance. If you are taking the time to ensure your car’s interior and exterior stays fresh and clean, you’ll want to dedicate time to finding a comprehensive and high quality car insurance plan.
In order to find the best car insurance prices available for your car, you should compare quotes from multiple sources. This will give you a good idea of how much you should be paying. After all, you’ll want to make sure your car is protected from the inside out - especially after spending so much time and money maintaining the interior and exterior.
Keeping your car sparkling and fresh can be a daunting task. Fortunately, you can easily maintain the freshness of your vehicle with these top 5 tips. After using these tips to keep your car running long-term, check out the events schedule to meet up with other car enthusiasts at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds for the world famous car shows at Carlisle! Whatever you fancy, the folks at Carlisle Events have something just for you!
Annually, the Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores ho …
Annually, the Carlisle Truck Nationals presented by A&A Auto Stores host trucks of all shapes, sizes, styles, and eras. In addition, hundreds of Big Rigs populate the Big Rig Show and Shine. These haulers are just a few of the millions of "big trucks" that traverse our country's roadways daily, delivering goods and services to all of us. For this week's All About Cars, we celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Below is a recognition piece from our friends at the American Trucking Associations! In addition to their adulations, Carlisle Events would like to thank every trucker on the road today as well as every trucker who has ever been part of the Carlisle Truck Nationals and Big Rig Show and Shine!
Every day, millions of Americans get behind the wheel and head out on the highways. Some of them are off to the grocery store, some to their place of work and others on road trips, but 3.6 million are professional truck drivers. These are the hard-working professional men and women that deliver the goods that keep America moving.
From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, to the medical supplies and equipment we use to stay healthy – professional truck drivers get things where they need to be, on time, safely, and securely.
Beginning on September 11, 2022, we will celebrate National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (NTDAW). Before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic, professional truck drivers take on a heroic role by delivering the essential goods to our country. The sacrifices that professional drivers made to help carry the nation through the pandemic must never be understated. To deliver for American families, drivers put their own health, and the health of their families on the line. Their dedication and sacrifice is deserving of our praise, recognition, and appreciation.
Truck drivers deliver over 10 billion tons of freight every year, which is about 70% of all the freight moved in the U.S. In the United States, 80% of communities – cities and towns just like Carlisle, Pennsylvania – receive all their goods via truck.
The trucking industry is the backbone of our economy, and our professional drivers are the industry’s heart. Their commitment to safety and dependability ensures our quality of life remains intact – even during a global pandemic.
This week, when you’re in a grocery store, take a minute to notice how stocked the shelves are – and always remained, even during the most trying moments of the pandemic. Then think about the professional drivers that delivered all the food you, and everyone else you know, put into your carts and brought home to your families. When sitting at home, maybe in your home office, look around and realize that everything inside it was at some point in the back of truck before it got to where it is now.
When next at a restaurant or picking up takeout, think about the meal you’re about to eat and how the ingredients were very recently delivered by truck. Think about all the jobs truck drivers have made possible out of the commitment to do theirs.
The next time you’re cruising down the highway and pass by a truck, give them the famous honking sign – they’ll love it! If a passenger in your vehicle is able to capture the moment on video, post it to social media and include the hashtag #honkforhighwayhereos and #thankatrucker.
During this National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, take a moment to be thankful for the efforts of America’s truck drivers and recognize that without them, your home, your workplace, your dinner table, and your life, would look very different.
Our most sincere thanks to America's professional truck drivers, who truly do move our great country forward.
Staffers of Carlisle Events are privy to some things that we can't always share in advance of an event. Sometimes, w …
Staffers of Carlisle Events are privy to some things that we can't always share in advance of an event. Sometimes, we can't even share them at the event but if you (the event guest) notice them, we can talk about it. One such thing is Team Chevrolet's fleet of Z06 Corvettes that they brought to Corvettes at Carlisle in 2022. Sure, they had a few Z06 Corvettes within their tent and even hosted walk-arounds on the 70th Anniversary edition, but did you know there were about two dozen more just kind around the grounds...hidden in plain sight?
Our friends at Corvette Forum did not know this in advance, but when writer Joe Kucinski parked his car in the VIP lot, he stumbled into a jackpot!
Check out this week's All About Cars to learn about the rides that Team Chevrolet brought to Carlisle, including VIN #002!
Hidden C8 Z06 Test Fleet Found at Corvettes at Carlisle 2022 by Joe Kucinski
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