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Just like the titles reads, the 50th Anniversary Bloomington Gold Corvette event was held recently. The event has moved around frequentl …
Just like the titles reads, the 50th Anniversary Bloomington Gold Corvette event was held recently. The event has moved around frequently over the years. I personally feel this year it was at the right venue – where it started. Bloomington, Illinois holds true to some wonderful memories through the years. For as long as I can remember, my father and I would venture off to Bloomington Gold each year to help promote Corvettes at Carlisle and our other events. Dad would judge each year for BG which forced me to hand out brochures for our events and speaking to potential new guests.
Speaking of great memories, all I heard over the two-day event was people reminiscing of the old days at Bloomington Gold. Yes, I was often trying to remember much of the facility from “back in the day” however I honestly did not. With that said, the event was held at Illinois State University which is a state of the art beautiful campus. What I did remember were all the fun memories I had with my father/son trips to/from BG each year. I recall burnouts in the hotel parking lots, to fun parties at friends homes to just hanging out with a bundle of Corvette buddies. Again, I love that Bloomington Gold is back home…it just felt right.
The first day was setup day, so I setup our indoor booth space in the arena which was a very large facility that consists of many basketball courts. There were plenty of vendors setup in the indoor arena and there was also some outdoor vending as well. I enjoyed making my rounds and catching up with many vendors throughout the event. Just about everyone I spoke too really liked the new venue and a majority of them felt that more people came out versus the previous location which was at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Bloomington Gold is certainly known for their judging and this year didn’t disappoint. When you walked into the amazing Redbird Arena. There were Corvettes of all generations represented and the view was superb when looking down from the birds-eye view seating. On Saturday, the Corvette parade was well received too. I enjoyed walking around downtown Bloomington-Normal as they had a band playing in the streets.
One of my favorite parts of Bloomington Gold is the Special Collection. This year hosted some of the very best Corvettes in the world. It was really amazing seeing them all in one location. Speaking of memories, boy did this building bring back some serious memories – the same one that the Special Collection started in. There were super low mileage L88’s (12 mile car) all the way to a ’63 Grand Sport from the Revs Institute and everything in between. I took plenty of pictures for you to enjoy the event if you couldn’t make it.
Overall Bloomington Gold was a fun-filled event. As I often say… the cars bring us together, but the people behind the wheel is what the hobby is all about. It was nice catching up with many friends and forming a few new ones along the way. Life is good!
In today's world, used or "pre-owned" cars and trucks may command a high price, but how do you make a purchase without being taken advantage of - or worse yet, buying a lemon?
This is what Paul will cover during these FREE how-to seminars. Spread the word because the seminars will be about how to purchase a used vehicle and NOT be taken advantage of.
This interactive seminar hosted by Paul will cover things for the first time buyer or a seasoned owner to help eliminate the mystery of used car purchases. Koerner has over 25 years of experience serving many different makes and models and will guide you through the ins and out.
Again, this seminar is FREE once on-site, so be sure to make your plans to literally "learn more" at a Carlisle car show in 2022!
Don't take my word for it - hear it from Paul himself!
Carlisle Chrysler Nationals Preview
It was clear that people were ready to get back out in 2021 and we saw that with a record setting 2,927 show cars! That beats the old record by more than 100 cars, which is bittersweet because we did it without our Canadian friends who typically bring another 120 Mopars. We have our fingers crossed in hopes that we break the 3,000-car mark this year, but even more important, we want to see our Canadian Mopar family again. We hope you’ll join us this July to help break the record and exceed 3,000 cars.
Speaking of huge, the all-Mopar swap meet is on track to sell out again. After selling out in 2019 and 2021 (we sold Car Corral spots for general vending to accommodate where we could), we added a few more spaces; don’t ask how!! We have just over 3,000 vending spaces in the swap meet and as of this writing (late March), we have less than 300 remaining. If you haven’t booked your spaces yet, contact us ASAP to see if we have any left.
In a lot of cases, there is an actual family connection with our Mopars and we’re going to highlight some of those vehicles this year with a Mopars in the Family display. We’re looking for cool cars for this, but we’re just as interested in the story. We’ve heard some incredible stories involving Mopars over the years and now we want to feature them. The only requirement for consideration is a family connection. We’ll know a great story when we hear it, so if you have one that you think qualifies, please submit an application.
We’re taking a slight detour for our next featured display, but this isn’t the first time we’ve done something untraditional. We did the first ever Barn Finds display way back in 2010 by filling Building Y with derelict Mopars. Our sanity was questioned but it turned out to be a hit. This year we’re straying from automobiles a bit and doing a non-automotive Mopar Collectibles Display. Imagine a building filled with go karts, bicycles, Sno Runners, boats, driving simulators and more…all with a Mopar connection. We’re still looking for cool items and we’re especially looking for things we might not know exist. You’re strongly encouraged to submit if you have something for this once-in-a-lifetime display. You won’t want to miss this one!
1972 was a full 50 years ago. Performance was waning but Mopar hadn’t given up. You could still get a 440, a 4-speed and a Dana 60 in a B-Body. 340s still rocked and came in some pretty attractive packages. We’ll have some of the nicest ‘72s and a couple of the rarest as we celebrate 50 years of the 1972 model year. If you have a truly unique ’72, go to www.CarlisleFeatures.com to submit an application.
Most people reading this probably remember when the Prowler came out. It was unlike anything an OEM had ever made. It was a factory-built street rod. It wasn’t all that long ago, right? It was 25 years ago! It’s kind of rare to see a Prowler these days but we’re expecting to have 50+ including some special ones in a big tent on the Showfield. From bone stock to highly modified, we’ll have them all.
We didn’t let Covid slow us down in 2020 and put our full effort into the show. We wanted everyone who attended to get the same experience and quality they have come to expect from Carlisle Events. Even though many 1970 Charger owners are from Canada, including the leader of the registry, we moved forward with the 50th anniversary celebration. It was done with the understanding that there would be a redo as soon as Canadians could travel freely to the US. So this year will be the 1970 Charger 50th Anniversary Redux. These owners are a passionate bunch and we’re expecting a record turnout!
We were tightlipped about last year’s collectible diecast offering because we weren’t sure if it would be done in time due to its complexity. We replicated John McCabe’s Old Skool Paint 1971 Charger dubbed “Mr. Hemi.” It was our coolest offering to date! This year we have the first in a two-part set. Do you remember the 1971 ‘Cuda ad with the 340 on the left and the Hemicuda on the right? This year will be the 340 ‘Cuda and the packaging will be the left side of the ad. Next year we’ll offer the Hemicuda with the right side of the ad. When displayed together, you’ll have the full ad.
We’re always adding something new to the show and this year we’re doing something we’ve never done. Join us at the stage on Friday morning for a “State of the Hobby” address. You’re reading MCG right now so you’re most likely familiar with Rob’s annual “State of the Hobby” column. However, this will be live and will involve several presenters including media, restorers, custom builders, Mopar businesses, SEMA reps, show promoters, racers and more. At the conclusion of the address there will be some really cool Mopar unveilings. Stay tuned!
In addition to the aforementioned highlights, the show will have Mel Major’s Mopar Survivors display, autocross shootout, special guests, Kids at Carlisle, women’s activities and so much more. Outside of the event hours, don’t forget to hang out with your Mopar family. We’ve been part of some pretty awesome hotel parking lot gatherings. You’re also welcome to stick around the fairgrounds to hang at your club tent, by your car, etc. Whatever you decide, make sure to make the most of your time at the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals in Carlisle, PA, July 15-17. Go to www.CarlisleEvents.com for more information.
To a historian, the Turnpike is one of the last great expressions of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, and surely one of the most enduring. …
To a historian, the Turnpike is one of the last great expressions of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, and surely one of the most enduring. To the 15,000 people who built the first 160 miles in a shade less than two years, it was a gigantic project squeezed into an impossibly short timetable.
Today, to more than 200 million motorists and truckers a year, it is a highway that offers savings in time, fuel, and vehicle wear.
In their rush to get to the next exit, it’s likely that most of those travelers today consider the Turnpike to be just another road. Yet, when the first stretch of 160 miles from Carlisle to Irwin opened on Oct. 1, 1940, it was absolutely unique in American transportation. It was the nation’s first superhighway, forming the blueprint for creation of the federally sponsored Interstate Highway network – 43,000 miles of multiple-lane, divided, limited-access roads that American motorists very much take for granted today.
“In an era of jet travel, magnetic levitation trains, and eight-lane interstates, it’s hard to imagine the curiosity and pure marvel generated by what is today commonplace,” wrote Frank Cozzoli, a staff writer of the Harrisburg Patriot and Evening News. “People were so enamored with the highway, they actually drove it for no reason at all, often stopping at the modern service plazas, treating themselves to ice cream at the Howard Johnson’s fountain, and then returning home.”
Designing and building the Turnpike was a massive undertaking. Ground was broken on Oct. 27, 1938, on a 10-mile stretch near Newville, Cumberland County, that would involve excavation of 850,000 cubic yards of earth and rock. The contract amount was $458,058 – a sum that today would buy a very small bridge. L.M. Hutchison of Mount Union, who was an APC officer at that time, submitted the lowest of 23 bids.
First concrete was poured on Dec. 13, 1938, on the foundation of an eight-foot reinforced concrete culvert near Newville. Two days later, Walter Jones and Turnpike Chief Engineer Samuel W. Marshall addressed APC’s convention in Harrisburg. One of the other speakers discussed “German Highways,” a reference to the Autobahn system after which the general Turnpike design was patterned.
With such a short deadline for construction, time was too precious to design the project in its entirety before work began. Because the PWA was scheduled to go out of existence in mid-1940, the Turnpike Commission was supposed to have the highway substantially complete within 20 months (later extended). Within a year of the groundbreaking, some 1,100 engineers were at work grinding out design plans while construction was already underway on sections already contracted.
By working two and three shifts, with huge spotlights blazing through the night in some of the most rural areas, the 155 contractor firms completed the job in 23 months. The design standards were striking for that era – no grade was steeper than 3 percent; no curve was sharper than 6 degrees (and all were designed with spiral easements and superelevation); and 110 miles of the 160-mile total was on straightaways.
Each lane was 12 feet wide, with a 10-foot-wide grass median strip. Seven tunnels, averaging a mile each, were constructed as the means of avoiding the climb over the Alleghenies. Not only did they keep the motorist off the foggy mountaintops, but they also sliced the accumulated climb from 13,000 feet, via U.S. Route 30, to just 3,990 feet.
The historical importance of the Turnpike was obvious even as it was being built. George Briner of Carlisle went to work on a Turnpike crew, driving a petroleum truck, soon after graduating from Dickinson College with a degree in history. “I just wanted to say I worked on the first superhighway,” he said. “I didn’t care what job I did.”
The project was not without its share of incidents. There were labor troubles between established unions and local people who wanted Turnpike jobs in Somerset County. Twenty-one sticks of dynamite were found under a bridge in Bedford County, and some sabotage of equipment was reported. Fights sometimes broke out in the workers’ camps. And at least 19 workers died in construction accidents, four of them in August 1939 in a rock fall inside Laurel Hill Tunnel.
Finally, the great road that everyone was calling the “Dream Highway” was completed. It was opened Oct. 1, 1940 at 12:01 a.m. Because of partisan political considerations, no special ceremonies were held.
Along the highway, 10 service plazas offered travelers Howard Johnson’s food and Esso gasoline. An immediate success, the Turnpike handled an unbelievable 27,000 vehicles on the first Sunday it was open, and 30,000 the second Sunday. In its first year the road carried 2.4-million vehicles, compared to the Commission’s own estimates of 1.3 million and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads’ pessimistic estimate of 261,000. The 2.4 million annual vehicles that traveled in 1940- 41 represents about 4 days worth of traffic in recent pre-pandemic traffic volume levels. Probably the most striking aspect of the Turnpike’s opening was that it cut an arduous, six-hour drive across Pennsylvania’s mountains via the winding, hilly William Penn or Lincoln Highways to about 2-1/2 hours for the fastest motorists.
By the time Pennsylvania’s initial toll-road expansion ended, the system reached 470 miles in length. More was planned, but the passage of federal legislation in 1956, creating the toll-free Interstate Highway system with its 90 percent federal funding guarantee, put an end to toll road growth. The Pennsylvania portions of Interstate 79, I-80, I-81, I-90 and part of U.S. Route 15 (Harrisburg to Gettysburg) all were proposed in legislation as Turnpike extensions before the Interstate Act came along.
Today the Turnpike continues its legacy of innovation in the ground-transportation industry with a modern-day mission to operate a safe, reliable, customer-valued toll road system that supports national mobility and commerce. Recent advances include designing and building award-winning facilities and structures; investing in wider and smoother roadways; and providing traveler benefits such as All-Electronic Tolling, innovative smartphone apps, and a dedicated 24/7 customer safety and response team.
To learn more about the PA Turnpike’s deep history, please visit https://www.paturnpike.com/about-us/turnpike-history.
This article, written by Dan Cupper, a Harrisburg-based transportation writer, appeared in Highway Builder in 2015 and has been edited and updated to reflect current Turnpike history.
With every automotive event schedule generated by Carlisle Events, the Carlisle Auctions brand is represented. America’s Automotive Hometown …
With every automotive event schedule generated by Carlisle Events, the Carlisle Auctions brand is represented. America’s Automotive Hometown auction house presents four amazing annual options for its passionate customer base. Two of those events take place in conjunction with Spring and Fall Carlisle respectively at the Carlisle Expo Center, while two other auctions are held in Lakeland, Florida at the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus. Auctions have grown in size and have been enhanced in presentation, but at the end of the day, it’s an auction house working with sellers to offer buyers a variety of options for purchase. This process is one of four elements: buyers, sellers, consignments, and the venue/logistics that goes into an event.
Recently, Director of Auction Operations Tony Cline sat down with me and All About Cars to discuss what goes into the consignment and auction process and how his team goes about picking prime lots for their events.
Q: Has your consignment process been the same since you started with Carlisle Auctions in 2012?
A: No. As our auctions continue to grow and gain traction, our consignment process has continued to evolve, much to the delight of everyone I’ve talked to over the years.
Q: Do you have to be a certain age or have a certain credit limit/level of income to be able to bid and buy on a vehicle?
A: There is nothing in the Vehicle Code which prohibits a minor individual from owning a motor vehicle. Unfortunately, car finance isn't an option for anyone under 18, as you're not allowed to sign a credit agreement until the age of 18.
Q: How many people does it take to staff an auction and what are some of their responsibilities?
A: We have about 75-100 staffers working an auction. Their jobs vary, but positions include checking in consignments and bidders, registering bidders in person, the title department, auction block staff, drivers, security, and those that handle post-sale.
Q: What kinds of lots are accepted? Is it just classic muscle or are there more options than that?
A: Our auction house considers and accepts a variety of options. This includes American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, and even customs.
Q: When do vehicles start arriving for the auction and what are the steps for preparing them to run across the block?
A: We start to accept consignments the Monday of auction week. Owners who have consigned vehicles to our auction are responsible for having their consignments cleaned and details. We also have detailers on-site who can be contracted for their services if need be.
Q: So, is it only cars that you accept as a consignment?
A: No. We have accepted non-automotive consignments, but more so, we do accept Jeeps, SUVs, Vans, and trucks. We’ve found that trucks are incredibly popular and as such, have incorporated an all-Truck hour into the first day of each of our auctions.
Q: Ok, so Carlisle Auctions takes consignments and sells cars in person, on the phone, or online. Is there anything about your auction house that makes it unique?
A: Absolutely! We are the ONLY auction house to offer a FREE UNLESS SOLD guarantee on lots 25 years or older. This guarantee means that if a particular consignment of that vintage does not sell after our marketing and promotional efforts, the consignor gets their consignment fees refunded to them. We are also family oriented, in that we are family owned and operated. That means in turn, we do our best to treat everyone as family, not just a number on a run sheet.
Q: Are there any “must have’s” on your end from a consignor to better their odds of selling at a Carlisle Auction?
A: Photos and details! When a seller makes the commitment to consign with us, we urge them to offer multiple quality photos and as much detail as possible on their consignment. In conjunction with our marketing team, we actively work to promote every consignment by way of social media, video, and advertising on the pages of some of the largest and most popular trades magazines and websites. These photos and details help tell the complete story of the car to prospective bidders/buyers.
Q: Is there a warranty or anything similar if a vehicle leaves the lot and there’s an unexpected issue with the vehicle?
A: All vehicle are sold AS IS - WHERE IS!
Q: What happens if a vehicle doesn’t sell?
A: All unsold vehicles return home with their owners.
Q: Does the vehicle have to be moved immediately following the auction, and does Carlisle Auctions assist with any arrangements?
A: Vehicles need to be picked up within four (4) days of the final sale day. Carlisle Auctions will recommend professional transport companies.
So…there you have it. Obviously, there’s a lot that goes into putting together a classic and collector car auction, but Tony Cline and his Carlisle Auctions team are seasoned pros in their field and are ready to talk with you today! Call Carlisle Auctions at 717-960-6400 to make your commitment for an upcoming auction and be sure to visit CarlisleAuctions.com to review consignments, register to bid, and more!
Finally, remaining 2022 auction dates are as follows: Spring Carlisle Collector Car Auction (April 21-22), Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction (September 29-30), and the Lakeland Fall Collector Car Auction (November 11-12).
Coming up this summer, Tony and I connect again on how he and his team slot confirmed consignments so that each day runs and flows smoothly for his staff as well as those who are buying, selling, or simply watching the event in person.
When you come to a car show at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds or an auction for that matter at …
When you come to a car show at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds or an auction for that matter at the neighboring Carlisle Expo Center, things appear to be ready to go once you get there, right? If only it were that simple. While car events primarily span April through October in Carlisle, there is day to day prep work that goes into making everything look as ready as possible for you when you arrive. Recently, I had the chance to connect with Carlisle Events General Manager and Director of Facilities, Scott Amig. Our conversation was brief, but as part of it, Scott explained what goes into prepping the grounds and making them “show ready” for you!
Q: When do you start getting ready for a show season?
A: Car show season prep starts in January and moves fast through March for the maintenance staff.
Q: What do you do during that three month span leading up to April and Spring Carlisle?
A: At the start of each year we begin the preventive maintenance on all our equipment. We bring it (the equipment) to the maintenance shop and begin pre-season service. This includes 50+ golf carts, nine vehicles, mowers of various size, tractors, pressure washers, blowers, weed whackers, a back hoe, skid loader, etc. We do this so they are all ready to go for the season.
Q: There has to be more to it than just prepping the gear? What else do you do?
A: The maintenance team also starts on projects for the year. For 2022, this included, building a shed for Gate 3, building the new EMS station, adding a cool down room to Building T, correcting lighting issues, updating lighting in areas, and repairing and painting bleachers.
Q: Not every day is so cold in the winter that your team can’t be outside. On those days, what do they do?
A: You’re right. So…as winter progresses, the guys are on the grounds on warmer days. When they can be outside, they are checking space markers, fixing bad spots on the grounds, checking buildings for roof leaks, painting space marks, fixing roadways, hanging signs, and much more to prepare the grounds for show season.
Q: After the first three months and once you know the equipment is functional, then what?
A: Once we roll into March and April, it is full blown show prep. The entire fairgrounds get all the water turned back on, which means putting all hardware back together and addressing any leaks. We turn off water heaters and boilers when it’s cold, so we fire those back up too and start getting ready to go for the food stand cleanings and inspections.
Q: There are more than a few buildings on grounds. What does your team do with them?
A: All the buildings get cleaned and prepped for the shows. Our staff and friends of Carlisle sometimes use our indoor space to store items in the winter months. All of those items must come out as we work to prepare the buildings.
Q: What other things does your team work on or work with?
A: Benches, bleachers, bike rack, ticket booths, picnic tables are all items they work with and work on. They spend days on end placing them for the season. They prepare the bathrooms by cleaning them and painting them where needed. Supplies are also inventoried, ordered, and then stocked throughout the fairgrounds.
Q: The grounds itself has a bunch of permanent fence line, but isn’t there a bunch of temporary fencing used for events too?
A: Yes! Fencing will be put up for the Spring show as well as at the Carlisle Expo Center as part of the auction. We also check out all grounds lighting, roadways, showers, and electric lines/outlets. It’s our goal to view and review every aspect of the grounds and its inner workings so that when our valued customers show up, it feels like they never left. We hope this yields a pleasant experience this year and for every future visit to Carlisle too!
Scott and his crew are the backbone of everything that happens at Carlisle. You may not notice first-hand what they do, but if you do see them in action, be sure to take a second and thank them for all their hard work! Be sure to check out CarlisleEvents.com to learn more about upcoming events, register for a show, become a vendor, or purchase discounted spectator admission tickets.
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