August 31, 2021
Photos Credit Carlisle Events
CARLISLE, PA – Three straight days of sun and fun at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds translated to the second-largest Corvettes at Carlisle show car turnout of all time. After a challenging 2020, 2021 offered renewed hope and interest for so many. From August 26-28, Carlisle became THE epicenter of America’s Sports Car; the Corvette. With nearly 2,800 cars on the Fun Field, mixed with over 2,000 more in general parking, there were nearly 5,000 Corvettes to see spanning every corner of the 82-acre fairgrounds.
There were many “must-see” elements to Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive, but none more impressive than Saturday’s Salute to Law Enforcement. The theme was event-long, including a display of nearly a dozen cars as part of Chip’s Choice that is owned or maintained by active/retired law enforcement. Further, thanks to HJ Towing, a 36” x 24” foot America Flag served as the backdrop for photos and proved to be a symbol of freedom throughout the day. Finally, at 12:30 p.m., local, regional, and federal law enforcement converged on the stage to be recognized by Carlisle Events staff and Corvettes at Carlisle showgoers. All of this was…. powerful to say the least.
The aforementioned Chip’s Choice display wasn’t the only one turning heads. Along with a Fun Field hosting thousands of Corvettes, attendees made a point to check out the 50-year reunion of 1971 Corvettes. This display was supported by the C3 Corvette Registry. In addition, the NCRS Gallery returned, as did the NCCC judged concours. There was a 25th anniversary of the 1996 Grand Sport, a gathering of Solid Axle Corvette owners, and even a nice mix of Aero Body Corvettes. Thank goodness for digital photos, otherwise, many rolls of film would have been needed.
Another important element of the event was its special guests. Guests included the father of the Grand Sport, John Heinricy, Team Chevrolet, Paul Koerner, Ken Lingenfelter, retired FBI agent Wes Wong and more. Each played a special role in Corvettes at Carlisle, either from walk-around sessions, special speeches, or tech sessions.
Cars in motion are always a popular draw, regardless of where, when, or how. For 2021, Corvettes at Carlisle put the wheels in motion with a law enforcement parade around the grounds Friday and the return of the Downtown Carlisle Corvette Parade and Street Party Saturday night. Further, those looking to fulfill their need for speed could do so with the King of X autocross shootout or the rolling exhaust contest throughout the event. Standing room only crowds could be found around each of these events.
The event was wrapped with an awards parade and the return of long-time Carlisle Events staff member Diane Vaughn serving as the parade emcee. There were hundreds of awards offered, including ones for the largest club (Grand Sport Registry) and the coolest club (also the GSR). The Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, in conjunction with the Lancaster County Corvette Club, awarded a beautiful C8 Corvette to a local enthusiast and the Spring Mountain Motor Resort also offered a prize associated with its Ron Fellows Driving school in Nevada.
Many were also making plans for 2022, as over 200 cars pre-registered for the event; happening August 25-27, 2022. Chip’s Choice also plans to feature the ultra-rare Pratt-Miller Corvettes. To secure a vending spot or be part of the Fun Field, call Carlisle Events at 717-243-7855 or visit CarlisleEvents.com to learn more about the return of Corvettes at Carlisle presented by Top Flight Automotive.