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Corvettes at Carlisle (Day 2)

How a hurricane can make it Sunday, a day early.

Andy Bolig - August 28, 2011 01:04 PM

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The morning welcomed enthusiasts to a well-stocked showfield.

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Many groups made the most of the situation and continued with cookouts and camaraderie. Here, the ZR-1net Registry enjoys each other’s company.

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One of the special displays was the tent highlighting the 1961 Corvettes. All models and modifications were on hand to show support for this special year.

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The crew from Street Shop Inc. share with enthusiasts about their classy chassis. They offer everything from frames to complete rolling chassis for Corvettes and all the pieces in between.

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The front plates decry that these two ’82 Corvettes are owned by a father/son pair of enthusiasts. The younger, Mike Schradly bought his bright blue beauty in ’99 and his father Dean, wanted in on the fun soon afterward and purchased his Collector’s Edition.

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Corvette restorer, Kevin Mackay had this Sideways Corvette display, based on a ’71 ZR2 Corvette chassis as its base.

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No one was around this 2001 ‘vert but, if it was as clean (and straight) underneath that skin, this would make a great car for any C5 enthusiast.

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Another highlighted display was the “Barn Finds” section, located in building T. This 1955 Corvette had an impressive display of receipts and historical paperwork tying it to previous owners throughout the years.

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Corvette Central had their Corvette Cutaway on hand and Auto Enthusiast contributor and author, Chris Petris used it for several seminars throughout the event.

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A common sight at Carlisle, technicians from Al Knoch Interiors continued to do installs on customer’s cars throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. They offer this service at many shows throughout the year and many enthusiasts make use of it with great success.

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Saturday morning was met with anticipation and, anxiety as the question on everyone’s mind was how long they should hold out before heading for the hills.

The show field and the exhibitors were far from being a ghost town. Attendees were greeted with the usual bevy of colorful Corvettes as those intent on continuing the fun, held out in hopes the rain would do the same. They were rewarded with overcast, but dry skies throughout the day. While attendance was down, there were still transactions occurring and PLENTY of cars to behold and good times to have. The various Corvette clubs and groups unified their enjoyment and had a great time despite ominous skies. Even so, the cloud cover kept the temps down and a slight breeze helped cool those who frolicked on the show field. Cookouts continued, as well as the various seminars and ceremonies that were scheduled. One such event was the annual “Revving of the Engines” which is followed by a moment of silence in honor of Carlisle co-founder Chip Miller, who died of Amyloidosis. Chip’s son led of the event by firing up the ‘1960 Corvette racecar that Chip loved so much. If you'd like to hear this high compression fuelie for yourself, click here for the video.

Those still sifting through boxes of parts and pieces were awarded for their efforts by vendors who continued to hold to their spaces, but took on a Sunday-afternoon pricing guide. Tents were coming down with increasing regularity and the statement, “I don’t want to take it home!” was heard more than once as we walked the miles of aisles. As you milled around the grounds, the Sunday-came-early mentality was both intriguing and interesting. As the day wore on and rain began to threaten, more opportunities for good deals were reluctantly tucked back into totes and stored for transport back to their points of origin, secured with the hopes that someday, they’ll find an enthusiast who can’t live without them. An announcement was made that the awards were going to be given away today, rather than tomorrow during an official ceremony, just proving that even though the calendar said it was Saturday, in everyone else’s mind, it was the last day of the event as they prepared to head home and deal with the weather. As the day wound down, attendees lined up their Corvettes for the final scheduled event for the day, the anticipated parade to downtown Carlisle. As the skies threatened, the enthusiasts met the task at hand with their wipers and windows at the ready, and it began to drizzle.

With the storm set to dictate the terms tomorrow, one has to wonder if anyone will habitate the fairgrounds, continuing to call the hand of Mother Nature in a poker game of atmospheric proportions. As for us, and the many other enthusiasts that we spoke with or met on the highways headed home, the event was over, if not officially. Next year, we’ll all be back, reminiscing about the weather, as well as the good times that we’ve had at the event. Who knows, maybe next year we’ll even get to see how things go on a Sunday.

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