Throughout the motoring world, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is known as the location of some of the largest car shows of their type in the world. What began as a swap-meet in 1974 has grown into 11 annual shows, each a must-see for their genre.
Because they began as a swap-meet for classic and collectible parts, adding an auction was the next logical step. After packing as many events as possible into their local fairgrounds, they decided to take the show on the road. We may be biased, but Florida is the only logical choice for a great car show.
Carlisle Auctions’ Fall Florida Autofest began in Zephyrhills in 2013 as the only auction that makes consignments available on a “free unless sold” basis; if your car doesn’t sell, your consignment fee is refunded. The hysteria over such a competitive auction structure pushed attendance levels far beyond what the facility could handle, so this year they are trying something new. For four days in November, from Nov. 12-15, the Fall Florida Autofest and its auction will take over the spacious and tranquil SUN ‘n FUN complex in Lakeland. SUN ‘n FUN is a 501(c)(3) charity that operates the Florida Air Museum along with the Central Florida Aerospace Academy.
Located at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, the auction will be held in three aircraft hangars on Nov. 13 and 14. Less than an hour’s drive from Orlando and Tampa, this spacious WWII training field is nearly sold out of vendor space. More than 400 consignments are already booked, with many rare exotics and collectibles. One of the premier listings is a 1989 Lamborghini Countach with only 2,284 miles on the odometer.
At a Carlisle Auction, you aren’t just a bidder or consignee; you become family. Repeat visitors and referrals account for a majority of their business and once you attend, you will be hooked. Because all four annual auctions have been overbooked, expect to hear the announcement of a fifth event in the near future.
We never miss a great car show, especially one this close to home. If you are reading this, make plans to be in Lakeland on the morning of Saturday, Nov. 14, as duPont REGISTRY will be hosting a Cars & Coffee at the Fall Autofest. If you plan to show a car as part of Cars & Coffee, you’re eligible for a discount on your Carlisle Auction bidder’s pass.
Connect with Carlisle Auctions in advance at 717-960-6400 and mention your interest in both Cars & Coffee and the auction. If the auction isn’t part of your plan, just cruise in with your car the morning of the show. We have always valued our partnership with Carlisle Auctions, and we hope to see you there.
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