It’s Carlisle Weekend!

 

Most of you reading this probably already know about Carlisle. The city itself is host to several automotive themed shows and auctions throughout the year, but there’s one event in particular that takes place every spring which car enthusiasts on the east coast (and around the world) flock to. We don’t even refer to it by name. Months in advance, you’ll hear people simply ask, “You going to Carlisle this year?” or “Will I see you at Carlisle?”

It’s the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet, Corral, and Auction, and I’ve been going with my mother and grandfather almost every year for nearly 20 years. School and work has been missed for this pilgrimage (shh!). Indeed, for the antique “automophile,” the car hobby can become a sort of religion, and Carlisle is one of it’s sacred (though smaller) sites.

We jumped in the truck around 5:45 am Friday morning, empty backpacks and wish-lists in hand. Our arrival time was a little before 8:00 on this particularly chilly day, though, having braved snow and rain in years past, all we needed were cups of hot caffeine to come up with a plan of attack and get going. My parents headed in one direction, my grandfather and I in the other.

Whether you’re searching for chrome work, tools, accessories, books, new or original parts, an expert, a rare find, or a new obsession, Carlisle has it all. Over the year, we’ve found all of the above and then some, and yesterday was no exception. Some of our finds included parts for a ’72 MGB and a ’16 Overland, license plates, sanding tools, shop coats, rags, kneeling pads, an MG expert, and so much more.

After 2 trips back to the truck to empty our backpacks, we finally called it quits at 3:30. Despite having split into groups, all of us ended up trekking up and down every aisle, not wanting to miss a thing (at one time I think we estimated this to be about 9 miles but if anyone has an exact distance, my aching feet would love to know).

April 22 is the last day of the meet for anyone who hasn’t made it there, yet. As for me, I’m taking a day to recoup, and pretty soon I’ll be planning ahead for 2019!

~Angelica Yost –Webmaster, age 28

Local Event in Reisterstown, MD

July 29, 2018 – Reisterstown, MARYLAND: 15th Annual All Car & Truck Show (Former Meadowood Show):  Reisterstown Regional Park, 401 Mitchell Dr., Reisterstown, MD. 

Theme: Friendly, fun show!  Sponsored by the Free State Region Vintage Chevrolet Club and Buick Owners of MD, BCA supporting an animal welfare organization.  Top 35 Stock, Top 6 Modified, Best of Decade and Long Distance awards.  All makes/models/eras welcome. 

10 AM – 3 PM; to be judged arrive by Noon.  Pre-registration $10 by July 16; $15 Day of Show.  Food available, door prizes, 50/50, dash plaques to first 100 registered, rain or shine. 

To register or for other info, contact Bill Scott: 410-527-0953 or grand1917@comcast.net.  Website:  www.freestateregionvcca.org

Registration: Reisterstown 2018 Flyer

Spring Tour Deadline

The deadline to register for the Spring Tour is April 18th!

This year we will be visiting little known treasures of Cumberland County.

Our tour includes a short stop at Carlisle cemetery to see the Revolutionary war hero Molly Pitcher’s monument and grave site. Weather permitting, we will meet a member of the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) who will give us insight to the life and legend of Mary Ludwig Hayes. The tour will take us past the Letort and the head waters with watercress farms that date back to the early 1900’s. You can check out the trout fishing at Boiling Springs Lake as we tour by this scenic location. We will also stop and visit a 300+ year old sycamore tree that measures 27 foot around! How many Region members does it take to circle the tree while holding hands? We will find out. The Tour ends with a family style dinner of roast turkey with all the fixings. 

This is a shorter tour and we encourage members to bring out their “old cars” as we will be on as many back roads as possible with NO mountains.

Questions? Contact Mary or Karl Krouch, Sr. at 717-697-9543.

More information online? Visit the Events page.

Latimore Pre-Show Meeting DATE CHANGE

CALLING ALL LATIMORE CAR SHOW VOLUNTEERS:

The date for the pre-show meeting at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds has been moved from May 6th to April 29th at 3:oo pm. 

Sorry for any inconvenience. The date had to be moved up due to a scheduling conflict at the fairgrounds. 

Contact Ken Buohl if you have any questions 717-321-3189.

Covered Dish Dinner 2018

 

This year’s covered dish (potluck) dinner was held at the East Berlin Community Center on Sunday, March 11. After everyone stuffed themselves silly, we were treated to several rounds of Bingo–with prizes–while our food digested.

Another treat was in store as members were asked to dig up their old photos, car or club related, and show them off. Quite a few people did just that and filled up several tables with their pictures. It was great to hear folks share their memories.

Many thanks to Ron Green who organized the event, and to everyone who pitched in to make the day a success by bringing prizes or food, helping with set-up/clean-up, or helping with the raffle or Bingo.

Covered Dish Deadline: March 6th

Held at the East Berlin Community Center at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 11. Please bring a dish to share with fellow members. Spend the day enjoying excellent homemade food along with some great camaraderie.

This year we will be setting up a table for pictures. Dig around in your old albums and bring a few interesting photos, car or club related, of you, your spouse, or one of your past vehicles.

After dinner, either Bingo will return, or we will have a game-show type quiz. Details are still being worked on.

Your donation of a small inexpensive door prize is welcomed, though not required. There will be several very nice club-sponsored door prizes!

Deadline for sign-up is March 6. The event is FREE. For more info. contact Ron or Valerie Green (717) 443-3903 cellular, or e-mail ron.green@comcast.net.

DIRECTIONS: The East Berlin Community Center is located 3 blocks west of the intersection of Harrisburg Street (Rt. 194) and West King Street (Rt. 234), which is the traffic light in the center of town. Follow the signs marked “Community Center”.