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Chilly but packed Spring Carlisle, plus more upcoming events


Spring was definitely not in the air as the sprawling Spring Carlisle automotive swap meet, car corral, vendor midway and general get-together brought tens of thousands of buyers, sellers, traders and lookers to the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Fairgrounds on the chilly four days of April 18-22.

The 44th running of the spring show ushered in the 2018 season at the fairgrounds, with a series of special automotive events heading into the equally sprawling Fall Carlisle meet.

Vintage truck toys attract a crowd | Carlisle Events

“Spring Carlisle offered a little bit of something for everything, including the massive swap meet, the expansive car corral, on-site metal fabrication seminars with Pro Metal Shop and event special guests,” the organizers said in a news release.

Up next is the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals running May 18-20, with more of everything imaginable for the import and performance crowd.

For information about upcoming Carlisle happenings, visit the event website.

Supercars at Blenheim Palace

More than 130 classic and contemporary supercars will be on display on Sunday at the magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, U.K, with four distinct categories of cars vying for honors.

The Supercars at the Palace categories are Best of British, Forza Italia, Porsche Performance and Best of the Rest.

Supercars roll past the crowd at Blenheim Palace | Blenheim Palace events

Manufacturers showing their latest hypercars include McLaren with two models from its Special Operations Division, Rolls-Royce with its twin-turbocharged, V12-powered Dawn Black Badge edition, Alpine with its featherweight A110 mid-engine exotics and David Brown Automotive presenting its 601-horsepower supercharged V8 Speedback Silverstone Edition.

For more information visit the event website.

Yellow cars to celebrate mom

Scuderia Southwest will host its annual Mother’s Day celebration Saturday during its very-popular monthly gathering of exotic and collector cars in north Scottsdale, Arizona. Once again, a special area will be set aside for any kind of special automobile, Mustangs to Corvettes, Ferraris to Porsches, as long as it’s painted yellow.

Yellow cars celebrate Mom in Scottsdale | Scuderia Southwest
Yellow cars celebrate Mom in Scottsdale | Scuderia Southwest

“Each year it’s gotten bigger and bigger and we’re excited to see what people bring out this year!” according to a Scuderia Southwest news release.

The monthly cars-and-coffee-style events take place in the shopping center parking lot just west of Scottsdale Road and south of the Loop 101 freeway. Hundreds of cars and thousands of people typically show up.

Insider tip: Get there super early, as in the crack of dawn, if you expect to find a spot for your exotic or collector car. It fills up very quickly. Oh, and don’t forget to bring mom.

For more information, visit the event website.

London Motor Show goes BIG

The annual Confused.com London Motor Show takes place May 17-20 at the ExCel Exhibition Center in London, featuring a terrific array of collector cars and new this year, the BIG Zone featuring the most massive vehicles that can be wheeled in.

The oversized six-wheeled Hummer ready for the London Motor Show | Confused.com
The oversized six-wheeled Hummer ready for the London Motor Show | Confused.com

Featured in the BIG Zone are a black, six-wheeled custom Hummer H6 with insider entertainment provided by four large-size TV screens, and a gigantic Kenworth W900L semi -truck with a whopping C15 Caterpillar 15.2-litre engine paired with a six-cylinder in-line turbocharged intercooler.

Other pieces of the automotive spectacle include a Dodge Charger billed as America’s fastest police car and the unveiling of Confused.com’s specially customized 1979 Buick Regal. 

For more information, visit the event website.

Herding cats

The XK70 Jaguar Festival at the Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb expects more than 700 examples of the leaping cat on June 9-10 at the Worcestershire, England, festival site.

A Jaguar XK120 on the start line | XK Club
A Jaguar XK120 on the start line | XK Club

All manner of Jaguar race cars, ranging from Le Mans competition C-types of the 1950s to the XJ220C, plus a full array of road-going sports cars, will be on display as well as running the hillclimb course during the event, organized by the XK Club.

Special guests include Sir John Egan, who as Jaguar chairman in the 1980s and ’90s saved the automaker from bankruptcy, and Keith Helfet, former chief stylist at Jaguar.

Popular TV personality and auto technician extraordinaire Edd China, formerly of Wheeler Dealers, will present a session of “Ask Edd Live.”

For more information, visit the event website.

Bob Golfen
Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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