French cars are stars at Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

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Citroens on parade at the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals | Carlisle Events photos

More than 1,700 vehicles were on display this past weekend at the 2019 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals, staged for the 34th year by Carlisle Events at its home-field fairgrounds in Pennsylvania.

Among the special displays were 80 years of motorized bikes, trikes and scooters produced in France; another showcasing French cars; yet another with dune buggies; and another featuring import supercars, including the Subaru WRX STI.

Tire-smoking performance was part of the show

Outdoors, vehicles were parked by country of origin, “guests could literally walk around the world, all within the 82-acre facility,” Carlisle Events said in its news release.

Among the largest of those groupings were those by owners of Saabs, and those celebrating Citroen’s centennial. The Citroen showcase included seminars on the company’s history and a parade of cars around the fairgrounds. 

“Summer of ’69” is a theme for all of the 2019 Carlisle Events this year and those participating in the burnout competition could win $69 in cash if they smoked a tire within a 69-second time limit. There also were drift limbo, rolling exhaust, low-car limbo and drifting and autocross events hosted by the NICOClub.

This youngster is seeing the show in style

Carlisle’s next gathering is the Ford Nationals, scheduled for May 31-June 2. 

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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