Not only did the car count set a record for the annual Corvettes at Carlisle showcase, but 14 of the Corvettes were the brand-new 2020 C8 mid-engine versions. More than 5,000 Corvettes were on hand, with a record 2,901 on the “Fun Field,” Carlisle Events announced.
The 14 new C8 Corvettes were showcased by Team Chevrolet, and its display drew people rows deep to visit the tent where the cars were being shown.
In addition to the C8 display, Corvettes at Carlisle 2019 featured a series of seminars, a King of the X autocross, a burnout contest, car-club gatherings and a parade to downtown Carlisle, and a street party.
The weekend also included a fund-raising dinner that generated more than $20,000 for the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.
After the show, Carlisle Auctions, the sales arm of Carlisle Events, announced that it would add a second auction to its Florida winter season with the Sunset-Carlisle Collector Car Auction scheduled for November 8-9 in Sarasota, Florida.
The new sale is being held in conjunction with Sunset Automotive Group and will feature a docket of more than 400 classic and collector cars, said Carlisle Auctions, which also will do an auction in Lakeland, Florida, in February 2020 at the Winter AutoFest.
“Having a residence in the Sarasota area and involved with groups like the Café Racers and the Oaks Car Club, I have seen the quality of collector cars that reside in Sarasota,” said Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller. “Now Sarasota will be a destination for a world-class collector car auction powered by Carlisle Auctions.
“Carlisle Auctions is teaming up with the Sunset Automotive Group to bring the best of the best collector cars to Florida’s west coast for this inaugural event,” he added. “So many people watch auctions on TV and comment on how fun and entertaining that looks. Now, enthusiasts can be part of the excitement first-hand.”