Carlisle’s Auto Mania celebrates 30 years

Thousands braved cold weather for indoor swap meet (and filled the building and spilled outdoors)

Not only was the Argi-Plex Building filled, but there were additional vendors outside | Carlisle Events photos

Auto Mania celebrated 30 years recently with Carlisle Events’ annual indoor (and outdoor) swap meet at the Allentown Fairgrounds and its Agri-Plex Building.

“Thousands” of people turned out for the event, Carlisle Events reported.

“Auto Mania was a great starting point for those looking to pick up automotive pieces and parts, restoration items, collectibles, merchandise, memorabilia and more,” the company said. 

Checking out the merchandise
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“The outdoor vendor footprint, which has grown exponentially in the past few years, continued its expansion for 2020.   Playing perfectly into the weather for the weekend, a few of the outdoor vendors even had heaters, gloves, hats and scarfs for sale.”

But so much for the chilly weather in the Northeast. Carlisle’s next event is its Winter AutoFest, February 21-23 in Lakeland, Florida.

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, 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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