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30,000 attend Carlisle Winter AutoFest in Florida

Corvettes, Mopars, Mustangs and vintage aircraft among the attractions

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Carlisle Events reports more than 30,000 people in attendance for its Winter AutoFest Lakeland 2020 held this past weekend at the Sun n’ Fun Expo Campus in central Florida.

“Carlisle Events took what were literally cars in a field in rural Florida in 2012 and with the support of car clubs, vendors, enthusiasts and more, built one of the biggest and best events anywhere within the bustling city of Lakeland,” the Pennsylvania-based events company said in its post-AutoFest report.

Special displays included the 42nd annual NCRS Winter Regional Corvette show with more than 100 of the fiberglass-bodied Chevrolet sports cars taking part. 

Carlisle Winter AutoFest, 30,000 attend Carlisle Winter AutoFest in Florida, ClassicCars.com Journal
A row of Corvettes await their turns across the auction block | Gary Rosier – MotorHead Media photo
Carlisle Winter AutoFest, 30,000 attend Carlisle Winter AutoFest in Florida, ClassicCars.com Journal
The two-day auction takes place in an airport hangar | David Bowman – Humble Media photo

Also taking place was a two-day Carlisle Auctions of collector cars, with a 2005 Ford GT topping all sales at $256,800, and a collector car parts swap meet.

The Sun n’ Fun Expo Campus is adjacent to Lakeland Linder International Airport and the Florida Air Museum. Hangars A, B, C, D were used for the AutoFest with vintage aircraft on display. 

New for 2020 was a special showcase for Mopar vehicles, a racing display, and a gathering of cars from 1970.

Carlisle Winter AutoFest, 30,000 attend Carlisle Winter AutoFest in Florida, ClassicCars.com Journal
Corvettes were among the featured marques at the Carlisle Winter AutoFest
Carlisle Winter AutoFest, 30,000 attend Carlisle Winter AutoFest in Florida, ClassicCars.com Journal
The colorful Mopar showcase

Of the Mopars, Carlisle reported: “With their vibrant colors showcased amidst a backdrop of palm trees and sunshine, not only did the cars bring the people, but some special guests too. Joining the display were TV host and overall car guy Lou Santiago along with racing legend Herb McCandless.”

Carlisle’s next event is the Spring Carlisle scheduled for April 22 in Pennsylvania.

Larry Edsall
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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