The excitement begins Thursday and includes a four-day collector car swap meet and car corral as well as a two-day auction (Friday and Saturday). In addition, the celebrations will escalate on Friday as Q105 presents a cruise-in and special screening of the '70s classic, American Graffiti. The cruise-in, which will run between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., serves as a birthday bash of sorts for Q105 and American Graffiti, both celebrating 40 years.
A fee of $20 applies to anyone who pre-registers, $25 if done onsite. Some of the cost will go towards gate admission to Winter AutoFest, while the remaining dollars will cover costs associated with the cruise-in, including a limited edition dash plaque, the first 105 of which will be signed by Q105 personality Mason Dixon. Most importantly, a portion of the fee will go to a pair of charities, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Dixon's Christmas Wish charity. Further, while parking at Festival Park is free, the cruise-in will see a special reserved lot positioned near the heart of the action. There will also be celebrity choice awards, picked by local dignitaries, businesspersons, media or car enthusiasts. The picks will be made between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., with the awards ceremony at 4 p.m.
Following the onsite fun, participants and enthusiasts alike are invited to depart Festival Park around 5 p.m. and head for the nearby Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel for the screening of American Graffiti. The screening will start between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and will be free for anyone who registered as part of the cruise-in. Outside attendance is welcomed; however, a small charitable donation is requested, again benefiting local charities. The screening will be presented by Anthony Papania from Bangin' Bungee, located in Wesley Chapel. As part of the evening, attendees are encouraged to bring a bag chair or blanket to enjoy the show in comfort.
While Q105 and American Graffiti celebrate 40 years, Carlisle Events and Winter AutoFest will turn 39 in 2013. Despite not reaching the 40-year mark until 2014, both Carlisle as a company and Winter AutoFest as an event were conceived in 1973. The Zephyrhills event launched first in February of 1974, while Carlisle's first promoted event took place in the fall of 1974. Today, with Carlisle Events owning and operating both Zephyrhills Fall and Winter AutoFest weekends, combined with a newly formed partnership with CBS Radio and WRBQ-FM (Q105), this cruise-in, birthday bash and celebration of all things automotive is expected to be one for the ages. Anyone interested in registering should do so onsite on online via www.CarlisleEvents.com. Don't miss an event filled with music, awesome cars and a one-of-a-kind celebration.