FREE UNLESS SOLD – those three words are starting to become part of the regular vernacular of auction aficionados and helped power the second consecutive sold-out auction presented by Carlisle Auctions. The auction hosted over 400 cars plus memorabilia and sold-out in less than eight weeks! By the time the auction commenced on Friday, would be consigners were turned away as there simply were no more available lots. Buying, on the other hand was a different story as bidders and spectators packed the auction house. Not only did the two-day offering host a massive amount of cars, it saw many of them sell. The top selling car was a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, moving for $85,000. In total, nearly $3 million in total sales were achieved, marking a significant increase over the 2013 winter event.
Additional sellouts included available spaces within the swap meet and car corral. Festival Park boasts some 1,700 available 10 x 30 spaces and each contained either a car for sale by owner as part of the car corral or memorabilia, merchandise, collectibles and more via the swap meet. The draw for this type of shopping experience is such that guests were onsite not only from the Tampa Bay area, but from outside the region too. A steady flow of enthusiasts passed through the gates from 8 a.m. when things got underway until the close of business daily. Further, car traffic coming to and from Festival Park made a loud and clear statement that Carlisle Events was back in town!
“Wow,” said Carlisle Events co-owner Bill Miller, “what has happened with our events at Festival Park in such a short period of time is nothing short of amazing! In the past six months we officially announced the return of Carlisle Auctions, introduced the concept of Spotlight Cars, FREE UNLESS SOLD and have hired, in my opinion, the best auction staff on the planet. Lead by Tony Cline, our team has taken the auction to another level and we can’t wait to do it again very soon! I strongly encourage anyone interested in consigning for one of our upcoming Carlisle Auction dates to do so very soon to avoid being shut out.”
Though Zephyrhills Winter AutoFest has concluded, it’s just two short months until the next offering backed by Carlisle Events. Spring Carlisle, April 23-27 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, runs five days, hosts 100,000 enthusiasts, 8,100 vending spaces and another two-day collector car auction. For more details, visit www.CarlisleEvents.com or call 717-243-7855. By doing so, participants and enthusiasts can book swap meet and car corral spaces, consign for the auction or inquire about day, weekend and season passes.