The move was done for many reasons. First, given that the show caters to a younger enthusiast base, it was important for Carlisle Events to move the show off of Mother’s Day weekend. Carlisle Events is a family-owned and operated company and recognizes the importance of family and being together on a day such as Mother’s Day. Having heard from many guests annually that one of the reasons they’d leave the event early was to be with family, this was an easy factor to consider when making the decision to move.
Second, with the removal of Carlisle Bike Fest from the season schedule, a void was left on the summer calendar. Instead of hosting just one event in the month of July, Carlisle Events can once again promote two great automotive-themed weekends during the mid-summer. Further, with early spring showers a frequent happening, a move to July betters the chances of a weekend filled with sun, fun and more activities that are dependent on good weather and nice temperatures.
Third, the caliber of cars attending P&S in recent years has seen a tremendous upswing. Led by enthusiast and event manager Ken Appell, Carlisle Performance & Style has seen a steady increase in European cars showcased plus a better level of Asian cars onsite. Combine that with the spectacular array of domestics and the show has most definitively evolved from what it was during its inception in 1996. Given that the show has historically run back-to-back with the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals, the move allows for separation between two shows that have some similarities but are still very different.
Fourth, and possibly most important is being able to have the show during a more convenient time for those who actually attend. Given the younger demographic of P&S enthusiasts, many are still in school and wrapping up an academic year. Preparing mentally for finals and preparing a car to show is yet another obstacle when promoting an event during the historic May timeframe.
Finally, with a move to three official days, that means more fun all around. In 2014 for the second consecutive year, a third day (Friday) has been implemented to allow for an onsite car cruise, low car limbo, autocross, drifting, awards and more. It also helps bring more enthusiasts into the community and provides an even stronger economic impact. Camping was reintroduced in 2013 too and the success of that attraction, plus the overall growth of the event further highlights the evolution of not only the show itself, but the people who have been loyal supporters of it. Complete event details are available online via the Carlisle Performance & Style section of www.CarlisleEvents.com.