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International Automotive and Culinary Flavor Returns to Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals
Take a trip around the world, all in one location, as part of the Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals, May 18-20 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.
Returning for 2012 is the Passport Program, cars aligned by country and an overall international festival atmosphere. The second annual Passport Program allows attendees to traverse the grounds and tour the automotive world, all within the fence line of the grounds. By doing so, patrons can get their passports stamped and redeem a completed booklet for prizes ranging from gift certificates for local businesses to a weekend showfield registration and lodging for the 2013 event.
The international festival is further enhanced by featuring a different country’s car each season. This year, Italian rides take center stage, meaning that Carlisle becomes Florence in the blink of an eye, showcasing everything from the Fiat to the Ferrari and numerous cars in between. To compliment the international feel on the grounds, the concession stands will once again feature ethnic foods specific to the countries represented as part of the weekend.
Import & Kit weekend continues to entice show goers with special guests, displays, family activities and more. Autocross returns and will be held throughout the weekend, while Alex Dearborn, designer of the Deserter, will spend the weekend discussing his historic brand as well as meeting fans and signing autographs. Though always respectfully represented at the event, the Kit Cobra will be yet another focal point in 2012. The showcase features Cobras of all types. It’s possible that an original (non-kit) Cobra or two will also be on site.
One of the new Sunday-only attractions will be the first-ever teen driving school, presented by the East Region NCCC. The driving school will be held on Sunday, May 20, and will take place less than one mile from the fairgrounds at the former International Automotive Components (IAC) complex, located at the intersection of Spring Rd. and Hanover St. The school is designed to give “young drivers” a chance to better themselves behind the wheel through real life situations. Drivers who have been recently licensed or simply have a learner’s permit will learn skills in lost traction situations and take part in a controlled feel for scenarios that are often only learned “the hard way.” The driving school is FREE, but space is limited to 50 students. Certain restrictions apply. Would be participants should contact William Sangrey, East Region NCCC Chairman at 717-243-3955 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In addition to all of the activities and features of the event, there’s an important component that’s never been officially recognized and that’s the uniqueness of the vehicles on display,” noted event manager Ed Buczeskie. “The Import & Kit Nationals always draws cars that many attendees have never seen in person before,” added Buczeskie. “It’
Shopping is also vital to the weekend. Import and kit enthusiasts will enjoy a one-of-a-kind atmosphere with the manufactures midway and swap meet. In addition, an all import car corral allows for firsthand dealings between buyer and seller. With onsite financing, this allows a buyer to find, test drive and consummate the deal on the spot. Admission for the weekend is $15 for a three-day pass, or $8 per day, with children aged 8 and under admitted free.