As I have written many times, nothing in life is all good or all bad. Everything is a trade-off.
Even finally making it to the mecca of Corvette shows, Corvettes at Carlisle, was not all good or all bad. My wonderful wife and I attended Corvettes at Carlisle 2018 last week. OK, so what was the bad?
First, I am now more obsessed than ever with building my resto-mod C2 Corvette AND I have come to the realization that I will not be able to have EVERYTHING I want because that will make the project unaffordable. Second, as much as I love Corvettes seeing approximately 3,000 Corvettes was overkill.
Third, the event was much more static than I had imagined. The same cars are parked in the same spots for the entire event. The same vendors are selling the same things in the same spaces. Perhaps I am a victim of a misunderstanding, of incorrect preconceptions.
Don’t get me wrong; we enjoyed the event. It’s just that we’re not going to be rushing back there next year.
Without further ado, here are some photos I took during Corvettes at Carlisle 2018:
This photo shows just a small fraction of the cars at the event. Note the mountains in the background. Carlisle, Pennsylvania is in a lovely part of the state.
This is a 2019 Corvette ZR-1. I am growing quite fond of orange cars, perhaps inspired by the Imola Orange Honda S2000. Another “complaint” about the event is that people were less friendly than I thought they would be. My wonderful wife and I tried to say hello to everyone, but received no response or minimal response from most people. Many of those attending were there as part of various Corvette clubs and tended to stick to the people in those clubs. I would have imagined more camaraderie among Corvette owners.
Sorry about chopping off part of the car. This is a beautiful 1961 resto-mod. I think it’s almost a perfect blend of old and new. I don’t recall a resto-mod display out on the show fields; this car and a few other resto-mods were in a building. Many Corvette fans are “purists.” They want an original car and if it has to be restored then they want it restored to original.
My views on this subject are well-known if you read this blog. I own a car for the purpose of driving it, even if it’s just 3,000-ish miles a year. This is 2018 (almost 2019!). I don’t want to drive a car with a carburetor, drum brakes, bias-ply tires or points-based ignition. Do you want to go back to hand cranking a car to start it? Do you want to have to advance or retard the spark while driving by using a lever on the steering wheel?
This may have been my favorite car from the event. If you can’t tell, it’s a 1967 convertible. While I prefer side exhaust and a little more aggressive look, this car looked just right.
I had to show a picture of the iconic 1963 split-window coupe although, of course, I didn’t photograph the rear window. Another excellent Corvette, in my opinion.
I titled this picture “Wall of Cars.” It is impossible, I think, to get a sense of the size of the event or of the Carlisle Fairgrounds from these photos. If you are a Corvette fan then I think you should attend Corvettes at Carlisle at least once.