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Old 05-22-2016, 05:42 PM
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Ok Darryl, I saw a photo with your Sebring inside the building.. you were likely the only SKC member there this weekend (I wound up with a killer head cold on Thursday... still suffering). So.. how was it? I saw a bunch of buggies and a scattering of older VW kits, pretty much like in years past. Wondering how the tuner crowd affected the show, if any?
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Old 05-23-2016, 04:33 PM
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Default Carlisle, hmmmmm.....

Okay, so Carlisle was like a old spaghetti western, namely The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.

The Good- I pulled my car with a tow bar this year. And, well, they say you can't do that very well with Sebrings/Sterlings because of the long nose but hey, you can.... I did end up triangulating about 25 extra pounds of steel stock up in my car's nose connecting into the factory steel band that comes off the VW front beam. This allowed me to use a Harbor Freight folding tow bar. Pull two pins, release the nuts locking the angles and it collapses flat.... nice. I could hit 75 to 80 in the dry and was still getting 23 mpg with my Hyundai Santa Fe. Tracked straight. I did end up adding one more set of caster shims on my front beam (I now run two sets) just to make sure that steering was going to self center.
Thursday was a nice sunny day for arriving, got checked in, no problems.
Friday-Nice sunny day, most of the speedsters, dune buggies, a few more exotic kits etc., were arriving. Uhhh, yeah no other Sebrings, Sterlings, etc., yet.....

The Bad- Rain, colder, rain, and did I say rain. Saturday the skies opened up in typical Carlisle fashion and just made for a miserable day. And hey, how about the kit manufacturers????, there were a total of 4, well, 5 if you count Acme (Berrien dealer now) and that was it. Wasn't it just a few years ago when there was something like 32 of these guys. Heck, Factory Five alone took up about a third of a building back then. If you went by this show the kit car industry is either near death or what I have suspected for some time....it's all about social media, shows at your facility, and web business. So, yeah, I was the only canopy car there, well, at least I didn't see anybody else. Imported cars were alive and well especially the Saab contingent, Opals, and few other marks. Not a very full field but hey, did I mention it was raining? It was even raining INSIDE our building. Tuner guys? They came, they seem to be better funded this time with improved cars. I've got a rotary in my car so I always like talking to them. No problems with them that I heard, but I'm sure the rain dampened any spirits.

The Ugly- Sunday came and well,....and more rain. They told us they were not holding us to the 3:00 p.m. release for our building and would let us out at 1 to 2. Yippee! So guys from the car corral were already loading up. The end nearest our building of that lot areas slopes a lot. Guy with a steel trailer and a really nice Honda S 2000 is trying to load up on his steel trailer and yep, the back end slides off the ramps hanging his rear end off the trailer on the chassis. Group of guys tried for about a half hour to get it back up. Finally a bunch of buys were able to lift it up and forward on the trailer. The crowd clapped. So we connected up, and hit 5 hours of rain on the way back along with about a half hour period of torrential rain... and finally home. Sebring was hi and dri on the inside.... and the adventure was over.

So Carlisle? I think I'm done.... It took this time to tell me that I have more fun at our local car shows and events and that although I used to love going to see what was new, well, it's just not at Carlisle anymore.

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Old 05-23-2016, 09:00 PM
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It's been that way for years. I'm wondering what the turnout would have been if it hadn't been raining, in terms of the tuners. In the last 5 or so years there have only been four or five manufacturers there, so it's no surprise that there hasn't been a rebound. It's a shame, but a sign of the times I think. Still.. one day when I have my car done, I'll still bring it out, at least for a day. Guess I should really set a timeline for myself... it's only been, what, 10 years or more since I bought it?
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Old 07-12-2016, 01:42 PM
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Darryl's car made the magazine (ezine): https://view.flipdocs.com/?ID=10011589_289888
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That's good to see. Nice to have the family of cars represented.

I had hoped to one day check out the Carlisle show. Even better to road trip a car up that way. Maybe not so much anymore now that the show has changed so much.
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