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Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

BCW MG TD Replica

Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!

 

Triumph TR4 and TR3

Triumph TR4 and TR3

Lancia Scorpion

Lancia Scorpion

Volvo V70R

Matte black Volvo V70R

Opel GT and Opel Kadett Coupe

Opel GT and Opel Kadett Coupe

Volvo P1800S

Volvo P1800S

Saab 9-3 Viggens

Saab 9-3 Viggens

Ferrari 360 and 328GTS

Ferrari 360 Modena and 328GTS

Citroën 2CV and Smart Roadster Coupe

Citroën 2CV and Smart Roadster Coupe

Audi Quattro

Gorgeous Audi Quattro

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Fiat 124 Spider Abarth

Audi A1 Twin-charge

Twin-charged Audi A1

Volvo S60R

Volvo S60Rs

Saab 99 Turbo

Saab 99 Turbo

Volvo PV544 and 142

Badass Volvos: PV544 and 142

DKW Junior de Luxe

DKW Junior de Luxe - DKW/Dampf-Kraft-Wagen became one of the four companies that comprised the "Audi NSU Auto Union AG" (now known as Audi AG).

Triumph TR8 and TR6s

Triumph TR8 and TR6s

Saab 96 V4

Saab 96 V4 convertible - must have been a custom job.

BMW Z4 roadster and e30

Bimmer Beauties

Datsun 280zx

Datsun 280ZX 10th Anniversary Edition

Citroën H Van and DS

Citroën H Van and DS

Audi A7

Audi A7

Honda Z600 / 600 Coupe

Honda Z600 / 600 Coupe

Saab Sonetts

Saab Sonetts

Datsun SPL311 Roadster

Datsun SPL311 Roadster

Opel GT

Opel GT

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