Fans of Datsuns, Mazdas, Mercedes, and everything in between ought to consider taking a trip to Carlise, Pennsylvania, in a couple of months. Returning May 15-17 for its 35th reunion at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, the Import & Performance weekend presented by Carlisle Events will offer a wide variety of displays, some new activities, popular standards, and an international showcase of rare and beautiful cars and trucks.
The focus this year is 100 years of Mazda, a half-century of the Datsun/Nissan Z, and a few other import cars of note. Speaking of Nissan, the GT-R gets the spotlight, though its inclusion is tinged with sadness, as a very special enthusiast will be honored. As part of a newly forged partnership in 2020, the Driven to Cure group debuts at Carlisle to honor Andrew Lee, a hobbyist who passed away during Easter weekend of 2019. Lee’s customized Nissan GT-R anchors the DTC show within the show display in Building Y, with money raised to support Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC).
The displays aren’t only showcasing Japan’s most iconic machines. Eight other countries are well represented within the automotive globe. Show-goers will see one of the largest single gatherings of Volvos and Saabs anywhere, and even an enormous display planned from the Rolls Royce Owner’s Club and Rolls Royce Museum of Mechanicsburg. This year’s event promises a level of luxury seldom seen at Carlisle. Whether you’re the type to enjoy a Mazda B100 or a Bentley Arnage, there’s plenty for you to savor.
Staring and salivating aren’t the only things participants and spectators can do. Those who’d rather get a little more involved can participate in the always-popular returning events: a burnout contest, autocross and drifting with NICOFest, a low car limbo, and the exhaust competition. New for 2020 is an exciting donut contest. This year, attendants have more opportunities to enjoy the adrenaline and not just the aesthetics.
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