Big news for the upcoming 2018 Carlisle Import and Performance Nationals on May 18-20 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania! Quickly gaining traction for transcending all marques, scenes, and styles of Import and Performance vehicles the world over, this year’s automotive showcase will feature an all-new grouping of vehicles from Jaguar and Aston Martin. The Legend of Design special showcase will not only house some amazing examples of these two world-renown brands, but also feature some very special guests.
Carlisle Events has long been one of the largest producers of collector car and truck events. The Carlisle swap meet should be on everyone’s bucket list to visit at least once in their life. While most of their events focus on one particular marque brand or nameplate (i.e. GM, Ford Chrysler, Corvette, etc.), the Import and Performance show opens the field to an array of vehicles creating a unique event which is sure to keep you on your toes. A large part of the draw to the event is the international automotive showcase and they assembled a great one this year with Jaguar and Aston Martin.
As we mentioned, in addition to the cars themselves, they will have four very special guests to take you through the generations of the esteemed brands all weekend inside of Building T along with a seminar from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Here are the guests and a little bit about them:
- Michael Quinn: The grandson of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons, and personal Jaguar representative to the Queen of England, Michael Quinn will be joining the event throughout the event weekend. Michael is not only a wealth of knowledge in the Jaguar realm but an enthusiast just like you! He is the current managing director of RA Creamer & Son and is also a committee member of the Royal Automobile Club.
- GW Bartlett aka Gary Bartlett: Gary Bartlett is one of the foremost experts in classic Jaguar restorations. Gary started the company OSJI (Original Specification Jaguar Interiors) in 1980 and has since hand-crafted some of the top Jaguar interiors down to the finest detail. Gary is also involved with Muncie Imports & Classics, a top European and Asian vehicle-restoration shop located in Muncie, Indiana.
- Dave Welsh: Dave’s company, Welsh Enterprises, is the largest independent supplier of Jaguar parts in North America. Dave’s father, William Welsh, started Welsh Enterprises in 1976 as a full-time parts business. In the early 1990s, Welsh became a licensed salvage dealer, which has grown to be the largest Jaguar-only salvage yard in the country.
- Joseph Limongelli “aka “GT Joey”: Published author, Velocity Channel TV host, and overall great car enthusiast, will be debuting and signing his all new book on Aston Martins. Joey will also be the MC for the roundtable discussion and will be talking about his next book, “Me and My Jaguar.” You can also chat with him about Season 1 of Legends of Design on Velocity Channel and purchase a copy of the show on DVD.
In addition to the special showcase, there will be plenty to see. The event welcomes all vehicles from around the world, both import and domestic, including kit cars, motorcycles, trucks, and high-end performance vehicles. You’ll be able to see the top builds, restorations, clubs and brands. And it’s not just a car show, you’ll be able to get your adrenaline fix with autocross, drifting, a rolling exhaust competition, burnouts and a bunch more. For more information, you can go to Carlisle Events webpage. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind event.