Nearly 5,000 Corvettes gather at Carlisle

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Not only did the 2021-edition of Corvettes at Carlisle attract nearly 2,800 of the fiberglass-bodied sports cars to the “Fun Field,” but there were over 2,000 more in the general parking lots at the fairground’s facility in eastern Pennsylvania.

“After a challenging 2020, 2021 offered renewed hope and interest for so many,” Carlisle Events reported.  

25th anniversary gathering for Grand Sport Corvettes
National Corvette Restorers Society gallery

“There were many ‘must-see’ elements… but none more impressive than Saturday’s Salute to Law Enforcement.  The theme was event-long, including a display of nearly a dozen cars as part of Chip’s Choice that are owned or maintained by active/retired law enforcement.  

“Further, thanks to HJ Towing, a 36 x 24 foot America Flag served as the backdrop for photos and proved to be a symbol of freedom throughout the day.  

“Finally, at 12:30 p.m., local, regional, and federal law enforcement converged on the stage to be recognized by Carlisle Events staff and Corvettes at Carlisle showgoers.  All of this was…. powerful to say the least.”

The Run Field featured a 50-year reunion of 1971 Corvettes supported by the C3 Corvette Registry. There also was an NCRS Gallery and judge concours, as well as a 25th anniversary of the 1996 Grand Sport display, a special area featuring Solid Axle cars, and an array of Aero Body Corvettes.

Parade through downtown Carlisle
The Fun Field
The Fun Field
Autocross

Special guests included John Heinricy, father of the Grand Sport, as well as Paul Koerner, Ken Lingenfelter, retired FBI agent Wes Wong, Team Chevrolet and others who have played special roles in Corvettes at Carlisle through the years.

Carlisle Events closes the Pennsylvania portion of its 2021 calendar September 29 to October 3 with the Fall Carlisle flea market and car corral.