Memorial Day is the official start of the summer season. The beach, BBQ’s, top down drives and warm summer sunsets. All of these freedoms we enjoy in the greatest nation on earth didn’t come without the service and sacrifice of those who served our country. On Memorial Day 2012 enjoy your good times and be safe. Also remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice without question to keep the USA free. Happy Memorial Day 2012 from all of us at Carlisle Johnny.
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Carlisle Johnny Spotted Some Heavenly Bodies At The 2013 Import Carlisle..And Some Great Imported Cars To
With dreams of Vintage Vw’s and VW parts dancing in his head Carlisle Johnny headed to the 2013 Carlisle Import and Kit Car Nationals. The horrible getting off Long Island traffic made the drive more Horse and Buggy slow than usual but after 7 grueling hours of driving Carlisle Johnny arrived car-lagged on Friday night. Ready with his extra large canvas bag he searched the Carlisle Fairgrounds for bargains for his 74 En Beetle. The Carlisle Fairgrounds was crammed full of all kinds of Import Show Cars. Everything from Alfa’s to Volvo’s.
The swap meet was a good size and skys were getting gray but that did not stop the search for Old VW junk. The problem was that 80% was British and the other 19% consisted of German, Swedish, Italien, Japanese and French vehicle parts. Except for a few small vendors little or no air cooled Vee Dub junk. I did find one vendor selling new VW parts and was able to get my stud kit for the VW’s customer wheels. Besides that there was plenty to do and see.
Famed racer Peter Brock was on hand and spoke at a seminar. The show field was full of classic and new import vehicles of all kinds. Some standouts were a 280SL Benz that was done resto-mod style with a S55 AMG running gear. Une 1932 Morgan 3 wheeler and a stunning vintage Fiat 500 coupe. There was constant music and bands provided by The River 97.3 One bright spot on a cloudy day was very pretty girls dressed in outfits from different countries. The Import Show always brings out a different crowd and vendors. My favorite was The Cigar Lady.
Saturday was also a day of old friends and spiritual healing. Funny The Lord works in odd ways, even at a car show. The skys got misty by late Saturday afternoon but still had a wonderful time. As night we feasted on some great Sushi in Carlisle at Mt Fuji. Even with the low VW turnout Carlisle Johnny plans on going to the 2014 Import Carlisle for more fun and mayhem. Enjoy the slideshow of scenes of the 2013 Carlisle Import and Kit Car Nationals
I’m 50 years this July 4th. Une étape importante pour être sûr. As I’m getting older I see that certain choices in my life were good and others not so good. Now don’t get me wrong picking the correct wine at dinner is not a life changing event. Par choix, je veux dire des décisions qui changent la vie. Retour dans 1999 après plus de 20 années de va Carlisle événements voiture montre, j'ai déménagé à Carlisle Pa. Nous avions tous années passées va Salons de l'automobile et des swaps de Carlisle dans toutes sortes de campeurs et des dispositifs pour accueillir notre équipe hétéroclite.
Avec de la chance et une conversation avec Bill Miller j'ai loué ma petite maison sur Spring Rd entre les portes 2 et 3. Le ciel Car Guy pour être sûr. J'ai trouvé beaucoup de grandes choses à Carlisle, mais la plupart du temps je me suis retrouvé. J'ai trouvé ma santé mentale. J'ai trouvé la force de ma mère pourrait être quand mon père est décédé. J'ai trouvé une église. J'ai trouvé comment la communauté étonnante voiture était quand Chip Miller nous a quittés.
J'ai trouvé que de bons amis durer toute une vie. J'ai constaté que je fais confiance aux mauvaises personnes, parfois. J'ai trouvé que vous pouvez prendre un étang à poissons en béton et de faire une piscine hors de lui. J'ai trouvé que la prise du gouverneur de l'une des voiturettes fera aller 40 mph, mais vous causer des ennuis avec la sécurité Fairgrounds.
J'ai surtout j'ai trouvé combien je manquer après mon départ. Le champ de foire et où j'ai vécu a été rempli avec de bons voisins. Un d'entre eux était Chip Miller. Vous pourriez être un acteur majeur ou maman d'un fournisseur Pop, il serait toujours vous donner un sourire, une poignée de main et son “Life is Good” attitude. Quand il nous a tous laissés bientôt il m'a fait comprendre comment aimer et prendre soin “Les gens de voitures” sont. On m'a demandé d'assister à son mémoire dans le bâtiment “T” Cet honneur et la mémoire restera avec moi pour toujours.
Je suis retourné à Long Island pour beaucoup de raisons. Choix partiellement muettes et sot orgueil. Les choses que j'ai tendance à me battre plus en plus d'une occasion. I missed my life as a Classic Car Appraiser and I see my life is going back down that highway again. Je comprends que récemment que le plan de dieux était pour moi de passer les quatre dernières années de ma vie avec elle mamans de Long Island.
Mais quand un endroit touche votre cœur, vous ne jamais oublier. Vous avez tendance à la romance sur les bonnes choses et oublier le mauvais. La ville de Carlisle et le lieu magique appelé La foire Carlisle restera de cette façon pour moi. Une vie de souvenirs et des amis ne seront jamais enlevé. Si Dieux planifier pour moi est d'aller dans cette voie encore une fois je prévois sur l'écoute. J'ai juste besoin de baisser le volume dans ma tête..
Hide The Martini Olives And The Old VW Parts Carlisle Johnny Is Heading To The 2013 Import Carlisle and Kit Nationals
For over 20 years Carlisle Johnny has been attending the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. This year I will be in search for rare and classic Volkswagen parts. Over the years as I built many odd import vehicles Import Carlisle has been constant source for all kinds of wonderful junk and great memories. I’m sure this year will be no different. So with visions of beer from The Market Cross and 150 acres of wonderful junk dancing in my head I can hardly wait to buy my first rusty part. Stories and loads of pictures when I get back..
In the world of automotive Junk-a-teria’s and by gone era relics you will not find a better place to browse than Anthony Automotive in Port Jefferson New York. Owner Anthony Vertucci is a master tech who not only takes pride in his work but cares about his 1000′s of loyal customers. In this day of mega shops its a wonderful change of pace when you get “small town” service at Anthony Automotive. Anthony Automotive at times is a one man shop.
The problem with that situation is sometimes things well ummm can pile up. Parked in his busy back lot is a collection of forgotten often “mold-i-fied” relices from 1950′s to present day. So wonderful is the collection that even your Ole Friend Carlisle Johnny aka Johnny B has dragged and de-mold-i-cated a few vehicles. It must be something about the shade of the trees and the moist air from Port Jefferson harbor but these vehicles get a certain type of mold, slime and rust that we call “Rold” Most of the forgotten fleet even get there very own eco-system going that would make Al Gore fier.
My first “Rold” purchase from Anthony Automotive was a 1987 Dodge D50 Pickup. A cute little 4×4 with the clicky clackity Mitsu engine it had sat so long that the Rold had seized the from brake pads to the rotors. Oddly some fresh fuel and a charged battery and the little D50 started and well ran. Popping the cluch de-stuck the front brakes and using and ice scraper got the black Rold off the front windsheild. my first stop with Old Roldy was the local car wash. The nice Spanish man at first refused to wash it “You truck is Gleen!! Gleen!! No mold in wash!!”
After slipping him a 5 spot we drove it thru. Well it was still Gleen or Green but less Gleen. Once home a combo of Tilex and bleach de-molded it. Well what do you know its Glay oh I mean Grey. I drove that little truck for years. Anthony being well a good guy can not refuse helping people. A friend of ours Tom who is a Ford-o-file like Anthony needed a station car for cheap. Hmmm what to give him? Well how about the 1992 Lincoln Continental with a collapsed air suspension that has been sitting for six years. To say the Conti was a little moldy would be like saying Rosie O’Donnell over eats slightly at Wendy’s. Armed with 2 cans of Seafoam, a few gallons of fresh fuel, air hose for filling the suspension and a jump box Anthony and Tom were going to attempt to get the Conti going. By now the air suspension had fallen to the point were you could not slide a paper plate under the car. Tom being super mondo Ford guy used good old fashioned air a raised the Titanesque beast up in to the air. Fresh fuel on top of the tank of sludge topped off with Seafoam. Next hook up the jump box and pray. The doors opened with a sound of slab of salmon hitting a wall..”Schlurp“.. Tom slid behind the now algified steering wheel. The blue leather had turned to the mold version of a Peter Max painting..very colorful but gross. Anthony hooked up the jump box and with few cranks the Lusitania like beast started up. Idled smooth and after running for an hour it showed no signs of oil leaks or overheating. In fact all major systems worked perfect. Tom lurched the land barge forward and it moved an entire 20 feet with no problems. Fiddling with the different swiches and knobs proved the radio, vitres électriques, power memory seats and heater system worked. While this was all being done the car stood running with not a drop of oil or coolant leaking. If we had access to a dealer plate we would of taken the Conti for a quick ride. Would of been a hoot to go to a snooty place with valet parking. Get dressed in tuxedos and hand the mold riddled keys to the valet parking dude..’Pardon me young man do you have any Grey Poupon“. Ford Guru Tom’s plans for the stinkin Lincoln include gallons of Tilex, a gross of air freshners, a skid of saddle soap and new fluids. If you happen to be in Port Jefferson and you see a shiny white 92 Lincoln Continental with a blue fake canvas roof it just might be Tom. Give him a wave because once again another Mold Wagon has been saved from the iconic Anthony automobile.
Carlisle Johnny Is Back From Spring Carlisle With A Gullet Full Of Moroccan Food And Lots Of Memories
When the warm breezes of spring approach a man’s thoughts turn to love and pretty women in flowery dresses. That’s if you are a normal person. If you are an old car nut than your thoughts turn to Spring Carlsile. Now don’t get me wrong your ole buddy Carlisle Johnny is just as hornified at the sight of a sheer dress on a curvy beauty as the next dude but after a long cold winter it was time to look at old cars and 150 acres of parts and cool junk. This being my 28th time attending Spring Carlisle I can tell you it was one of the best in memory.
The weather was perfect and the Carlisle Fairgrounds was packed with over 100,000 car crazy maniacs. I needed as usual assorted parts and collectibles for projects or just personal memories. Despite alll these years going to Spring Carlisle I’m always amazed at the amount and diversity of the car, parts and junk for sale. Vehicles ranging from a 2013 Camaro SS to a 1929 Willy Knight were for sale in the car corral. The swap meet was cramed with old, used and new items. People sell everything there. One space offered old phone booths and WWII bombs..deactivated I hope. Not sure how that got past security.
I collect old licence plate toppers and was able to buy 4 very cool old ACCA and CCOA type all for $10.00 each. I always visit the “Sticker Guy” and purchased old VW dealer stickers from the late 1960′s for the back window of the Beetle and the Schnitzel Wagon. Found very nice 1929 New York licence plates for the Peerless at a not to bad price.
Avec plus de 8000 vendor spaces you can log more miles than Lewis and Clark but its worth the aching feet and back. Part of the fun of any Carlisle Fairgrounds car event is the food. My favorite on the Fairgrounds food place is Horner’s Corner BBQ. The make a BBQ pulled pork sandwich topped with grilled onions, mac and cheese on buttered Texas toast. Delish to be sure but I’m sure I clogged my arteries. Outside of the Fairgrounds a must visit is The Market Cross Pub. 100′s of different beers and a find English Pub menu.
Quite by mistake I found a superb Morroccan Restaurant in Carlisle called Argana. Moroccan food in Carlisle? Yes and it was amazing. I just made sure I didn’t mix English beer and Moroccan food. The results could of been deadly. Part of the thing that keeps me coming back to The Carlisle Fairgrounds is the huge amount of memories. Most great and some sad. It is sad memory to see as the years pass we are losing some of the older people or Mom and Pop vendors that made it special. Sad memory because of our need for social networking and the internet it has become more corporate than I would like.
Bittersweet memory that even after all these years I still expect to see Chip Miller riding around in his golf cart with his straw hat and ‘Life Is Good” smile. Him like other loved ones was taken at a much to early age. I think he would be proud of his son Lance and what the Carlisle Fairgrounds has become. Happy memory that I patched a long thought of dead relationship with the grace of God and some luck. I hurt this person badly with my own bad choices and he got destroyed in the wake that became my life at the time.
You sometimes make choices to survive and loved ones can get hurt. That was eight years ago and I guess healing takes time. Happy memory of seeing old friends and enjoying old stories. Happy memory of all the cars and junk I purchased and sold over 3 deacdes. Happy memory to see the Carlisle Fairgrounds packed and alive with people and cars. Happy memory of another Sunday at The Tree Of Life Church remembering all the people they have saved. Including me. Sad memory because I had to leave. Go home, get back to work and reality. But I don’t worry because Import Carlisle is only a few weeks away and I can re-fill my memory bank. See yall around the Carlisle Fairgrounds..
ENJOY A GREAT SLIDESHOW FROM THE 2013 SPRING CARLISLE
Après avoir recueilli de nombreux véhicules au cours de ces nombreuses années. Not all were as my buddy Danny would say “Charmeurs” Donc, avec cela à l'esprit que je commence une nouvelle série.. “Que l'enfer que je pensais??” Please feel free to comment or make you own list..
1982 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible Mark Cross .. Celui-ci est difficile à admettre .. j'ai adoré cette voiture. Acheté de l'ShowField Fairgrounds Carlisle. J'ai fait de mon mieux pour le poupée en. Jupes Fender et les bits de chrome d'autres pourraient ne jamais l'ONU-K-voiture, il. L'intérieur était sombre et brun clair “Cuir de Corinthe”. J'ai remplacé le dessus avec un brun foncé un à correspondre au corps. Equipé du clackity clickity 2.6 ltr Mitsu quatre cylindres. Il a couru une bonne mais toujours sonné comme un sac de billes. Typiques de toutes les voitures construites Unis des années 1980 toute partie qui pourrait tomber ne. Pourtant, malgré ses nombreuses lacunes qu'il avait un certain charme. Il a passé plusieurs années sur les visites et le travail d'évaluation .. Il a même fait la tournée Lincoln Highway de Time Square à Canton Ohio avec un problème. Fidèle à la chose expression obtient assez vieux, il devient précieux. 1982-83 Convertibles Lebaron commencent à se vendre à des prix élevés ..”Que l'enfer que je pensais?” Quand je l'ai vendu..