Ole Carlisle Johnny aka Johnny B had five fun filled days at the 150 acre wonder known as The Carlisle Fairgrounds for Spring Carlisle 2012. For those who do not know Spring Carlisle is the first major event of the East Coast car show season. More of a Car Corral and Swap Meet and less than a show Spring Carlisle offers 1000′s of cars for sale and 1000′s of vendor spaces. If your into big glitzy displays or plain ole Mom and Pop vendor Spring Carlisle has it all. It has always amazed me that you could get a fender for a 32 Buick at one vendor and a new supercharger at the next booth.
If its junk you want than its junk they got for sure. The Car Corral features vehicles from the 1900′s to today. My favorite car was a 1936 Chevy Standard two door sedan. With a fresh restoration it was finished in green with cream colored wheel. A bargin at 14,000. If you wanted a bargin Euro heavy hitter you could of purchased a 1992 Bentley Turbo R with 43,000 miles for only $21,000. Other favs were a unrestored 1966 VW Beetle Ragtop, 1951 Plymouth Cranbrook, 1969 Mustang Mach IResto-Mod and a 1935 La Salle that was a one family owned car.
The Swap Meet featured project cars, new and used restoration parts, old bikes and tons of automobile collectibles. For me its not car show season till I take a ride on the Carlisle Fairgrounds Tram. The ole Tram is looking a little worn out these days. One time it didn’t start. The second time it wouldn’t go into gear and the third time the driveshaft popped out. After three attempts I finally got my ride around the Fairgrounds. Food was never a problem. I gorged myself on the excellent BBQ from Horners Corner. Horners Corner is probaly the Carlisle Fairgrounds tastiest food vendor. At night you could go to The Market Cross Pub or The Cave. One favorite of mine is The Hamilton restaurant. Est.in 1937 it offers good basic food. I had the best Liver, bacon and onions with gravy and mashed potatoes. Yeah I know Yuk!!. Lots more stories to come till then enjoy the slideshow.