Carlisle car season begins with Spring Carlisle

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Motorheads from all over the country are making their way to Cumberland County for Spring Carlisle.

“Most of our cars are classic muscle cars because that’s what Carlisle Events was founded on 43 years ago,” said Tim Wells, an auction car specialist.

The event is a swap meet, car corral and auction.

“We’re a boutique auction. We’re an everyday person’s auction,” Wells said.

000003The two-day auction will feature all kinds of cars, from Ferrari and Willys to Mercedes and Corvettes. More than 400 cars will cross the auction block. Two of them will be auctioned for charity.

“What’ll typically happen with our donation cars, our charity cars, is you will get one person who bids the car up to $1,500. We’ll sell the car, they’ll give it back, we get to auction the car again,” Wells said. “So, we could auction the same car four or five times until somebody actually wants the car.”

Proceeds from a Toyota Land Cruiser will go to Susquehanna Service Dogs through a cause called Barkin for Parkinson’s. Proceeds from a Chevy Malibu will go to the Carlisle Salvation Army.

“It’s a big blessing is what it is,” Major John Riley of the Carlisle Salvation Army said. “It’s a boost in the right direction.”

A boost no matter how much money this car brings in.

“If we’re able to help people, empower them and give them hope, then you can’t put a price tag on that,” Riley said. “That’s what we really want to do is empower our community and make a difference with every person that comes through our door; to say we invest in you, we believe in you, we want to be here to help you.”

“Without the community, we wouldn’t have what we have today, so it’s a great opportunity to give back,” Wells said.

The auction runs Thursday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Admission is free.

Spring Carlisle runs through Sunday.  Admission Wednesday through Saturday is $10.  Sunday admission is $7.  An event pass is $30.  Gates are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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