Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals Brings Plenty of Supercar Heat

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Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

Massive showing of supercars, imports, tuners, and sport compacts invade the Carlisle Fairgrounds for a weekend of fun.

The current iteration of the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals has only been around since 2016. And it is already continually drawing thousands of fans who bring their best imports, supercars, performance muscle, tuners and sport compacts to the legendary fairgrounds in Pennsylvania every year. And it’s safe to say that this year’s meet, which just wrapped up, was the very best one yet.

The 2019 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals didn’t officially kick off until 7 a.m. Friday, but it was already a packed house by Thursday. This year, two buildings were dedicated to nothing but French machines, covering 80 years of automotive history. Building T was filled with an impressive array of supercars, while the surrounding 82 acres of outdoor area were packed with awesome cars of all makes, models, and vintages.

2019 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

When participants grew tired of looking at exotic machinery, there was plenty of action to take in, too. This year’s burnout contest gave participants a chance to win cash for the first time ever. There was also a drift limbo contest, regular drifting, and an autocross. Which, by the way, included at least one vintage red Ferrari showing off.

2019 Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals

This year’s Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals was certainly a must-see for any automotive fanatic, no matter what your fancy. And it’s already got us looking forward to next year. Registration is already open for the 35th installment of the event, which takes place May 15-17. So be sure and get your registration in early, as well as enjoy a recap of this year’s festivities, by heading over here.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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