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Another year has come and gone for the Northeast’s largest multi-marque import specialty show, the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals, which were held from Friday, May 20 through Sunday the 22nd. The featured country for 2011 was France, so there was an excellent turn-out of French delicacies, both on the show field and in Building Y’s Invitational Display. While the bulk of French cars attending were Citroëns, Peugeots and Renaults, there were some real rarities to see.
It’s been a recent tradition that the Swedish car groups have the largest participation numbers, and among them, the Saab folks often take the lead; hosted by the Central Penn Saab Club, early word is that about 275 Saab vehicles were on the show field. Saabisti brought everything from early two-strokes to 2011 9-5 sedans, and Saab Cars itself had a presence, showing a new 9-4X and a handful of deliciously restored vehicles from their heritage collection.
There was fun stuff as well:
Not to be outdone, the Volvo Club of America and Volvo online forum crowd had about 150 cars at Carlisle, with the majority being of the modern front-wheel drive and turbocharged variation. Despite this, the people’s choice winner among Volvo voters was a classically beautiful, subtly modified 122S.
And proving that those Swedes enjoyed their Friday evening party:
The Audi area is traditionally another exciting place to be, and this year, it was home to everything from our former Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car “Driveable Dream” DKW Junior De Luxe to the 2012 A7 and Euro-market A1 that Audi of America brought to display.
Of course, the show field isn’t the only place to find interesting cars at Import Carlisle.
The swap meet area was home to other neat finds, too.
Next year’s Carlisle Import & Kit Nationals will be held on May 18-20, 2012, so mark your calendars and make your reservations now!