The Meeting of the Marques Festival: “Cars Are Art, Too!”
Timing is everything. The weekend prior had been hot and humid; the weekend after was raw and rainy. What we had in between for Harvest of the Arts and The MoM was...perfection!
A spot on ABC27’s Good Day PA!, a new motorshow layout for High Street, some new entrants, old friends bringing different cars, a return of the Motorbike Class, Participant Judging, Student Judges…a lot of firsts for our 4th year with HOT Arts. Add in our great Sponsors and it was undoubtedly our best MoM ever since we went public.
Our ‘Artistry on Wheels’ block of High Street between West and College was very lively as one of Central PA’s longest running car gatherings shared the venue with thousands of new friends. Combining our new ‘acorn avoidance layout’ with many from the community created a jam-packed street at times, not able to see from one end of the block to the other! It was truly an exciting sight for all of our Sponsors and the volunteers who put in their time toward our successes.
For those folks who think that we pull just a local draw, the show of hands who drove over 50 miles to get to Carlisle suggests quite a different story. Top road-tripper was Pat Petrillo, driving his 1994 Jaguar XJS nearly 300 miles from Rochester, New York. How's that for staring British and Lucas gremlins squarely in the eyes and not flinching!
I saw at least four artists joining us again this year with easels, sketchpads and paints at the ready, as our 3-D ‘art’ found its way onto paper and canvas. Let’s not think that their presence is commonplace or take them for granted. That they set up on a sidewalk for the duration of the show is strong evidence by the artisan community that we belong here!
It takes a dedicated team of Volunteers and some great Sponsors and Contributors to make The MoM happen. Each one allows us to present MoM in very special ways so please applaud their efforts and support those businesses that support us. See our Sponsors page for the complete rundown.
Our 2016 Meeting of the Marques Award Winners
The Cumberland Valley Cruisers Car Club did another outstanding job of judging our Classes as the variety and quality of vehicles make it tougher every year. For their time and efforts we will be making a donation to the club’s 2016 charity, The Ronald McDonald House in Hershey.
British Invasion (pre-1962) sponsored by Treasured Motorcar Services of Reisterstown, MD
1st Place - 1958 Triumph TR3A, Ed Plank
2nd Place - 1953 MG TD, Wayne Wachsmuth
3rd Place – 1958 MGA, Ron & Deb Shuey
4th Place – 1957 Austin Healey 100-6, Liz Brockman
Vintage British (1962–1970) sponsored by Steele Motors of Enola, PA
1st Place – 1967 Jaguar E-type OTS, John Kerlish
2nd Place - 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, David Lavertue
3rd Place - 1968 MGB, Charlie Demmy
4th Place – 1967 MGB, Lee Miller
Classic British (1971–1981) sponsored by European Imports of Maytown, PA
1st Place – 1973 Morgan 4+4, Suzanne Quarles
2nd Place – 1977 MGB, Robert Strunk
3rd Place – 1972 MGB, Ken Brenizer
British Phoenix (1982–Present) sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover of Harrisburg
1st Place – 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante, David Petersen
2nd Place – 2005 Lotus Elise, Scott Brockman
British Motorbike sponsored by Morgan Cars Mid-Atlantic of Lewisberry, PA
1st Place – 2002 Triumph Bonneville Golden Jubilee, Paul Howell
2nd Place – 1972 Norton Commando 750, Paul Howell
North American Class sponsored by Family Ford of Carlisle, PA
1st Place – 1964 Studebaker Avanti R2, Roman Artymyshyn
2nd Place – 1990 ASC/McLaren Convertible, Dwight & Mary Hutton
Hutton European Class sponsored by Sun Motor Cars Porsche / BMW & Faulkner FIAT of Mechanicsburg, PA
1st Place – 1982 Ferrari 308GTSi, Wayne & Terry Martin
2nd Place – 1962 Porsche 356B, Tim Buko
3rd Place - 1982 Ferrari Mondial, Jerry Dubiansky
4th Place - 1965 Porsche 356 SC 1600, Frederick Schwenker
Asian Class sponsored by Faulkner Subaru of Mechanicsburg, PA
1st Place – 1976 Datsun 280Z, Dave Wetzel
2nd Place – 1966 Datsun Roadster, Marty Lind
With the persistent support of Stephanie Tripp we developed a program to involve our community's youth in the Motorshow as Student Judges. With enthusiastic help from Mr. David Appleman, Instructor of Carlisle Area High School's Automotive Technology program, this pilot exercise thrust four of his Junior/Senior students into Class K and the world of judging. Their performance and excitement was certainly commendable, with David and me already in discussions about next year.
Wild Card Class sponsored by Sigman’s Furniture Sales of Carlisle, PA
1st Place – 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air, Josh Sigman
2nd Place – 1965 Chevrolet Impala, Paul Ezzo
3rd Place - 2001 Ford Mustang Cobra, Ron Sparks
The ‘Best of British’ Founders Award, commemorating our Allenberry Resort years, was sponsored again by the Market Cross Pub & Brewery of Carlisle, PA. As one of our 2016 firsts, all Motorshow entrants were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite British vehicle.
They chose the: 1967 Jaguar E-type OTS of John Kerlish
Weldon Acres Trophy, Inc. of McKeesport, PA again provided all of our outstanding awards and dash plaques, so ‘thank you’ Mark Lenart. I have already presented an exciting challenge to him about next year, so we’ll see where that takes us.
Your 2016 Leadership Team of Kathy Armstrong, Joe Bahret, Jim Chichi, Charlie Demmy, Steve Limbert, Van Webster, Adley Eisen, Eric Wahlberg and Jerry Dubiansky spent hours, many hours in some cases, of their own precious time to make MoM a success. Make sure to thank them when you get the chance.
Joe Bahret – ‘Artistry on Wheels’ Motorshow Director
Van Webster – ‘Artistry in Motion’ Driving Tour Director
Sunday’s ‘Artistry in Motion’ Driving Tour started in Camp Hill this year. Tour Masters Van and Carol took us nearly 100 miles into the depths of southern York County on some great secondary roads with a few optional stops. We ended the Tour with a fantastic brunch at the John Wright Restaurant in Wrightsville, overlooking the Susquehanna River. Well done!!
‘Thank You’ to Don Bitner, Frederick Schwenker, Eric Wahlberg and Van Webster for sharing their images with us…see our Gallery page.
So after closing out an outstanding event and with the expected return of the Dickinson College Parents Weekend, how can one not already be excited about next year? So YES, the creative wheels hardly stopped turning before thoughts were running flat-out toward an even better 2017 Festival. We hope to see you then…and bring a new person with you.
The Meeting of the Marques Festival, Event Chairman
Artistry on Wheels
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Meeting of the Marques Festival