The Meeting of the Marques Festival: “Warm…Not Wet, HOT Arts & Cool Cars!”
The essence of Saturday’s ‘Artistry On Wheels’ Motorshow can be captured by the Carlisle Sentinel’s article titled Harvest of the Arts draws record crowds in Carlisle. It’s no doubt that ‘The MoM’ had a part in Saturday’s projected attendance of 25,000. Considering that our little car show family gathered under the mighty oaks in the shadow of Dickinson College, well, we were undoubtedly occupying the most picturesque block of West High Street that day! Now in our 5th year, this format also produced our most diverse turnout on the streets of Carlisle, a statement that can be verified by a look at our Gallery page. ‘Thank You’ goes out to Don Bitner, Ed & Sue Katz and Van Webster for sharing their photos with us.
My Friday began with a spot on ABC27’s Good Day PA! with Charlie Demmy and Van Webster providing their classic sports cars as a backdrop for the outdoor interview. That evening, a few of us had the opportunity to preview ‘The MoM’ to local community leaders and Dickinson College’s new President, Ms. Margee Ensign. Our form of mobile art and the Student Judging program were well received by her, blending nicely with her resolve that the college and community are one. She will be a huge asset to Carlisle, our region and the recognition of ‘all the arts’ in our region, classic cars included!
Saturday's ‘Artistry on Wheels’ block was packed, with people once again realizing that this piece of West High Street real estate is simply perfect for a motorshow! The sights and sounds of townspeople, car owners, artists, sponsors, youth and volunteers all finding enjoyable commonality was very exciting. As in year's past, several artists set up easels within the show as evidence of our acceptance by the artisan community. The number of hands that went up when I asked of those who drove over 50 miles to get to Carlisle was impressive. Top road-tripper was again Pat Petrillo, driving his 1994 Jaguar XJS nearly 300 miles from Rochester, New York, scoffing at the thought of Darkness by Lucas!
Introducing our 2017 Judges
The Cumberland Valley Classic Car Club returned with fresh eyes for another outstanding job of judging our Classes, an activity that seems to get tougher every year. Sharon Vaughn and her ‘tabulation team’ do a precision job of making sure that each score and vote counts. For their diligence we made a donation to the club’s 2017 charity, Hospice of Central PA.
The Carlisle Area High School's Automotive Technology program returned with nine Student Judges to take on the Wild Card and several other Classes. That’s a commendable increase from the four students who kicked off this program last year. Led by Stephanie Tripp, AACA Judge Eric Walhberg and CAHS instructor David Appleman, they did a fantastic job. Their serious enthusiasm was evident to all, with their efforts being recognized by Lance Miller & Platinum Sponsor Carlisle Events with passes to Fall Carlisle and the entire 2018 season. These students do indeed represent the future of the automotive industry and our hobby!
Our 2017 ‘Artisrty On Wheels’ Motorshow Award Winners
Weldon Acres Trophy, Inc. of McKeesport, PA once again provided all of our outstanding awards and dash plaques, so ‘thank you’ Mark Lenart.
British Invasion (pre-1962)
Vintage British (1962–1970)
Classic British (1971–1981)
British Phoenix (1982–Present)
North American Class
Wild Card Class
The ‘Best of British’ Founders Award, commemorating our Allenberry Resort years, was sponsored again by the Market Cross Pub & Brewery of Carlisle, PA. The award was presented by Pete Bauer, one of the founding Mid-Penn team members from 1990. All motorshow entrants voted for their favorite British vehicle, choosing:
The ‘Winners Circle Showdown’ Award was new for 2017, pitting all 2016 1st Place winners in a heads-up competition, as voted on by the Motorshow entrants. Presenting Platinum Sponsor was AIRCOOLED Racing owner Steve Limbert. They chose:
The 2018 Showdown Award participants will be made up of those 1st Places and the Founders winner listed above, provided they return with that same winning vehicle.
Sunday’s ‘Artistry in Motion’ Driving Tour was the work of Director Van Webster and Carol Heide. It started in Carlisle this year, and 106 miles of beautiful sunny driving later it ended in…Carlisle (yes…same town, same state). Tour Masters Van and Carol took us north into Perry County on some great secondary roads with a few optional stops. We ended the Tour with a late lunch at Mayapple Golf Course’s Fiddlers Grill, featuring a nice menu selection and equally fine camaraderie to end our day. Fantastic!!
Your 2017 Leadership Team of Kathy Armstrong, Jim Chichi, Charlie Demmy, Jerry Dubiansky, Adley Eisen, Steve Limbert, Andrew Saft, Stephanie Tripp, Eric Walberg, Van Webster and Sharon Vaughn spent their precious time in pre-event preparation. Make sure to thank them.
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 unique ways so please applaud their efforts and support those businesses that support us. See our Sponsors page for the complete rundown.
My thoughts have already turned to 2018. Watch the website for information as next May approaches. We hope to see you next year…and bring a new person with you.
The Meeting of the Marques Festival, Event Chairman
Artistry on Wheels
We Would Like to Thank the Following for Providing Door Prizes for MoM
Simeone Automotive Museum
Moose's LZ Bar & Grille
Duke's Bar and Grill
Red 102.3 Country Radio
Car Guy Garage
Advance Auto Parts
Sam & Kathy Armstrong Collectibles
Meeting of the Marques Festival