by Steve Burns
Last weekend team at Carlisle Events welcomed thousands of Corvette fans to eastern Pennsylvania for the 30th anniversary of Corvettes at Carlisle. Unfortunately, one other guest paid a visit as well. Hurricane Irene had passed by on her way up the East Coast. Before we headed home, we stopped by the fairgrounds Sunday morning to see if we could find any last minute treasures. Regrettably, we didn’t find anything other than a mess.
As we drove through Gate 3, it was apparent the show was going to be pretty sparse on its final day. Little did we know that the gates had been closed to everyone except those with weekend passes. What we found inside the fences was reminiscent of 2007. The winds and rain from Irene’s outer bands that passed through the area overnight had beaten up the fairgrounds once again. The good news this time was that nearly all of the vendors, dealers, and patrons had packed up early to avoid Irene’s arrival. As of lunchtime on Saturday, teardown was in full swing. Any damage appeared to be minimal. The field held maybe 50 cars when we were there and only a few more slowly trickled in as we pulled out. The famous hill held 3 lonesome Corvettes. Like 2007, tents had been upended, porta johns were blown over, debris had blown around everywhere, and braches fell from trees. This time, though, the carnage was very minor. We’re not aware of any injuries other than those sustained by some of the tents on the property. We’re pleased to report that cleanup was well underway and that it didn’t appear that is was going to take very long.
You can check out some of Irene’s aftermath below. Meanwhile, we’ll keep counting down to next year’s Corvettes at Carlisle. Just 51 weeks to go!