This month’s Autofests: June Overview

Hi everyone, summer is definitely upon us and there have been some great shows this month!  


June - The Highlights~

Carlisle Ford Nationals - 2012's Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Gumout Performance Products, June 1-3 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds was one for the record books. From the nearly 3,000 cars onsite to the more than 45,000 people on grounds, every aspect of the weekend left Ford enthusiasts from the world over wanting more. From the vendors, displays, swap meet, car corral and even the food court, Carlisle was a hot bed of automotive excitement, not seen at that level in sometime. Check out the "Winner's List"!

Friends of Steve McQueen Car Show - The Boys Republic School has helped many troubled youth in its 100-year history, where 16 year-old Steve McQueen spent time as a student in 1946.

Saturday's event featured cars and motorcycles competing in several categories based on other McQueen movies, including "The Great Escape," "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "Le Mans." Check out some pictures from the show.

The International Mustang Bullitt Owners Club, based in Chicago, was slated to attend, bringing along Bullitt Mustangs and Dodge Chargers like those seen in the film.

This year’s event was themed after McQueen's 1968 film "Bullitt" to raise money for the programs it offers. A similar event last year raised more than $50,000. Another event will be held next year - that one themed after "Le Mans," a 1971 film about the 24 Hours of Le Mans auto race held annually in France.

Goodguys 19th Summer Get-Together - More than 2,500 classic American muscle cars and souped-up hot rods are heading to the Alameda County Fairgrounds.The cars and their enthusiastic owners along with car buffs throughout the west gather for the 19th consecutive year to celebrate cars and car culture at the Goodguys Summer Get-Together in Pleasanton.

The event has become an annual early-summer tradition as auto buffs gather to gawk at the cars, shop the midway and kick tires. The colorful cars, painted in a variety of candy hues with layers of chrome, showcase a magical glimpse into yesteryear when American automobiles were made of steel, had carburetors and could get an oil change in the driveway. Check out the pictures from the event.

2012 Elegance at Hershey - The highlight of the weekend, The Elegance is modeled after the finest of European and American Concours d’Elegance. The Elegance is an automotive garden party featuring the world’s finest collector vintage and antique cars, arrayed around the manicured formal gardens of The Hotel Hershey. Car owners, and those who adore their cars, gather for a day of mutual admiration and relaxed camaraderie while special guest judges review and critique the participants’ cars. Check out the “Winners List 2012

RM - The Dingman Collection 2012 - The 1936 Ford Gläser cabriolet was the top earner at RM’s Dingman sale in New Hampshire this past weekend, blowing away the $225,000 to $275,000 preauction estimate with a hammer price of $396,000.

Rounding out the top 10 are a 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr Convertible Coupe that sold for $269,500; a 1947 Ford Super Deluxe Sportsman Convertible that sold for $253,000; a 1939 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon that sold for $247,500; a 2005 Ford GT that sold for $242,000; a 1938 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon that sold for $209,000; a 1940 Ford Deluxe Station Wagon that sold for $203,500; a 1989 Aston Martin Vantage Volante that sold for $192,500; and a 1940 Ford Standard Station Wagon that sold for $192,500.

Aside from the 50 concours-quality collector cars, mostly pre- and post-war Fords, the auction also offered more than 1,000 signs at no reserve. The top earning neon collectible sold was a Chevrolet sign and clock that crossed the block for $41,400. A Ford “Jubilee” sign was the runner up, selling for $39,100.

Not everything at the Dingman sale was out of reach of working-class collectors. A neat “Cook’s Paints” neon sign sold for $345, well below the preauction estimate of $1,500-$2,000 and an assortment of Sinclair branded goodies including a metal sign, a grease drum and some assorted tins, sold for $115.

Altogether, the auction totaled $9.8 million in sales. For more results from the Dingman sale, visit

goldRush Rally/gr4 - 2012, Rise Against The Sun - In just four years goldRush has not only established itself as the premiere automotive lifestyle Rally, but as an international public display for the prominent guests it attracts. From LA to Miami, it looked like a great event.

2012 Bullrun “Ralling the World” – 2012 was another exiting year that led them from LA to San Francisco, then over to Lake Tahoe, through Boise, over to Oregon, then back down to LA… Check out the weeks “Recap and Awards”... This is my favorit picture!


Coming up this July! The Outlook~

Car shows / Swap meets:

Carlisle Chrysler Nationals



33rd Annual Falcon Nationals

Porsche Parts, Pickles, and Wine (Swap Meet)

33rd Annual RAVE Car Show & Flea Market


3rd Annual Tyler Shipman Memorial Car Show

2012 Concours d’Elegance of America

Driver events:

Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Rally

Auto Auctions:

Mecum Auctions - Millers at Milwaukee - 18th Annual 

Mecum Auctions - Des Moines, IA Auction

RM St. John's Auction


Have Fun and be Safe Everyone!


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