Geeked for Carlisle

Discussion topics related exclusively to our annual gathering in Carlisle PA on June 4-6, 2004.
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Post by mhamilton » Mon Apr 26, 2004 11:41 pm

Anyone out there not yet decided on going to Carlisle, listen to this. My plans for travel this year is South Carolina in May, Hawaii in September, and the Bahamas in December. I am more excited about the Carlisle trip than any other of these trips. This will be my 4th consecutive year to Carlisle. I think alot of Carlisle veterans can tell the same type of stories.

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Post by richardcurtis » Tue Apr 27, 2004 11:41 am

Carlisle is surely something I put on my calendar first thing in January, so that I can assure myself of not agreeing to any conflicts. For those of you who haven't attended:
-- first, there are the enjoyable Merkur Convoys; nothing like looking in your rear-view mirror at dozens of Merkurs on the interstate
-- lots of Merkur discussions in the hotel parking lot both Friday and Saturday nights;
-- miles (literally) of vendor rows of all things Ford... old parts (I mean REALLY old!), new parts, cheap tools, wheels, tires, seats, car covers, Eastwood is there, OPMD has a booth, etc., etc. You can literally spend a day walking the vendor aisles
-- Miles of showfield covered with every type of Ford ever built (another full day!)
-- speciality cars in the "barns" this year supposedly a bunch of the mid- to late-60s Ford Fairlane drag cars
-- Vendor exhibits (Meguiar's, Ford, Roush, Goodyear, etc.)
-- Great food (Pennsylvania Dutch inspired) with no unreasonable lines; very good BBQ, very good sticky buns, etc.
-- this year, a nearby hotel (in previous years, the hotel was in Harrisburg, about 20 (?) miles away)
-- the Merkur showfield tent; lots of stuff happening around it. Meet 'n greet other Merkheads, attend Merkur-specific seminars; buy a Merkur t-shirt (wear with pride)
-- Carlisle-sponsored seminars; one year, we watched a guy build a Ford motor from start to finish. There will be others; check the Carlisle website.

Hope to see everyone there.
Richard Curtis
Fairfax Station, Va. '89XR (gone to a new home but not forgotten)

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Post by fastmaul » Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:35 pm

You are NOT alone, Hawaii, Bahamas...can be done anytime in the year, and if lucky more than once!..Carlise comes but once a year! 8)
My usual plans are (Major car shows) Carlisle in June(this year) and either Ford Fair or National Day in England in August. Englishtown as often as I can go including Fun Ford Weekend 8) Everything else goes around that schedule. :D

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Post by Azzurra » Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:22 pm

Goddamit

I wish i lived over there... i would love to come over, but the price is waaaaaaaaaaay too prohibitive! :(

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Post by mhamilton » Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:05 pm

Note from my wife: "I hate you people! How can a car show be the highlight of your year?"

I know that is what she is thinking. :idea: Maybe if they had a shoe store on the Carlisle premises... :roll:

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Post by richardcurtis » Tue Apr 27, 2004 9:41 pm

One other thing about the Carlisle weekend: Except for 2003, the Sunday of the Carlisle weekend is also a great big Street Rod show in nearby York, Pa. (40 miles?) at the fairgrounds there. I think it's the East Coast Nationals. In recent years, there have been thousands (no joke!) of street rods of every color, type, description, etc. Well worth the short trip and, besides, after two days at the All-Ford Nationals -- no offense anyone -- you've pretty much DONE Carlisle. I've always enjoyed the street rods but, then again, it's actually only a little bit out of my way home.
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Post by pyropete125 » Wed Apr 28, 2004 2:33 pm

i have reservations and ill be there but my merk might not make it :(

ive only had it running for 20 min or so, but it sounds like a rod knock when it idles below 1000 rpm, but i have 40 psi of oil pressure....

this car is definatly on my bad side at the moment :evil:

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Post by fastmaul » Wed Apr 28, 2004 3:30 pm

What days are you going Pete?? will you be there all weekend?

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Post by Ed Lijewski » Wed Apr 28, 2004 4:18 pm

mhamilton wrote:Note from my wife: "I hate you people! How can a car show be the highlight of your year?"

I know that is what she is thinking. :idea: Maybe if they had a shoe store on the Carlisle premises... :roll:
There are always kiosks with jewelry--chicks can't pass those up, and they definitely can't pass by the mirrors on those vendors tables. :lol:

[Not to even mention the male hunks on view everywhere....oh, wait, that's not at the Merkur meet. :P ]
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Post by pyropete125 » Thu Apr 29, 2004 1:37 pm

getting there friday night leavin on sunday.

i just called today to get my insurance back on the car today, i only had comprehensive for the winter.

we'll see how the motor is in a few days. i know it sounds really good in the garage, besides the knock of course.

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Post by pyropete125 » Sat May 01, 2004 9:59 pm

looks like the merks gonna have a fresh motor soon :(

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Post by mhamilton » Thu Jun 03, 2004 9:48 pm

Well the convoys are underway!

Less than a day and we'll all be on our way.

I am predicting no rain until Sunday evening. :roll:
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Post by fastford87 » Thu Jun 03, 2004 10:45 pm

Wilky and I set off in 5 hours. It's now 10pm. Hope to see most of you there.
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Post by mhamilton » Wed Jun 23, 2004 6:23 pm

I just was reviewing some latest posts.

Sorry for the "no rain prediction". I tend to has some minor ESP, but I did not do that. Maybe one of these years I won't be able to go to Carlisle...I hope it dumps on you guys! :twisted:

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