June 7 - 9rd, 2013 (Friday - Sunday)
of people arrive on Friday afternoon/evening and leave mid-afternoon on
- Where: The
Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle , PA
Carlisle is about 15 miles
south-west of Harrisburg, near the center of the state. The
fairgrounds are accessible from I-76 & I-81. See the Directions Page for detailed maps.
Click here to visit the directions section of the Carlisle
are no restrictions on the age, condition or level of modification of your
car. Similarly, there are no restrictions on the age or condition of
any family members you may bring! The showgrounds are cris-crossed
with gravel pathways, which makes pushchair & wheelchair access
easy. There are plentiful clean bathrooms (and Portajohns if you
How much does it
It depends where
you stay and for how long. If you stay with the majority of Merkur
owners at the Camp Hill Radisson for two nights it will cost you
around $300 (most of that being the hotel). That of course assumes
that you are not tempted to buy shirts and other merchandise on the
If you are looking to save some money:
- Buddy up with other Merkur Owners and share the
cost of a hotel room.
- Camp out at the showgrounds. That's right,
several Merkur owners camp at the showgrounds every year. Carlisle
Events charges $15 for the weekend and bathhouses, water and waste
disposal is available. Space is limited and must be reserved on
the Carlisle Events registration form.
- There is an excellent convenience store on the
route to the showground. Stop there in the morning and stock your
cooler with ice, water, soda, snacks and a sandwich.
|How do I go about attending?
- Follow the simple three-steps process:
- Register with Carlisle Events
- Reserve a hotel room
- Sign Up/Renew your MCA membership to recieve
your goody bag and be eligible for prizes and awards
- What if you decided to attend at the last
No problem. You can just show up at the gate on the day
of the show and register, albeit at a slightly higher
cost. Bear in mind however, local hotel rooms are sold out in
advance, and MCA membership can ONLY be purchased/renewed PRIOR to the
event (no sign-ups at the show-field).
|What does the registration fee cover?
- Your registration fee allows you onto the
showfield from Friday morning (gates open each day at 7am) until Sunday
- Up to four people per car.
- A 'goody-bag' from Carlisle Events.
- Entry to the drawing for the give-away
car. (Winner must be present on
- Participation in the 'Fun Field' judging and
Registration lets Carlisle know you are
coming. If you fail to register, they may not have enough goody bags
and the registration process will take longer.
If you have pre-registered by April 30, you
will receive your registration sticker in the mail before the event.
Apply this sticker to the upper-right corner of your windshield before
leaving home and you will be able to drive right through Gate 3 and onto
the show-field upon arrival at the fairgrounds.
Can I leave the
showgrounds during the day?
- Yes, at times traffic can be congested, but you
can leave the showgrounds and return during the day.
- The other side of this question is 'Can I leave
my car on the showgrounds over night?' Yes, Carlisle Events
provides 24 hour security and many owners leave there cars on the show
|I've heard about the awards. What are they?
- What happens if you are lucky enough to win a
fun field award? Winners are posted at around 9am. Someone
will copy this list and post it at the Merkur tent. It is the
winner's responsibility to then go to the Carlisle Events award tent and
tell them if you will be driving through the grandstand area to pick up
the award. If you choose not to, you can normally pick your award
If you do choose to drive through, you must
follow the Carlisle rules which involve picking up a line-up number and
getting on the line-up by around noon. We will not be chasing you
around making sure you do this! Cars are lined up and drive in
procession past the award stand. Each car and driver gets
announced over the PA and Bill Miller hands the award to each driver in
turn. It's a great
- In addition to this, a team of MCA judges has
been assembled, headed up by Saul
Rivkin. This team will be judging MCA member's Merkurs and we
will be awarding our own plaques based on the judge's decisions.
The award categories are listed on the Awards page. These awards will be handed out at
the reception on Saturday evening.
are the showgrounds?
- The 82 acre purpose built complex is host to a
series of auto shows through the year including the All-Truck National,
Import Nationals, Corvettes at Carlisle and Chryslers at Carlisle.
The folks at Carlisle Events are some of the most professional in the
business and really know how to make all owners feel
- The showgrounds houses space for 2,200 vendors
and a wide selection of show cars. In addition you will find
covered areas for the Invitational Display and car
Click here to download a vendor
Click here to download a map of the
the showgrounds can be found a dyno (how much does that Merkur really
make?!), ATM, seminars, emergency services, a kids entertainment area and
an above-average food court and outside dining area.
For those that
want to prep their cars, there is a car washing and cleaning area with
hose pipes and buckets.
|What do I need to bring?
Here's a starter list. Everyone has a
different travel kit - this does not include the standard Merkur travel
kit of plug wires, hoses, oil, TFI etc. etc.
- Cooler, water, soda and snacks.
- Sun tan lotion and hat. It's amazing how
easy it is to get burnt when you are standing around talking
- Car cleaning rags, polish etc.
- Chairs or a blanket
- Carlisle can get a little breezy in the
afternoon. If you have caught some sun, this can make it cool so
bring a sweater or jacket. Just in case we do get a shower, it's
best to bring a waterproof jacket.
- Money for all those cheap tools and Merkur parts
in the expansive flea market.
May I camp at Carlisle?
Yes, there are campgrounds, run by Carlisle Events,
adjacent to the showgrounds. In addition there are showers, toilets
and water points. Carlisle charges $30 for the weekend camping, in
addition to the show registration fee. Camping lots (10' x 30') are
limited and must be reserved on the Carlisle registration form, which is
step 1 of our three step registration process.
What happens on Sunday?
l'll expand this question by breaking down what
happens on each day of the weekend:
- Arrival day. Those that arrive in the
afternoon often go to the showgrounds to get first picks at the flea
market. People just somehow never have time on Saturday!
Registration is open at Gate 3 on Thursday 12pm to 7pm, and Friday 7am
to 9pm. It's easier to register and pick up your car pass on
Thursday or Friday rather than Saturday morning.
If you cannot get
there before Saturday, don't worry. The efficient, helpful
Carlisle staff keep the line moving and picking up your show
credentials, rarely takes more than 30 minutes.
- Drag Racing at South Mountain Drag
Strip. Anyone can participate. Starts at 4pm.
Eliminations at 6pm.
Free round-trip shuttle busses available from
- It's showtime! Most people arrive around
9am and all day is spent at the showgrounds. There will be more
cars at the showfield on Saturday than on Sunday. All judging
takes place by 4pm on Saturday. Arrive late and you may not have
a place to park and your car may not be judged!
- Cocktail hour with awards and prizes at the
hotel in the evening
- The showfield is open and in full swing at
- AutoX is held on the fairgrounds - a great
opportunity to try your car on a road course!
- 'Fun Field' judging results announced around
- Good day to walk the trade tents and flea
- Award drive-by starts at around 1pm (Exact
time to be announced)
- Car Give-Away at 3pm. Note - you
must be present to win!
If you cannot make it on Saturday, is it worth
coming on Sunday? Definitely!
What car preparation is
Some will spend a few months prepping the car, some
will just arrive in their daily driver. Make sure however that the
car is free of all the normal road grime. There is a car cleaning
facility just inside Gate 3 on the left and several car washes in the
area. Make sure you have cleaning supplies and rags.
We plan to have a preparation guide online before
the show, but in the mean time Meguiars offers an
excellent selection of how-to videos and some great products.
Meguiars is one of our major sponsors and we hope to have a special car
care seminar on the showfield.