Carlisle, PA – Each and every year we anticipate the spring for the arrival of the Performance & Style Show at the Carlisle Events Fairgrounds. Except this year they moved the event to mid-July so they could benefit from better weather, so we’d have to wait a little longer. Carlisle P&S is the flagship event for our brand, as we started out close to ten years ago judging the outdoor show field for the Carlisle staff. Since then we’ve learned a lot – and it was that experience that actually got us thinking that an app could really streamline the process. Fast forward back to July 18, 2015, and we arrive to the Carlisle Fairgrounds ironically to thunder, lightning, and torrential downpours. But not to worry as the weather made a quick recovery and before we knew it we were “enjoying” 100 degree heat! But the show must go on… and go on it did as nearly 600 cars made their way thru the “powered by eJudged” judging lanes. We had our Ford Transit Connect Wagon posted up near the main tent, under the Low Jambs Pavilion, supplying WiFi connection and serving as the backdrop to our activation. We also had our usual Carlisle cast of characters in attendance, a group of eJudged certified expert judges that we’ve been working with since the old car club days together.
Outdoor drive thru judging is not the only competition powered by eJudged at the event. The Top Flight competition is a series of elite awards that the Invitational “Indoor” display vehicles are eligible for. This year Carlisle added cash payouts for the big winners and ten Awards of Excellence, so it allowed the panel of five industry professionals to recognize more builders for their outstanding efforts. The panel of pros deliberated over their choices in a closed session to determine who would receive the top honors of the event. This is an aspect of the show that has been growing and evolving into quite a cool contest… and we’re proud to be able to have our brand be a part of it.
Carlisle P&S weekend also gives us a great chance to float around the fairgrounds in our Transit Connect Battle Wagon. Once the judging competitions were over, we were able to join in on the Lowlapalooza party! As the crew at Junkstyles x Lowlifestyle transformed Building T into a collection of some of the coolest builds. The theme of the building was based loosely on the fitment movement, but included a wide assortment of vehicle genres that they felt represented the lifestyle and culture of the car community today. The centerpiece to the building was four of the finest engine bays we’ve seen in quite a long time… a perfect combination of performance & style!
Another action packed weekend at Carlisle for the P&S Show. We’ll back on the fairgrounds in just a few short weeks for the All Truck Nationals. But we’ve got plenty happening in the meantime, at a rate of at least two events per weekend leading us thru the rest of summer. Next stop for our Transit Wagon is Pomona, NY for Clean Culture x AutoFest. But before that, the one and only HIN will be testing our software for the first time right here on our home turf at HIN Philly. In the meantime, check out some more photos from this past weekend’s festivities.