November 28, 2022

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Corvettes at Carlisle Celebrates 100 Years of Le Mans in 2023

The 24 Hours of Le Mans race takes center stage in France each year in June. The race dates back to 1923, and while it hasn’t offered 100 races for various reasons, it will still celebrate 100 years of its first race in 2023. As a nod to its rich and storied history, Corvettes at Carlisle presented by eBay Motors will celebrate 100 years as well — not with wheels in motion, but with cars on display.

The 2023 showcase of all things Corvette takes place August 24-26 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds.  As part of the annual Chip’s Choice display (located in Building T), Corvettes at Carlisle will honor 100 years of Le Mans with a display that includes upwards of a dozen cars that competed on the famed 13.626 km (8.467 mile) track. While many of the display cars are still unknown, one is a car very familiar to Corvettes at Carlisle fans: The famed #3 Cunningham Corvette. This car, which took first in its class in 1960, is now owned by Irwin Kroiz and returns to Carlisle for the first time since 2021.

“The largest, most prestigious race in the world is the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” noted Lance Miller of Carlisle Events.

“With the 100-year anniversary upon us, we felt it was appropriate to feature various Corvettes of all generations that raced at Le Mans. We are looking forward to celebrating the 100th in true Corvette fashion; with a special display at Corvettes at Carlisle.”

Chip’s Choice is an annual feature at Corvettes at Carlisle that carries a specific theme each year. The display is presented in memory of and in tribute to Chip Miller, co-founder of Carlisle Events and National Corvette Museum Hall of Famer. Chip began the tradition of ‘Chip’s Choice” in 1990 and every year since, the display aims to embody the best-of-the-best within the Corvette hobby. Since his passing in 2005, Chip’s son Lance continues the themed tradition the display and plays a key role in the selection of its display cars.

Corvettes at Carlisle is the last specialty car show offered by Carlisle Events in 2023. The gathering of America’s Sports Car brings enthusiasts together from around the world showcasing every generation of Corvette ever produced. In 2022, a new Fun Field record was established, and between the show cars and those who simply parked on grounds, the event welcomed over 5,000 Corvettes.  

Learn more about Corvettes at Carlisle at CarlisleEvents.com

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