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Roll Call - Carlisle 2013

Coming or not?

  • Will be there with a car!

    Votes: 4 33.3%
  • Will be there, but spectating (no car)

    Votes: 3 25.0%
  • Sorry, can't make it this year

    Votes: 2 16.7%
  • Vicariously living the show through the forum

    Votes: 4 33.3%

  • Total voters
    12

thestevie

Member
:D Just never needed nor wanted one. I've got a high horsepower desktop and a 28" monitor I work with. I tried working with a buddies Dell laptop and just couldn't handle the smaller keypad and the finger mouse thing..

You just never found the right one. May I suggest this one.

Im guessing you need the laptop to play the films. Wouldnt a portable dvd player be easier?
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Oh yeah, I certainly could use a portable DVD or even a regular DVD player I would think would work.

As for the laptop.... geez, I could think of better things to spend $2500 on!
 

mud4fun

New member
I have a portable DVD but I will have to check it out for video out function. I have a projector also but it is big and old and not very bright. ( No honey I am not talking about you again)......
I use it at the hunting club mostly to show movies outside for the young'uns. I will bring it but I hope someone has one better. I have not tried it in the day light on a good screen.
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Hey, anything is better than nothing! I was on the hunt for some used equipment today and there just wasn't much to be had in the budget I had in my pocket. I'll bring along the Cannonball DVD's; Warren is going to try to set up some DVD's of the CCC stuff he has, but with the site crash yesterday, he may not have time to do much.

Many thanks for trying to do what we can with what we gots!
 

nbb350

Member
Should have called me first, Nic. There's quite a few ways around Harrisburg on the side roads....

Google said the detour would add about 12 miles and since I sold my soul to Google in September 2010, I do whatever he says. :D Oh well...we halved our distance to the fairgrounds this way and the new hotel was just remodeled in Fall 2012 (Comfort Inn New Cumberland).
 

nbb350

Member
Oh...goodie. POTUS is going to be in Baltimore today for a speaking event. Guess who else is going to be flying into Baltimore today? Us. *very frustrated* I remember when G-Dub was in Minneapolis for a speaking event...Secret Service shut down the interstates between the airport and his destination...ALL AFTERNOON. Hopefully POTUS is flying direct on that taxpayer-funded chariot of his...and bypassing BWI entirely!

See you all soon! (Hopefully!)
 

Flyer615

New member
I'd like to say that it was a true pleasure getting to meet you guys at Carlisle. I wish that I could have stayed longer. On a side note, it pleases me to know that, no matter where James (mud4fun) goes with his car from this point on, there'll be a little piece of me along for the ride. *hee-hee-hee*
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
*yipes*Story to follow once I wake up, get some coffee and download what photos I have. Safe to say it was ... a learning experience!
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Ok... coffee still in hand, car offloaded and in the garage and I'm beat from yesterday and the evening's drive... but there are photos.. at least a few! They will also be PhotoBucket hosted, so if anyone has issues I'll try to repost through the forum.

Friday:

Sunny, warm, gorgeous! Due to last minutes complications with my car, intending to head out Thursday night turned into Friday morning. As always, the trip there via the PA turnpike is unexceptional and boring, save for the few Speedsters that were winding their way through traffic to get to Carlisle as well.
Pulling into the fairground and locating the club tent, it was surprisingly busy for an early Friday morning. The import side was filling up fairly rapidly while the kit side... not so much. Parking the rig on one of the concourse roads I proceeded to unload all the flags, tables, chairs and eventually the car. A gentleman who seemed to be hanging around the tent stepped forward, and with his red shirt I assumed was with the fairgrounds crew, asked if he could assist and I politely declined (I think). As I was loosening the straps and setting the ramps off the trailer, the fellow stepped forward again and introduced himself - 'Flyer615' from the forum here, or Ken as he's known in real life! Ken guided my sputtering car into the tent and we went about setting up what I had brought (which wasn't much, really). Apparently he had arrived earlier in the day after a long motorcycle odyssey from Tennessee. Ken wins the 'iron-butt' award from me just for riding that far...
Shortly afterwards another fellow wandered into the tent and introduced himself as 'kruzer52', or Bob as he likes to be called :D. Bob as well had come in from the Kentucky area, and both fellow's cars are still non-running at the moment. I excused myself to go park the rig and left Ken and Bob to their own devices..

Several hours later (noon, shortly after?) we spotted a truck and trailer with a familiar white and blue Sterling in tow heading into the grounds. The car belongs to Mud4fun, otherwise known as James. Pulling up behind the tent to unload, they (James and his wife) looked exhausted, and it was confirmed when they said they had left around midnight from Georgia to be there after a ceremony for a daughter that had been named valedictorian. And here's where Ken's comment comes in...

Jame's car is the tube-framed, Corvair powered vehicle that at the moment doesn't move under it's own power. He had to roll it off the trailer and man-handle it to the tent. The road had a small incline, but there were three of us to move it around.. what could go wrong?

Steering. Or more precisely, lack of. Steering was accomplished by nudging, kicking and pulling at the front tires where Ken was on one side, James on the other and Bob and I at the rear pushing or holding as required. At one point Ken was turning the wheel while it was moving forward. Slowly, but still moving... and his hand followed the arc of the tire through the wheel well and down again... without realizing that there wasn't room for his hand to do that. The fiberglass lip dug a pretty good trench across the back of Ken's hand and blood was spilled by a Sterling for the first time on the show grounds. The first aid station wasn't too far away, so off he went to see what might be needed other than a few bandages and some cleaning.

Feeling bad about that accident, the survivors went about talking with folks about the cars, James went back to his hotel to catch some badly needed sleep and eventually Bob and I slipped out to wander the swap meet and see what there was to see.

An hour or so later, heading back to the tent, I saw Ken there with a nice new bandage. No stitches were needed, just a compression bandage and a good cleaning. At least he had a good story (sort of) to go along with his trip! Shortly afterwards a distinctive yellow and black Sterling came around the corner and headed to the part of the field that we had occupied in the past. Failing to flag him down, someone let out a nice loud whistle (was that you, Ken?) to grab the driver's attention, which it did. That driver was Mike, who while not on the boards here, maintains his own website called seemysterling.com . Mike isn't a stranger to Carlisle, as he and his wife have RV'd in before with the Sterling in tow.

I'm going to gloss over the rest of the afternoon as I'm sure nobody is interested in hearing about us sitting under the tent and chatting the day away. For the most part, all of us were tired, and we left the field around 4pm to either grab a quick nap, socialize or figure out what we were doing for dinner. The cookout was tomorrow night, so this evening we fended for ourselves!

To be continued...
 

kruzer52

Member
Hey fellow campers, I made it back home in one piece! I had a great time, meeting new friends, collecting all kinds of freebies. Great sharing new ideas and exchanging information with you guys. I look forward to next year.
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Part II - Saturday

Sorry, I needed a nap and something to eat! The story continues thus...

After dinner Friday night, most of Dave's crew, myself, Mike and a newly acquired member who showed up late in the day - nbb350 - Nick, from Minnesota, were hovering around the camper customarily telling stories and lies. I happened to look down over the campsite area (the camper was actually on the hill where the car trailers were stored, and has a great view of the fairgrounds) and saw a red Sterling parked by an enclosed trailer. It hadn't made it onto the field that day, so Nick, Mike and I trooped down to see who it was. Who it was had the name of Will, and isn't part of the forum just yet. Will had purchased Steve's (yessongs) car from long Island last month, and had made the trip up from North Carolina with his family to be at the show. He had no knowledge of the Sterling club other than what Steve had mentioned to him, and he was quickly welcomed into the Sterling community. It was getting late at that point, so we bid each other a good night and headed off to our respective beds, promising to catch up in the morning.



Morning came to the sound of some a**hat revving his engine at 6:30A next to my trailer. It was cold, cloudy and breezy, and I was really warm where I was. I made my way to the food concessions, grabbed a lousy cup of coffee and hit the swaps again to see if I had missed anything. I hadn't, so I crawled my way back up the hill to Dave's trailer to grab some breakfast that was cooking on the grill.

By 9:30 or so, the club tent was abuzz with three cars and the promise of a few more. Fuzz (fuzz) called me and said that he and Warren (farfegnubbin) were at the gate registering. They had brought two of Warren's rides - the turbo rotary Sterling and his silver Cimbria. Dave had already brought his car to the tent, deciding not to set up his vendor spot, so by the time Fuzz and Warren arrived, six cars were parked together. Will, sleeping in apparently, was the last to arrive to the party.

















James (mud4fun) and his wife in the tent, Bob relaxing after a bite of lunch at Dave's trailer and a few other select shots above reveal the layout. A newly acquired friend showed up, Rick Rickert, the webmaster from the old Sterling Central site, showed up to meet and greet with everyone and Warren, since Warren had taken over the site some years ago. Rick is a very interesting world traveler and has landed back on US soil for a little while. He vows to get another Sterling when his world gets a little more stable. This was good incentive, for sure!









As mentioned previously, the kit side of the show gets far smaller every year. The Porsche Speedster club is always the largest part, the Avenger/Valkyrie club usually show at least five or six; this year only three came. And only one other oddball VW based kit showed, this unusual "Vision III" vehicle of which I had never seen before outside of some old kit ads. It was striking, with a love it or hate it rear treatment (but still way better than a Bradley). Two beautiful Diablo replicas were there along with a Factory Five GTM, and the dune buggy club was half a field away, a home built 917 and an off-the-chart Auburn replica showed on Friday; the 917 was there on Saturday, and that's all there was to the kit field.

I won't bore with details of conversations and minutia. Suffice to say that those who attended I think had a great time meeting folks you only talk to on a forum and putting faces to the names. Will was certainly one of the most gregariously enthusiastic owners there and vowed to be active in all the club activities in the future.

By 2:00 the skies had darkened considerably, and true to 80% of the Carlisle shows, the skies started to open by 2:30. All the fields, including the imports, fled the show grounds, leaving only a few die-hard fans to fend for themselves. Dave and Mike had gone to their trailers, James had his car loaded and ready for the trip back to Georgia, Warren and Fuzz had left an hour previous and Will's car was under the tent next to mine. As the rain eased a bit, I fetched my trailer and packed up for the weekend - the Sunday forecast was worse, and knowing that, there would be nobody on the grounds at all. Trailer packed and parked, Dave notified me that they were heading out... Mike would have to take over the cookout.

Unfortunately, nobody told Mike. He called just as I had gotten off the phone with Dave and panicked slightly - his grill wasn't large enough. But he was parked near Will who had a grill as well. And it was only going to be the seven of us plus Will's young kids, and between Mike and Will, a gracious and welcome bbq chicken dinner was prepared at Mike's motorhome with his wife, Will, his wife and kids, Nick and his wife and myself. And I'll apologize here - my memory sucks for names, and I never wrote down anyone's spouses' names. For that, I am truly sorry. The hospitality that Mike and Will showed on Saturday night after Dave bailed out was unsurpassed, and it was a wonderful way to wind up the day, even if it was a bit damp.

Next year... warmer and dryer weather, please!
 

Flyer615

New member
The guy in the green shirt with the beard talking to Ken (me(Flyer615)) is Darrel (DarrelK). He is a new member on the board and a long-time Sterling owner. He hasn't posted to the board yet. I'm sure he'll get on and tell us about his car shortly.
 
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hotrodbones

New member
thanks for the stories Rick, unfortunately i cant see the photobucket pics. maybe next year i wont be deployed and can meet all of you and see the cars in person.
 

Flyer615

New member
:D How was the trip back home, Ken? Throttle hand work ok?

Wet, man. Only made about 200 miles on Saturday. That left about 500 for today. Long day. Throttle hand was grippin' and twistin'. I may have fractured a few velocity restrictions in my zeal to get home, but it was an enjoyable trip and a great group of guys (and gals). I'm looking forward to being there with my car next year.
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
Here's the photos via on site for those that can't access PB. Hopefully this will work!

Bob au natural.jpg

Dave.jpg

Friday tent.jpg

James.jpg

Sat tent 2.jpg

GTM.jpg

Lambo clones.jpg

Sat tent 3.jpg

Sat tent.jpg

Warren Rick.jpg

Vision 3.jpg

Vision 3 rear.jpg

Speedster row.jpg
 

hotrodbones

New member
hey thanks alot man, great pics.*rock on*

just curious, on the dark blue Sterling, is there a reason why the canopy is not open as far as all the other ones? different mod maybe?
 

letterman7

Honorary Admin
No, not really. That's Dave's car and he just closes it part way to show how the hydraulics can be made to hold position with a lock valve.
 

nbb350

Member
Do wives' names really matter? :D *laugh*

I'm glad I could attend this year and put some faces with names - hopefully I'll have my own car with me next time! *thumbs up*

Thanks again to Mike and Will (and their wives) for the BBQ dinner and to everyone there for the hospitality. Although the "dry" fairgrounds still shocks me... *insane*
 
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