No, I haven't counted the receipts from the tens of thousands of attendees at Corvettes at Carlisle, nor am I privy to those numbers. And, no, I didn't actually count the cars; I had my own responsibilities to fulfill. But wow!
When I drove onto the show field early Thursday afternoon - the day before the event actually opened, the day we call set-up day - there were already hundreds of vendors present, and hundreds, if not thousands, of Corvettes already in place.
The weather forecast had been promising this year. Last year (you may recall), we had been expecting Hurricane Irene all week, and the city of Carlisle eventually was lashed with severe wind and rain Saturday night and all day Sunday.
With blue skies and sunshine this year, the Corvettes came. Now, I'm not saying the rain didn't ever show; it did on Sunday morning. But the rain came more as a goodbye, and the Corvettes had already come. So, as I said, the Vettes came, and they came in volume!
Check out my pics of the crowds. There was everything to be seen from unsaleable barn finds to innumerable used Corvette parts to model cars to literature to waxes to new Corvette parts to (of course) new and used Corvettes for sale. I look to share with you glimpses of the event over the next few days.