Winter Florida AutoFest Feb 25-28, 2016

Bigger is indeed better! Winter Florida AutoFest takes place at its all new and ultra spacious facility, the SUN ‘n FUN complex in Lakeland, Florida. By coming to Lakeland and Winter Florida AutoFest, you’re not just coming to a car show or automotive themed weekend, you’re coming to an event that is suitable for enthusiasts of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you’re the most die-hard car guy or gal or you’re a family looking for a day out of the house, Winter Florida AutoFest has it all! The weekend plays host to thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts who will come to SUN ‘n FUN for one of the largest automotive swap meets in the region. In addition, there are classic cars and trucks available within the car corral or enjoy a thrilling collector car auction presented by Carlisle Auctions. Not only is there multiple forms of automobilia for sale, you can check out or be part of a classic car show. Throughout the weekend, hundreds of classics, spanning generations of production, will be on display with awards presented at the conclusion of the event. In addition, there’s a great array of food, games, displays, guests and more. Plus, Carlisle Events will tip its cap to what SUN ‘n FUN is all about, aeronautical excitement. The onsite museum will be open during the event, there will be helicopter rides, a fly over and more air themed fun. Each year will bring something different, so be sure to get involved today!



Iconic TV Star Slated for First Ever Visit to SUN ‘n FUN. Fast cars and police chases, that was the popular theme of one very iconic late ‘70s and early ‘80s CBS program; the Dukes of Hazzard. Wopat spent all but one season as a member of the cast and has continued his acting career on TV, film and on the stage. Wopat even signs, cranking out multi hits, including a recent Christmas disc with former Dukes co-star John Schneider. Visit with Wopat throughout the weekend and snag an autograph, snap a photo or just talk to him about his time on show as one of Georgia’s most popular outlaws. You can also talk about his other projects of note on stage on and the big screen. Scheduled times are 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday 9 a.m. to 1130 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday. Your first autograph will be free! 



Be part of the auction excitement at Winter Florida AutoFest at the Sun ‘n Fun Complex in Lakeland for the ever-popular collector car auction. This auction sees well over 400+ cars cross the block. In addition, Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions are pleased to implement a “Free Unless Sold” guarantee. The guarantee means almost literally what it states. Any consigned collector car that does not sell as part of the auction will see most of the registration fees refunded to the consignee. Certain exceptions apply as it relates to refunds. Fees must be paid at the time of registration, either onsite or in advance, but no matter the time slot the vehicle runs, if it doesn’t sell, it’s free! If you’d like to consign, contact one of our Auction Specialists at 717-960-6400. 



New Show within the Show Offers Exclusive Perks for it’s Guests. Carlisle Events and Carlisle Auctions cordially invites you to an all new lifestyle event at the Sun ‘n Fun complex in Lakeland, the Air and Coach Concours. This new feature is presented by Parliament Motor Coach and Prestige Aviation of the Sun Coast, Inc. and runs in conjunction with Florida Winter AutoFest. All who participate will enjoy access to the Sun ‘n Fun complex and Winter AutoFest for six nights, full and exclusive access to all aspects of the event, motor coach and lifestyle oriented seminars, bus tours to local areas of interest (including shopping), a wine and hors-d’oeuvres reception, whiskey and chocolate night cap, vintage airplane rides and a pet friendly furry friends area.

For inclusion in the display and for more information on it overall, contact Bill Miller, III directly at 717-215-0700 or via e-mail at



Show Your Ride Saturday and Sunday of Winter AutoFest Weekend. AutoFest weekend is not just for those looking to buy and sell anymore. All new; join Carlisle Events and Winter Florida AutoFest to show your ride as part a two-day classic and collector car show.

This show invites car owners and vehicles of all makes, models, styles and eras to participate. Showing grants you AND a guest access for the entire weekend, plus you’re eligible for an award too. Don’t just cruise in for a day, make Winter AutoFest your weekend getaway. Camp at the spacious SUN ‘n FUN complex or come and go as your please, but it’ll be an experience unlike any other automotive based happening you’ve ever experienced.

The cost to show is just $35 and you’ll save 10% right now if you register before February 12. The first 500 registrations get a dash plaque and Goody Bag and while the car show and event entertainment doesn’t commence until Saturday, Thursday and Friday host a swap meet and car corral, while Friday is day one of the two-day collector car auction. Also, we’re including a reserved space for car clubs to park. When you register, indicate what club you’re with and we’ll be sure you’re parked with your club pals at the event. 

However you choose to join us, be sure to register now and have fun with us in February! Finally, doughnuts and coffee will be served Sunday morning as the show wraps and just before awards are handed out. Call 717-243-7855 today, event manager Jim Brady.


Weekend Car Show to Honor the Left Behind and Forgotten. Winter AutoFest will feature something special as part of its two day car show; an orphan car display. Owners and enthusiasts of orphan cars are encouraged to converge on the SUN ‘n FUN complex for the show. By definition, an orphan car is best described as any marquee of motor vehicle built by a manufacturer that has discontinued business entirely. That means cars like the Opel, DeLorean, Kaiser-Frazer, Willys, AMC brands, Henry J, Hudson, Desoto and the like just may find their way to Lakeland.

If you own an orphan car and want it to be part of the show, register today. The orphan display is hosted by the local Kaiser-Frazer club, but again, all types of orphans are welcome! This display can be found on the northwest corner of the “Red Field” next to the hustle and bustle of the entire event. 

The $35 registration price point gives you access to all four days of Winter AutoFest, allows you to bring a guest to the show each day and gets you involved with the two day (Saturday/Sunday) car show. There are awards, great sights and of course…car people, lots of them! We even have a club tent program, where if you have a club with 15 or more cars registered, you’ll earn a FREE TENT to serve as your home base for event weekend. We hope to see you at the show! Finally, doughnuts and coffee will be served Sunday morning as the show wraps and just before awards are handed out.



Seminars Slated Throughout Event Weekend. Get an automotive education throughout event weekend as you join us and select experts for various FREE seminars on a variety of subjects. As “car guys and gals,” we can’t get enough of our rides; talking about them, showing them, racing them and working on them! Starting Friday and continuing on Saturday too, the Kaiser-Frazer Club will host a free seminar on the history of their classic orphan brand. These seminars will highlight the marques rich history, specs, options, trivia and how-to tips. These interesting seminars are a must to round out your automotive knowledge! Free refreshments and snacks will be provided too.

Kaiser-Frazer Seminar Hours

10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Friday and Saturday

12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Friday and Saturday 

Also, at times TBA, on the same days at the same seminar location, you can experience seminars on electric cars. These cool sessions focus on the fascinating history of the electric car, its uses and more. Updated info on the electric car seminars will be made available soon. 



See What Your Ride has Under its Hood. Have you ever wondered what your ride really has under the hood? Find out by joining us at Winter AutoFest and take your turn on the VMP Dyno! Their experts will hook your car or truck up to their awesome Dyno machine and in just a few minutes, you’ll have a complete rundown on your car or truck’s power and performance specs. Take a look at the true heartbeat of your prized ride with the VMP Dyno, available all four days of Winter AutoFest. A nominal fee will apply and it’ll be payable to the VMP Dyno team onsite. To learn more about the VMP Dyno team and their services, contact them at (321) 206-9369.


Snag a Classic or Modern-Day Collector Car. The car corral is where individuals offer vehicles only (no parts, etc.) for sale. You can shop and make the deal directly with the owner. Spaces are approximately 10’ frontage x 20’ depth. This fall, be sure to secure your space in order to sell your collector car. If you are a buyer, don’t miss a great chance to walk the grounds and browse a wide array of vehicles for sale. Deal directly with the owner and broker a deal in no time. For car corral information, contact Carlisle Events at 717-243-7855. 



Large Facility Allows for a Wide Array of Products. Whether you call it a swap meet, automotive flea market or auto jumble, one of the highlights at Winter Florida AutoFest at the Sun ‘n Fun complex in Lakeland is its massive area of new and used auto parts and accessories. You’ll find everything from engines to transmissions, axles to chassis, steering to tail lights and just about everything in between. There is also a great selection of memorabilia available, including vintage signs, gas pumps, toys and more. The swap meet provides a perfect outlet to find a hidden gem or missing resto piece for your at- home project. Product conditions will vary, but rest assured you’ll find great shopping at Lakeland. For vending and corral spaces, please contact Tim Demark at 717-805-0509.



Just $8 Gives you Access at the Event. Bring the family to the SUN ‘n FUN complex and Winter Florida AutoFest for not only an automotive education, but one centered around air and space too. Positioned on the complex is a museum that is as much educational as it is interesting. Filled with great exhibits that focus on aircraft, military and civilian life as well as the space program, you can catch a glimpse of unique memorabilia and get hands too. It’s sure to fascinate guests of all ages and is true family fun!


See Coleman Plus His Falcon A/FX Racer. Racing legend Milo Coleman joins other onsite racers as part of Winter AutoFest. Meet Coleman and see a replica of his AA/F Falcon all weekend long. He just might bring some other race themed cars with him, something he’s surprised us with in the past. Don’t miss out on meeting this racing legend. Coleman has won multiple races and championships, including being named NHRA D/Stock class Champion. Coleman lives in the Bay Area and is looking forward to spending the weekend with his fans and followers. 



From Standard to Unique, the Event Has it All. AutoFest events offer a nice array of classic cars and car pieces and parts for sale, but did you know that the event is about more than just fast cars and a great deal? It’s true! When you come to AutoFest you really should bring your family and enjoy a nice meal. The grounds offer a wide array of food vendors that will no doubt leave you wanting more. From corn dogs to beef tips, funnel cake, classic southern dishes, Greek food, homemade apple dumplings and more, there is a little something for everyone. Of course the event also offers the standard hamburgers, hot dogs and pizzas too, but the fair themed fare is always a popular attraction. It doesn’t matter of it’s on a stick, a bun or in a bowl, all food offerings are very affordable. So grab a drink and a bite, all while you enjoy one of the coolest events in central Florida. 


Adult Admission:

$10 Daily
Gate Times: Th.-Sa. 8am-6pm , Sun. 8am-3pm



SUN ‘n FUN Complex

Lakeland Linder Airport

4175 Medulla Road

Lakeland, FL 33811

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