For over 40 years, Carlisle Events has promoted events that have a certain level of thrill to them. Whether it’s monster truck shows during the Carlisle Truck Nationals in Pennsylvania or drifting excitement with the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals each May, the group of event promoters in America’s Automotive Hometown (Carlisle, PA) know how to bring the action to its constituents. That trend continues November 12-15 with Fall Florida AutoFest and motorcycle thrills via stunt rider Josh Borne (pronounced Born-e). Borne brings with him years of experience and a previous relationship with Carlisle Events, having been part of a past Florida show in the fall of 2014.
The stunt shows will run the 12th-15th and will take place on the Warbird Pad on the east side of the field. This one man show stars Borne, one of the nation’s premier street bike freestyle athletes. What began passively in 2004 with the purchase of motorcycle number one has transitioned into a full-time gig. Within one year, Borne had reached professional status and in 2008, he walked away from his “day job” to train and ride year round. After tough training sessions, which are ongoing to this day, Borne became a top ranked competition rider on the XDL National Street Bike Freestyle circuit and was a World Championship Finalist in 2007 and 2008.
Fast forward to 2015 and Borne is still just as active, if not more so than a decade ago when he began. Anyone attending SUN ‘n FUN for Fall Florida AutoFest will not only enjoy a swap meet, car corral and collector car auction, but also can enjoy a man who considers himself blessed to pursue his dream of riding. See what’s known as stoppies, wheelies, hands-free riding and more.
“Josh Borne will add an exciting element to the show that will take us from the standard four-wheeled showcase to two,” said event manager Jim Brady. “His exciting, action-packed thrill show appeals to all ages and adds an adrenaline-packed punch to an already awesome event,” continued Brady. “His interaction with the crowd, posing for photos and signing autographs engages audiences of all ages and his pulse-pounding show adds to the fun-filled excitement of the AutoFest weekend.”
The entertainment of Borne, plus the automotive thrills are available via a daily low price point. Kids 12 and under are admitted free, while admission is $10 daily. Further, a full weekend event pass is just $30. Parking is free at SUN ‘n FUN and shuttles are available to move guests from their cars to the gates. More information is available at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
The kicker was that it turned out the bikes outnumbered the cars 20 to 12. In fact, we’re not sure if they also outnumbered the girls. A poster for the Aug. 29 event promised that attendees who were interested in watching the dancers would see “20+ girls.” You’ll probably think we’re covering up, but we really didn’t check out that aspect of the show. We even missed the calendar shoot planned for the afternoon. We had other things to do; maybe next year we’ll plan better.