Online registration has opened for the 2011 Corvettes at Carlisle show, and given the popularity of the perennial Ohio gathering, it never hurts to plan ahead. Pre-registration also saves you ten bucks off the price of admission.

As one of the largest and most fun-filled Corvette events in the world, Corvettes at Carlisle features more than 5,000 Corvettes on display. But, there is a lot more with autocross competition, dyno testing, an incredible burnout contest and the parade through historic downtown Carlisle. If that’s not enough, an incredible shopping experience, including a huge swap meet with a wide variety of vendors, an all-Corvette car corral, Manufacturers’ Midway and Installation Alley will help fill your late summer days.

New for 2011 is a special “Barn Find” feature where you’ll be able to see or display some amazing cars that otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day. ZR1 fans are going to be dumbstruck when they see the new “King of the Hill” display. Here, you will see each and every year of the ZR1 Corvette all weekend long. Not only will you find a “boxed set” of ZR1′s – the show organizers have promised to roll out some prototype models as well.

The National Corvette Restorers Society will also be showing a collection of top flight examples – one for each of the NCRS Judging classes, as well as a Duntov Mark of Excellence Award winner, a McLellan Mark of Excellence Award winner and several other notable and important award winners. These are the gold standards when it comes to Corvette restoration.

This year’s 50th Anniversary showcase centers on the 1961 Corvette. An awesome collection of examples is expected to fill the dedicated tent by the Fun Field with original, restored and race-prepped examples. By the way, if you have a ’61 that you think deserves such special treatment, get in touch with the show management at 717-243-7855.

The GM team will once again be conducting seminars to better educate you on the latest from Corvette, – with seminars, walk-arounds and a chance to talk with the people who drive the Corvette’s design. Most of you have likely had this date marked on the calendar since last year, but if this is your first time heading to Carlisle, getting ready early is the best way to avoid disappointments.

Check out the event web site for more information and online registration.