Fords filled Silver Springs state park at the first major show of the year
By Steve Turner
While the rest of the country is still worried about winter tires and ice scrapers, the show season gets a head start in Florida. Each January the enthusiasts at National Parts Depot put on a massive show at the Silver Springs attraction, which recently became a state park. This year was no different, as over 800 Fords filled the park for two days of showing and shining in the Florida sun.
We made the trip over for the day to see what sort of cool late-model performance hardware might be on display, and there was plenty of it. From pristine 1993 Cobras to the latest Mustang GT and from nicely modded Lightnings to stockish Focus STs, there was a little something on hand for fans of all kinds of Ford performance gear.
If you arenâ€™t familiar with the NPD show, the weekend kicks off with a Pony Trails cruise from NPD headquarters in Ocala, Florida, to Cedar Key, Florida. Over 100 Fords participated in this yearâ€™s cruise, which set the stage for the weekend.
The show itself is all about being laid back. It is free for owners of 1993 and earlier Fords, while the newer cars pay just $10 for the weekend.
Moreover, all the judging is done in a Peopleâ€™s Choice format, so itâ€™s all by popular vote. There isnâ€™t any stringent judging process, which keeps it fun for everyone.
We certainly enjoyed our day at the show, and if it sounds like fun to you, they will do it again next January, so visit their site for the latest details.
Until then, enjoy some of the cool cars we spotted at Silver Springs.
NPD Ford & Mustang Roundup Gallery
NPD Ford & Mustang Roundup Winners
1964-1/2 to 66 Mustang: Rick & Vicki Barkley, 1965 Mustang GT convertible 1967 to 68 Mustang: Charlotte Scruggs, 1967 Mustang fastback 1969 to 70 Mustang: Gary Schmidt, 1969 Mustang Mach I 1971 to 73 Mustang: Stephen Thibodeau, 1972 Mustang Mach I 1974 to 86 Mustang: Bill Martin, 1978 Mustang II King Cobra 1987 to 93 Mustang: Scott Schramm, 1993 Mustang Cobra 1994 to 98 Mustang: Brian & Christie Erickson, 1997 Mustang Cobra Shinoda 1999 to 2004 Mustang: Jeff Smith, 2004 Mustang Cobra 2005 to 2009 Mustang: John Cornwell, 2005 Mustang GT convertible 2010-Present Mustang: Edward Sobolewski, 2011 Mustang GT California Special 1965 to 70 Shelby: Joe Potempa, 1969 Shelby GT500 2006-up Shelby: Chad & Julia Morlock, 2009 Shelby GT500 Saleen: Rudy & Betsy Beyer, 2013 Saleen 351 convertible Falcon/Comet: Duane Lashua, 1961 Falcon Ranchero Exotic: John Dawso, 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Cobra Replica: Peter Leonard, 2005 Cobra Daytona Coupe 1948-Earlier Ford: Eddie J Wheeler, 1930 Model A Roadster 1949-Later Ford: Steve Marbais, 1964 Galaxie Country Squire wagon 1962-76 Intermediate: Darren Brewer, 1967 Galaxie 500 convertible Street Rod: Wayne & Judy Newkirk, 1935 Tudor Sedan Truck 1948-79: Jerry Boles, 1963 F-100 Truck 1980-Present: Glenn Townsend, 2002 F-350 T-Bird 1955-57: Ron Davis, 1957 T-Bird convertible T-Bird 1958-Present: Gene Wolanin, 1962 T-Bird convertible Cougar: Jim & Lynne Stickley, 1969 Cougar Eliminator Maverick/Comet: Ken Garmany, 1972 Maverick Roush: Todd Partee, 1996 Roush Best Mustang: Edward Sobolewski, 2011 Mustang GT California Special Best Ford: Steve Marbais, 1964 Galaxie Country Squire wagon Best of Show: James Roberson, 1933 Ford Cabriolet
NPD Choice Awards
Best Mustang: Richard Hornick, 1966 GT coupe Farthest Drive: Chip Haberkam, 1969 Fairlane Cobra Jet Hard Luck: Dawn Crowe, 1972 Mustang Grande Best Ford: Joe Potempa, 1969 Shelby GT500, from Chicago (1100 miles) Anna Schmidt’s Pick: Cassie King, 2015 Mustang convertible
Chadwickâ€™s Triple Play: Rick & Vicki Barkley, 1965 Mustang GT convertible Eaton Detroit Spring: Steve Marbais, 1964 Galaxie Country Squire wagon Heacock Classic Insurance: Scott Schuh, 1970 Torino Cobra Heacock Classic Insurance: Jim & Lynne Stickley, 1969 Cougar Eliminator Ididit: Rob Matthews, 1974 Bronco Scott Drake: Sherry Martin, 1970 Mustang Boss 429 TMI Interiors: John Lazo, 1965 Mustang fastback