Over 3,000 Fords converged on the Carlisle Fairgrounds
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Carlisle Events
What happens when you combine beautiful weather with an amazing collection of Ford hardware? A lot of people show up to take it all in. In fact, this yearâ€™s Carlisle Ford Nationalsâ€”which was held June 3-5 on the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvaniaâ€”was said to be the biggest yet. Not only did it outdo last yearâ€™s car show participation, but the promoters report that this yearâ€™s installment was double the size it was back in 2001.
To get an idea of the scope of the event, watch this cool drone footage of the fairgroundsâ€¦
And here’s a little recap from our friends at Ford Performance…
What made this yearâ€™s event extra special was a 10-year reunion of the Ford GT, which brought out an amazing array of hardware from prototypes to race cars. Seeing that many GTs in one spot was definitely a draw. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, so Ford brought out the latest GT350 and GT350R to wow the crowds.
â€œThe Carlisle Ford Nationals will give Ford and Shelby fans an up-close look at our Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R models,â€ Jim Owens, Shelby GT350 marketing manager, said before the event. â€œThese cars are true to the balanced performance that the late Carroll Shelby engineered into every car he built. I have no doubt Ford Mustang and Shelby fans at the Carlisle Ford Nationals will find these cars to be among their favorites at the show.â€
Itâ€™s hard to argue that, but going way back, this year is also 60th anniversary of the Thunderbird, and there was as big collections of Thunderbirds on the property, including a rare stainless steel â€™Bird. There was even a gathering of Mercury Merkurs, so there was a little something for everyone at Carlisle.
What separates Carlisle from your average car show is major involvement from Ford. Not only did the Blue Oval show off a host of new vehicles, but the company also let attendees drive some of them at the Ford Go Further Ride & Drive Experience. And, if you already had a car on site and wanted to add some Ford Performance Racing Parts to it, you could have them installed at the Ford Performance garage.
Weâ€™re not sure what Carlisle Events has up its sleeve to top this yearâ€™s event, but if youâ€™ve never been to this show, you need to add it to your bucket list, because itâ€™s a Ford fanâ€™s wonderland.