Event: Carlisle Ford Nationals

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The Carlisle Ford Nationals helped celebrate the Mustang’s birthday and set a new attendance record in the process

By Steve Turner

Photos courtesy of Carlisle Events

Since 1995 one of the largest celebrations of all things Ford has taken place at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Over the years the car has progressed from celebrating the earlier Fords to fully embracing Fords old and new. That growth took the event to new heights this year, as the event set a new attendance record with over 50,000 spectators and over 3,000 Fords on display.

If you wanted some Ford Racing mods on your ride, the Carlisle Ford Nationals offered the chance to drive right up and have them installed right on site. Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, performed the installs, including power upgrade packages, cold-air kits, handling packs, lowering springs, short-throw shifters, exhausts, and more.
If you wanted some Ford Racing mods on your ride, the Carlisle Ford Nationals offered the chance to drive right up and have them installed right on site. Fred Beans Ford of Boyertown, Pennsylvania, performed the installs, including power upgrade packages, cold-air kits, handling packs, lowering springs, short-throw shifters, exhausts, and more.

During that time, Ford Motor Company has also grown to embrace the Carlisle Ford Nationals. A significant stop on the tour celebrating the Mustang’s 50th birthday, this year’s event hosted a Mustang birthday party on Friday. Moreover, Ford displayed preproduction versions of the highly anticipated 2015 Mustang.

Over 50,000 spectators took in the sights at the Ford Nationals, with the primary draw being the 3,000 Ford show cars.
Over 50,000 spectators took in the sights at the Ford Nationals, with the primary draw being the 3,000 Ford show cars.

Even cooler, the event was another that featured the Ford Racing garage, where you can drive your Mustang, Focus, or Fiesta in and have it upgraded with Ford Racing gear right at the show.

“Carlisle Ford Nationals is one of the most electrifying enthusiast events in the United States,” Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager, said. “We’re excited about bringing exclusive opportunities and vehicles to Carlisle, especially our Ford Racing Garage, which is only available at this one-of-a-kind event.”

It was definitely a one-of-a-kind event for Kenneth Chronister of East Berlin, Pennsylvania. He was the winner of $2,000 in Ford Racing gear. Registration was available on site and online, but as an onsite vendor, Kenneth was automatically registered. That also meant he was on hand to pick up his prize.

On Saturday night, 300 Fords cruised into downtown Carlisle for some after hours fun, including live music from Borderline and the Colt Wilbur Band.
On Saturday night, 300 Fords cruised into downtown Carlisle for some after hours fun, including live music from Borderline and the Colt Wilbur Band.

He was one of many vending as part of Carlisle’s massive manufacturer’s midway and swap meet, which allowed attendees to shop for Ford gear and more. In addition to the shopping, there were also numerous Ford celebrities, engineers, and designers on hand. There really is a lot to see at the event, and those attributes have obviously made it quite popular.

Next year’s event is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015 and the vehicles highlighted for celebration are the Ford GT and the Thunderbird. If you’ve never been, you’ll definitely want to consider adding it your event calendar.

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4 thoughts on “Event: Carlisle Ford Nationals”

  1. The mod install station looks pretty cool. I’ve always wanted to make to Carlisle but just haven’t been able o make it happen.

    Its a bucket list event for any car guy. I’ve never been to the Ford show, but I’ve been to a dozen or so Corvette shows, and almost as many Mopar shows, as well as the Fall Carlisle. Awesome event. The 50th Mustang Anni is the only event I’ve ever been to that’s came close as far as car count. If I don’t do the power tour again next year, I’d like to make Carlisle.

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