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.
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.
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.
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.