Carlisle Ford Nationals
A Look at a Great Show
Larry Jewett - June 10, 2014 01:56 PM
Mustangs make up the largest portion of the vast showfield at the 2014 Ford NationalsCourtesy of Carlisle Events/CarProDotCom
You better get there early as the show field fills quickly and the lines at the gate are long.Courtesy of Carlisle Events/CarProDotCom
Special displays in the buildings at the Carlisle Fairgrounds add even more attraction.Courtesy of Carlisle Events/CarProDotCom
Everyone coming to the 2014 Carlisle Ford Nationals knew this year’s show would be a big deal. With the best weather anyone can remember, the weekend hosted over 3,000 Fords spanning the history of the brand and gate numbers surpassed the 50,000 person mark.
From start to finish, the weekend showcased the past, present and future of the Ford brand. Many enthusiasts showed off limited edition cars as well, like one car owner within the Building T Special Edition Mustang display with his 40 of 150 Hertz/Penske Mustang. Guests came to Carlisle from as far away as Australia and people drove to Carlisle from as far west as Northern California.
Weekend fun also included a special Mustang birthday party on Friday, autocross ride-alongs with Gateway Classic Mustang, a massive collection of Ford-themed guests including Steve Saleen, John Clor, Greg Moore, Dave Dempster, Marcie Cirpriani, “GT” Joey Limongelli, Ford engineers and designers, David Tom and many more. Saturday night brought downtown Carlisle to life as 300-plus cars made their way into the town to cruise, park and revel in the automotive timeline on display.
“I want to personally thank everyone who had a hand in this year’s event,” said event manager Ken Appell. “From our special guests to our customers who came from all over to our staff, none of our weekend success could have been possible without them. Most importantly, I want to thank Ford for their support of our event and for believing in Carlisle Events and the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Thank you!”
Next year’s event will run June 5-7 at the Carlisle (Pennsylvania) Fairgrounds and will once again host test drives, a downtown parade, special guests, seminars and, of course lots of Ford cars and trucks.