50,000+ Guests Converge on Carlisle to Celebrate all Things Ford
3,000+ Cars Spanning the History of the Brand Steal the Show
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Walking the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds as part of the 2018 Ford Nationals presented by Meguiars, one could almost literally suffer a neck injury due to the amount of “look here,” “look there,” “wow what’s that” moments on the National Parts Depot Showfield. The cars, the people, the excitement; it could be felt across the grounds, in the community and at the Carlisle Expo Center where Ford hosted its annual free ride and drives!
Special anniversary displays, guests and great weather helped make this Ford event one of the best in recent memory. Dave Kindig of Bitchin’ Rides on Velocity was the star attraction on Saturday and was flanked all weekend by the likes of racer Al Joniec, authors Don Farr, Marci Cipriani, “GT Joey” Limongelli and many more. If people at the show weren’t walking the grounds looking at the cars, they were in line picking up an autograph from their favorite celebrity or test driving, FOR FREE, the latest rides from Ford.
Of course, the event is about more than special guests. Awesome showcase displays anchored all corners of the grounds. Building T welcomed the Cobra Jets, the GT500KR, Focus, Torino, Bullitt Mustang, while Building Y hosted the Ford Nationals select display. Between the two buildings, even more Bullitt Mustangs were featured, all while the NEW Bullitt was being showcased by Ford at the Expo Center.
One other great showcase was featured near the crossroads of the grounds; that being Ford Tractors. Tractors of various colors and eras drew guests in like moths to a flame and were, hands down, one of the most photographed displays of the show.
What would the show be without product walkarounds and installs? New and unique rides where featured by Ford, Roush, Shelby American and Saleen, while A&A Auto Stores and Ford Performance helped upgrade rides via installs.
The midway and swap meet were hopping too. Jam-packed, the swap and shop aisles hosted some of the top names in the hobby, plus with collectibles, OEM and NOS items available, there was no reason not to stop and buy.
Competitions wise, hundreds of awards were handed out Sunday as part of the awards parade, while Friday hosted the Real Street Shootout and Saturday hosted burnouts, beauty and more. As the weekend wrapped with 200+ cars hitting the street of Downtown Carlisle for the annual Ford Parade and Street Party, many guests were already making plans for 2019. Save the date, because Fox Bodies, Mach 1s, the Boss, Eliminators and more will be featured as part of the May 31-June 2 event. Registration is now open by calling 717-243-7855 or online at www.CarlisleEvents.com.
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