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Carlisle Events has been hosting automotive gatherings at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds since 1974 …
Carlisle Events has been hosting automotive gatherings at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds since 1974. In addition, the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s has been entertaining tens of thousands of enthusiasts since its inception in 1995. This year, the company who has welcomed generations of families through its gates for nearly 50 years, and the event, which has been growing in size for the past 10 years, set an all-time high for registered Showfield vehicles with 3,454.
You heard right, the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals (June 3-5) became the largest car show ever produced by Carlisle Events and in doing so, broke a record previously set in 2003 by a non-Ford event. This makes the Carlisle Ford Nationals THE “King of the Hill” at Carlisle and with room to spare over some of its brand X competitors.
With amazing weather spanning three days, the National Parts Depot Showfield quickly filled up, bringing car owners and enthusiasts together to mix, mingle, and enjoy the sights and sounds of all things Ford. Not only were the cars on display, but vendors were set up too, offering shopping opportunities for those looking for OEM or NOS items, plus merchandise, collectibles, and more. While parts and shopping are a popular draw for those coming to Carlisle, the display cars are what really grabs everyone’s attention…and grab their attention they did.
It’s only fitting that a record-setting event set a few other records along the way. In addition to its grandiose nature, the Carlisle Ford Nationals also hosted a record amount of registered Shelby vehicles. Team Shelby boasted over 400 registered club members and made a real splash indoors too, as part of their 60-year celebration. In Building T at 3 p.m. on June 3, Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, Tracey Smith, Executive Vice President of Carroll Shelby International, Jim Owens, Mustang and Shelby Marketing Manager, Carlisle Events co-owners Bill Miller, Jr. and Lance Miller, and anxious onlookers witnessed the unveiling of the “Cammer Cobra” concept, a 427 SOHC V8 powered continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.
Special displays included the Lightweight Reunion in Building T, 40 years of SSP Mustangs, the Bronco Summit, Electric Avenue (EV’s), and the annual Ford Nationals Select display in Building Y.
Cars didn’t just show at Carlisle, they were in motion too by way of a trio of parades and some exciting track activities. Select cars from the SSP Mustang display paraded around the grounds, Team Shelby hosted a grand cruise-in, and nearly 300 Showfield participants rolled into the streets of downtown Carlisle for the annual Ford Parade and Street Party.
In addition, Friday hosted track time with Gateway Mustang and Ford Performance Racing School (FPRS) plus a Real Street Shootout (autocross). Saturday offered more track fun with Gateway and FPRS, plus a rolling exhaust contest, and rolling burnout and donut contest supported by Atturo Tires. VMP Performance also came to Carlisle and brought the cars to life with dyno tuning. Families even got to enjoy some monster truck rides by way of the Virginia Giant.
This star-studded event included some special guests too. Of course, Ford stood front and center as a brand, but with them came some familiar faces, including John Clor, Jim Owens, Kash Singh, Carl Widmann, and Emeline King. In addition, Steve Saxty and Al Joniec found their way to Carlisle, while Camilo Pardo, designer of the 2005 Ford GT and Steve Saleen also spent time at Carlisle meeting guests and signing autographs. Jack Roush, Jr. even surprised showgoers by attending the Carlisle Ford Nationals for the first time.
Save the date because the 2023 Carlisle Ford Nationals returns to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds June 2-4. Planned special display themes include an SVT Anniversary Reunion, SVT Cobra Reunion, Ford Lightning Anniversary Reunion, the Coyote Den Display (open to all Coyote Powered Fords including swaps), and a Malaise Era Vehicle Display. For details on this event or to check out the winner’s list and photos visit CarlisleEvents.com.
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today u …
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), today unveiled the “Cammer Cobra” concept, a 427 SOHC V8 powered continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, at the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The “Cammer Cobra” follows Carroll Shelby’s initial vision for a racecar to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Each year, the Carlisle Pennsylvania Fairgrounds hosts Ford fans from across the country and more than 3,200 vehicles on the National Parts Depot Showfield. In addition to the impressive cars and crowds, the weekend includes displays, special themes and automotive celebrities. The concept car was introduced during the three day event.
“Carroll Shelby wanted to fit a massive Ford big block engine into a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe for Le Mans in 1964,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “While many know that a one-off car was built with a 427 ‘wedge’ Ford engine, that was not Carroll Shelby’s initial vision. He hoped to pair the sleek aerodynamics of the Peter Brock designed body with the incredibly powerful aluminum single overhead cam version of the FE motor. Since it was impossible to obtain one of those rare engines in time for the race, Shelby American installed the NASCAR version. Our concept car was built to realize Carroll’s initial Cammer vision.”
Often called "Ford's greatest engine”, the Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) V8, was based on Ford's 427ci side-oiler block. The engine was intended to be Ford's two-valve, single-overhead-cam, high-rpm answer to Chrysler's 426 Hemi for NASCAR in 1964.
“It is essentially a single-overhead-cam conversion of Ford's 427 V8,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “The heads were predominantly cast-iron, though later aluminum ones were available, with a roller chain cam-drive. The block had revised oiling and cross-bolted main bearing caps were added to handle the increased rpm. The Ford 427 Cammer churned out 616 horsepower with a single four-barrel carburetor and 657 horsepower with dual four-barrel set up. It was one of the most powerful engines to come out of Detroit during the period.”
In 1964, Carroll Shelby tasked fabricator John Ohlsen with lengthening the chassis of one of the six Daytona Coupes (CSX2286). Shelby planned to replace the 289 c.i.d. Ford engine with the SOHC motor. The experimental racecar was supposed to be Shelby’s “secret weapon” for the 1964 Le Mans race. However, it was impossible to secure the SOHC motor in time and a reliable, high-performance NASCAR 427 was used instead. Weighing about 2,200 pounds with world class aerodynamics and the power of a big block, the car had tremendous performance potential; it was thought capable of going 200+ miles per hour at Le Mans.
However, the car did not make the race and never ran a lap with the 427 SOHC when Shelby American returned it to small block configuration.
“The Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe program still achieved great success without the big block and won its class at Le Mans in 1964,” said LaViolette. “The next year, Shelby American took the FIA World Sports Car Championship with the Coupe and roadsters rolling over the competition.”
The Craftsmen of Legendary GT of Pennsylvania build continuation Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes for Shelby American. Each aluminum Coupe incorporates safety and performance improvements without sacrificing integrity, as they are built from original blueprints and measurements.
Legendary GT founder Barry Smith was a close friend of Carroll Shelby and is a major supporter of the Carroll Shelby Foundation. He has always been fascinated with Shelby performance cars and his collection features a variety of 1960s era Shelby American vehicles.
The continuation big block Shelby Daytona Coupe follows the same specs as the Ohlsen modified racecar. It has an aluminum body over a 3-inch lengthened chassis with a hood modified to accommodate the aluminum 427 SOHC big block motor. The 650-horsepower engine is mated to a period-correct 4-speed manual transmission. The car was assigned Shelby serial number CSX2623 and will be documented in the official Shelby Registry.
The Carlisle Ford Nationals is celebrating Shelby American’s 60th anniversary this year. Festivities include the concept vehicle introduction, factory display and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals integration. Patterson introduced the Shelby concept car, surrounded by Team Shelby members, at 3 PM ET on Friday, June 3. The event was open to the media and public.
“This concept is a tribute to the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, one of the most celebrated cars in automotive history,” said Patterson. “It answers the ‘what if’ question for everyone who shared Carroll’s dream and will also gauge demand for a limited series of the vehicle. We plan to exhibit the Cammer Concept throughout the year in celebration of our 60th anniversary.”
For more information about the Shelby Continuation Daytona Coupes is available at Shelby.com.
For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car sho …
For two days in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the automotive world was showcased in a way that is rarely duplicated at any other car show. The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals presented by eBay Motors took place May 13-14 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds and it did just that and then some in 2022. The show has always been a diverse and eclectic mix of cars and trucks from around the world, but this year, the mix was even greater with the rare and unique combining with the new and yet to be released.
1,802 vehicles populated the Showfield and that total is the third highest ever since the Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals came to be. Of those cars, one was the all-new 2023 Nissan Z, a model that won’t be available to the consumer until late in 2022 or early 2023. In addition, the yellow version on grounds is just one of a handful of show cars known to exist and best of all, regardless of color, the 2023 Z was making its enthusiast car show debut at Carlisle. A popular draw, the yellow Z sat front and center in Building Y and was possibly the most photographed car at Carlisle.
Not far from THE Z were display buildings laced with some of the best of the best from around the world. This included French cars in and around Building R, BMWs, Dune Buggies and Subarus in Building T, dozens of Zs in and around Building Y, Porsches just inside of Gate 3, and race prepared cars in the paddock on the east side of the grounds.
Those who ignored their weather apps in advance of the car show and simply came to Carlisle anyway stayed dry throughout the weekend, dodging just one late afternoon shower on Friday. Otherwise, it was warm, with sun, and hot cars all around.
While the Z was unique in that it’s not available yet, there were more rare and unique rides on display in 2022. With more than half a dozen countries represented, guests were able to check out a Toyota Century, Honda Beat, Honda S660, VW XL1, Volvo 340 and much more. In addition, the club scene was hopping with the SAABs at Carlisle group taking home the largest club award, while Club NVUS was tapped as the coolest club winner.
The Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals also became a stopping point for a group of European car lovers who were trekking cross-country from Los Angeles to Baltimore in a 1986 Citroen 2CV. The car turned plenty of heads on their drive and at the show as they worked to raise awareness for Kennedy’s Disease. From Carlisle, the car was slated to make a few more stops before it gets shipped to England. From there, the journey continues to Rome, Italy.
Speaking of cars in motion, the Datsun and Nissan Z cars took part in an on grounds parade, the Volvos did too and with multiple competitions, plus autocross and drifting hosted by NICO Club, and all new, rolling burnouts and donuts, there were plenty of opportunities to see the show cars come to life.
As the final day of the 2022 show concluded, awards were posted for those who participated in professional judging. eJudged.com was back at it this year, offering their expertise to a few hundred car owners. Those who didn’t win still had the chance to talk with the judges to better their chances for future considerations.
The 2023 version of the event is happening May 12-13 and registration for it is now open. Up next for Carlisle Events is the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s June 3-5. For details on this event, advanced arrival information or to check out the winner’s list and photos from Import & Performance weekend, visit CarlisleEvents.com.
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its …
Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will celebrate its 60th anniversary at the Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s on June 3-5, 2022, in Carlisle, Penn. Festivities will include a concept vehicle introduction, factory display and Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals integration.
Each year, the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds hosts Ford fans from across the country and more than 3,200 vehicles on the National Parts Depot Showfield. In addition to the impressive cars and crowds, the weekend includes displays, special themes and automotive celebrities.
“Shelby American has become an international symbol of high-performance motoring during the past 60 years,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “We’ll honor that reputation by displaying our past, present and potential future at the Carlisle Ford Nationals including the Shelby Super Snake, Shelby Mustang Mach-E concept and supercharged muscle trucks. A huge number of Team Shelby members will join the East Coast Grand Nationals to watch us unveil a concept car in the historic Shelby display.”
After retiring as a Le Mans-winning driver, Carroll Shelby established Shelby American in 1962. His first car was the Ford small block powered Shelby Cobra roadster, which he promptly took racing. It was followed by the Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, which won its class at Le Mans in 1964. Shelby American introduced an all-new big block Ford motored Shelby Cobra and high-performance version of the Ford Mustang (Shelby GT350). Over the years, Shelby has offered sports cars, trucks, hot hatches and muscle cars. The company’s current vehicle in the lineup builds upon its rich legacy.
One of the most exciting moments of the weekend may be the introduction of a Shelby concept car by Patterson, surrounded by Team Shelby members, at 3 PM ET on Friday, June 3. The event is open to the media, as well as anyone attending the Carlisle Ford Nationals, inside Building T. The concept is a tribute to one of the most celebrated cars in automotive history and will gauge the demand for a limited series of the vehicle.
“We are honored that Shelby American has chosen the Carlisle Ford Nationals as the host location for their special unveiling,” said event manager Ken Appell. “This event is recognized by many as the best of its type and its annual growth would not be possible without our guests and partners like Shelby American. I can’t thank the Shelby American team enough for being with us and I encourage you to make your way to Carlisle next month, not only for this historic unveiling, but to experience first-hand THE biggest all-Ford themed car show in the world.”
Team Shelby will do its part to boost attendance. The international club is holding the annual East Coast Grand Nationals with track sessions at Pocono Raceway and other activities, including a parade to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds on Friday, June 3. Team Shelby will have its own hospitality area and is encouraging Shelby owners to attend with their vehicles to break the record for the most Shelby vehicles in one place.
Ford Motor Company is returning with walk-arounds focused on the Ice White Mach 1, Ice White Mach-E, Shelby GT500, Raptor, and more. Ford will have a display dedicated to the electrification revolution showcasing both the Mach-E and Shelby Mach-E GT. Patterson will be part of a Ford’s presentation that includes the Mustang Shelby GT500 and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
In addition to the show field, the cars and trucks will hit the streets of downtown Carlisle on Saturday night for the annual Ford Parade and Street Party. Historically, nearly 400 cars from the show itself roll into town for the community to check out. There will be multiple activities that put the wheels in motion including a rolling exhaust contest, autocross ride-alongs, and the Real Street Shootout (autocross).
The Carlisle Ford Nationals is actively taking registrations for the Showfield, vendor registrations for the automotive flea market, and selling discounted spectator tickets in advance of the June 3-5 offering. Learn more about the competitions, special displays, and get involved today by calling (717) 243-7855 or online at CarlisleEvents.com.
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit mor …
Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. People talk about you. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit more. With that in mind, showgoers planning to come to the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 3-5) have a chance to meet a trailblazer in her field; designer Emeline King.
King is more than a designer, she notched a quarter century of work with Ford and most important, became the first black woman ever within Ford to be tapped as Transportation Designer. In that position, she became the primary designer on the fourth-gen SN-95 Mustang’s dual-cockpit interior. In addition, her talents can be associated with a variety of components on other Fords, including the iconic Thunderbird.
Being a trailblazer means that her voice matters and that people respect and listen to what she brings to the table. Those experiences are outlined in her book, “What Do You Mean a Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? Emeline King, She Did It!” That book, along with Ms. King will be at Carlisle to meet fans, sign autographs, and host seminars/Q&A sessions regarding her background and career.
The seminars and book signing will be hosted in Building R. There are two seminars planned per day (June 3 and June 4) and the interactions are free once on-site at the event. Books will be available for sale for a fee, but much like meeting Ms. King, the autograph will be free.Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE. Spectator admission tickets are just $15 at the door, or cheaper online in advance or in person with a valid military ID. Finally, registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through the end of the event or online from now through event week. Learn more about Emeline King and the Ford Nationals online at CarlisleEvents.com or by calling 717-243-7855.
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