May 24, 2017

Car Show Calendars
Carlisle, PA – June 2 – 4, 2017 – Carlisle ALL FORD Nationals! Events Honor 100 Years of Ford Trucks in 2017. This is “THE” ALL Ford and ALL Ford Truck Weekend which will Play Host to Some of Ford’s Finest Trucks! @ Carlisle Fairgrounds
Jun 2 @ 7:00 am – Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm

Jun 2-4, 2017
Adult Admission: Daily Thu.- Sat. $12 / Sun $7 / Event Pass $25
Kids 12 and Under FREE

Event Hours Thu.-Sat. 7am-7pm , Sun. 7am-3pm

The entire family will enjoy the largest and most thrilling all-Ford event in the world. Ford, Mercury and Lincoln fans will have a showcase of nearly 3000 vehicles to check out on the National Parts Depot showfield. During this event, you will enjoy great indoor displays of concepts, customs and historically-significant cars and trucks; test drives by Ford Motor Company, a burnout competition, activities for the kids, industry guests, giveaways, autocross for all skill levels and club gatherings. The excitement continues with a shopping experience you won’t soon forget as part of the enormous swap meet, car corral and the Manufacturers Midway for the best in parts buying.

New to this event is Early-Bird Thursday. By attending on Thursday, anyone interested in looking for a deal as part of the swap meet or car corral can get a jump on those who may not arrive until Friday or later. Admission costs apply for Thursday, however; there is no charge for parking in Carlisle owned and operated lots.

The Batmobile Swoops in to Celebrate the Lincoln 100th Anniversary

The Batmobile is coming to Carlisle in June! This specific version is the type seen as part of the Batman TV series (1966-1968) starring Adam West and Burt Ward. It started out as a one-off, 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car and came from the factory with a 368 cubic inch V8 and a three-speed Turbo Drive automatic transmission. The Futura was shown throughout the 1955 Automobile Show Car circuit and although it was garnered favorably publicly it never went into production. It was used in the movie “It Started With a Kiss” starring Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford. Afterwards it sat on a Hollywood back lot until it was acquired by George Barris for $1. When Barris was approached to build a Batmobile for the series and only given a time frame of three weeks, he thought that the Futura would make a good candidate, especially with its already unique characteristics.

Being that this was a unique one-off automobile, Barris had to make a mold of it and then built three more Batmobiles out of fiberglass for the series. In the years since the show ended, replicas of the Batmobile were made from these molds such as the one that will be at this year’s Ford Nationals. As part of the Lincoln 100th Anniversary you have the opportunity to take your seat in TV history and become Batman for a minute. A nominal fee does apply to sit in it and take photos with it but viewing it is free. Catch it on the showfield in the Lincoln 100th Anniversary tent at this year’s show.

Display hours for the Batmobile are listed below as are links to purchase event tickets or register your vehicle for the show.

Display Hours:
Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Be Part of the Fun at Carlisle in 2017

The NPD Showfield for 2017 will play host to more Cougars than ever before. June 2-4 honors 50 years of the Cougar and it doesn’t matter if it was year one production from 1967 or the final models from 2002, if it’s a Cougar, its welcome. Register today for the showfield and bring your Cougar to Carlisle. The all-Ford Nationals strive to include important Ford family vehicles each year and this year is the Cougar. There were eight generations of the Cougar produced and some were even performance based, with the legendary Bud Moore fielding Mercury Cougars during the 1967 Trans Am racing season and in 1968 as part of the NASCAR Grand American series. Cougars on the track continued into the 90s and those types of cars, if available to show, are welcome at Carlisle. Come one, come all and celebrate the long and storied history of the Mercury Cougar.

Unique Showcase Features Unique Ford Branded Cars or Trucks

Since 2015, the Carlisle Ford Nationals has hosted a display dubbed the Ford Nationals Select. This display is positioned within Building Y and features 12-14 cars that are unique to the history of the Ford Brand. Each car will be numbered and receive a commemorative plaque to mark their inclusion in the display. In addition, banners will hang from the rafters akin to what sports teams do, logging the history of the Ford Nationals Select.

Consideration for the 2017 display will commence in the near future. When the process does open, we’ll update this posting accordingly with a link to the application. Thank you for your support.

Serial Number One Mercury Cougar

On display in Building T throughout Carlisle Ford Nationals weekend will be Cougar One.

It was found in a Quonset Hut about 20 miles south of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada in 1994.

In March of 1966, Ford Motor Company put in a deep-water shipping facility in Moncton on the Bay of Fundy. Lee Iacocca and other Ford execs were present for the dedication as well as local dealers. Dryden Motors which was the oldest Ford Lincoln Mercury dealer in Canada at the time sent their dealer principal to the event. The dealer principal had the opportunity to talk to Lee Iacocca to try and get his Mercury Cougar orders in quicker after finding he was way down on the list for fulfillment. Iacocca agreed to send him a factory show car to put in the showroom. After a call to Special Vehicle Operations, Iacocca had a vehicle for Dryden Motors however he was unaware that they were sending him Cougar One. Come to find out Cougar One couldn’t be sold because it didn’t have the Manufacturers Statement of Origin. However Dryden Motors put it out on a closed-end lease to the owner of a local car wash across the street from the dealership.

After returning the lease to the dealership 35 months later Cougar One was parked at the dealership until 1979. After the dealer principal died the dealership lost its personal service contract with Lincoln Mercury, the dealership filed bankruptcy, and the car was auctioned off. A local hardware dealer won the auction and tried to sell it in 1982 in Cars & Parts Magazine with no luck.

Fast forward to 1994, Mark Ogden, a member of the Cougar Club that the current owner Jim Pinkerton is in is at a swap meet and picks up an old issue of Cars & Parts Magazine. Low and behold that member stumbles across the old ad and begins to track down Cougar One, which was stored in a hut. After digging some snow out of the way of the door Jim makes his way into the hut and inspects the car finding that all the numbers identifying the car was available. Jim made about 5 or 6 pages of notes and when he got back home after his business trip spoke to his wife Elaine about the find. Jim shares this info with his friend Mark out of courtesy as Mark found the car first. Mark purchases it and drives it over the border and down to Boston to be shipped across country back to Washington State. Mark has the car about nine months before coming to the conclusion it will take a small fortune to restore the car. Mark offers the car to Jim as long as Jim would agree to restore it to the way it should be for the price of what Mark had in it. Jim contacts Bob Lutz at Lincoln Mercury and makes an agreement with them to lease the car for one dollar for the 30th Anniversary of the Cougar if Lincoln Mercury will pay to have the car restored. Jim has it restored in time for the 30th Anniversary of the Cougar after having it acid dipped and a lot of NOS parts purchased to replace old parts.

See Power from Today and Yesterday at Carlisle

1967 wasn’t just the year that saw the first Rolling Stone Magazine published, it was also the year that Ford, or more specifically Carrol Shelby, rolled out the powerful Shelby GT500. The GT500 was amazing, fresh and packed with power unknown to a streetable vehicle of the time. The 1967 Shelby GT500 was the first model built in the Shelby GT500 range and it was based on the 1967 Mustang Fastback. The GT500 came equipped with a 428cu (7.0L) V8 and in year one, only 2,048 of them were produced. The 1967 version of the GT500 may be most famous because of its appearance in the 2000 action flick “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Building T comes to life with a special Shelby GT500 display complete with cars, Shelby car clubs, guests and more.

See some of the best GT500s in the world at Carlisle in 2017. Show yours or come see those owned by enthusiasts just like you. We just might even get the newest edition of the GT500 at Carlisle too. If you were at the show in 2016, you know that Ford has some amazing last minute surprises up their sleeve. Don’t just see the fun, be the fun.

Experience a Reunion 60 years in the Making

Since 1950, Ford has been coding engines as part of the vehicle’s VIN. This code was always a single letter which often changed from year to year. True Ford enthusiasts were quick to pick up on this and looked forward to what, if any, changes came on to the market annually. After a few years of production, code letters were easily memorized by the die-hards because these letters were the key to the car’s DNA. Each code meant something different for a vehicle and some of the most popular of all were the E and F codes of 1957. Cars from this era are expected to include Thunderbirds, Rancheros, Retractables, Station Wagons, Battlebirds, Custom Tudors, and more.

This display is full, but you don’t have to wait until June to see the cars accepted into the display. Check out the link below and thank you to everyone who applied!

Special Guests and activities are still being planned. Stay tuned to this page and our Facebook page for updates as we get closer to the event.

Liverpool, NY – June 11, 2017 – 40th Annual ALL FORD SHOW at LongBranch Park @ Longbranch Park
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Manchester, CA – June 11, 2017 – 40th Annual Mustang & Ford Spring Found Up at Mustangs Unlimited @ Mustangs Unlimted
Jun 11 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Manchester, CA – June 11, 2017 – 40th Annual Mustang & Ford Spring Found Up at Mustangs Unlimited  440 Adams Street Manchester CT .  Show Entry Fee $20.00 MCCNE Members $15.00.  Spectators Admission are Free.  No Vendor Spaces available.

Ontario, NY – August 13, 2017 – B&C Auto Restoration & Paint’s 6th Annual Open House & Hot Rod Event 12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm at B&C Auto Restoration & Paint 6360 Dean Parkway. Meet the World Famous Custom Painter Charlie Hutton. @ B&C Auto Restoration & Paint Inc.
Aug 13 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Ontario, NY – August 13, 2017 – 6th Annual Open House – Hot Rod Event 12:00 Noon – 6:00 pm at B&C Auto Restoration & Paint 6360 Dean Parkway.  Meet the World Famous Custom Painter Charlie Hutton.  There will be a Live Band: Fat City, Susie Roe Grill, Patsy’s Porkers, Rochester Pinstriping, Sugary Delight Cotton Candy and Mr. T’s Italian Ice  Live band, lots of food, hundreds of Hot Rods, Classics and Muscle Cars and It is free to all and just a great day out with CARS, Friends, Food and Music!!!