Variety is the spice of life they say, and nowhere will a Ford fan see more variety than at the annual Carlisle All-Ford Nationals, held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the first weekend in June. With thousands of cars on the fairgrounds all weekend you're apt to see just about anything Ford has made over the last 105 years. For many it was their first real glimpse at the '10 Mustang GT500, the SVT F-150 Raptor, and other new Fords. For others it was a chance to see their favorite Fords that don't usually come out but a few times a year. Rarities like Cobra Jet drag cars, Mercury Montego GTs, Mustang IIs, Mavericks, Falcon sedan deliveries, trucks of all years and body styles, and much, much more. The Carlisle All-Ford Nationals is truly a homecoming for many a Ford fan.
This year's event was no different than the past events we've been to. Plenty of Blue Oval eye candy for everyone to see, no matter where your interests lie. Sure, the S197 Mustangs are a big part of the Mustang display section, but if that's not your current cup of tea, then no worries. We saw everything from '50s fullsize Fords to trucks, Lincolns, Mercs, race cars, and more. The 2009 Carlisle All-Ford Nationals hosted many sub-events this year, including a Mercury Montego GT reunion; 50th anniversary of the '59 Fords/Lincolns/Mercurys; 45th anniversary of the Mustang; an even bigger installation alley, with Ford Racing doing on-site installations this year; the return of the Ford Drive One experience; a Ford GT supercar display with Camilo Pardo, the car's designer on hand; and so much more. Check out the small sample we have here of our annual pilgrimage to the Carlisle Fairgrounds and be sure to look at the rest of our images available on our website at www.mustangandfords.com. See you there next year!