No matter your taste in Fords,...
No matter your taste in Fords, from stock to wild, from Pintos to R-code Galaxies, you'll find 'em all each year at the Carlisle Ford Nationals.
The 15th Annual Carlisle Ford Nationals Did Not Disappoint
Car enthusiasts everywhere look forward to their favorite shows of the year. The reason these shows end up being at the top of their travel lists vary, as any one show can mean different things to different people. For some it's the actual show location. Aren't we all guilty of fitting a family vacation in and around a major show event? Come on, you can tell us the truth (and your wife isn't fooled either guys, trust me!). Other reasons include annual meet and greets within the show for those diehard Ford fans of Mavericks, Torinos, 7-Litre cars, Cougars, T-birds, and more. Not to mention the show's activities are a big reason too; from driving events and cruises, to photo opportunities, drag racing, celebrity signings, and so forth. Whatever the reason, we all have our short list of favorites, and for us the annual Carlisle Ford Nationals is right there near the top.
Sharp eyed readers might have noticed the event is no longer called the "All-Ford" Nationals and now is simply called the "Ford Nationals." If you attended the show and got a copy of the event directory, or visited the Carlisle Events website you'd also see the "Ford" in Ford Nationals is the corporate Blue Oval logo. This is due to Ford's expanded support of the event. Ford has been involved in some shape or form from the beginning of the event, but over the last few years, both Ford corporate and the Ford Racing divisions, have made a very noticeable presence at Carlisle, with the inclusion of the Ford Performance Tour, the Mustang Garage, the Ford Ride & Drive Experience, and new vehicle "walk-arounds." With all of this support, Ford has given the Carlisle Events company the go ahead to use Ford's corporate logo within the Ford Nationals logo. That's how involved Ford is with this show.
The wife says I look good...
The wife says I look good in orange. I wonder if I came home in Douglas Failor's sweet-looking '65 Falcon if she'd still agree (or if I'd be looking for another place to live!). Doug's Falcon popped, even on the overcast afternoon we saw it.
Of course the new logo isn't the only great thing happening at this year's event. For those who couldn't make Carlisle this year you missed some great activities, visuals, and more. Besides the regular grin-inducing components of Carlisle's Ford Nationals-like the burnout contest, autocross, Ms. Carlisle contest, and so forth-there's also the huge vendor midway, swap meet, car corral, and giveaway car year after year. For the 15th anniversary show, the Carlisle crew pulled out all the stops with displays on Ford design and performance history showcasing Model As, Model Ts, GT40s, Cobras, and more. A Cobra Jet display with '68, '08, and '10 CJ race cars, including Don Fezell's collection of beauties like Al Joniec's Rice and Holman CJ and all three Daddy Warbucks CJs (one from each year!) was a highlight as well, though the planned Friday night drag racing display of these awesome cars was cancelled due to inclement weather. Hopefully we'll see many of you there next year. Who knows what Carlisle will have in store for us all then? But you can find out yourself by being there-June 3-5, 2011.
Magellan To The Rescue
We've been going to Carlisle, Pennsylvania for the Carlisle Ford Nationals for more than a decade, and over the years we've flown into different air-ports, stayed at different hotels, and gone to different restaurants for meals with guests. Up until two years ago, finding our way around meant either pre-printing maps for our destinations and not deviating from what we printed, or paying extra for in-car GPS options from the car rental agency. Well along comes a little guardian travel angel in the way of a Magellan GPS-a gift from the wife a couple of years back. Now we were no longer chained to those printed maps. If we needed a discount store for some supplies, just punch it in. Visiting an advertiser on the way? Just feed it the address. We were in car guy heaven, never having to ask for directions!
We recently found out that Magellan's latest line of GPS navigators has been released and knowing we're such big fans it asked us to try out its new Roadmate 3055. It was perfect timing with our big Carlisle Ford Nationals trip just a few short days away from starting. Once on the ground and our gear stowed in the back of our Brand X rental (yuk!), we pulled the 3055 from its packaging and without even looking at the manual got it setup in no time flat. The new Magellan windshield mount is more compact, but with a larger suction cup and a simple one hand adjustment wheel for positioning. The new bracket also holds the power cord, so placing the unit into the bracket is a one-hand operation now. The unit itself has so many features we don't have room to discuss them all here, but the hands-free Bluetooth is great and sync'd with our Blackberry fast and easy. Turn-by-turn directions were spot on and we loved the new lane assist to show you which lane you need to be in on the highway. Check out the new line for yourself at www.magellangps.com.
While the earlier Falcons...
While the earlier Falcons certainly get their fair share of custom builds and resto-mod attention, the '66-'69 Falcons don't often enjoy such interest. One exception we came across to that notation is Carl and Naomi Henderson's spiffy little '66 Falcon coupe. With a 289 underhood backed by a C4 trans and running a Stainless Steel disc brake conversion up front, the red coupe looked like a performer with its blacked-out trim.
We always thought Ford's Ranchero...
We always thought Ford's Ranchero was a great idea. Room for two (or three) and a decent bed out back for hauling the home project stuff, car parts, and more. While the Falcon and Fairlane body styles are quite popular, the Ranchero was built off of the Torino and LTD chassis later in life. This '68 Torino-based Ranchero, owned by Rod Weaver, sports a string-straight body in one of our favorite colors and is powered by the venerable 390 FE big-block. We'd be right proud to have this as our parts chaser.
Steve Hornbaker's immaculate...
Steve Hornbaker's immaculate '69 Cougar Eliminator had a crowd around it all weekend. The CJ-powered Eliminator certainly had the goods to deliver with a 428 Ram Air CJ, Top Loader four-speed, and N-case 9-inch with 3.91 gears. The top coat and white interior is a perfect match in our book.