Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
October 10, 2013

This January will mark the 20th year for National Parts Depot’s annual Ford & Mustang Round-up from January 11-12, 2014 in Silver Springs State Park in Ocala, Florida. Last year’s numbers prove that this car show is one you don’t want to miss out on. Before the two-day car show on Saturday and Sunday, a cruise takes place starting on Friday morning, Jan. 10.

This isn’t your ordinary car show parking lot. At Silver Springs State Park, it’s more of a family atmosphere surrounded by a lush environment with glass-bottom boats available. Starting October 1st, Florida government has regained control of the park. As the result, the park’s fee structure and attractions have changed. For more information, visit the website here: www.floridastateparks.org/silversprings/default.cfm

Before the two-day car show on Saturday and Sunday, a cruise takes place starting on Friday morning, Jan. 10th. People start to gather around 8 a.m. at NPD’s main warehouse in Silver Springs (Ocala) where participants are welcome to browse the extensive collection of cars and trucks – about 200 of them.

After that, a short driver’s meeting will be held to discuss the car cruise around 9 – 9:30 a.m. before departing to Cedar Key, about a 1.5-hour drive. It’s a short drive down I-75 before exiting through the back roads of Ocala horse and farm country at easy cruising speeds.

Upon arrival to Cedar Key, people can enjoy the small fishing community with lunch and explore the shops before making the trek back to Ocala. Once back in Ocala, VMP Tuning will be on the scene with its mobile Dynojet chassis dyno for those interested in making two pulls with A/F ratio for just $65. An NPD goodie bag will be given to the highest pull.

Now that the park is back under state control, the state gave NPD the chance to re-think the traditional 1,000-free offer and fees. It seems recently that the older vehicles (1993 and earlier) haven’t had as much of a presence as the modern vehicles in recent years. The older vehicles account for most of NPD’s sales and the show has always been intended as a “thank you” to them. With that said, registration is completely free for the 1993 and earlier models if registered before January 1st, 2014.

If registering after Jan. 2nd, participants pay a small park fee of $10 for the weekend with no fee for additional passes.

Let it be known that “NPD loves and appreciates all beautiful cars and trucks that attend the Silver Springs event.” It’s hard to see the older car presence start to decline, so tell your friends who may own an older Ford to come out for the weekend, or at least for a day!

If just spectating, a standard park entry fee (per car) is $5 for a single person and just $8 for a car up to 8 people. These are daily prices. 100% of the fees go to Silver Springs State Park, a National Treasure.

For Registration Form, check out www.npdlink.com starting on the week of October 14th, 2013.