Ford Nationals 2013 - Carlisle Calling
Over 2,500 Mustangs and Fords dodged the raindrops to participate in the Ford Nationals
In spite of normal summer storms followed by the rainy remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea, the Ford Nationals at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, managed to salvage its June 6-9 weekend with a great showing of Fords and Mustangs on Saturday. As Carlisle employees scurried about on golf carts to supply straw to water-logged vendors on Saturday morning, over 2,500 cars rolled in for what turned out to be the nicest, albeit muggy, day of the weekend. Unfortunately, the rain spoiled Carlisle's first-ever Thursday opening for the Ford Nationals, a day that was added to give early-bird shoppers a jump on the swap meet deals.
According to Carlisle's Media Specialist Michael Garland, a typical Ford Nationals attracts 2,800 cars, so the late-week inclement weather prevented only a few car owners from risking a wet drive.
As always, the majority of show cars were Mustangs of all years, including plenty of late-models, several long rows of vintage cars, and even a small gathering of Mustang IIs. With preparations underway for a big Mustang 50th anniversary show at Carlisle next year, the 2013 Ford Nationals didn't focus on big Mustang displays. However, a number of K-code '65-'67 Mustangs took part in the 289 High Performance Reunion in Building G, plus there were a number of special Mustangs in Building T's Invitational Display.