Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
June 18, 2015
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

While covering the 20th Annual All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Jerry Heasley toted around his video camera to help show some of the personalities behind the show and get their stories.

First, meet Mike Garland, the media coordinator for the show, who tells us all about what to see at the All Ford Nationals, from early Mustangs to the brand new GT350, and all of the different displays and areas that cover the grounds.

Then he has a good sit down with Chuck Cantwell, the project engineer on the original Shelby G.T. 350, working at Shelby from 1964 through 1968. Chuck tells us his background with cars growing up near Indianapolis Motor Speedway, working with Shelby, and also with Roger Penske.

Jerry then found Brandon Badell, who won all three “spots” in his local dealer’s lottery to buy one of the 100 GT350R Mustangs. That doesn’t mean he necessarily will get the opportunity to buy one of the 100 cars built, as you can see in the video, but he’s got a shot so wish him luck. And find out if he’s a true Mustang fan, or just a speculator with the idea of flipping the car for stupid money.

Finally, veteran drag racer Hubert Platt, who is a legendary storyteller and jokester, describes the origin of the wheel-standing racecar from back in the day.

Over 100,000 people tramped over the grounds from Thursday through Sunday. People packed the grounds Saturday, the big day.
After his introduction, Hubert Platt joked with the crowd, “Well, Charles Morris said it all. I’ll just sit down.” At 83, “The Georgia Peach” is still a showman full of fire and life. He likes to tell racing stories. Platt called his Ford salary of $15,000 per year, “a license to steal” in the 1960s. My favorite Platt story is about a card game in which he supposedly “won the girl” with a good hand.

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