Jerry Heasley
June 27, 2015

Every year, Ford and Shelby fanatics gather in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals for a huge car show, on-track action at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, drag racing at Tulsa Raceway Park, cruises, a banquet, and pretty much anything else you can think to do with a classic Mustang. This was the big one, in Mid-America, meaning people from the Heartlands can attend, and attend they did in droves; but this event has grown so big that people from 35 different states and a half dozen foreign countries—Canada and Mexico, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, and Australia—showed up.

The event consists of three main venues: road racing Wednesday through Saturday (four days!), drag racing on Saturday, and a colossal car show on Sunday with judging and trophies before people create a mass exodus on their way home. The banquet Friday night is also a favorite, probably because the organizers hand out over $20,000 worth of door prizes, including a set of tires (Kelsey Tires), $500 gift certificates (two from Gateway Classic Mustang), hats and tee shirts, and literally hundreds more items, such as three fuel injection throttle bodies worth $800 each. Mid-America also held a charity auction to benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Carroll Shelby’s Children’s Foundation.

But enough about all of that; check out the photos of all the Fords we found having fun at the Nats, and make sure to see the video interviews we did with the folks from Ford and Shelby…and meet Carroll Shelby’s three great grandchildren!


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Rain ended late Thursday, just in time for Cruise Night from the host hotel (Southern Hills Marriott) to the Brady Arts District in the old section of downtown, featuring restaurants, clubs, galleries, museums, historic homes, and parks.
Shelby family members at this year’s Mid-America event were Randall Shelby (top left) and his brother Aaron, who are grandsons of Carroll Shelby. Lloyd (bottom left) is Randall’s son. Parson and Pierce are Aaron’s sons.
Everybody knows Earl Groves (center), seen here with Randall Shelby (left) and Aaron Shelby. Earl is a one of the organizers and kept the crowd laughing at the banquet as he announced door prize winners.
Rusty Mahan from San Antonio, Texas drove his Boss 302 to the Brady District downtown. Mahan has been in the hobby building Boss Mustangs for decades.
Jim Fillback, a Ford dealer from Wisconsin, brought two cars to Tulsa—a ’65 G.T. 350 and a brand new G.T. 350- for display in the Southern Hills Marriott hotel lobby.
Late models also prevailed at Tulsa Raceway Park on Saturday. About 200 Mustangs and Fords raced.
This ’67 fastback ripped off an 11.93 at 112 mph.
The most popular event at Hallett, in our opinion anyway, was the midday vintage race. Here, entrants lined up on the grid.

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