Jerry Heasley
June 27, 2016

Calling Mid-America a car show is like calling the Mississippi River a creek. Mid-America does have a car show on Sunday. But, what is known as the “Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals” for 2016 started four days earlier on Wednesday, June 15th at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit with the “Team Mustang Driver’s School.”

Thursday is Day One of “Open Track,” where Mustang and Ford drivers hone their skills in levels 1, 2, and 3. The culmination of all this activity comes Friday with a vintage race at 1:00 PM, followed by the Late Model Exhibition race.

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In the Late Model Exhibition race, Paul Rocha took first place in a 2016 GT350R, a factory Magnetic (gray) with black stripes. Lonny Childress took second place in a 2015 GT350 with Track Pack, also Magnetic, but with blue stripes. Gateway Classic Mustangs (GCM) sponsored the Hallett events all three days.

The biggest turnout of cars came Thursday night when a six-mile procession of 700 cars poured into the Brady Arts district of old town Tulsa, almost doubling the 400 car total for the car show Sunday.

Mid-America goes big time at the banquet that’s held Friday night, and lasting from 7:00 PM until 10:30 PM; during the evening many videos were played and hundreds of door prizes were handed out. In addition, everyone enjoyed listening to Jim Owens of Ford and Gary Patterson of Shelby American, including a silent auction for charity and much more.

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Saturday, approximately 200 drivers braved the triple digit heat to drag race the quarter-mile at Tulsa Raceway Park. Novice racers could participate in a drag racing school and the grounds made room for a parts swap meet, as well.

Saturday was an open night. Participants like to visit in the parking lot of the Southern Hills Marriott host hotel as cars arrived for the “All Ford Super Show” on Sunday. Gateway Classic Mustangs and Shelby American took this opportunity to invite everybody to join them under their tent in the parking lot to eat pizza and watch a live TV stream of the 24 Hours Of Le Mans. And as you already know, the new Ford GT won on the 50th anniversary of Ford’s original GT40 win at Le Mans.

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