Jerry Heasley
July 6, 2017

Mid-America is five days of activities, concluding with a car show on Sunday. Held in Tulsa, Oklahoma every June, just about anything enthusiasts like to do with their Fords and Shelbys is either on the schedule or likely to happen.

Mid-America kicked off on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 with and open track day at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, which included a driver’s school. Open track continued Thursday, and was followed that evening with 700 cars cruising to the Brady District in the old, red brick section of downtown Tulsa. This event just keeps getting bigger and more popular every year. Anything Ford or Shelby is liable to show up here and then some; like a P1 McLaren and a Lamborghini, but they held no bragging rights over Ford’s GT40 supercars present and accounted for.

Friday was the big day out at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit with two feature races drawing major attention. First up was the Vintage Exhibition, populated mostly by 1960s Mustangs and Shelbys, followed by the “Modern Technology Exhibition,” otherwise known as late models, sponsored by Gateway Classic Mustang and our friends Lonnie and Jason Childress.

It was all we could do to drive 45 miles from the track back to Tulsa to make it to the banquet on time that evening at the host hotel (Southern Hills Marriott). Banquets can be boring, but this one is special if only for the literally hundreds of door prizes they give out. This year Corey Holter, Group Marketing Manager for Ford, gave details of the new 2018 Mustang. As much as we enjoyed the slides he showed us, Ford had a new ’18 model parked in the Marriott lobby for all to see, and right beside the latest Shelby Super Snake. Jim Wicks acknowledged Gary Patterson and his new position as President of Shelby Automobiles. Saturday is drag racing day at Tulsa Raceway Park. Overcast skies held down temperatures and brought out hundreds of racers with their Mustangs and Fords, including a wicked early Falcon coupe clicking off low 8’s in the quarter-mile. Jim Wicks, who started Mid-America with a barbecue and car show for friends 43 years ago said, “We tried something a little different this year with a cash shootout for a thousand dollars to the winner.”

Sunday started out with a “complimentary car wash,” from mother nature followed by more overcast and the low 80s that made the car show so popular it got extended from noon to 2:00 pm. The event wound up with what must be one of the largest car show awards ceremonies anywhere.

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