Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
October 1, 2007

When the balmy spring weather turns towards the heat of summer, there's one thing we always look forward to-the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Held at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, this was the 13th year of the All-Ford Nats. The event never ceases to impress, with special guests from all corners of Ford performance and manufacturing as well as special invitational and anniversary displays. This year's All-Ford show was no different, with special guests David Pearson and Bud Moore of NASCAR fame in attendance, along with TV star Antonio Fargas who played Huggy Bear on the '70s hit Starsky & Hutch (with his own Starsky & Hutch edition Torino display). Ford drag racer Al Joniec joined the celebrity list, too, with a display of his race cars.

It was a banner year for anniversaries as well. All over the Carlisle Fairgrounds were special displays such as the large gathering for the 40th anniversary of the Mercury Cougar inside building Y and adjacent to the Carlisle grandstands. In addition, 2007 marked the 50th anniversary of the Edsel and the Ranchero. There was the 25th anniversary of Ford's mid-'80s fun two-seater, the EXP, and its sister line, the Mercury LN7. Each year special display areas at the fairgrounds are offered to select vehicle lines, and for 2007, all years of the Mach 1 Mustang were invited to park in one location near Gate 1.

Ford had a much larger presence at the Nats than in years past. Besides the usual Ford Racing Performance Parts display and new-model exhibition from local dealers, Ford stepped up in a big way by bringing several concept vehicles, including Ford's hot Interceptor concept based off of the new S197 Mustang platform and recently displayed at the North American International Auto Show.

Ford also brought out its Super Duty Power Tour with a cutaway F-series Super Duty for everyone to inspect. Show attendees lined up for testdrives in Ford's newest sellers, including the Edge crossover, the Fusion, and more. Throw in the usual All-Ford show fun-the chicken-wing-eating contest; the burnout competition; the more than 2,000 display cars from the '20s to present day; and rows upon rows of new, used, and N.O.S. parts for your project vehicle-and you can see why attending the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals is tops on our list. Be sure to check out our Web site for more great photos.


And the Winner Is...
For a complete list of winners from the '07 Carlisle All-Ford Nationals, more event photos, and details about upcoming Carlisle events, check out the Web site at

This Way to the Show
The All-Ford Nationals are held every June at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Carlisle is a historical town in its own right and a stone's throw from battlefields, Hershey Park, and more. Access to the Carlisle area is easily made from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76), Rte. 34, and Rte. 81. Visitors from New York; Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Pittsburg; Baltimore; and places farther can easily reach the fairgrounds via these routes. Carlisle and surrounding locales have plenty of hotel rooms and camp sites (there's limited camping available on the Carlisle Fairgrounds as well). For more information on visiting the Carlisle Fairgrounds and surrounding areas, go to