Jeff Ford
June 1, 2002
Photos By: The Mustang Monthly Archives
Carlisle as seen from the upper deck near the main entrance. The shot is from Sunday. Saturday is even better.

Tired. Plain old tired. You see, these trails are fun but weary work because the stuff at the office does not abate when we hit the road for a trail. So we go out a couple of days and come back a couple of days and voila, you have the portents of late stories, which makes the managing editor grumpy. Sure, we could work waaaay out ahead and get the issue in question caught up, but what is the fun in that? As men, we are bound by the secret code (oops, I wasn't suppose to reveal this) to procrastinate up to and until the last minute. It's our nature. (Note from managing editor: We'll let him think this is a secret.)

Of these three trails, one is brand spanking new-the one in the middle. We're excited to be a part of the West Michigan Mustang Show since we seldom seem to get up that way. Additionally, we're thrilled to be a part of the Carlisle event, one that I have watched grow over the last six years. And finally, we're looking forward to the Kings of Cruise at Mustangs Northwest at least equaling their numbers from the past several years. All these events are fun, all are wild, and all are on our list of "things to do this summer." You ready? 'Cause we sure are.

The Trail
May 31 through June 2
Carlisle All Ford Nationals
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Pony Trails: May 31
Departure time: 8:30 a.m.
Location: CJ Pony Parts, 7481 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA 17112; (800) 888-6473
Show contact: Carlisle Productions (717) 243-7855
Trail Boss: Jeff Ford (863) 644-0449; fordj@primediacmmg.com

Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Carlisle All Ford Nationals
We love the All Ford Nationals. The show field is always a good place for us to pick up some cars and the swap meet area is one place we don't get to visit long enough-mainly because it's getting too big to see on our limited schedule. A great show for anyone who's in the Northeast. We recommend it.

Route:
We exit CJ Pony Parts, turn right onto Allentown Blvd., and head east to Hershey Rd. where we turn left and make a dash to Interstate 81. At I-81 we bear right into the superslab and blaze north to exit 31. At exit 31 we pick up State Rd. 443, turn right and head northeast to Pine Grove. In Pine Grove we turn right on East Wood St., which becomes Rock Rd. We'll possibly stop outside Pine Grove on Rock Rd. to regroup. We then move on to Rock and Summit Station and through Auburn to Deer Lake and state highway 61 where we turn right and move quickly toward Hamburg and lunch. At 61 and Interstate 78 we bid adieu to the backroads and push on to I-81 and Carlisle. At Exit 17A we peel off and make our final stop of the day. From there it's down US Highway 11 to Clay St. where we turn right, then right again onto Spring St., and a final right into the show site on K Ave.

The Trail
June 8-9
21st Annual All Mustang Car Show-June 8th
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Pony Trails: June 9th
Departure time: 8:30 a.m.
Start location: Duthler Ford Inc., 3560 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
Show contact: Ron Stratton, (616) 246-6919
Trail Boss: Jeff Ford, (863) 644-0449, or e-mail:
fordj@primediacmmg.com; or Ron Stratton, (616) 246-6919, or e-mail: kathys@iserv.net

Grand Rapids, Michigan
21st Annual All Mustang Car Show
We like to try and hit one show a year that exemplifies "the local show." This year we chose the 21st Annual All Mustang Car Show. Ron Stratton and crew put up such a convincing argument at the Spring Fling two years ago that we felt compelled to attend their show in Grand Rapids. We haven't regretted the decision once. Ron and the whole West Michigan club have really come through and made this easy on us. We can't wait to do the show and trail there.

Route:
We leave Duthler Ford and turn left onto 28th St. At Broadmoor Ave. we turn left again and head south to Patterson Ave. where we bear right and continue south to Bass Rd. At Payne Lake Rd. we turn left and head south again. At Bowens Mill Rd. we turn left then make a quick right onto Briggs Rd. This twists its way around to 611 where we turn left and head south to 406, where we veer left and blaze over to Wall Lake Rd. and The Gilmore classic car museum for a free tour. From The Gilmore we retrace our steps onto 406 and follow it to Marsh Rd. (State Rd. 623). At 133 Ave. we turn left and then back right onto Kalamazoo St. At 142 Ave. we turn left again and head to Door Dairy Ranch where we get free ice cream. Car and ice cream-tell me how one can go wrong there.

The Trail
July 18-21
Mustangs Northwest Roundup
Bellevue, Washington
Pony Trails: July 19th
Departure time: 8:00 a.m. from Bellevue Community College; 9:00 a.m.from Evergreen Speedway
Start location: Evergreen Speedway, 17901 State Route 2.
Monroe, WA. 98272 or Bellevue Community College, 3000
Landerholm Circle Se. Bellevue, WA. 98007
Trail Boss: Jeff Ford, (863) 644-0449, or e-mail:
fordj@primediacmmg.com

Bellevue, Washington
Mustang Northwest Roundup
This is our 5th Anniversary Pony Trails adventure, and what an adventure it will be indeed. Our theme this year is "Taking the Horses Back to Nature," and our record to beat this year is 231 cars, so come one, come all!

Route
We will be starting out at the Evergreen Speedway at the Monroe Fairgrounds to avoid as many morning commuters as possible. For those who don't know where Evergreen Speedway or Monroe is, we will have a volunteer lead a group there from Bellevue Community College. This group will leave the college promptly at 8 a.m., so don't be late! Please arrive at the speedway with a full tank of gas no later than 9 a.m., because we will cover a lot of ground (approximately 220 miles). From Monroe Speedway we wander northwest through the Port Susan area to our first destination, Stanwood, for lunch. Once we eat, we head east, into the Northern Cascade Mountain Range to Newhalem, home to Seattle City Light's George Dam. This town has several attractions and activities which include short hikes, a dam tour, museum, waterfalls, and much more. We will then head back to Asbury Field in Marysville for a final roundup and closing ceremony.

Coming Trail Attractions
August 30-September 1
Charlotte, North Carolina
MCA Grand National
At Charlotte, at the Lowe's Motorspeedway. Yes, there will be open track.