2006 Carlisle All-Ford Nationals - Carlisle Calling
Even On An Off-Year For Mustangs, The Carlisle All-Ford Nationals Attracted A Field Full Of Ponies
Pennsylvania Pony Trails
Thanks to Mother Nature for holding off the rain until after our Pony Trails cruise on the Friday during the Carlisle All-Ford Nationals. The threatening skies actually prevented temperatures from soaring to the usual blazing June levels. Heck, this Florida boy almost got the chills while riding in the back seat of Jeff Bliemeister's '84 5.0 convertible.
Thanks also go to Bliemeister and Jim Krupa who together planned out the route for our 8th annual Pony Trails at CJ Pony Parts. The Trails took us from the CJ Pony Parts facility near Harrisburg through some gorgeous Pennsylvania scenery and small towns, and finally to Hershey and the Antique Automobile Club of America's (AACA) Museum, where Bliemeister serves as the museum curator.
Over 70 Mustangs and a handful of other Fords gathered at CJ Pony Parts on Friday morning for coffee, donuts, and a facility tour before heading out on the two-hour cruise, staying together for most of the drive thanks to the lack of traffic and stoplights. At the AACA Museum, Pony Trail participants were greeted at the front door by Joe Spinelli's red '69 Boss 429 as it spun on a turntable as part of the museum's "American Muscle" featured exhibition. The main display featured an impressive collection of American muscle, from a '64 GTO to a Hemi 'Cuda, along with Tom and Joyce McElroy's '69 Cobra Jet Mach 1 and Andy and Vicki Bickhart's '70 Boss 302.