Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 28, 2015
Photos By: Ford Motor Company

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford is once again heading to Tulsa and the annual Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals with some toys for all to see and a lucky few to get a ride in around Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. The event, held annually in Tulsa, Oklahoma, features a weekend of track driving, drag racing, a banquet, and a cruise to the historic downtown Brady Art District. For 2015 the dates are June 17-21.

The Tulsa event, held annually since 1974, is where Ford and Shelby owners go to enjoy their vehicles and see history come alive with classic and late-model Fords, Mustangs, and Shelbys doing what they do best—attack the racing surface with impunity! Many years ago Ford stepped in and began supporting the event, including launching concept and production vehicles at the event for visitors to see. This year Ford and Ford Performance will feature the all-new Shelby GT350. “Ford Motor Company is excited to share our new Shelby GT350 at the Mid America event, especially since this marks the 50th anniversary of the historic car,” Steve Ling, Ford Car Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company, said. “We recently unveiled the new Shelby to great acclaim by enthusiasts and the media alike. Our team plans to demonstrate the car’s amazing capabilities over the Father’s Day weekend in Tulsa. This Shelby is equally at home, lapping the Hallett road course at high speed as it is cruising to the Brady District on Thursday night.”

As in recent years, Ford will play a key role in the event weekend, including a driving school on Wednesday, and the new Shelby GT350 and 2015 Mustang GT taking turns providing track action Thursday through Saturday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. Ford will even be offering a limited number of rides in the new Mustang GT around the circuit as well. In addition to the track activities, Jim Owens of Ford Motor Company will present an overview of the Shelby GT350 during the banquet on Friday.

Saturday brings the traditional drag race portion of the event, which is held at nearby Tulsa Raceway Park. All drivers are welcome at the event to participate and see what their Ford can do in the quarter-mile. Tulsa Raceway Park will also host a swap meet where collectors can find that rare part for their project or simply check out the vendors and network with others. Sunday, as has long been the tradition, will find everyone back for the final day with a free car show.

For more event information and a full list of activities and hotel accommodations, visit

Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals