Carlisle Ford Mustang Us American Flag Formation
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
February 11, 2016
Photos By: Courtesy Carlisle Events

The annual Carlisle Ford Nationals is right around the corner (June 3-5, 2016) and this year the Carlisle staff have something special in store for one of America’s most popular performance cars—a Mustang-based American flag! Carlisle Events will put together the flag display on the northeast side of the fairgrounds using more than 150 different red, white, blue, and silver Mustangs of all years.

Creating a display of the American flag using cars is certainly not new, nor is it even new to Carlisle Events (they’ve been doing it for Corvettes at Carlisle for several years now), but it is new to the Carlisle Ford Nationals. The work entailed to line up the cars and get the flag pattern correct is no small feat. The red and white Mustangs will make up the Old Glory’s stripes, with the blue cars becoming the star field. Lastly, the silver Mustangs will act as the flag pole.

The display will be built out and using 57 red Mustangs, 51 white ones, 35 blue ones, and 10 silvers to round out the flag on Friday June 3rd. Flag trivia: The white stripes signify purity and innocence, and the red signify bravery and valor. Old Glory is also home to 50 stars on a blue field representing vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Implementation will run between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. with the display itself in place until approximately 4 p.m. The four-hour build will ensure the flag is properly laid out, with the payoff being a true salute to not only the U.S. itself, but to one of Ford’s most iconic cars—the Mustang. The flag display is free to anyone who has registered for the show field; however, for an additional $20 (payable onsite) a package will be available that includes a poster, shirt, and time-lapse DVD of the process. Registrations are ongoing for the flag and the event itself. Details are available on www.carlisleevents.com or by calling (717) 243-7855.