IMOA Invites Merc Owners to the Carlisle Ford Nationals

crowd-1jpg-d75cdc205474f436By Cy Schmidt

The Carlisle Ford Nationals keeps getting closer and I am getting more excited by the day. This year celebrates the 75th anniversary of Mercury and the 50th anniversary of the Mustang.

mustangsThe event is held every year on the first weekend of June in Carlisle, Pa. The dates this year are June 6-8. If you have never attended this event, you really owe it to yourself to attend at least once.

IMOA will once again be on the grounds this year. We will have a tent set up for members and their guests.

Registration for Carlisle is available online at Pre-registration is open until May 5 at the price of $49.50 per car. After that date, the price goes to $55, or pay at the gate for the same price.

Pre-registration is recommended to avoid the lines. Please add IMOA in the area for the club name. The more members attending, the better deal the club gets on the tent rental.

The mailing address is Carlisle All-Ford Nationals, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013-1588.

The above website also has a link to local hotels. It is recommended to reserve a hotel as early as possible.

This show will have just about anything Ford, Mercury and Lincoln produced. Many clubs use this show as their national meet. The Yellow Mustang Club is present every year, for example. You have never seen so many yellow Mustangs in one place. The same goes for T-Birds, Fairlanes and just about everything else.

dyno donThe special Building G display includes rare gems, and one highlight this year is Dyno Don Nicholson’s 1969 Boss 429 Cougar, one of two built by Kar Kraft before being sent to Holman-Moody.

Bring your walking shoes, as it is very hard to cover such a large show field in a single day. The same is true for the swap meet, vendors row and the specialty display buildings.

I think it is just about impossible to see everything in just one or two days. The swap meet is among the largest I have ever walked through and the best thing is, it is almost entirely Ford/Mercury/Lincoln parts.

A few tips to get the most out of this show: Wear comfortable shoes or hiking boots. Stay hydrated, as it is usually hot. Wear sunscreen and bring a rain-proof jacket or umbrella, as it usually rains sometime over the weekend. Some spendable cash is also a good idea. I usually run out of cash long before I run out of stuff I want to buy.

There is a food court located in the grandstand area and a wide array of food is available. This is a large fairgrounds. Think of the Iola, Wis., show in terms of size, only with all Fords and Mercurys.

I hope to see a lot of old friends there and meet some new ones.