Ford Nationals get underway in Carlisle

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The 2014 Carlisle Ford Nationals is celebrating 50 years of the Mustang and the 110th anniversary of Ford. They are expecting record numbers for this year’s three-day event.

This year, they have over 3,000 cars, tucks and tractors on display. They also debuted the rare Matech Ford GT1 race cars. They were shipped in from Belgium and this is their first time on American soil. The cars were raced in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 2010.

“If you want to see a cool piece of Ford racing history, you can see them right here in Carlisle. I have seen cars driving around from the early 1900’s and I have seen the modern day with the 2015 Mustang, so you can see the past, present and future of the Ford brand,” Carlisle Events spokesman Mike Garland said.

The new 2015 Mustang debuted on the fairgrounds Friday afternoon. Only a handful exist and the car is not on the market yet, giving car lovers a special treat.

“With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, the 40th anniversary of Carlisle Events, and 110-year mark of Ford – plus we have awesome weather this weekend – everybody is coming out of the woodwork and we are going to blow the doors off the Carlisle Fairgrounds this weekend,” Garland said. “Record numbers are expected and we really want you to come be a part of it. You will not regret it.”

Gateway Classic Mustang is giving free autocross rides with professional drivers.

The event is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tickets are $12.


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