Record-setting 3,196 cars turn out for Ford Nationals at Carlisle

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Nearly 3,200 Fords of various vintages were on the grounds for the Ford Nationals | Carlisle Events photos

Spanning 112 years of vehicle production, a record number of vehicles — 3,196 — were on display this past weekend at the Ford Nationals, hosted by Carlisle Events at its fairgrounds facility in Pennsylvania.

Featured were Fox body cars, Mustang Mach 1, Boss and Eliminator, and the Maverick. 

Also showcased was the Ford Nationals Select display of 12 vehicles, including a 1982 Escort driven less than 900 miles since new, a 1959 English Ford, and a 1961 Country Squire.

Ford Performance chief engineer Carl Widmann discussed the new Shelby GT500, Roush and Saleen products. 

Fords to the horizon

Next up at Carlisle, Pennsylvania, is the Chevrolet Nationals, scheduled for June 21-22.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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