The Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals 2013 Recap
http://goo.gl/eAbpp Mooresville, NC – It was an excellent weekend for Detroit Speed at the the Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals and this event has something for everyone. There is the road course at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, Drag Racing at Tulsa Raceway Park, a cruise to downtown Tulsa, and a car show on Sunday. This was our 2nd year at the event and as always, it was a terrific event.
Thursday was a great start to the event that features three days of racing on the Hallett road course. There is a good mix of old and new Mustangs running on the road course together. It is great to see all the different models all out there at once. Kyle Tucker was able to qualify for the Vintage Exhibition with the DSE 1966 Mustang Test Car and put in lots of time on the track which allows us the opportunity to tune the car to our exact specifications.
Thursday evening after the road course event, everyone drove their cars back to the hotel to get ready for the cruise. The staff organizes an excellent police escorted cruise from the hotel to downtown Tulsa. Every street and intersection is blocked by police. This cruise involves hundreds of cars and goes as smooth as silk. Downtown Tulsa had lots of great stuff happening Thursday night including some excellent restaurants for some dinner after the cruise.
Friday brought another beautiful warm day and another full day of road course action at Hallett.
Kyle drove in the Vintage Exhibition and mixed it up with the real Vintage Trans Am cars. The Hallett Motor Racing Circuit is a technical track that is fun and has a couple tricky corners to get just right.
Following all the road course racing, Friday evening was the banquet with many, many giveaways (including DSE gift certificates) and speakers from Ford on hand to give everyone insight about the Mustang. This is a great opportunity to meet and speak with other people in the Ford industry.
Saturday consists of two events; Drag Racing at Tulsa Raceway Park or the optional third day at Hallett for more road course time. Many of the vendors and participants go to the drag strip, while others stay at Hallett to continue on the road course. We stayed at Hallett for the road course. For the third day, they throw a twist into things, they run the track backwards! It is actually faster and smoother in this direction which is clockwise instead of counter clockwise. It is probably one of only a few tracks in America that can safely be run in both directions.
Sunday, the last day of the show is always, car show day. All of the cars that had been previously running hard on the road course and drag strip get all cleaned up and polished. The vendors set up and once again, show off their products. This is a great chance to walk around and see some of the great cars closer up and to get a look at what some of the leaders in the Ford industry are working on.
The Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals 2014 show will be a big one. It is the 50th anniversary of the iconic Mustang which promises to bring big things to next year’s show. We look forward to seeing everyone out there.