For Immediate Release:
Celebrate the GT and GT40 with Special Displays, Guests and Rare Rides in 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Carlisle Ford Nationals are months from actuality, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t already a buzz surrounding the 2015 show. The event, which runs June 5-7 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds, not only honors the past, present and future of all aspects of the Ford brand, but in 2015, will welcome millions of dollars in Ford GTs packed into a special anniversary celebration dedicated to THE Ford Supercar, the Ford GT. The celebration will include rare 1 of 1 cars, concepts, race cars, historically significant cars and maybe, just maybe a new GT model too. It’s rare to see more than one of these cars at a time, let alone the hundreds slated for display. GT prices have skyrocketed in recent years, too, due to the popularity of the car and while the celebration plans are ongoing, many guests and activities have been announced. This makes Ford weekend in June of 2015 a must-attend for Ford lovers, GT lovers and history lovers of the Ford brand. Owners and lovers of the GT and GT40 will see hundreds of cars, meet special guests, shop GT-specific vendors, sit in on special seminars and more. Names confirmed include GT designer Camilo Pardo, Steve Saleen, “GT” Joey Limongelli, Marcie Cipriani, the Robertson Race Team and many more. Ford Nationals weekend will also be a hot spot for local, regional, national and international media, all vying to capture the atmosphere of the event.
As guests at Carlisle go, each has a unique association with the GT. Camilo, who is a very talented artist, recently won a competition on the TruTV program Motor City Masters. He also had a hand in past GT designs and not only will his art will be on display, it’ll also be for sale. Further, in another example of Camilo’s art on display, guests can see GTs that bare his design pattern and can meet him to talk shop and find out about his projects, past present and future.
Joining Camilo will be Steve Saleen. As a designer, Saleen’s name adorns many a Ford Mustang, but he also had a hand in the early Ford GT cars. At Carlisle and for the first time in front of a large audience, Saleen tells his story and version of the GT. Over time, Ford has spun the history of the GT in their words and in June, Saleen will take this time to set the record straight in his words.
Along with Saleen and Camilo, show goers can meet the Robertson Race Team. The team, based in Buford, Georgia, was one of the driving forces behind the GTs return to the tracks of Europe. The Robertsons, David and Andrea, helped bring a car that had faded into racing obscurity back to the limelight by 2005. Not long after in 2011, the Robertsons fielded a GT in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and found a podium finish 45 years after Ford’s first win at the track. The significance of the team and the stories they are bringing to Carlisle is unmatched and is a “must experience” aspect of the weekend. Other Le Mans Ford GT race cars will be on display as well such as the Matech Ford GT1 cars that were unveiled for the first time in the United States at the Carlisle Ford Nationals in ’14.
Carlisle and the Carlisle Ford Nationals will also be the launching point for a new GT-themed TV program slated to debut on the Velocity Channel in 2015. The show is called the Ford GT – An American Icon and some aspects of it were filmed at the Carlisle Fairgrounds with Limongelli and Cipriani in August. In addition, there will be GT-themed installations via the GT Guys and Carlisle Events has even confirmed the inclusion of GT owners from around the world. These owners will be the center of attention, too, as Building T hosts a special indoor display while an area just outside of the building plays host to a special GT- themed hospitality tent. Speaking of GT owners, the aforementioned “GT” Joey has even taken a GT around the world and chronicled his journey via a book entitled “Around the World in a Ford GT.” One of Joey’s GTs, dubbed CP1 will be at the show plus guests can pick up a copy of his book and even have it signed.
This all sounds good, right? Well, for Carlisle Events and the 2015 Carlisle Ford Nationals, this is only the beginning. Complete and specific details about the GT celebration can be found at www.CarlisleEvents.com. Registration information is online too or enthusiasts can call 717-243-7855. In the meanwhile, additional aspects of the event will be announced via future releases, online and via the Carlisle Ford Nationals Facebook page @FordNationals.
Journalist note: Information about Carlisle Events, its event listings, auction offerings and the Carlisle Expo Center is available to journalists by phone:
717-243-7855 ext. 133
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