Carlisle Events spends most of the summer hosting a variety of car event at its home base, the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. However, in the colder months the company flies south to host a pair of events in sunny Florida. Recently these events moved to the Sun ’N Fun facilities in Lakeland, Florida, where the Winter Florida Auto Fest was held this past weekend.
If you are familiar with Carlisle events, you know they bring more to the table than just a car show. In fact, the four-day winter event played host to everything from the chance to meet Butch Patrick, the actor who played Eddie Munster, to a full two-day, no-reserve auto auction.
As you may have seen in out past coverage of these events, the Ford Performance Club of Florida is a relatively new enthusiasts group that opens its arms to all Ford Performance models from the ’60s all the way up to the current models like the Focus RS and Shelby GT350. The first of its kind, this club is endorsed by Ford Performance and has already grown to over 50 members in its sixth months of existence.
A club for more than Mustangs sounds like a great idea to us, and President Larry Beach told us there are already people looking to start similar clubs in other states. Of course, sharing the Carlisle spotlight with the local Mustang club meant its display was modest as the opportunity for the P-51 photos was quite popular, but Larry says the Carlisle show is a great place to showcase what the club is about.
Likewise, the Imperial Mustang club partnered with Carlisle to host its 20th annual Mustangs & Mustangs show, which has an airplanes and automobiles theme suited for the Sun ’N Fun airport venue. The 130-plus attendees of the Mustangs & Mustangs show were able to line up and have their vehicles photographed in front of two P-51 Mustang airplanes, which are the very planes that inspired the car’s moniker.
As you can see in our shots, there were plenty of great cars on hand to keep a Ford fan happy at this event. If the Carlisle events look like a good time to you, the company will host its annual Ford Nationals event from June 2-4 at its home base and it will return to Lakeland for the Fall Florida Auto Fest from November 10-12.