Carlisle Ford Nationals to Feature Special Guests

This year’s Carlisle Ford Nationals will feature an impressive array of special guests. The June 2-4 event at the Carlisle, Pennsylvania Fairgrounds will feature guests ranging from those who currently build cars, those who have built cars, and even a TV personality.

Guests include Chuck Cantwell, Tom Scarpello, Dean McCann, the Robertson Race Team, and Rutledge Wood. Each has their own historic piece of Ford’s blue oval and for each, an interaction is free with an event ticket or show field registration, according to organizers.

Cantwell comes to Carlisle to help celebrate the GT500 Mustang. Cantwell is a former Shelby American Engineer from the 1960s who worked hand-in-hand with Carroll Shelby, Charlie McHose and other legendary names within Ford to create the Shelby GT500.

Hired by Shelby himself decades ago, Cantwell served as a project engineer based in Los Angeles. In addition, Cantwell oversaw performance and prototype testing for Shelby’s namesake Mustang.

Scarpello is the former SVT marketing and sales manager for Ford. He was involved in SVT from its start in 1994 all the way through 2004. During that time, he oversaw numerous SVT vehicles coming onto the market and worked directly with John Colleti, the head of SVT. Some years after leaving Ford to pursue other opportunities, he founded Revology Cars, which takes classic Ford Mustangs and integrates modern components to improve vehicle performance, safety, reliability, comfort and efficiency. He’ll be at Carlisle on June 2 only.

McCann comes to Carlisle to celebrate the E&F Code cars, and to talk Y Blocks. Known as Mr. Supercharger, McCann’s fingerprints were all over the Ford Y-Blocks, Battlebirds and F-Code Supercharged cars of the late 1950’s. He also was involved in the legendary Ford Tri-Power setup while at Dearborn Steel Tubing and has many stories to tell from this unique time period.  McCann will be hosting a Q&A session on June 2 and 3 with topics covering Y-Blocks, F-Code Fords and the Battlebird program.

Not only is the GT500 getting love in 2017, so is the Ford GT. As such, the Robertson Race Team is back with a nice array of Ford’s top super car, the Ford GT. The Robertson’s were instrumental in seeing the GT back to the track at Le Mans and continue to place a key role in the brand’s success.

Last but not least, Rutledge Wood is coming to Carlisle. Wood has always had a passion for cars and motorsports, learning the business of buying, restoring and selling vehicles from his father at an early age. He’s worked at Country Music Television, with NASCAR and SPEED TV (now FoxSports1), and, beginning in 2015, he became a specialty reporter and NASCAR analyst.

More recently, Wood covered the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, the Kentucky Derby and hosted a variety of car-related TV shows. Wood comes to Carlisle with eBay Motors as they travel the country to overhaul a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback. Coming to Carlisle is just one of four stops before the big unveiling at SEMA in November.

Complete event details can be found at or by calling 717-243-7855.

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