The June 3-5 Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals, organized by the Team Shelby Northeast Region, will include a day of high-speed track time followed by a 100-mile drive across the picturesque countryside to the Carlisle Ford Nationals for car shows, presentations and parties from, 2016.
“Carroll Shelby spent his days enjoying thrills behind the wheel with the soundtrack of a rumbling V8,” said Tracey Smith, Team Shelby international director. “So we pour our energy into giving Team Shelby members exclusive experiences worldwide that match the high octane lifestyle that Carroll personified. The East Coast Grand Nationals will be an adrenalin-filled four days, just the way that Carroll wanted it.”
The Team Shelby Grand Nationals begins on June 2 with a full day of on-track fun managed by SMC Events at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, West Virginia. That night, Ford historian John Clor will be the keynote speaker at a special banquet.
The next morning, Team Shelby will host an exhilarating Poker Run to the fairgrounds in Carlisle, Penn.
“We’ve planned plenty of photo opportunities along the way, as our scenic route takes us off the highway and along the path less traveled,” said Bill Caron, Team Shelby Grand Nationals event chairman. “Once we arrive at Carlisle where the Ford Nationals will be underway, we have even more fun planned.”
On the night of June 3, Team Shelby will invade the Ford Expo Center for a Texas style BBQ banquet. Speakers will include executives from Shelby American and Ford Motor Co.
“Once the sun begins to set, we’ll start our popular ‘Cars under the Stars’ car show,” Caron said. “It will be a fantastic night under the moon and stars.”
June 4 is scheduled to be the busiest day at Carlisle, with about 3,500 Ford vehicles on the show field. Highlights will include a burn-out competition conducted by Ford Carlisle, ride and drives by Ford Motor Co., and hundreds of vendors. Team Shelby will host a hospitality tent near the Ford Expo Center for Grand National attendees throughout the weekend.
Later that day, members can line up for a short cruise to downtown Carlisle. The center of town is blocked off and only the parade cars are allowed to drive in and park. Team Shelby members can enjoy live music, restaurants and shops around the center square throughout the evening.
“Team Shelby celebrates Shelby vehicles of every era, from the Cobras that won world championships in the 1960s to the latest cars to wear the GT350 and GT-H badges,” Smith said. “Filled with fun and friends, the Team Shelby East Coast Nationals will be a terrific weekend that people will remember forever.”