The 41st Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals

Once again the Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals held each year in Tulsa, Oklahoma was the place to be in June for thousands of Ford and Shelby enthusiasts. The five day event started with a drivers school at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. This day is where participants get to know their cars in and up close and personal way, The school is followed by three days of open track action highlight by a vintage and late model exhibition on Friday.

The Thursday night cruise from the Marriott Southern Hills to the Brady Arts District in downtown Tulsa travels along the Arkansas River passing through some very beautiful neighborhoods of the city before arriving at the Brady Arts District. Upon arrival, all the vehicles are lined up, presenting a panoramic view of over 800 Ford performance vehicles. There is lots to do and see among the Ford and other exhibits. Dinner was not a problem as there are a multitude of restaurants to choose from.

The Friday night banquet is always fun with hundreds of door prizes, racing videos and interesting guest speakers. This year, Jim Owens, Ford Shelby Brand Manager who gave an excellent presentation on how Ford brought the 2015 GT350 to market. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the GT350 Mustang. With that in mind, a special question and answer session with 1965 GT350 Project Manager Chuck Cantwell and Jerry Schwarz. who led the team that built the 37 1965 GT350 competition Mustangs. John Brown led the Q&A session that proved very entertaining for the audience.

On Saturday, participants had the choice between attending the MRT open track or the drag racing action at Tulsa Raceway Park. Both events were well attended and offered enthusiast to opportunity to enjoy their cars.

The All Ford Super Show once again showcased Ford performance vehicles of every vintage. Their was also a special concours for vintage Shelby and Boss Mustangs. The Mid America Ford and Shelby Nationals offers cool activities for everyone. It is an event that Ford enthusiasts should miss.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first GT350. Both the 1965 and 2015 Shelbys were featured in the host hotel lobby.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the first GT350. Both the 1965 and 2015 Shelbys were featured in the host hotel lobby.

The open track at Hallet Motor Racing Circuit was a fun exhibition of fast cars.

The open track at Hallet Motor Racing Circuit was a fun exhibition of fast cars.

During the banquet, a panel discussion let by John Brown (L) with Chuck Cantwell , GT350 Project Manager at Shelby American and Jerry Schwarz, fabricator who led the team  that built all the 37 1965 GT350s.

During the banquet, a panel discussion let by John Brown (L) with Chuck Cantwell , GT350 Project Manager at Shelby American and Jerry Schwarz, fabricator who led the team that built all the 37 1965 GT350s.

Steve Ling, Ford Performance Marketing Manager (L) and Scott Black, President of TPR&M  the PR agency for the Ford  Enthusiast and Shelby American enjoy the Brady Arts District.

Steve Ling, Ford Performance Marketing Manager (L) and Scott Black, President of TPR&M the PR agency for the Ford Enthusiast and Shelby American enjoy the Brady Arts District.

Billy Cain and Chuck Cantwell take time out from the MRT open track. Billy's 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca is in the background.

Billy Cain and Chuck Cantwell take time out from the MRT open track. Billy’s 2012 Boss 302 Laguna Seca is in the background.