2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals Celebrates 100 Years of Ford Trucks

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Carlisle Ford Nationals

Exhibit will return Aug. 4-6 for Carlisle Truck Nationals, an event expected to draw over 2,000 vehicles.

If you’re lucky enough to live to see 100 years old, your reward will probably be some kind of lame party. Or maybe a shout-out from Al Roker while your face is superimposed on a Smucker’s jar. Ford’s centennial celebration at the 2017 Carlisle Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania was a whole lot more exciting than that! Mainly because it featured, well, a bunch of cool Ford trucks — from every generation — in one place.

Carlisle Ford Nationals

As it should be, because Ford is essentially the reason we’re all driving trucks today, and probably even cars. They were the first company to recognize the need for light duty, personal use trucks, and the first to offer them to the public in such capacity. Today, imagining life without a truck is like trying to imagine life without a delicious jam to spread on your toast. Scary thought, huh?

Carlisle Ford Nationals

Another cool thing about the gathering of Ford trucks at Carlisle is that it wasn’t just some kind of specially curated collection. This was an open invitation to all and the masses responded with a nice mix of historic trucks. From old tow trucks to hot-rodded ’50s F-100s, to a first-gen Lightning, there was something for everyone. It sat among an incredible array of 3,000-plus Fords on a beautiful Pennsylvanian summer day.

Carlisle Ford Nationals

If you missed out on all the fun at the Ford Nationals, you’ve still got one more chance to check out this awesome exhibit. The display will return on August 4-6 for the Carlisle Truck Nationals, an event expected to draw over 2,000 trucks. Both shows are certainly worth visiting any year, but let’s just say that this year’s events are a little extra special.

Carlisle Ford Nationals

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Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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