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2020 Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals - NEW DATES


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Thursday July 30th to Sunday August 2nd

The track we have been negotiating with for the 2020 Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals, just committed to the dates we needed and the track layout we wanted!

I’m pleased to tell you that we will be going to “The Tricky Triangle”, better known as Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA.

We will be driving the North Course, which incorporates portions of both the infield AND the tri-oval, for two track experiences in one event!

Still lots of details to finalize, but now we have a confirmed track, so it’s time to put the pedal down and get everything else buttoned up as well.

See you on the banks of Pocono Thursday, June 4th, then in Carlisle PA celebrating the Ford Nationals for the remainder the weekend.




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On 2/15/2020 at 8:21 PM, Ed W said:

Is there any more information about the event ?

Registration is scheduled to be open by the end of February.  Plans are all made and we are finalizing costs so we can set event pricing.  The theme of this years event is “Ford v Ferrari”




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Has there been any discussion on cancelling this event in lieu of the virus pandemic?  I can't imagine that Governor Wolf will allow such a large gathering of people in Carlisle and still be able to maintain social distancing etc and not potentially transmitting the spread of this virus.  If it does go off, I'm sure a lot of vendors/participants/spectators, myself included, will pass on attending this event this year.  I don't honestly believe that the hotels, restaurants, and support services will be ramped up to provide the level of protection that will make everyone feel comfortable on attending.  What is everyone else thinking? Bill Carron--------your thoughts?

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23 hours ago, 08 ORANGE SS-725HP said:

Bill Carron--------your thoughts?

I am in close contact with Carlisle Events and our track partner HOD (Hooked On Driving) concerning our event.

Carlisle events just moved “Spring Carlisle” again.  It was originally scheduled for April, then moved to the weekend prior to our event, then moved again this week to the weekend after our event.  They are bringing in sanitization stations, people working the gates will be wearing gloves, food areas and restrooms will be cleaned more frequently, etc.  

They are watching protocols across the state based on similar sized gatherings and will continue to adjust their dates and procedures as necessary to maintain the public health and safety.  As it today (4/18/20), Ford Carlisle dates are unchanged.

HOD has not received any changes in dates from Pocono Raceway, and has committed to our event as long as Pocono holds their date.  

I am moving forward and making plans in anticipation of the East Coast Grand Nationals proceeding as scheduled.  I had a phone call today with our caterer for Friday nights dinner to discuss food safety.  We discussed dedicated servers on the buffet line (not self serve), pre-packaging food items, individual desserts, as well as how to handle happy hour.  Future talks will be held on what the best safety procedures will be at that time (gloves, masks, social distancing...who knows at this point).

If Carlisle does move the date for Ford Nationals, I will likewise try to move the track date to the preceding Thursday.  If this does not work, the logistics of having a track day separate from our Carlisle activities will be evaluated.  A track day could also be combined with other events later in the year.  

One way or another (one date or another), we will be getting the Team Shelby family together for some damn fun.  We will hope for the best, plan for the worst, and most likely end up somewhere in the middle.

To re-emphasize, we are currently “a go” for the June 4th to the 7th dates.  Keep your fingers crossed the situation improves enough by then to allow us to come together as we have in prior years.

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Thanks for the update Bill.  Please keep us all abreast of any updates and/or changes.  As long as all the necessary precautions are in order, as you indicated, I feel much more comfortable  now on attending.  As always, keep up the good work.  Your dedication to our hobby is unmatched!

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By now you may have seen the posts online that the dates for the 2020 Team Shelby East Coast Grand National have been moved.  Our friends at Carlisle Productions realize that the Ford Nationals are a large component of our event, so with our, as well as all other attendees safety and continued health in mind, the decision was made to give the current situation a little more time to return to some semblance of normality before getting so many folks together for our events.
The new dates for our event are Thursday, July 30th to Sunday, August 2nd.  We are attempting to move the entire event and all activities as previously scheduled, to these new dates.  Some venues have already confirmed that they can accommodate us for the new dates, while we have yet to receive word back from others.  However, I did not want to delay this update while waiting for every last piece of the puzzle to be put back into place.  That said, the new dates open up new opportunities, and we may choose to modify a portion of the weekend if we feel the change will provide you with an even better experience.   
If you have already registered, I have previously sent you host hotel and reservation information, and you should have booked your room by now (those who haven't signed up will get hotel information once registered for the East Coast Grand Nationals).  I'm working with the host hotel to automatically move your pre-existing reservations to the new dates, thus ensuring you still have a room.  You will need to call the hotels and reconfirm with them that you still desire your room.  The Carlisle hotel is ready to accept your calls, but please give our hotel out by Pocono until mid week to set up our new room block before you call them.  If the new event dates don't fit your schedule, or you want to modify your current registration package, please contact me at the above email address.    
If you have already registered for the track day at Pocono Raceway, our partners at Hooked On Driving have been told by Pocono that our new dates are still 'a go'!  You will need to contact HOD at Northeast@hookedondriving.com  and reconfirm your participation. 
If you haven't signed up for our track day previously, the link is...   http://www.hookedondriving.com/private/2020_ShelbyvsFerrari
To refresh everyone on what we have planned for this year, and to register, please check out this link...https://www.teamshelbynortheast.com/upcoming-events/
Initial feedback on the revised dates has been very positive.  To ensure your spot, sign up sooner than later.  We sold out parts of our event last year, so don't be left on the outside looking in.  We anticipate increased attendance as enthusiasts are eager to get out, drive their cars, catch up with friends, and have some damn fun again! 
Bill Caron
Northeast Regional Director, Team Shelby

Team Shelby Northeast is at it again, and we are recreating history for our 2020 event. This year’s event has an over-riding theme that will weave its way through the weekend. Join us as we celebrate “Ford v Ferrari” with a distinctive Shelby flair!

The event starts with a day of Performance Driving on what is known as The Tricky Triangle….Pocono Raceway! We have secured the North Course, which incorporates portions of both the infield AND the tri-oval, for two track experiences in one event! The course is 1.5 miles long and utilizes the north infield road course as well as turn three of the tri-oval. The track has nine turns and two straights, the longest being approximately 1700′. Track operations will be managed by Hooked on Driving Northeast, to ensure a professional and safe experience. Representatives from Shelby American are scheduled to be in attendance, as well as other special guests and manufacturers, including Carroll Shelby Racing.

In keeping with our event theme, various Ferrari clubs will be invited to join us on track at Pocono, and for a “Head to Head” car show to take place on the infield. Will Ford emerge victorious once again? You’ll need to be there to help ensure that The Blue Oval and the Shelby marque take the checkered flag!

Do you have a vintage Ford/Shelby or Ferrari? GT-40, Cobra, Daytona Coupe, GT-350, GT-350R, 356P250P, TR250, etc? Continuation, replica, and tribute cars are all welcome. If participation is sufficient, a special on-track experience my be arranged. (If interested, please contact us directly at teamshelbynortheast@icloud.com).

The Ballroom at the Mount Airy Casino will be the venue for our Thursday eveningHappy Hour and Banquet. There will be a few short presentations and items on silent auction, but the main focus of the evening is camaraderie and bench racing with fellow Ford/Shelby enthusiasts.

Friday morning has us departing Mount Airy for a Poker Run through the Northeastern portion of Pennsylvania. There will be a lunch stop along the way, and a few scenic photo-ops, as we wind our way towards Carlisle, PA., to join in the Carlisle Ford Nationals. Will there be a Grand Entrance this year, and will you be part of it?

Our Friday night dinner and the “Cars under the Stars” car show will return to the same location as last year, The Barn at Creeks Bend. Those who attended last year already know what a great facility this is, and you will also be glad to know the parking lot is now fully paved! Similar to last year, a wine tasting happy hour will precede our dinner program. This gives you time to have a few appetizers and cast a ballot for your favorite cars before we move upstairs in the Barn for the remainder of the evening. The dinner program will include “Ford v Ferrari” topics, as well as movie related decorations, centerpieces, activities, and auction items.

Saturday morning is relatively open for you to enjoy the Carlisle Fairgrounds. The Team Shelby Club Tent and lounge area will be open throughout the day for you to catch some shade and rest your feet. We are taking our traditional lunch menu up a notch this year, and will be serving hot BBQ entrees including pulled pork, shredded chicken, and sliced brisket. In the afternoon, check out and test drive the new Ford cars and trucks at the Ford Expo Center…and don’t forget to pick up your free Ford T-shirt and ice cream while you are there. Later on in the day, there is the burnout competition, Ms. Carlisle contest, and (if you are participating) the Downtown Parade.

In lieu of the Parade, Team Shelby will be taking a short drive over to the Harrisburg area for a dinner buffet, and maybe a frosty mug of your favorite beverage, at Joe K’s Brew House. As part of our evening, we have a little competition planned that will start out as team vs team, but will continue until we have just one Grand Champion. Inside of Joe K’s is an area know as “Generation Axe”. We will be going axe throwing! Cold brews and sharpened axes….what could possibly go wrong?!?!

Stop by the Carlisle Fairgrounds one last time on Sunday morning to see if you have won an award from the Ford Nationals, take a few last photos, say goodbye to friends at the Team Shelby Club Tent, then make your way home and begin thinking about what else we can do next year.



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