2021 East Coast Grand Nationals

PRELIMINARY EVENT DESCRIPTION

(Specific items may change, for the better of worse, due to COVID regulations and minimum participation requirements)

Team Shelby Northeast is at it again, and we are celebrating our Shelby history for our 2021 event. This year’s event has an overriding theme that will weave its way through the weekend. Join us as we recreate the thrill of the “Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving!”

The event starts Thursday, June 3rd with a day of High 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 directly by Team Shelby 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.

To recreate the 1960’s Shelby Driving School experience, we have joined with the Ford Performance Racing School.  Currently located out of Charlotte Motor Speedway, NC, and formally in Miller Motorsports Park, UT. Ford Performance Racing School, the only school to wear the Ford oval, offers unparalleled, exhilarating on-track driving instruction for every performance driving enthusiast, regardless of skill level or goal.  All Ford Performance Racing School classes are conducted by highly-trained, race-experienced professional instructors.

If you just like hanging out at the track and watching, that’s fine too.  We will host a car show in the infield, stage an on-track group photo, and take a parade lap or two.  If you’re looking for something a little ‘speedier’ than a parade lap, but not quite the all out high performance driving experience, we will offer the opportunity for a touring lap session.  You will experience your car’s power on the straights, but we will keep it to a moderate pace when it gets to the turns so that no one gets pushed past their comfort zone.

The Ballroom at the Mount Airy Casino will be the venue for our Thursday evening Happy 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. We currently plan on stopping for lunch and touring Yuengling Brewery, the oldest brewery in America.  There will be 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 be held at a new location on the historic estate of John Williams (nationally registered).  We will once again be in a rustic barn setting and will share a traditional Thanksgiving Day menu to celebrate the family that Team Shelby truly is.  Similar to last year, a 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 reminiscence of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, history on some of the historic cars and drivers associated with the school, updates on the latest that Shelby American and Ford Performance has to offer, as well as auction items to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

Saturday morning is relatively free 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.  Lunch will be provided in our Club Tent, and we present our awards to the winners of Friday nights “Cars Under the Stars” car show. In the afternoon, check out the Ford display tent which showcases all the new Ford cars and trucks…and don’t forget to pick up your free Ford T-shirt while you are there.   

In lieu of the Downtown Parade, Team Shelby will be continuing to celebrate our family theme by returning to our tent on the show field for dinner and games.  Lets call it “Cookout and Cornhole”.  To further celebrate the bonds that make up Team Shelby, we will have a family style backyard cookout with hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, and all the fixins’ you would serve to your friends and neighbors.  After dinner we can play a few games and relax for a moment, but wait, we’re not done yet……

If picnic games aren’t your ‘cup of tea’, then join us for “Autocross and Ice Cream” down at the Carlisle Autocross track for something that involves a little more horsepower.  Team Shelby, and select invitation only guests, will have exclusive use of the Autocross track on Saturday evening.  Let’s see if the knowledge you learned when we recreated the “Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving” up at Pocono can be transferred to the course at Carlisle.  Instructors will be available for novice students, and thrill rides with your favorite drivers can be arranged.  Enjoy some ice cream while you watch the fun, and hopefully to celebrate your autocross victory!   

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.

REGISTER

Pick one of the three following event packages depending on if you want to participate in the whole event (Grand Package), just join us in Carlisle (Carlisle Package), or just join us up at Pocono Raceway and Mount Airy Casino (Pocono / Mount Airy Package)

The Grand Package Includes:

  • Admission to Pocono Raceway
  • Set of East Coast Grand National “Meatball” stickers for your car
  • Digital copy of the 2021 TSECGN Survival Guide
  • Entrance into the Car Show at the track
  • Thursday Happy Hour at Mount Airy Casino (cash bar)
  • Thursday Dinner and Evening Program at Mount Airy Casino
  • Silent auction to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Friday Poker Run / Cruise from Mount Airy to Carlisle
  • Entrance to Team Shelby hospitality tent all weekend
  • Participation in “Cars Under the Stars” Car Show on Friday evening
  • Friday Happy Hour prior to Dinner
  • Friday evening Dinner and Evening Program at historic Magnolia Manor
  • Additional silent and live auction items to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Saturday lunch in the Team Shelby hospitality tent
  • Saturday evening family cookout dinner and ‘picnic games’ in the Team Shelby hospitality tent
  • Saturday evening “Autocross and Ice Cream” competition at Carlisle Fairgrounds (Note: When registering you must indicate if you will be participating in the Autocross. Team Shelby Northeast will cover your entrance fee, but we must know if you plan on being part of the competition. This is a Team Shelby exclusive event, but we my have some special guests join us.)
  • Bringing a Guest? Guest registration is limited to immediate family members or ONE other attendee. Guest registration does not include a 2nd set of ‘meatballs’, or 2nd vehicle entry into any Team Shelby car show(s).
  • NOTE: If you are tracking your car, and/or participating in the Drivers Training Class, that registration must be done separately (see below). Registration for the Ford Nationals at Carlisle must also be done separately (see links below). All hotel reservations must be done directly with the host hotels (Hotel information will be sent to you after you have registered for the East Coast Grand Nationals)

All selections need to be added to your cart separately. Select your option, add it to your cart, then return to your cart to add more options.


Options
Will you be running your car in the Saturday evening Autocross?
Name of guest(s)
Make/Model/Year of vehicle(s)






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The Carlisle Package Includes:

  • Set of East Coast Grand National “Meatball” stickers for your car
  • Digital copy of the 2021 TSECGN Survival Guide
  • Friday Poker Run / Cruise from Mount Airy to Carlisle (meet up along the way or at our lunch stop)
  • Entrance to Team Shelby hospitality tent all weekend
  • Participation in “Cars Under the Stars” Car Show on Friday evening
  • Friday Happy Hour prior to Dinner
  • Friday evening Dinner and Evening Program at historic Magnolia Manor
  • Additional silent and live auction items to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Saturday lunch in the Team Shelby hospitality tent
  • Saturday evening family cookout dinner and ‘picnic’ games in the Team Shelby hospitality tent
  • Saturday evening “Autocross and Ice Cream” competition at Carlisle Fairgrounds (Note: When registering you must indicate if you will be participating in the Autocross. Team Shelby Northeast will cover your entrance fee, but we must know if you plan on being part of the competition. This is a Team Shelby exclusive event, but we my have some special guests join us.)
  • Bringing a Guest? Guest registration is limited to immediate family members or ONE other attendee. Guest registration does not include a 2nd set of ‘meatballs’, or 2nd vehicle entry into any Team Shelby car show(s).
  • NOTE: Registration for the Ford Nationals at Carlisle must be done separately (see links below). All hotel reservations must be done directly with the host hotels (Hotel information will be sent to you after you have registered for the East Coast Grand Nationals)

All selections need to be added to your cart separately. Select your option, add it to your cart, then return to your cart to add more options.


Options
Will you be running your car in the Saturday evening Autocross?
Name of guest(s)
Make/Model/Year of vehicle(s)







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The Pocono / Mount Airy Package Includes:

  • Admission to Pocono Raceway
  • Set of East Coast Grand National “Meatball” stickers for your car
  • Digital copy of the 2021 TSECGN Survival Guide
  • Entrance into the Car Show at the track
  • Thursday Happy Hour at Mount Airy Casino (cash bar)
  • Thursday Dinner and Evening Program at Mount Airy Casino
  • Silent auction to benefit the Carroll Shelby Foundation
  • Bringing a Guest? Guest registration is limited to immediate family members or ONE other attendee. Guest registration does not include a 2nd set of ‘meatballs’, or 2nd vehicle entry into any Team Shelby car show(s).
  • NOTE: If you are tracking your car, and/or participating in the Drivers Training Class, that registration must be done separately (see below). All hotel reservations must be done directly with the host hotels (Hotel information will be sent to you after you have registered for the East Coast Grand Nationals)

All selections need to be added to your cart separately. Select your option, add it to your cart, then return to your cart to add more options.


Options






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Pocono HPDE/Track Registration

If you will be tracking your car with us at Pocono Raceway, please select one of the following track options. Note that we are also offering a limited amount of indoor garage spaces.

  • Group A – Novice Shelby Drivers
  • Group B – Novice Open Drives (all makes/models)
  • Group C  – Intermediate/Advanced Open (all makes/models)
  • Touring Laps (all makes/models, including convertibles. Helmets are not mandatory.)
  • Garage space (limited availability)

Specifics on equipment and safety requirements as well as inquiries concerning track insurance will be provided by our track Steward once you register.

IMPORTANT: Track regulations now require your helmet be rated at SNELL 2015 or newer.  SNELL 2010 helmets are no longer allowed to be used.  Helmets will be inspected for the correct rating during check-in at the track.  We will NOT have loaner or rental helmets available at the track.  There will be no refunds if you cannot participate due to your helmet failing inspection. (Helmets are not mandatory for Touring Laps.)

IMPORTANT: When you register for the event you will be sent a self-inspection certification form for your car.  This is a safety inspection you must complete prior to arriving at the track.  We will collect the form from you during check-in at the track, and your car must ‘Pass’ the inspection to participate.  Convertibles must have a roll bar, not styling bar, and pass the ‘broom stick’ test. There will be no refunds if your car does not pass the self-inspection.

All selections need to be added to your cart separately. Select your option, add it to your cart, then return to your cart to add more options.


Run Group Options







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Driving School hosted by Ford Performance Racing

Adding Driving School to your Track Day will not reduce your time on track. You will still get all your sessions. This is classroom education and does not include in-car instruction from Ford Performance Racing. However, other instructors will be available and if you ask them nicely, they may take a lap or two with you as their schedules allow. Ford Performance Racing will review in-car telemetry and video with you, but current Ford COVID protocols preclude them from getting in a car with a student.

NOTE: This registration only includes Driving School. You must still add Track Registration (above) to drive drive your car on track at Pocono Raceway.

All selections need to be added to your cart separately. Select your option, add it to your cart, then return to your cart to add more options.


Available Classes







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Carlisle Ford Nationals Registration

This registration is NOT included with any Team Shelby Packages, and must be added separately and directly through Carlisle Events.

When registering, please be sure to list “TEAM SHELBY” as your affiliated club.

To register for showfield access at the Carlisle Ford Nationals, please click…. https://store.carlisleevents.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=2021%2D027

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Host Hotels

Host hotel registration information will be sent in your registration confirmation e-mail. Be sure to register early to ensure a room at our host hotels. If you wait too long, you may just end up sleeping in your car!

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