Every year since 1974, the Mid America Ford & Shelby Nationals has brought together members of the Shelby Owners Association from all over the country to Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event has blossomed into what amounts to thousands of amazing cars, tons of fans, various open track events, a swap meet, bracket racing, car shows, and all sorts of other fun activities. And not unlike most automotive events scheduled for 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic threatened to put it on the back burner this year.
That isn’t the case here, however, as the 46th annual Mid America Ford & Shelby Nationals is still going to happen June 17th-21st, albeit in a different capacity than in years past. The usual Mid American Ford & Shelby Nationals banquet has been cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns, In its place, however, Shelby American, Team Shelby, and Gateway Classic Mustang are teaming up to provide a screening of Shelby American: The Carroll Shelby Story in a parking lot.
Also, Sunday’s formal car show will be replaced with a more informal cars and coffee style meetup without formal judging to limit contact. There will be plenty of prizes given away, however, and Riverside Ford is even giving away a Ford Ranger to one lucky participant.
However, all events scheduled for Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and Tulsa Raceway park will be run on their normal schedules, including open track and drag racing, along with swap meets at both venues.
Event organizers have also added a Mid America Route 66 Poker Run to Saturday morning’s activities, which is sponsored by Team Shelby. The evening of Thursday, June 17th, Ford Motor Company and Harlan Ford will sponsor a cruise that will culminate in downtown Tulsa’s Blue Dome District. This is all great news, but the aforementioned cancellations are a bit of a bummer.
Outside of those changes, the 2020 Mid America Ford & Shelby Nationals will adhere to recommended CDC guidelines and ask attendees to practice social distancing. There will be hand sanitizing stations set up at all events, too.