Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Discussion topics related exclusively to our annual gathering in Carlisle PA on June 7-9, 2013.
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by MerkurManPaul » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:16 pm

Despite the drop in numbers, there definitely was no drop in fun!
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:28 pm

I haven't gotten the final registration count yet, but we actually were trending a little ahead of last year's count with the early registration numbers. I think we just need to re-set our expectations a little, and realize that we still have one of the largest turn-outs every year, just not THE largest attendance as we did for so many years.

Here's a little useless comparison. Over the lifespan of the Ford Tempo/Mercury Topaz 2,732,542 cars were produced. Three were at Carlisle this past weekend. Over the lifespan of the Merkur, 42,464 cars were produced, and for the sake of making the math easy, let's say 43 of them were in attendance this weekend. This means that 100,000 percent more of the Merkurs produced were at Carlisle this weekend than Tempos.
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by John Brennan » Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:45 pm

Perhaps if the Tempo had been more Allegro and less Lento, it might have inspired more of a following. As it was, a more turgid automobile could hardly have been conceived of...
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Post by Mike McCreight » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:05 pm

Don't be dissing my awesome Tempo, John! :x
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by Ed Lijewski » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:07 pm

Dave Compton had a Tempo GLS V6 5 speed...belatedly known as the Up Tempo. :'(

To no avail.

YMMV ;-)
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by Ed Lijewski » Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:13 pm

See the factually wrong Comment here re #s of Merkurs n Carlisle 2013 showfield:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013 ... refer=news

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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by MerkurManPaul » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:35 pm

I had a 1992 Ford Tempo GLS Sedan with the Vulcan 3.0 V6 and an automatic (was my mom's car before I took it over, hence the auto). The thing handled like crap, but moved quite good even with the auto and sounded fantastic. It didn't look like a normal Tempo thanks to the rather aggressive bodykit, lowered suspension, and 15-inch alloys, but people were still shocked to hear the throaty rumble that thing produced. It was a surprisingly fun car! When I sold it, a guy drove all the way from Louisiana to trailer it home from my place in Pennsylvania.
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by Mike McCreight » Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:44 pm

Had a V6 tempo (briefly) for a company car back in the day. It DID move smartly out of an intersection. Probably what did them all in. It wouldn't turn, or stop.
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by merkurdriver » Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:03 pm

Ed Lijewski wrote:See the factually wrong Comment here re #s of Merkurs n Carlisle 2013 showfield:

http://blog.hemmings.com/index.php/2013 ... refer=news

YMMV ;-)

Looks like Brad got 'em :cheers

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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by MerkurManPaul » Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:20 pm

Mike McCreight wrote:Had a V6 tempo (briefly) for a company car back in the day. It DID move smartly out of an intersection. Probably what did them all in. It wouldn't turn, or stop.
So very, very true lol
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by saleen322 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:38 am

I did not take my Merkur to Carlisle as I was only available on Saturday. It was nice to see and talk to some of the folks that helped me with parts here. I was disappointed in that I was not able to find any parts in the vendor area but if I wanted easy, I would have a 66 Mustang! :mrgreen: Hope to see you again next year.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:58 am

^^^ That must have been a Saturday morning shot. By the afternoon we had that hillside covered pretty well.
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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by Ed Lijewski » Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:23 am

Yup. My car-not in that pic-was next to Paul West's from ~ late morning on.

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Re: Unleash Your MCA Poncho...

Post by John Brennan » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:34 am

Did having the tent on the slope cause any problems?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:54 am

John Brennan wrote:Did having the tent on the slope cause any problems?
Nope, not at all. That said, I think I'll ask them to locate it in the center of that row next year where it's a bit flatter and a view of the stage.
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