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Trailblazing designer and author Emeline King announced for the Carlisle Ford Nationals

Showgoers can meet/hear from Emeline King, Ford’s trailblazing first black female transportation designer at the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals June 3-5.
Emeline King

Emeline King

CARLISLE, PA – Being first is always kind of cool. You get noticed. They appreciate your accomplishments a little bit more. With that in mind, showgoers planning to come to the 2022 Carlisle Ford Nationals presented by Meguiar’s (June 3-5) have a chance to meet a trailblazer in her field; designer Emeline King.

King is more than a designer, she notched a quarter century of work with Ford and most important, became the first black woman ever within Ford to be tapped as Transportation Designer. In that position, she became the primary designer on the fourth-gen SN-95 Mustang’s dual-cockpit interior. In addition, her talents can be associated with a variety of components on other Fords, including the iconic Thunderbird.

Being a trailblazer means that her voice matters and that people respect and listen to what she brings to the table.  Those experiences are outlined in her book, “What Do You Mean a Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? Emeline King, She Did It!”  That book, along with Ms. King will be at Carlisle to meet fans, sign autographs, and host seminars/Q&A sessions regarding her background and career.

The seminars and book signing will be hosted in Building R. There are two seminars planned per day (June 3 and June 4) and the interactions are free once on-site at the event.  Books will be available for sale for a fee, but much like meeting Ms. King, the autograph will be free.

Gates open at 7 a.m. daily and kids 12 and under are admitted FREE.  Spectator admission tickets are just $15 at the door, or cheaper online in advance or in person with a valid military ID.  Finally, registration for the National Parts Depot Showfield is available in person through the end of the event or online from now through event week.  Learn more about Emeline King and the Ford Nationals online at or by calling 717-243-7855.   

Carlisle Events

Carlisle Events is a partner or producer of over a dozen annual collector car/truck events. Events are held at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds (Carlisle, PA), Allentown Fairgrounds (Allentown, PA), and the SUN ‘n FUN Expo Campus (Lakeland, FL). The season schedule includes four automotive flea markets of varying size, four auctions, as well as individual specialty shows featuring Corvettes, Fords, GMs, Chryslers, trucks, imports, tuners and performance sport compacts. Founded in 1974 by friends Bill Miller and Chip Miller, events hosted at Carlisle attract enthusiasts annually from all corners of the globe. More information is available at or

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