The Year of the Mustang
Larry Jewett - May 09, 2014 10:52 AM
The Limited Edition 2015 Mustang was the central focus at the recent 50th anniversary celebrations.Courtesy of MCA
The 50 year celebration of Ford Mustang, held April 16-20, 2014, was the largest event in the history of the Mustang Club of America, thanks to the support of Ford Motor Company.
Held simultaneously at two locations to allow for the maximum number of attendees, the Mustang milestone attracted record-breaking participation, as well as Ford family members and executives. A total of 8,400 Mustangs were registered for display and more than 100,000 people from around the world attended the four-day events at the motorsports facilities. Adding in cars not preregistered for display but parked outside the two celebration venues, it’s estimated more than 10,000 Mustangs were on hand.
Leading up to the celebrations, more than 55,000 fans of the iconic pony car helped Ford make history by establishing the first Guinness World Records® title for the most signatures on an electronic birthday card.
“This was the biggest and most successful event in MCA’s history,” said Ronald D. Bramlett, Mustang Club of America executive director of the Mustang 50 year celebration. “Fans from 16 countries joined us for the celebration, which featured ride-and-drives, presentations on the history of Mustang, banquets and more. With the support of Ford Motor Company, sponsors and most importantly, Mustang enthusiasts, the celebrations broke lots of records.”
Attendees had the opportunity to take in the first public viewing of the new 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang. The only options for the 50 Year Limited Edition Mustang are the choice of two exclusive colors, Wimbledon White or Kona Blue, and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
On April 17, 50 years after Mustang first went on sale, Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer, drove the Wimbledon White limited-edition car onto the track at Charlotte with Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford as it was introduced by Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields. Later in the day, Fields unveiled a Kona Blue example at the New York New York Hotel in Las Vegas. He was joined by executives from Shelby American and Formula DRIFT champion Vaughn Gittin Jr. on stage in front of the car.
In addition to the celebrations on and off the track, enthusiasts lined up for a different type of race – a half-marathon and 5k held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In conjunction with the races, the Mustang Club of America gave away a brand-new 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GTS convertible. The winner was Andrea Kessel.
Aaron Shelby, Carroll Shelby’s grandson, was on hand to deliver the GTS keys to Kessel. The Mustang Club’s Bramlett, Moray Callum, Ford vice president of design and Gary Patterson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shelby American, each signed the dashboard to commemorate the giveaway. Following delivery, Patterson drove the Kessels on a “victory lap” around the track.