Manawa Mustang Round Up

August Event Growing

John Gunnell - May 09, 2014 02:42 PM


An attendance record is expected for the 2014 Mustang Round Up

John Gunnell

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      “Bring your daily driver,” sounds like a different way to promote a Mustang show, but the people behind the third annual Mustang Round Up in Manawa, Wisconsin, seem to have a successful formula going. A total of 76 cars showed up for the inaugural event in 2012. In 2013, the number of Mustangs participating grew 53 percent to 116.  If that keeps up, 177 cars will be there this year.
      The 2014 Mustang Round Up will take place at the Masonic Lodge in Manawa, on Aug. 2. If it is hot outside that day, the participants and spectators can all walk a few feet to the Masonic Hall and watch the show in air-conditioned comfort through the brand new building’s large tinted windows.
      Sponsors of the event are planning to have 16 trophy classes and do expect their largest turnout ever based on early registrations. Organizer Chris Molica said the show is filling up fast. “People like the idea of being able to use the air conditioning,” he said. “They also like the clean restrooms and the fact that we have no pre-registration. A lot of them say they prefer planning their car show visits at the last minute. They also like the great food we offer, which the Manawa church ladies prepare.”
      Car entry is only $5, with the money benefiting the community’s food pantry and grocery donations can also be made. Molica keeps his eyes open for any interesting specialty models of any vintage, such as the German market T-5 GT convertible that Chris Wold brought in 2013.
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