Celebrating 50 Years
Mustangs Across America Dates set
Larry Jewett - February 11, 2013 12:08 PM
In April, 2014, the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday in what could be the biggest automotive celebration America has ever seen. Leading up to this event, a cross-country tour of Mustangs will bring enthusiasts from all over the world in an epic American journey from Los Angeles, California to Charlotte, North Carolina, to help celebrate this milestone.
Mustangs Across America’s 50th Anniversary Drive will take place on April 10-16, 2014. The tour will arrive in Charlotte, just in time for the Mustang Club of America's 50th Anniversary Car Show and Celebration at Lowe's Motor Speedway, which itself takes place April 17-20, 2014.
The Mustangs Across America event takes place every five years in conjunction with the big Mustang anniversary celebrations and has become a hollowed tradition among Ford Mustang enthusiasts from all 50 states and several countries. The road trip adventure will take seven scenic days touring the American Southwest, Texas oil country, and the South.
The tour is open to all Mustangs from 1964 ½ to present and is planned out in segments that average 350 miles per day. With a leisurely pace, the days will offer various optional tours and stops to sightsee at places like the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland, Texas, the Sixth Floor JFK Museum in Dallas, and the Vicksburg Military Park in Mississippi, to name a few.
“For the Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive, we are excited to bring something new,” said event coordinator Sam Haymart. “The optional day tours allow people to take in some quality sightseeing along the way. It adds to the romance of Mustangs parading across our beautiful country together.”
Participants will meet each morning for a short driver's meeting and will enjoy a planned route that features lunch stops and rest stops in addition to available tour options. Each night is set up with discounted hotel rates for registered participants as well.
Participants can travel at their own pace and have the freedom to choose their own schedule. While there are planned stops, tours and events, people are not beholden to the schedule and make their own stops and side trips as they wish.
Those who wish to follow the itinerary close will enjoy that it allows time to relax instead of driving at full speed to reach milestones on time. The itinerary stops and tours are based on an average speed of 60 mph which is well below posted speed limits, allowing for an occasional stop to relax or check out tourist traps and still make it on time.
Mustangs Across America 50th Anniversary Drive Schedule:
Day 1 – April 10, 2014: Los Angeles, CA to Phoenix, AZ
Day 2 – April 11, 2014: Phoenix, AZ to Las Cruces, NM
Day 3 – April 12, 2014: Las Cruces, NM to Midland, TX
Day 4 – April 13, 2014: Midland, TX to Dallas, TX
Day 5 – April 14, 2014: Dallas, TX to Jackson, MS
Day 6 – April 15, 2014: Jackson, MS to Atlanta, GA
Day 7 – April 16, 2014: Atlanta, GA to Charlotte, NC
Registration for the event will give participants a full and comprehensive package of goodies including printed travel guides with detailed route information, discounted hotel rates, and listings of local services in places they visit. Registered participants get access to certain private events along the way and a package complete with a minted commemorative coin, dash plaque and several other special event items. Registration for the event opened February 1. Enthusiasts can get full information on the Mustangs Across America website, register online or download registration packets at www.MustangsAcrossAmerica.com
Mustangs Across America Inc is not affiliated with Ford Motor Company or Mustang Club of America.