Mustangs at AutoFair
Honoring the Anniversary
Larry Jewett - February 22, 2014 11:00 AM
The Ford Mustang – one of the world’s most successful and beloved automobile models – turns 50 this spring. To commemorate the occasion, the Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com will offer a special exhibit highlighting all five generations of the famous “pony car.”
“The Ford Mustang is an American institution,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. “Five decades of drivers have grown up aspiring to own these cars and they’ll love being able to see some of the rare Mustangs we’ll have on display at the AutoFair.”
The 50th anniversary display at AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com will feature five generations of Mustangs as desirable and diverse as a 1965 GT 350, 1967 coupe in “Playboy Pink,” 1969 Boss 429, 1978 Mustang II Ghia, 1982 GT, 1996 Cobra and 2013 Boss 302 Laguna Seca, to name only a few. In addition, movie buffs will enjoy a 1968 Ford Mustang 390 GT replica from the dramatic thriller “Bullitt” and a 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback “Eleanor” replica from the 2000 hit film “Gone in Sixty Seconds.”
A lexicon of names has been created over the years to identify Mustang models, and today collectors pay extra when they find a Sprint, GT, Cobra Jet, Super Cobra Jet, Mach 1, GT 350, GT 500, Boss 302, Boss 351, Boss 429, California Special, High Country Special, Roush, Steeda or Saleen.
In addition to the 50th anniversary of the Mustang display, the AutoFair features more than 50 car club displays and more than 10,000 vendor spaces offering an array of automotive parts and memorabilia. More than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In addition, up to 200 cars will be auctioned by Dealer Auctions Inc. Kids can enjoy face-painting, bounce houses and other games and entertainment in the Play Zone; and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest returns.
Hours for the April 3-6 AutoFair hosted by OldRide.com are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information on the four-day event, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.