TIPP CITY, Ohio. – Back in 2016, the Mustang Owners Club of SouthEastern Michigan (MOCSEM) organized a road trip from suburban Detroit to the Halderman Museum just outside of Dayton, Ohio. The museum tour has become an annual event for MOCSEM, which is among the largest Mustang clubs in the United States. And the reason is simple: What Mustang lover worth their salt wouldn’t want to visit the personal “man cave” of the man who designed the original Mustang, Gale Halderman?
Exactly. So on September 9, 2017, a large group of club members, as well as several from neighboring Michigan Mustang and Shelby clubs, formed a caravan to make the drive down I-75 to the Halderman homestead in Tipp City, Ohio. There, they made yet another return visit to the Haldeman Barn for an afternoon of storytelling, viewing Mustang artwork, artifacts and memorabilia and having a family style cookout.
Each year, the Halderman Museum features upgraded displays, plus new attractions. One neat attraction is the extensive historical camera collection that is also on display inside, which is the handiwork of one of Gale’s daughters, Karen. But of course the main draw is meeting with, talking to, and getting an autograph from Gale Halderman. Below find our photos from this year’s MOCSEM visit to the Halderman Museum. The best way for you to see it in person would be to join your local Mustang club and have them arrange a club tour with Gale as soon as possible. You can also find them on Facebook. As the primary designer of Ford’s original Pony Car, Halderman is true Mustang celebrity – although he’s still much too humble to admit it.
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / JOHN M. CLOR