ST. JAMES, MO. – St. Louis area Mustang club members and close friends of the Show-Me Mustang Club (SMMC) helped make a stop on the just-completed Mustang Bullitt Route 66 Tour a special one by visiting the Veterans Home in St James, Missouri, on Memorial Day weekend. Ford Motor Company, Team Mustang, Ford Performance and the HoonDog Performance Group (HPG) got together for a special “Salute to Veterans” stop at the home on May 26 during the Bullitt Route 66 Legend Lives Tour.
St. James Police escort lead a line of Mustangs from the City Limits on Route 66 all the way to the Veterans Home, where a barbeque party was held to honor the vets. There, the mayor made a special proclamation and the “Clifty Creek Band” provided musical entertainment while Ford handed out Mustang-branded merchandise and raffle prizes. All Veterans in attendance and staff at the Veterans Home received camouflage Mustang cap to commemorate the event, which was featured on a special Fox2Now local news morning show broadcast on Memorial Day weekend activities honoring Veterans.
This “Salute to Veterans” event was one of seven stops along the “2018 HoonDog Legend Lives Route 66 Bullitt Tour” that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mustang Bullitt. To mark the occasion, Bullitt owners and those of other Mustangs and collectible Fords drove the entire length of Route 66 from Chicago to LA. The cross-country tour took place between May 25th and June 3rd and visited a whole host of historic landmarks along the way.
SMMC provided us with behind-the-scenes photos of the broadcast from the Veterans Home and photos of fellow club members who attended the gathering. Club principals Karen & Mitch Mitchell sent us a thank you note after we invited the SMMC to attend the Veterans party, letting us know how much they enjoyed the event.
“We had a great time,” Karen told us. “We had 15 Mustangs and 26 members who caravanned to St. James for the stop. Thank you so much to Ford and all those involved for everything you did there for the veterans and Mustang fans in attendance – it was so appreciated! Our sponsor dealer, Pundmann Ford, provided us with a 2018 Mustang to lead the caravan and support the event. We must admit it was hard for us to return that car!”
Check out the photos and the Fox2Now video featuring the (SMMC) at the event below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY SHOW-ME MUSTANG CLUB