WEST CHESTER, Ohio. – For the third consecutive year, second-generation Mustang fans were treated to a special “show-within-a-show” reunion event, thanks to the efforts of a hosting Mustang club and Ford Performance. This year’s “Reunion III” was held in conjunction with the Queen City Mustangers 11th Annual Mustang & All Ford Car Show, which took place just outside of Cincinnati at Lakota West High School in suburban West Chester, Ohio.
More than two-dozen Mustang II’s came from all across the country to attend, with the Queen City group giving them a special front-and-center reserved display area on the show-field lot, and Ford Performance supplying a unique “Certificate of Appreciation” for each registrant as well as commemorative window clings, event-specific merchandise and special awards.
Last year, it was the Mustang Club of Ohio (MCO) who had hosted Mustang II Reunion II at the club’s big annual Mustang and all-Ford show at Krieger Ford in Columbus, Ohio. Show chairman David Rose had been trying to find ways to increase the attendance by owners of Mustang II’s at its shows, and contacted Ford Performance for help. “Year after year, we have no -- or just a few – Mustang II’s at our shows,” Rose said. “We feel that the Mustang II is just as important as any other Mustang, and we wanted to show our support to the Mustang II community by hosting a ”II Reunion” at our event.” Mustang II Reunion II, which was held on Sunday, August 27, 2017, commemorated the 40th Anniversary of the first T-Top Mustang,
You’ll recall that Mustang II owners made history in 2016 when 82 Mustang II’s descended upon the big annual “Mustang Memories” show at Ford World Headquarters as part of the first-ever national Mustang II Reunion, setting a record for the most Mustang II’s to appear at any single event. Ford Performance, who spearheaded the first reunion show effort to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mustang II Cobra II, won praise in the Mustang enthusiast community for organizing what it thought would be an once-in-a-lifetime event. But it now seems that show-within-a-show idea has stirred renewed interest in the once-overlooked Mustang II. For next year, several Mustang clubs and car shows have expressed interest in hosting the next in a series of official Mustang II Reunions. To that end, “Mustang II, Reunion IV” – celebrating the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang II itself – will be held on July 20, 2019, at the Southern Illinois Mustang Club’s 42nd Annual Mustang Roundup in Alton, IL, just 15 miles out of St. Louis, MO.
For this year’s “Mustang II Reunion III,” our own Ford Performance Enthusiast Communications Manager, John Clor (himself a Mustang II owner), helped judge and hand out a dozen special Reunion III awards, with expert assistance from MCA Certified Second Generation Mustang Judge Jake Jarrell. This year’s custom Reunion logo was designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Mustang II King Cobra, and was patterned after Steve Caesar’s own immaculate White King. While performing a Ford Performance Meet & Greet and Mustang poster giveaway during the Queen Cities Mustangers show, Clor was able to sneak away and tour the Reunion III display area to conduct judging and to take photos of some of his favorite second-generation Stangs in attendance there. He shares some of his favorite shots here so that you can share in the “Mustang II Reunion III’ experience with the photos below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JOHN M. CLOR