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JAN 5, 2017 | COMPILED BY FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

23rd NPD FORD & MUSTANG ROUNDUP A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF NEW YEAR

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Ford and Mustang fans know the NPD Roundup, an annual early January event in Florida sponsored by National Parts Depot, as the kickoff of the car show season. Because it’s held at Florida's Nature Park – Silver Springs, home of the world-famous Glass-Bottom Boats – it also has a reputation as one of the most family-friendly enthusiast gatherings in the southeast. Boasting that there’s no judging, no “leave your top and windows up and hood open,” no tech inspections, and no broiling on blacktop in a mall parking lot with nothing to do, this show is all about spending a relaxing weekend in a natural garden setting to visit with fellow hobbyists and friends. It’s not uncommon to see up to 1,000 cars in the show field here, and the event even includes a Pony Trails Cruise the day before the show from NPD’s main warehouse in Ocala, FL, that heads out to tour the shops, restaurants and coastal views in nearby Cedar Keys. This year, NPD’s Rick Schmidt and his staff be hosting the 23rd Annual Ford & Mustang Roundup on Saturday, January 7, so if you happen to be in Florida this weekend, make sure to check it out!

The great thing about owning a performance Ford is that – unlike with buying one of those “appliances” from the other automakers – when you buy a Ford, you buy into an entire enthusiast world! Ford cars and trucks have the kind of personality and style that forges a personal connection with their owners, who in turn celebrate ownership each year at hundreds of enthusiast events all over the country. Now’s the time for you to start planning to attend some of the big-name annual events that have already set dates for next year. Here’s our own “Top-10 List” of the biggest “can’t-miss” Ford-based shows for 2017:

March 24-26: Gulf Coast MCA National show (Pensacola, FL); April 30: Fabulous Fords Forever @ Knott’s Berry Farm (Buena Park, CA); May 4-6: Shelbyfest  (Jefferson City, MO); May 12-14: “Hoofbeats In The Desert” MCA National show (Tucson, AZ); June 2-4: Carlisle Ford Nationals & 50th Anniversary of Shelby GT500 + Mercury Cougar (Carlisle, PA); June 8-10: SAAC42 @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Indianapolis, IN); June 14-18: Mid-America Ford & Shelby Nationals (Tulsa, OK); August 19: Mustang Alley @ Woodward Dream Cruise (Ferndale, MI); August 20: “Mustang Memories” MOCSEM Show @ Ford WHQ (Dearborn, MI); August 24-27: MCA Grand National (Overland Park, KS); Aug. 29-Sept. 3: Sturgis Mustang Rally (Sturgis, SD) and; September 4-10: Mustang Week (Myrtle Beach, SC) …

… And there are many more great shows coast-to-coast, as big events are also being planned for National Mustang Day on April 17, the Mercury Cougar 50th Anniversary at Ford WHQ June 9-12, the American Muscle annual Mustang show in August, plus plenty of other top-notch venues sponsored by various Ford enthusiast clubs! We’ll get you all the details in “Fast News” each week plus provide the best coverage in our Enthusiasts News Room http://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts.html because like you, we’re driving Ford passion!

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