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MAY 3, 2018 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

AACA MUSEUM OPENS MUSTANG, T-BIRD EXHIBITS WITH MAY 18 PROGRAM

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DEARBORN - The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, is planning a special Opening Program on Friday, May 18, to kick off two new exhibits at the Museum that will run until fall of 2018. The first is “Mustangs: Six Generations of America’s Favorite Pony Car.” This exhibit caters to the serious Mustang hobbyist as well as the general public, including telling the story of how the Mustang concept was developed along with some unusual models. Original Mustang stylist Gale Halderman is scheduled as a special guest. One of the unique vehicles featured in the exhibit is the 1963 Mustang III Concept Show Car (otherwise known as the “Shorty Mustang.”) The other exhibit is a tribute to the International Thunderbird Club with a special T-Bird display in the Museum’s new Williams-Clyne Gallery. Check out the museum website, www.AACAMuseum.org, for details.

With the spring car show season upon us, have you planned an enthusiast weekend getaway yet? You have lots of choices this weekend: There’s the “37th Annual Ford Fun Day” and MCA Regional Car Show on May 5-6 at Gene Messer Ford in Amarillo, Texas. The Texas Panhandle Mustang Club has details. Or how about the “30th Annual Mustang and Ford-Powered Round Up” presented by the Roanoke Valley Mustang Club at Magic City Ford in Roanoke, Virginia, that Saturday? If you happen to be in Woodbridge, Virginia on that day, then check out the National Capital Region Mustang Club’s “NCRMC Spring Mustang and Ford Show” at Cowles Parkway Ford in Woodbridge. Or how about the “14th Annual Wild Horse Mustang Club All Ford Show” at Silsbee Ford in Silsbee, Texas? If your travels happen to take you all the way out to the Left Coast on May 6, you could attend the “Mustang and Ford Show” at Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, California, hosted by the Mustang Owners Club of California. (We’ve been to that show before and can tell you that you’re sure to have a great time there. Check out our coverage HERE). For more info on these shows, simply click on the links.

If the weekend of May 12 is your only day to get out and play, no worries -- you’ve got some great shows to see that Saturday, too! The Smoky Mountain Mustang Club is presenting its “SMMC Annual Mustang and Ford Powered Show and Shine” on May 12, 2018, at Jerry Duncan Ford-Lincoln in Harriman, Tennessee. A little further South that same day, the Tara Mustang Club is hosting the “Annual Tara Mustang Club/AutoNation Ford ‘Cars for Kids’ Show” at the Georgia Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries in Palmetto, Georgia. If your travels take you to Huntsville, Alabama on May 12, then you can catch the “38th Annual Mustang and All Ford Powered Car Show” at University Place Shopping Center in Huntsville, being put on by our friends in Rocket City Mustang Club. Still have Georgia on your mind for a show? Well, the Savannah Mustang Club is putting together its “Spring Open Car and Truck Show on May 12, at the Skidaway Island Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Georgia. Click on the club links for full details.

No matter what you decide you’d like to do with your free time, 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! That’s because 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.

Are you a Mustang owner or fan who thinks your club or group is too old-fashioned and doesn’t understand what you love most about Mustang ownership? Then you owe it to yourself to check out the “Millennial Mustang Registry!” The Millennial Mustang Registry is an online group “for Millennials (born between the mid-1980's and the early 2000's) who have a love for Mustangs.” According to founder Bradley Belcher, “The car show scene is mostly dominated by older generations, and because of this, people think we Millennials don't love our Mustangs. The purpose of this club is to show how much we Millennials truly do love our Mustangs as well as try and get more people involved in the car world. If you have a Mustang that you love, please JOIN US today!” So who is Bradley Belcher? He’s a Mustang owner you’d be happy to know: Check out his story HERE. So sign up on the website, check it out on Facebook, or send an email to millennialmustangregistry@gmail.com. They’re on our radar, and should be on yours!

Our Ford Performance Info Center has been hard at work expanding its "Certificate of Authenticity" program yet again to now include the 2015 and 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang as well as the Shelby GT350R for those years. This Ford Performance Certificate of Authenticity Package for the Shelby GT350 includes an official Ford performance Certificate of Authenticity, VIN decoder, Production Summary Chart, Poster, Tri-Fold Brochure, Certificate Sleeve, Track Tips, Window Sticker, "Disc Brake Rotor & Caliper" Business Card Holder, as well as a Cobra logo Keychain. Many GT350 owners and enthusiasts will notice that this special package contains many of the items that were included in the Owners Supplement kit that came with GT350's when they were originally sold. Please note that there is LIMITED AVAILABILITY for these items, so order now!

Word of the new GT350 package comes on the heels of the recent announcement that the Ford Performance Info Center had also expanded its “Certificate of Authenticity” offerings to now include the 2014 MCA Edition Mustang You can order either via our Ford Performance Info Center by phone (1-800-FORD-788) or online directly from our Ford Show Parts website.

Stay tuned to our “What’s Happening” section under the “Enthusiasts” tab of FordPerformance.com to catch the latest show news. We’ll also provide the best online coverage from some of the top-notch venues sponsored by various Ford enthusiast clubs with our “Quick Look” photo galleries, or via the special features posted in our Enthusiasts Newsroom.  There you’ll get the inside stories on Ford people, events and places as well as unique Ford club content that you can't find anywhere else on the Web. We do it because, just like you, we’re driving Ford passion!