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JUN 7, 2018 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

AS SUMMER TURNS UP HEAT, CAR SHOW FANS LOOK ‘BACK TO THE ‘50’S’ JUNE 22

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DEARBORN - Ever wish you could just head “Back To The ’50’s” to get your car fix? We do, too, and that’s why you’ll find the Ford Performance events trailer at the big annual show with same that name outside Minneapolis. This year’s nostalgia weekend is set for June 22-24 and is again sponsored by the Minnesota Street Rod Association and held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Saint Paul. Look for Ford Performance nestled among the 12,000-plus show car entries!

If more traditional Mustang and Ford shows are more your preference, there’s a few coming up that you need to know about: Second-generation Mustang fans made history back in 2106 when 82 Mustang II’s descended upon the big “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 2016 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 seems that show-within-a-show idea has stirred renewed interest in the once overlooked Mustang II.

Last August, the Mustang Club of Ohio kept the second-gen Mustang momentum going with “Mustang II Reunion II” commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the first T-Top Mustang while headlining the club’s “Annual All-Mustang Show.” There, more than 30 Mustang II’s joined the celebration. And we’re pleased to announce that for 2018, there is indeed a “Mustang II Reunion III, this time celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Mustang II King Cobra.

The Queen City Mustangers will be hosting “Mustang II Reunion III” as part of their “11th Annual Queen City Mustangers Pony Trail and Car Show” being held June 29-30 at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. The Friday “Pony Trail” leaves from the high school for a scenic drive, with a stop for lunch and dessert at a local Ford dealership. Saturday’s judged show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the school lot, where Ford Performance will set up a special “Mustang II Reunion III” Meet & Greet. We’ll be doing our part to celebrate the 40th birthday of the King Cobra by giving out commemorative window clings and special Ford Performance “Certificates of Appreciation” for all registered Mustang II show participants. We’ll also choose our favorite Mustang II’s for some special awards. All Mustangs are welcome, but if you happen to own a Mustang II – you won’t want to miss making a trip to Cincinnati to attend this show!

Of course there’s also the huge Mid-America Ford and Shelby Nationals coming up as well – one of the biggest "must-attend" Ford enthusiast events in the country. This year's 43rd Annual Mid America Ford Nationals is June 13-17, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, includes Ford Ride & Drives, a weekend of open track at the Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, and a full day of drag racing at Tulsa Raceway Park. Take the family along for Cruisin’ Tulsa at the Brady Ford Fest, and don't miss the swap meets, auction, banquet, prize giveaways, or the huge All-Ford Super Show and awards!

Also running June 13-17 is the “30th Annual Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup” out in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. You owe it to yourself to check out this event here. Or check out the SVT Cobra Mustang Club’s “4th Annual Clinton Ford Show” on June 16th at the dealership in Rock Hill, SC. The show offers family fun with a free lunch, ice cream, a NASCAR simulator, and some of the coolest Mustangs in the Charlotte, NC, area.

On Saturday June 16, you can bet Mustang fans all over the country will be heading for the big “American Muscle” show set tom invade Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, PA. There you’ll find some 10,000-plus late-model Mustang enthusiasts who like to party. Beyond all the great Mustangs, there are prizes, trophies, special guests, an Opening Ceremony Parade, Revving Competition and a Burnout Competition, plus much more. Click HERE for info.

There are lots of great Mustang club shows this month that should be on your radar, too: The Falls City Mustang Club of Southern Indiana is presenting its “23rd Annual Mustang and All Ford Weekend” on June 15 at Jim O'Neal Ford in Sellersburg, Indiana. On June 16, the Vintage Mustang Owners Association is hosting the “41st Annual Vintage Mustang Owners Association Car Show” at The Home Church in Campbell, California; that same day over in Rancho Cordova, California, you’ll find “Mustangs and Fords at the Marriott,” put on by the Sacramento Area Mustang Club; and finally there’s the “11th Annual Mustang vs Camaro Showdown” on June 16 at Hollywood Gaming in Austintown, Ohio, hosted by Mahoning Valley Mustangs.

If June 23 is your only day to play, then you should check out the “34th Annual Mustang and Ford Show” at Bass Pro Shops in Olathe, Kansas, sponsored by the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City; or the “4th Annual Mustangs and Ponies All Mustang Show” at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, thanks to the efforts of our friends in the Southwest Metro Mustang Club. And on Sunday June 24th, you’ll find the Western New York Shelby and Mustang Club’s “42nd Annual All Fords Day and MCA Regional Mustang Car Show” at The Wings Meeting Place Event Center in Orchard Park, New York; as well as the Bay Area Mustang Association’s annual “Ponies and Snakes” show at Danville Livery in Danville, California.

Can’t wait that long and are looking for a cool getaway this weekend? Well, we’re looking forward to having coffee and doughnuts and checking out all the Blue Oval rides while attending the “Mustang & All Ford Meet NJ” early on this Saturday, June 9, at the Moto Business Park on Rike Drive in Millstone Township, New Jersey. The next day, on Sunday, June 10th, we’ll head over to Long Island to set up another Ford Performance “Meet & Greet” during the “Lucas Ford 12th Annual All-Ford Stampede” Car Show on Hortons Lane in Southold, NY. There, the first 100 cars to register will get a free t-shirt and goodie bag. That same day over at Mustangs Unlimited in Manchester, Connecticut, the Mustang Car Club of New England (MCCNE) is hosting its “41st Annual MCCNE Mustang and Ford Spring Round-Up.” The very next night, on Monday, June 11, we’ll be talking Mustangs with the Mustang & Shelby Club of Long Island at their monthly meeting at the Knights of Columbus hall on Morton St in Farmingdale, NY.

Saturday, June 9, is also a great day to check out some other fine Ford shows: First, we’d suggest you head out to the Frontline Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where our friends in the West Michigan Mustang Club are holding their “37th Annual Mustang and all Ford Show.” Or how about the Gate City Triad Mustang Club’s “GCTMC 36th Annual Mustang and Ford Powered Show” at the Home Depot parking lot in Greensboro, North Carolina that same day? And if Texas is your destination, then you can check out the “7th Annual Mustang and Ford Show” being held at the Marshall (Texas) Civic Center, thanks to the efforts of the North East Texas Mustang Club.

Just don’t be surprised if your kids would rather you take them to the “5th Annual #GRIDLIFE Motorsports Festival” being held June 7-10 at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. The promoters are promising more music, more guests, and more on- and off-track action than ever before. Expect a stacked lineup of pros, guests and friends running full-course all weekend long, as well as their beginner-friendly HPDE program with track time for all drivers from first-timers to old-timers. Of course, camping is available all weekend long with new VIP and Trackside spaces, as well as family and quiet camping areas, plus VIP Corrals on Spectator Hill. Then there’s the reason why Boomers see this as the Woodstock of car events: Don’t miss AFTERGRID, featuring live music both days – with more stages, more genres, and more good times all day and long into the night. Rock on!

Shelby fans will be heading to Dearborn on June 10 and 11 for the 43rd annual SAAC-MCR “Show & Go.” The “Show” part is held Sunday June 10 at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, and the “Go” happens on Monday at nearby Waterford Hills Road Race Course. Check out our coverage of a previous show in the Enthusiasts section of FordPerformance.com, and get full details on the club website.

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.

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