WEST CHESTER, Ohio. – Sometimes the sweltering summer heat or a less-than-optimal location can take the joy out of attending an annual Mustang club show. But the Queen City Mustangers have figured out that a great location can help everybody beat the heat on even the hottest of show days. That’s why the Queen City Mustangers 11th Annual Mustang & All Ford Car Show was such a success this year, despite taking place on a sunny and humid day with temperatures in the 90’s.
The Cincinnati-based club hosted the show at Lakota West High School in suburban West Chester, Ohio, with full access to the school building – including the air-conditioned meeting hall, restrooms and auditorium. So when checking out the nearly 200 cars on the show lot had you breaking a sweat, you simply got a cold drink and cooled down in the school for a bit. Beyond all the hot cars and goody bags for the first 100 to register, the show also featured a craft show for those less car-crazed (with more than 30 vendors), plus food, ice cream and the music stylings of DJ Robb Witt of Hollywood Productions. What’s more, there was a basket raffle, a cake walk, and a kid’s booth, plus great trophies for some 22 judged classes and several special awards, including a “Young Adult” 20-and-Under award. Better still, the show proceeds went to benefit the Animal Friends Humane Society, who even brought dogs for adoption, plus the Heroes Fund for Veterans, and “Reach Out,” which is Lakota’s Food Pantry.
To kick things off, the club held a Pony Trail Drive for Hospice on the Friday before the show, and to keep the party going, Ford Performance set up its Meet & Greet tent on the school lot on show day, Saturday, June 30, 2018, and gave away hundreds of free Mustang posters and Ford Performance wristbands just for visiting. Ford Performance also sponsored special awards for a show-within-a-show, “Mustang II Reunion III,” which celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the 1978 Mustang II King Cobra. (Look for a separate report on that event in our Quick Look section.) Before folks cooled off in the auditorium for the awards ceremony, our own Ford Performance Enthusiast Communications Manager, John Clor, got up on stage to give a fun-filled presentation on Mustang design and explain the new Ford Performance Club Connect program (See www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com for info.)
In addition to tent duty on show day and serving as a guest judge for Mustang II Reunion III, Clor strolled the entire show field to shoot photos of some of the outstanding vehicles that were on display there. He shares some of his favorites for you to enjoy in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JOHN CLOR