CONCORD, N.C. – Ever since the Mustang turned 50 and the idea of owners and fans getting out to mark the anniversary date of the Mustang’s introduction back on April 17, 1964, National Mustang Day has grown into a global phenomenon. While many regional Mustang clubs around the country had attended local gatherings before, on, or just after April 17th, the hot ticket this year was going to the big “55 Years of Mustangs” events April 16-20 to not only mark National Mustang Day 2019, but also the Grand Opening of the Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, just down the road from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Activities included a Mustang birthday party; Hall of Fame induction and Museum Grand Opening dinners with special guest speakers; a car show at the Speedway; drifting exhibitions; parade laps and open track events at the Speedway; a special Ford display; seminars and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new museum; and even a “longest parade of Mustangs” attempt in a bid to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark of 960 held by Ford of Mexico. (It missed the mark by some 100 or so cars).
Longtime Shelby enthusiast and SAAC-MCR club founder Jeff Burgy often attends noteworthy Mustang events and sends us photos from his travels. As you might expect, Burgy was at the 55 Years of Mustangs events in Concord and walked the show field at the Charlotte Motor Speedway with his camera. Jeff sent us a wide variety of photos of the many Mustangs he saw that day, and we picked some of our favorites to share with you in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JEFF BURGY