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MAR 12, 2020 | Ford Performance Photos / Shad Kanyak

MOCSEM Club Returns To Mustang Designer’s Barn-Turned-Museum

Man standing in front of shelves of diecast Fords

TIPP CITY, Ohio – It doesn’t take long for Mustang clubs to find interesting places to visit for a members-only cruise, and the Mustang Owners Club of SouthEastern Michigan, more commonly known as MOCSEM, has been doing that for some 45 years now. Over that time, cub members agree that one of the best venues they’ve ever uncovered remains a trip to the Gale Halderman Museum Barn just outside of Dayton, Ohio.Front profile of a green Mustang Bullitt in front of Ford Performance promotions tent and people

Any Mustanger should know that Gale Halderman was the man behind the original sketch that made everyone fall in love with Ford’s famed Pony Car. Halderman worked with Joe Oros, who led the team tasked with designing an all-new car under the leadership of Lee Iacocca that would eventually become the Ford Mustang. Gale is not only credited with penning the car’s iconic shape, but also in contributing to the final clay model and the first prototype.Men standing in front of shelves of diecast Fords in a garage of people

After a storied career at Ford, Halderman retired to his family’s homestead in Tipp City, Ohio, and with the help of his daughter, Karen, has turned the family’s barn into Gale’s own Mustang “museum” man cave, filled with all sorts of Mustang memorabilia and enhanced by a few Mustangs in Halderman’s own show fleet, as well as a Ford Model T and a Thunderbird.Three red Mustangs parked inside garage

MOCSEM now visits the Halderman Museum Barn each year, making the more than 3-hour road trip down from the Detroit area to tour the constantly evolving memorabilia collection and to again speak to the man himself. Even if you’ve personally met Gale at some Mustang event in the past, there is always a new story he can tell you about the Mustang that you’ve never heard before.Two men speaking in front of shelves of diecast Fords

Those clubs interested in visiting the Gale Halderman Museum and meeting Gale himself will need to book an appointment in advance. More information about scheduling a tour is available on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Haldermanbarn/

Shelves of diecast Fords and various Ford pictures

During MOCSEM’s last visit in the fall of 2019, member Shad Kanyak came along with his camera and took candid shots to document the club’s annual visit to the Halderman Barn. He agreed to share some of his photos from that day with us in the gallery below:

Various Mustangs parked in the grass

Various Mustangs parked in the grass

Group of men talking in front of a black Mustang with red stripes on open hood parked on the grass

Two men standing in front of an American Flag painted F150 parked on the grass

Ford logo with various signatures

Group of men posing for picture

Walls of Ford images with shelves of Ford diecasts

Display case of a red Shelby Mustang and various other Ford items

Wall full of various badges

Two men presenting in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

Two men presenting in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

Two men presenting in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

Two men holding up a Ford themed clock

Various Mustangs parked on the grass

Display box of Ford GT and Shelby Mustang badges

Fronts of various Mustangs parked on the grass

Close up front of a red Mustang convertible in the garage

Front profile of a red Mustang in the garage

Four Ford themed coffee on a shelf

Profile of a brown Model A in a garage

Three men speaking in front of shelf full of Ford diecasts

Two men handing off a pin to each other

Two men standing in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

Two men presenting in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

Two men presenting in front of a shelf of Ford diecasts

FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY SHAD KANYAK

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