WEST CHESTER, OH – Sometimes the best car show experiences, just like in the real estate business, boil down to that old adage of the three most important things: “Location, Location, Location.” In the case of the Queen City Mustangers, the club’s big annual show has got the venue part of the event figured out quite nicely, helping everybody beat the heat on even the hottest and most humid of show days. Add in easy in-and-out access, a parking lot with plenty of room for show cars and a hard-working event staff, and you have the recipe for the club’s successful 14th Annual Mustang & All Ford Car Show this past June.
The Cincinnati-based club hosts their 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 if 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 with dash plaques for the first 150 to register, the show also featured some 22 judged classes with more than 100 trophies, plus a variety of vendors including food and ice cream, not to mention the DJ music stylings of JD Hughes. What’s more, there was a basket raffle, a cake walk and a kid’s booth, plus lots of great door prizes. Better still, part of the show proceeds went to benefit the local Humane Society, who even brought some animals for adoption.
Ford Performance set up its Meet & Greet tent on the school lot and gave away hundreds of free Mustang posters and Ford Performance wristbands just for stopping by to say hello. Ford Performance also hosted a Meet & Greet with Karen (Halderman) Koenig, the daughter of the late Gale Halderman who was principal designer of the original Mustang. Karen offered for sale Gale’s book, “Mustang By Design,” as well as some Mustang 50th merchandise to help support the Halderman Mustang Museum in nearby Tipp City, Ohio. 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 talk about the Ford Performance Club Connect and Special Vehicle Registry programs. (See www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com for info.)
In addition to tent duty on show day and handing out Ford Performance Recognition Award window clings to some of his favorite cars on display, Clor strolled the entire show field to shoot photos of many of the outstanding vehicles in attendance. He shares some of his favorites for you to enjoy in the gallery below:
FORD PERFORMANCE PHOTOS / COURTESY JOHN CLOR