DEARBORN, Mich. - The spring car show season is now in full bloom, so it's time to start planning to take in a few great automotive getaways so that you don't miss out on any bucket-list events this year. One of our favorites is ShelbyFest held in Jefferson City, Missouri, which this year celebrates its 13th anniversary on May 2-4, 2019. This mega Mustang event that takes over the downtown area of Missouri’s Capital city includes scenic country cruises, two days of Autocross, a huge Saturday Show & Shine, a big charity cruise-in and even a Cinco de Mayo Party! Check out our previous coverage to see why you need to be at this year’s fun-filled Ford extravaganza.
How are you or your fellow club members planning to celebrate National Mustang Day this year? 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 are planning local gatherings before, on, or just after April 17th, the hot ticket this year is to attend 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 include Mustang birthday party, Hall of Fame induction and Museum Grand Opening dinners with special guest speakers; a car show, 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. If you’re ready to make this major Mustang mingle part of your National Mustang Day memories, then join in on the Grand Opening of the Mustang Owner's Museum and the 55 Years of Mustang event in Charlotte!
Rather skip the show stuff and just spend a day hammering the gas on-track? Then join the SVT Cobra Mustang Club (SCMC) at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 20, for its big National Mustang Day On-Track Event. This event, held in conjunction with Track Club USA (TCUSA), is a true High Performance Driving Event (HPDE) with no car show or dyno pulls -- just plain ol’ wide-open, full-throttle, full-course laps at CMP for one full day. For less than $200 you can spend a whole Saturday making sweet music with your car out on the track. (Note: You must be a member of either SCMC or TCUSA in order to participate in this event. To join one of these clubs, go to www.svtcobraclub.com if you own an SVT Mustang Cobra or the new Mustang Boss 302, or go to www.trackclubusa.com to join if you do not own an SVT Mustang, Shelby Mustang, or a Boss 302.) Click on the site links for registration information.
If you can’t wait until National Mustang Day to get your Ford show fix, then head to the Left Coast this weekend. There, the Ford Car Club Council, in conjunction with Ford Motor Company, is sponsoring its 34th Annual “Fabulous Fords Forever!” show, to be held at an all-NEW venue for 2019 – Angel Stadium of Anaheim – on Sunday, April 14.
Billed as “The West Coast’s Largest Ford Show,” this yearly one-day exhibition of fantastic Fords, Lincolns and Mercurys includes just about everything under the California sun, with 57 show classes covering more entries than ever before thanks to the increased space for all Fords from 1903 through 2019. This year’s show is celebrating 116 years of the Ford Motor Company, 80 years of Mercury, 60 Years of the Ford Galaxie, and 55 years of the Ford Mustang. There will special display honoring the 50th anniversary of the Boss Mustang and the Mach 1 Mustang. The Fab Fords venue also features music, stage interviews, a great Ford display, show sponsors, celebrities and more – plus, spectators are admitted for free and parking is free! It’s a can’t-miss auto extravaganza that you simply have to experience to appreciate. Visit the show site for more info.
Last Call for April 16 Bullitt Mustang Dream Giveaway Sweepstakes Tickets!
The charity sweepstakes for winning a 1968 Mustang Bullitt restomod and 2019 Mustang Bullitt Limited Edition is headed to the finish line, so now’s the time to make your tax-deductible donation and supports charities that give kids a better life. The lucky winner of this national charity sweepstakes for a pair of Bullitt Edition Ford Mustangs will be named on April 16, 2019, so if you want in, you need to act fast. The “Mustang Dream Giveaway” is a nationwide drawing sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Home, a charitable organization dedicated to providing a safe and therapeutic living environment for abused, neglected, and displaced children ages 5 to 17 years old. Enthusiasts, collectors and philanthropists have one last chance to win the grand-prize package that includes a restored 1968 Mustang Bullitt restomod and new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Limited Edition, plus $25,000 for taxes.
“This pair of magnificent muscle cars would be the crown jewel of any collection,” said Christopher Phillip, Director of Communications of Dream Giveaway. “They are truly one-of-a-kind Mustangs that will garner enormous attention wherever they go. And best of all, the lucky winner will enjoy their cars knowing that they helped kids find a brighter future.”
The first half of the grand prize is a top-tier restored 1968 Mustang Bullitt restomod. This old-school Mustang is powered by a classic 390ci Ford V8 engine pumping out 400 estimated horsepower and featuring a modern five-speed manual transmission with a street performance clutch and flywheel, billet belt-drive system, big brakes and dual four-barrel carburetors. Finished in show-quality metallic green with a black interior, this Mustang comes equipped with a Bullitt-themed engine bay and interior. The muscle car features the finest restomod upgrades available in the world today, including Bullitt callouts on the valve covers and air cleaner, steel inner-fender-panel kit, independent front suspension kit, single-adjustable billet coilovers, polyeye rear coilover suspension, 4-piston brakes, A/C, 3:89:1 rear end and much more.
The second vehicle of the grand prize package is a brand-new 2019 Mustang Bullitt Limited Edition. This car was created by Ford to help celebrate 50 years of the movie “Bullitt.” It is powered by a 480-horsepower Ford 5.0L V8 engine backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The V8 engine sports a high-flowing intake from the Shelby GT350, an open air-filter element, 87mm throttle bodies and powertrain control module recalibration.
This Mustang Bullitt is loaded with all of the content available on the Mustang GT Premium and also includes Brembo six-piston front brakes, a larger rear anti-roll bar and an oversized radiator. This Mustang was built with all four factory-option packages including the Bullitt Technology Package, Magneride Damping System, Recaro sport seats finished with ebony leather and accent stitching, and a full vehicle car cover. Other upgrades include a short-throw shifter, half-shaft upgrade and suspension kit, all specially selected Ford Performance parts.
Entries to win both of these very special Mustangs can be made by calling (866) 600-0646 and using the exclusive promo code PL1218M to double the number of tickets or online here.
Shelby Launches New ‘E-Zine’ Available Online for a Free Read or Download
If you’re a big Shelby fan, you’d be pleased to know that Shelby American just announced the release of the all-new “Shelby Ezine!” It's filled with the latest news and stories including articles by top Mustang journalists such as Evan Smith and Steve Statham. This publication is a must-read for every Ford enthusiast. Not only can you read it online for free, you can download the file to keep or have it printed via a service like Blurb. You can take a look at the first issue by clicking the link here:
Replacement 2001 Mustang Bullitt ID Labels Now Available
With Bullitt making Mustang headlines these days, did you know that the Ford Performance Info Center has recently begun handling replacement requests for the 2001 Mustang Bullitt shock tower holographic I.D. labels? The Info Center has acquired all remaining inventory of the labels and once they are gone, they are gone for good, so if you need a replacement for a damaged or missing factory label, the time to order yours is now! The Ford Performance Info Center will mail you a new label for your 2001 Bullitt, upon receipt of the following information (via email to FWRNTY@Ford.com):
- Full VIN of the vehicle
- Picture of the damaged / missing I.D Label
- A contact at your local Ford dealership (Service Advisor is usually the best)
- Please include the dealership’s shipping information
Note: Your Ford dealership MUST perform the removal / installation of this official Ford factory replacement label. These original labels are the only remaining inventory, which were made back in 2001 when the first Mustang Bullitt models were being built. Contacting the Ford Performance Info Center is the ONLY way to get your factory replacement label. This program is offered free of charge, and is being done as a courtesy to all 2001 Mustang Bullitt owners.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Ford Performance Info Center at 800-367-3788, option 1, or via email: FWRNTY@Ford.com
Get Your Mustang’s Airbag Recall Completed!
The Takata airbag recalls are the largest and most complex recalls in U.S. automotive history. The recalls currently affect 19 automotive manufacturers and roughly 37 million vehicles. Among these affected vehicles are 2005-2014 model year Mustang vehicles.
In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Takata Corporation determined that a defect related to motor vehicle safety may arise in some non-desiccated, ammonium nitrate airbag inflators due to propellant degradation occurring after prolonged exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling. This degradation can cause the propellant to burn too quickly, creating high pressure inside the inflator, and in extreme cases causing the inflator to rupture in the event of a crash necessitating airbag deployment. A ruptured inflator can send inflator parts toward vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death. Additional information regarding Takata recalls can be found at www.nhtsa.gov and www.safercar.gov.
Parts are readily available to repair currently recalled Mustang vehicles. Ford sent out weekly mailings last October and November to all Mustang owners whose vehicle currently has an open Takata airbag recall. It is important that you determine if your vehicle is affected and, if so, have it repaired FREE by a Ford or Lincoln Dealer, especially before it goes into storage for the winter.
In some cases, only the driver’s or passenger’s side may be affected. In other cases, both the driver’s side and passenger’s side need to be repaired. The passenger side airbag cover is not replaced during the repair, so any signatures or other insignia on your dash will remain.
This situation requires immediate attention and is not to be taken lightly. You can input your VIN at www.FordAirbagInfo.com to see if your vehicle is affected by the airbag recall and locate a dealership to you schedule your repair. If you need assistance scheduling an appointment, or your dealership indicates that they are not able to obtain parts to repair your vehicle, please contact our Ford Customer Care Team at 1-866-436-7332.
Here’s How Easy it is to Have Your Car Featured in our Ford Fan Spotlight
For the past decade, one of the most popular features on FordPerformance.com and in our Fast News e-newsletter continues to be "Ford Fan Spotlight," where readers can send in their own reasons why they're fans of Ford Motor Company. You know who they are: Ford "superfans;" grassroots Ford racers; unique Ford vehicle owners; loyal Ford enthusiasts; notable Ford club people; special Ford families; and/or any avid supporter of Ford, Ford vehicles, Ford motorsports or Ford Performance who deserves a little bit of special recognition.
All you need to do to get you, your car or candidate considered is to send in a brief description (200-500 words or less) and a few photos (in .jpeg format, preferably 300 dpi) of a person (full name and hometown, please) and vehicle that you think Ford Performance should feature (and why) in the "Ford Fan Spotlight" for an upcoming installment of Fast News and posting on FordPerformance.com. Then email it to: ClubHub@Ford.com. Should you wish to send a video, you simply need to post it on www.YouTube.com (preferably 1-2 minutes long) and send in the link, along with a brief description, to that same ClubHub@Ford.com email address. We'll choose one submission each week. We hope to see YOU and your Ford in our Spotlight soon!
In the meantime, make sure you get out there and find and attend a Ford club meeting this winter, join a Ford club or enthusiast group and discover the fun and all the friendly people involved in the world of Ford Performance. (It’s EASY to find a great Ford club in your area here:) We’re sure that being connected with each other and with Ford will make your ownership experience even more enjoyable!
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.
Stay tuned to our “What’s Happening” section under the “Enthusiasts” tab of FordPerformance.com to catch the latest show news. We’ll also provide the best online coverage from some of the top-notch venues sponsored by various Ford enthusiast clubs with our “Quick Look” photo galleries, or via the special features posted in our Enthusiasts Newsroom. There you’ll get the inside stories on Ford people, events and places as well as unique Ford club content that you can't find anywhere else on the Web. We do it because, just like you, we’re driving Ford passion!