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APR 18, 2019 | FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

SHELBY SPRING FLING READY TO ROCK BROWN COUNTY (INDIANA) STATE PARK

A closeup of the front side of a variety of Mustangs on display

DEARBORN, Mich. - Spring is in the air, so it’s time that Shelby and Mustang fans take their cars out for a little fling – as in the 42nd Annual "Shelby Spring Fling," which is set for May 17-19 at the Brown County State Park in Nashville, Indiana. There’s a Friday pony trails and welcome bash, plus a Saturday car show, chili picnic and evening awards banquet. You can check out how much fun we had the last time we were there, and get all the details on the weekend getaway (open to ALL Mustangs and Hi-Po Fords) from Indiana SAAC.

Another one of our favorite Shelby themed events 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.

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, this weekend, 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.

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!

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