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MAY 9, 2019 | Ford Performance Staff


1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible

While most Ford enthusiasts know that there’s a National Mustang Day celebrated every April 17, some may not realize that there’s been another special day set aside for yet another very cool and iconic Ford car the Thunderbird. Ford Motor Company produced over 4 million Thunderbirds from 1955 to 2005 but it is still rather uncommon to see a Thunderbird on the road today, even the late-models. This is the reason that the Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI), Vintage Thunderbird Club International (VTCI) and International Thunderbird Club (ITC) have set the third Sunday in May as “Thunderbird Appreciation Day,” a day that Thunderbird owners worldwide are encouraged to get their “T-Birds” out into the public so that everyone can enjoy them.

This year, Thunderbird Appreciation Day is Sunday, May 19th. You know how special your Thunderbird is, now it’s time to share it with the world!

No formal plans exist on how to celebrate Thunderbird Appreciation Day. Take off solo or gather a flock of Birds together to go someplace where people can view and talk about your Thunderbird. These cars always draw attention! There is no limit on how to share your Thunderbird with others. The clubs just ask that after you are done sharing your Thunderbird during the day, make sure you share pictures of the day on one of the many Thunderbird social and club sites (some of which are listed below):

Classic Thunderbird Club International (CTCI)

Website           https://www.ctci.org/index.php

Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/Classic-Thunderbird-Club-International-113788211976374/


Vintage Thunderbird Club International 

Website           http://www.vintagethunderbirdclub.net/club_info.htm

Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/VintageThunderbirds/


International Thunderbird Club

Website           http://www.intl-thunderbirdclub.com/

Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/groups/ITC.TBird.Club/

Looking for a cool new event to attend, and plan to be in the Portland, Oregon, area during mid-May? Then have we got a weekend getaway for you! It’s called the “2019 Team Shelby Pacific Northwest Region Back Country Bash,”  and it’s set for May 17-18, 2019. Like all Team Shelby events, ownership of a Shelby is not required, but enthusiasm is!

For ‘Track Rats’ in the group, the SCCA has a Track Night in America session on Friday, May 17, at PIR in Portland, Oregon, so all the Team Shelby track drivers are heading to PIR to kick off the Bash. The day for back-country cruisers will be on Saturday, May 18, when registered attendees will meet at the Sean & Tracy Coiteux homestead near La Center, Washington, for a great day of fun, food and back-country driving. (Yes, there’s room for RV overnight parking as well as trailer parking.) Things start off with a pancake breakfast before a daylong scenic Poker Run drive, then a social, BBQ dinner, movie night, raffle and even a bonfire to wrap things up. Click on the event link above or the Team Shelby website for more info.

Are you more a Ford truck fan? Then you know why the Ford F-Series has been America’s best-selling pickup for more than four decades now. With so many great Ford trucks being produced year-after-year, it’s no wonder why owners love to celebrate their F-Series – and why so many of them are looking forward to mid-May. That’s when the “Grand National F-100 Ford Reunion” invades Tennessee and hundreds of prized Ford pickups will be seen cruising through the Smokies from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg. For the past several years, F-100 enthusiasts have been asking for a hotel-based show in the Pigeon Forge area, and that’s exactly what the Grand National F-100 Ford Reunion is all about. Three days of trucks (showcasing ’79 and older), plus cruising, food, vendors, a swap meet, an awards banquet, giveaways and even entertainment at the LeConte Center of Pigeon Forge. For info on how to join in the fun May 16-18, check out the event website HERE.

Prefer to play with Mustangs over pickups that weekend? Then take your hot pony car 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.

Win a 2019 Shelby Mustang GT350R from the Shelby American Collection

The Shelby American Collection is offering all enthusiasts a chance to win a rare 2019 Shelby Mustang GT350R, in stunning Ford Performance Blue and loaded with all the GT350’s performance features including a carbon fiber instrument panel and Technology Package. With 526 horsepower and 429 foot-pounds of torque, this new Shelby Mustang is equipped to outrun the competition at the track, without sacrificing the luxury and comfort you want for your next road trip. Ford has not revealed how long it will continue production of the GT350R, so don't miss your chance to win this brand new, highly collectible Mustang, or you can choose $75,000 in cash as your winning prize. Simply make a donation to the Shelby American Collection and you will be automatically entered into the drawing for a chance to win this car. The Shelby GT350R Performance features include:

  • 5.2L Ti-VCT V-8 with 526 hp and 429 lb.-ft of torque
  • Advanced suspension including the MagneRide™ damping system
  • Brembo™ brakes - the most powerful brakes in a production Mustang
  • 19” Carbon Fiber Wheels and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires
  • Carbon fiber instrument panel
  • Technology Package with B&O Premium Sound System

Note: Production of the Shelby Mustang GT350R Mustang is very limited, so don't miss your chance to win this modern-day muscle car. Enter today at WinANewShelby.org (For Ford Fast News readers, enter the promo code FastNews25 for 25% more entries. The winner will be drawn on August 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. MDT at the Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado. Winner need not be present to win.

This drawing contest is a fundraiser to support the Shelby American Collection car museum in Boulder, Colorado, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The museum is dedicated to preserving the racing history and achievements of Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American Team. It celebrates the rich heritage of the Cobra, Shelby Mustang and Ford GT40 cars that changed the face of auto racing in the 1960s. Thanks to the generosity of owners and collectors, we have some of the most important American racing cars ever made on display. And an extensive collection of race records, photographs and memorabilia from the pioneer drivers and visionaries of the era including Carroll Shelby, Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Bob Bondurant, Phil Hill, Allen Grant, Mario Andretti, Phil Remington and other Shelby American Team members. The museum, staffed and run by volunteers, is dedicated to serve as a resource for all Shelby enthusiasts, and to preserve one of the most important eras in American automotive history for all generations. You can learn more and see some of the remarkable automobiles in the collection online at: https://shelbyamericancollection.org.

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: https://issuu.com/shelbyamericanmagazine/docs/shelby_magazine_issue_1_march_2019_?e=37593132/68691542

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 https://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts.html and in our Fast News e-newsletter continues to be "Ford Fan Spotlight," https://performance.ford.com/enthusiasts/fan-spotlight.html 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: https://registry.fordperformanceclubconnect.com/map?type=club) 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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