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JUN 20, 2019 | COMPILED BY FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

NOSTALGIA ROLLS INTO MINNESOTA WITH BIG ‘BACK TO THE 50’s’ SHOW

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DEARBORN, Mich. - If you’re a fan of big tail fins and chrome, then like so many others in the collector car hobby your car love goes “Back To The ’50’s.” That’s why you’ll find us and thousands of classic car fans at the big annual show with that same name just outside Minneapolis. This year’s automotive nostalgia weekend is set for June 21-23 and is again sponsored by the Minnesota Street Rod Association and held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Saint Paul. Look for us nestled among the 12,000-plus show car entries!

Are the ‘60’s more your thing? Then you should catch the “Summer of ‘69 Classic Cougar 50th Anniversary Show” June 21-22 in Auburn, Indiana. The CATS Classic Cougar Club is hosting the show to celebrate the 1969 model year, but all Mercury Cougars are invited to join the celebration, which includes a Cougar Cruise, an awards banquet dinner and celebration party and of course the anniversary show itself. Click on the club link for info.

If the June 21-22 weekend is your only time to travel, then you’ve got some fine car show options. The Falls City Mustang Club of Southern Indiana is hosting the Falls City Mustang Club 24th Annual Mustang & All Ford Weekend, June 21-22, at Jim O'Neal Ford in Sellersburg, Indiana, with a Pony Drive on Friday and a show on Saturday; the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City is putting on its 35th Annual Mustang & Ford Show June 22 at Bass Pro Shops in Olathe, Kansas; that same Saturday, the Mustangs of Massachusetts Car Club is running a Mustang & All Ford Car Show at North Dartmouth Mall in Dartmouth, Massachusetts; and also on June 22nd you’ll find the 1st Mustang and Ford Car Show being conducted by the South Jersey Mustang Club at Medford Ford in Medford, New Jersey. Check your calendars, then click on the club links for more info on each event.

Prefer a more traditional Mustang show? After a successful show season-opening MCA National event down in Houston this past March, the Mustang nation is gearing up for the second MCA Nationals show of 2019, dubbed the Northern Star National Mustang Show. For this first-ever Mustang Club of America National event to be held in the Minneapolis area, two Minnesota Mustang clubs have teamed up to host the big show in the Land of 10,000 Lakes: the Southwest Metro Mustang Club, and the Upper Midwest Regional Shelby American Automobile Club.

With the host hotel located in Bloomington, Minnesota, and a wide variety of activities scheduled over the entire June 28-29-30 show weekend, you can expect to find lots to see and do for every member of your family. In addition to all of the great Mustangs you’ll see there, well over 100 restaurants are located in Bloomington, and the show site is only six miles from world-class shopping at the Mall Of America. What’s more, Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, Target Field, Mystic Lake Casino, Canterbury Park Horse Track, numerous theatres and museums, Water Park of America, Valleyfair Amusement Park as well as Paisley Park are within 20 miles of the show.

Of the hundreds of regional Mustang car shows held all across the country each year, the Mustang Club of America selects only a handful as "MCA National" shows. These are the big, memorable, officially judged shows that Mustang lovers will gladly travel long distances to attend – and even plan their family vacations around! Check out the video on the host club’s Facebook page and make plans to head north by month’s end!

If you can only go as far as Cincinnati that weekend, then you can still see a great show. The Queen City Mustangers are presenting their 12th Annual Mustang & All Ford Car Show on Saturday, June 29, at Lakota West High School in West Chester, Ohio. We’ve been to this show, and can vouch you’ll have a great time at this venue.

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.

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 you bring it our for the summer shows.

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 .jpg format, preferably 1MB or higher) 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 summer, 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!