DEARBORN, Mich. - The Southern Illinois Mustang Association (SIMA) is proud to announce that they will be hosting “Mustang II Reunion IV” -- marking the 45th Anniversary of the all-new-for-’74 Mustang II -- in conjunction with the club’s 42nd Annual Mustang and All Ford Round-up on July 20, 2019, at Roberts Ford in Alton, Illinois, just north of St. Louis, Missouri.Second-generation Mustang fans made history back in 2016 when 82 Mustang II’s descended upon the big “Mustang Memories” show at Ford World Headquarters as part of the first-ever national Mustang II Reunion, setting a record for the most Mustang II’s to appear at any single event. Ford Performance, who spearheaded the 2016 reunion show effort to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mustang II Cobra II, won praise in the Mustang enthusiast community for organizing what it thought would be an once-in-a-lifetime event. But it seems that “show-within-a-show” idea has stirred renewed interest in the once-overlooked Mustang II.
In August of 2017, the Mustang Club of Ohio kept the second-gen Mustang momentum going with “Mustang II Reunion II” commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the first T-Top Mustang while headlining the club’s “Annual All-Mustang Show” in Columbus There, more than 30 Mustang II’s joined the celebration. And for 2018, the II Reunion theme returned thanks to the Queen City Mustangers, who included “Mustang II Reunion III” as part of their “11th Annual Queen City Mustangers Pony Trail and Car Show” in West Chester, Ohio, just outside Cincinnati. Reunion III marked the 40th Anniversary of the Mustang II King Cobra with more than two-dozen Mustang II’s in attendance.
Ford Performance will again be on hand for Reunion IV, both for SIMA’s planned Friday night pizza party and to set up a special “Mustang II Reunion IV” Meet & Greet at the Roundup at Roberts Motors. In addition to a Mustang poster giveaway for all show-goers, we’ll have special awards for all Mustang II Reunion participants. All Mustangs and collectible Fords are welcome, but if you happen to own a Mustang II – you won’t want to miss making a trip to the St. Louis area to attend this show. Check the Southern Illinois Mustang Association’s website for details.
Rather have some track time mixed in with your show experience? What could be better than having the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) and Team Shelby get together to co-host their biggest yearly gatherings in one place at the same time? What about having that double-Shelby whammy serve as the warm-up for Race Week leading up to the annual Pittsburg Vintage Grand Prix? That’s exactly what’s taking place in the Northern Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area on Thursday, July 11th through Saturday, July 13th, 2019. There, Team Shelby and SAAC will be hosting both the Team Shelby East Coast Grand Nationals, and SAAC-44, the Shelby American Automobile Club’s National Convention.
The event is open to all Team Shelby and SAAC members, as well as anyone who appreciates all things Shelby. Together the clubs have put together two days of high performance driving at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex, a road rally tour and Poker Run of the western Pennsylvania area, dinner events and evening programs on both Thursday and Friday, alternate activities for those who choose to not track their cars both days, Concours and popular-ballot cars shows, and a few more surprises as well. Beyond two days of Open Track and wheel-to-wheel Vintage Races, as an added bonus participants of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix will join Shelby club members at the track as one of the opening activities of Pittsburgh’s 2019 Race Week, for three full days of on-track action, culminating the following weekend (July 20th and 21st) in Beautiful Schenley Park with cars shows for all marques, an automotive vendor village, food courtyards, and of course the Vintage Racing taking place in and around the Bob O’Connor Golf Course. Shelby American will be the featured marque of the Vintage Grand Prix this year, so Team Shelby and SAAC members will feel right at home, and are encouraged to stay in Pittsburg for Race Week, enjoying the events that are planned for each day. Visit the SAAC, Team Shelby or the Pittsburg Vintage Grand Prix websites for more details.
Prefer a more traditional Mustang and Ford show? There are plenty of upcoming venues to check out. On the July 13-14 weekend, the North Texas Mustang Club is presenting its “30th Annual Yellow Rose Classic” show indoors at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas. And on Sunday July 14, you have two shows from which to choose: The Mustang Car Club of New England is hosting the “35th Annual MCCNE, Summer All Wheels Car Show” at Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and our friends in the Mustang and Shelby Club of Long Island are holding their “5th Annual Mustang Showdown” at Levittown Ford in Levittown, New York. Click on the links for all you need to know so that you can go.
If the following weekend provides your only days to play and you happen to be on the Left Coast, then you should plan to participate in the annual “Mustangs Northwest Roundup” – one of the country’s premier annual Mustang events. The back-to-back show format put together by Mustangs Northwest includes a “Regional Judged Mustang Show” on Saturday, July 20, 2019, and a “People’s Choice Mustang Show” on Sunday, July 21, both at scenic Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington. The club site has all the info.
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 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 1 mb) 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!