While having the kids back at school signals the end of summer for lots of people, there’s still plenty of getaway vacation weekends left on the Ford and Mustang car show calendar this year. Yes, Mustang club shows are still going strong from coast to coast, from the “End of Summer Cars Show” in Sussex, New Jersey, for folks along the East Coast, to the “23rd Annual Ponies at the Pike Mustang & Ford Show” in Long Beach, California, for the Left Coasters – and yes, plenty of others in-between.
On Sunday, September 15, the Garden State Region Mustang Club presents their End of Summer Car Show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Nielsen Ford in Sussex, New Jersey. The club website link has all the details. And on that same day out West, the Beach Cities Mustang Club is hosting its 23rd annual “Ponies at The Pike Mustang & Ford Show” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Shoreline Aquatic Park in Long Beach, California. Click on the club link for more info.
There’s also a couple of other big shows going on that weekend for those not on the coasts. On Saturday, September 14, you can attend the Central Virginia Mustang Club’s “35th Annual Mustang & Ford Show” from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bass Pro Shops in Ashland, Virginia. And on that same day up in Rapid City, South Dakota, the Rapid Mustang & Ford Club of the Black Hills is hosting the “Rapid Mustang & Ford Club of the Black Hills Car Show” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wilson Park. Simply check the club websites links for complete information.
If this coming weekend is the only time you have to get out and play, then head over to Mustangs Unlimited in Manchester, Connecticut. There you’ll find the Mustang Car Club of New England (MCCNE) hosting its “40th Annual MCCNE, Mustang & Fords Power Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 8. Or stop in at Holman Ford in Maple Shade, New Jersey, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to catch the “39th Annual Mustang & Ford Fall Car Show,” put on by the South Jersey Mustang Club. Also on Sunday the 8th is the “10th Annual All-Mustang Show” at Montrose Ford in Akron, Ohio. We’ve been to this fun-filled 10 a.m. til 3 p.m. show before, which includes dash plaques to the first 150 registered cars, door prizes, raffles, a DJ, plus food and more – plus 42 trophies in 12 People’s Choice & 10 Judged categories. Get details from the good folks putting on the show, the NorthEastern Ohio Mustang Club.
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.
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.
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
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!