Enthusiasts

Latest News

OCT 3, 2019 | COMPILED BY FORD PERFORMANCE STAFF

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR: PA CLUB PLANS ALL-FORD ‘TRUNK & TREAT’ CAR SHOW

Background

With so many Mustang Club of America regional affiliates hosting their longstanding annual car shows in the coming weeks, to find one that’s in your area it’s best if you simply scroll through all of the choices listed on the MCA’s website HERE. Beyond all of the club-sponsored shows still going on this time of year, there are lots of other fall cruises and Mustang-centric events that are well worth your participation – and many of them for a good cause.

For some pre-Halloween fun, head over to the Fair Grounds in Kimberton, Pennsylvania, next Saturday, October 12, where the Valley Forge Mustang Club is hosting its “Mustang and Ford Trunk & Treat Show.” Decorate your rides, wear a costume, hand out some treats -- and don’t forget to bring the kids.

The following weekend you can head for the sun in Mesa, Arizona, and catch the Copperstate Mustang Club “40th Anniversary Show” being held at the Holiday Inn in Mesa on October 19. If you happen to be down south instead of out west that day, then visit Ray Varner Ford in Clinton, Tennessee, where the Tennessee Valley Mustang Club is hosting its “30th Annual Mustang and All-Fords Car Show” The club links have details.

If you’re looking for a nice getaway this weekend, you can’t do much better than attending the annual “Fall Cruise For A Cause,” event up in The Wisconsin Dells from October 3-6. There you can join fellow Ford enthusiasts stampeding into The Dells from across the country for a weekend of golf, cruises, track time, a banquet, raffle and a great car & truck show – all to benefit breast cancer research. Make sure to get all the info by visiting https://www.cruise4acause.org/

Don’t forget that the FordPerformance.com staff doesn’t just write about Mustang and Ford shows – we attend many of them, too! We’ve got a Ford Performance Meet & Greet session planned for this weekend at the First State Mustang Club’s Annual Fall Show being held at Sheridan Ford in Wilmington, Delaware. Come up to the tent to say “HI” and get a free, full-color Mustang poster! And oh, we’ll also have staff covering the Ford Power Car Show II at the Halderman Barn Museum in Tipp City (Dayton) Ohio, hosted by our friends in the Red Mustang Registry. Check the club sites for more info, and we’ll hope to see you there!

Millennial Mustang Registry President Needs Your Vote!


We often talk about how we wish we could get young people excited about our hobby – but actually doing something about it is a bit more difficult. Well, here’s your chance to help out a young classic Mustang owner. Bradley Belcher, who’ve we’ve highlighted on Ford Performance.com several times before, has his stunning 1965 Mustang Fastback entered in this year’s SEMA Young Guns Builder competition, where the young builder with the most votes will receive the final invitation to compete in the 2019 SEMA Battle of the Builders in Las Vegas. Click on the link above to read the story of how as a young teen, Bradley spent years working on the build of his own dream car – an original Mustang. Then read about how his love for this famed Ford inspired him to become the founder and president of the Millennial Mustang Registry. If that’s not enough to inspire you to vote for Bradley and his 1965 Mustang Fastback, consider this: This car won Best In Show at the annual 1,000-car Mustang Memories show held at Ford World Headquarters last year. And who did the Mustang Club of SouthEastern Michigan (MOCSEM) choose to make this “Best In Show” selection? None other than retired Ford designer Gale Halderman! We figure if the original stylist behind the original Ford Mustang voted for Bradley’s car – perhaps you should, too. Get online and go to SEMA’s Young Guns Builder VOTING PAGE and cast your vote for Bradley Belcher’s 1965 Mustang Fastback. We think both this young Mustang club founder, and the Mustang itself, deserve the recognition!

There’s Still Time to Win a 1-of-1 Venom Metallic 2020 GT500 in Special JDRF Raffle


We’re sure by now you’ve heard that the new 760-horsepower 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 will be hitting dealer showrooms soon. But have you heard that you can win a custom-painted one being raffled-off by Ford and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation?

It’s true! Ford is donating a custom 2020 Mustang Shelby® GT500® adorned in one-of-a-kind Venom paint that will be raffled to benefit JDRF and its battle against Type 1 diabetes. The 2019 JDRF Mustang Shelby GT500 comes in a one-of-one Venom metallic clearcoat – a stealthy charcoal color – with black painted over-the-top racing stripes. It has the Carbon Fiber Track Package, including exposed carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, rear seat-delete, Recaro® leather-trimmed seats and Mustang GT4 track wing.

“Building on the excitement around GT500 is a terrific way to help JDRF fund research and help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes,” said Dave Pericak, Ford director of enterprise product line management. “Not only does this raffle provide an opportunity to win the most powerful production Ford ever, it also speaks to how Ford strives to make people’s lives better.”

Ford has been donating vehicles to JDRF for its raffle fund-raiser for nearly a decade. Ford teamed up with Protean and Penske Vehicle Services to create this custom-colored pony car. Ford and JDRF are aiming to sell 75,000 raffle tickets during this annual fundraiser to raise money for JDRF, which is an international leader in Type 1 diabetes research funding, programming and awareness.

The first-place raffle winner takes home the Venom Shelby GT500. The second-place winner will receive an all-inclusive VIP race experience for two to the 2020 Daytona 500. Tickets can be purchased online at https://p2p.onecause.com/jdrfgt500 until Nov. 10. Tickets cost $10 each. The drawing will be held Nov. 14 at the Ford Conference and Event Center, 1151 Village Road, Dearborn, Mich. The winner does not need to be present at the raffle drawing to win.

In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know about the new Shelby Mustang, this all-new GT500 really lives up to its heritage, delivering the quickest street-legal acceleration and most high-performance technology to date ever offered in a Ford Mustang. Arriving this fall, the Shelby GT500 features the most power- and torque-dense supercharged V-8 in the world with 760 horsepower and 625 pounds-feet of torque from its Ford Performance 5.2-liter engine. Thanks to its first-in-class Tremec® TR-9070 DCT 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Shelby GT500 achieves a 0-100-0 in just 10.6 seconds – an acceleration experience typically reserved for supercars. Get your JDRF raffle ticket by Nov. 10 and you could be driving a unique one!

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.

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!