You don’t have to be a Ford fan to want to attend the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, as the annual Monterey Car Week features a wide variety of events that can stir the soul of any enthusiast. But this year will be extra special for FoMoCo followers, as the Featured Marque is “Ford in Trans-Am, celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the Pony Car Wars.”
Described as a car museum springing to life, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event held during the famed Monterey Classic Car Week, and is the only event where cars are doing what they were originally intended to do . . . race. Approximately 550 race cars are invited to compete in the world’s premier motoring event, and are accepted based on the car’s authenticity, race provenance and period correctness. It all happens at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca August 12 to Aug 15, 2021, in Salinas, California.
Blue Oval fans have been given a special opportunity to participate this year via three different Car Corral packages being offered to owners of Mustangs, Shelbys and Ford GT’s. All of them include four-day General Admission, premium reserved parking, an on-track parade lap, an event merchandise kit, plus more memories than you can count. Check out the flyers shown here, get more info on the event website at https://www.weathertechraceway.com or click on this link https://am.ticketmaster.com/laguna/2021RMMR#/ to purchase tickets. Whether you’re interested in the Monterey Car Week Kick-Off on August 6, the Automobilia Pop-Up Show August 10, the McCall’s Motorworks Revival on August 11, the Pebble Beach Tour D’Elegance Presented by Rolex and the Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum on August 12, or all the racing action Aug 12-15 to experience as part of the Ford Car Corrals, it’s time to make plans now!
Prefer to be a Ford “insider.” Then don’t miss the “Team Shelby VIP Experience” at Monterey 2021. You can join Team Shelby, Ford Motor Company and charity partner JDRF to celebrate Monterey Collector Car Week! Enjoy surprises and unbelievable access, including a special new vehicle introduction, trackside luncheon at Laguna Seca, a scenic coastal cruise and a private dinner with Ford execs and racing/Shelby legends. For just $395 per person, it’s the best value for the most fun on Monterey Peninsula. Each package includes a donation to JDRF, the world's largest nonprofit funder of Type 1 Diabetes research. But hurry - space is limited: Click on this link to make it happen!
‘Mustang II Reunion VI’ Helps MCA National Show in Kansas City July 23-25 Reach Sellout Status
Show field registrations for the upcoming “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” Mustang Club of America National Show in Kansas City July 23-25 are officially sold out – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan to head to the Overland Park Convention Center later this month to check out the cars that will be there to dazzle attendees at this much-anticipated event. That’s because for the first time ever, an MCA National show will also be hosting a Mustang II Reunion as a “show within a show.”
For the sixth consecutive year, Ford Performance will sponsor a national Mustang II reunion to bring together 1974-78 Mustangs and fans from across the county. This year’s “Mustang II Reunion VI” during the MCA Nats in Overland Park, Kansas, will celebrate the 46th Anniversary of the 1976 Mustang II Stallion. As with previous II reunions, Ford Performance will offer each registered Mustang II owner a collectable window cling, and the chance for their car to be chosen as one of up to two dozen “Ford Performance Picks” show awards from the Mustang II display area. More than 50 second-generation Mustangs are registered to attend -- second only to the 82 that had appeared at the first national II reunion at MOCSEM’s 2016 Mustang Memories show at Ford World Headquarters.
The “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” MCA Nats is being hosted by the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City, and features all of types of the attractions that MCA National Shows are noted for, including official MCA vehicle judging, an Autocross (courtesy Gateway Classic Mustang, Mid America Cobra Club and Shelby American), a Welcome Reception that has a Q&A session with Shelby execs and a showing of Ford v Ferrari, a Poker Run powered by Team Shelby, plus a Sunday breakfast with a special speaker and the show’s Awards Ceremony, plus online and live auctions.
Mustang II owners have their own Reunion VI party on Saturday night, hosted by Ford Performance, featuring notables from the Mustang II community and a special showing of Robert Kennedy’s video: Adapt Or Die: The Mustang II Story. So whether you’re a Mustang II owner looking to get connected or simply a Ford Mustang fan hoping to check out some of the finest Ford pony cars in the USA of every vintage, just “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” to the MCA National show in suburban Kansas City. After all, (as Dorothy had said), “it’s not where you go, but who you meet along the way.” And that’s what makes the Mustang hobby so rewarding. We’ll see you there!
SVT F-150’s Set to Converge on Charlotte, NC, August 19-21 for ‘LightningMeet 2021’
With the groundbreaking Ford F-150 Lightning All-Electric pickup making headlines of late, owners of the original Ford SVT F-150 performance pickups want the world to know that the enthusiast following for the gas-powered SVT Lightning is alive and well and will be on full display August 19th through the 21st. That’s when the Southeastern SVT Lightning and Harley Club will be hosting “LightningMeet 2021 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. After a Thursday night Meet & Greet party, attendees head to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a show & shine and parade laps on Friday, then for an evening cruise and dinner. Saturday includes a tour of the Famed Holman & Moody shop, plus a Saturday night meet up. We’ve attended the LightningMeet before, and can vouch that if you’re an SVT Lightning fan, you’ll want to be there! The club’s Facebook page has a video and all the info.
Time to Register your Club or Ford Fan Facebook Group with Ford Performance Club Connect
By now you should have heard about a cool Ford Performance initiative called “Club Connect” that can help all Ford and Mustang enthusiasts get connected with both Ford Motor Company and each other. Only those clubs who register with the program are eligible for no-cost promotion and support from Ford Performance, so you owe it to members of your Mustang or Ford vehicle club or online forum to register and appear on our Ford enthusiast club map. All it takes is a visit to www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com and a single click on the “Register Your Club” link. Once you fill out the form and hit “Submit,” you’ll be notified within just a few days of your acceptance in Ford Performance Club Connect -- it’s that simple, and it’s FREE!
The primary goal of our Ford Performance Club Connect program is to get everyone to register their club – at no cost – and get themselves on our Ford enthusiast group map so that we can all connect with each other. Once there, you’ll be able to see all of the other clubs and groups who have registered in your region – not just Mustang clubs, but ALL Ford vehicle organizations. And now we’d like to invite all of you who are part of any Ford vehicle Facebook Group to register with Club Connect, too. Why? Because connecting your Facebook Group with more owners and fans makes your group more worthwhile – and registering with Club Connect will link your online group with participants who may never have known that your group exists.
The value in all of this is that whenever you plan a club or group activity, you can see what other clubs and groups are in your area that you may wish to contact and ask to join you at a show or event. It also allows Ford Performance to see all the clubs and groups in a certain area, so that when we are coming to town or planning a special Ford event in your city or state, you and your club members can be contacted to participate.
It takes only a few minutes for a club principal or board member to register your club and establish a direct link for your members to Ford Performance. And now, you can also register your group and logo with Ford Brand Licensing all in the same process. Have a product or parts question that you want answered? Wish you could get some free club event promotion in our weekly “Fast News” e-blast that goes out to more than a quarter-million Ford fans each Thursday? Looking for event coverage for your show in the Enthusiasts section of FordPerformance.com? Hoping you could find a cool Ford goodie-bag or door-prize item, or a banquet guest speaker? How about requesting on-site show support with an appearance by our Ford Performance Meet & Greet tent, along with FREE Mustang poster giveaways for all show attendees? Individual requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but they can ONLY be awarded to clubs who are registered.
So go to www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com and click on the “Find Your Club” link to see if you are on the map. If not, then act now to register your Ford-based club or Facebook Group so that you can join this special program -- all backed and supported by a real enthusiast staff managed by Ford Performance. If you have questions or want more info, you and your members can always email us at ClubHub@Ford.com, or can simply call our Ford Performance Info Center, toll-free during regular business hours, at 1-800-FORD-788 (800-367-3788).
So what are you waiting for? Get online and make sure you’re connected. Then plan to enjoy your performance Ford later this year so that you can discover the fun and all of the friendly people involved in the world of Ford Performance. We’re sure that being connected with each other and with Ford will make your ownership experience even more enjoyable!
Here's How Easy It Is to Get You and Your Car(s) Featured in Our Weekly ‘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. (Your submission grants us your permission for us to use your copy and photos on our website and other Ford media outlets, edited as necessary.) We'll choose one submission to be featured each week. We hope to see YOU and your collectible Ford in our Fan Spotlight soon!
Now Read Our Enthusiasts News Each Week on Ford Performance Club Connect
One race – one win – was all it took for Henry Ford to generate enough buzz and belief in his engineering among investors to secure funding and launch the Ford Motor Company. At Ford Performance, we have never forgotten where it all began. So we’ve been honoring our heritage, our products and our relentless competitive spirit by shining a light on motorsports and the Ford enthusiast world each week with our Fast News e-newsletter.
From news on our hottest cars and trucks or performance parts to the latest scoop on all the must-see Ford enthusiast events and shows, our weekly Fast News email has been your ticket to stay connected to the company that put the world on wheels. But trying to keep up with emails has left some of you in the dust. So that’s why Ford Performance is now posting our weekly Enthusiast News directly on www.FordPerformanceClubConnect.com -- so you can check it out the next time you’re online without sorting through your email inbox. So put our FordPerformanceClubConnect.com website on your Favorites list, and then hop-in, buckle-up and hang-on each and every week for our Enthusiast News, because like you and all of us in the Ford enthusiast world, we’ll be driving Ford passion!