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AUG 4, 2022 | By John M. Clor

Ford Celebrates 75 Years Of F-Series Trucks With Woodward Dream Cruise Sponsorship

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Any enthusiast who loves Detroit Iron knows about the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in suburban Detroit -- the biggest one-day classic car event on the planet. With some 1.5 million people and nearly 40,000 collectible cars, the Woodward Dream Cruise is truly a Bucket List event that you simply must experience to appreciate. And with Ford’s announcement that it will again be the primary sponsor for the annual cruise for 2022, you can bet it’s going to be better than ever!

"There's nothing else like the Woodward Dream Cruise and it's the reason Ford is extending its presenting sponsorship of America's largest automotive gathering for a fifth-straight year," said Rob Johnston, Ford Performance marketing manager. "In addition to the exciting Mustang and Bronco brand families of vehicles we'll have on display, this year we will celebrate 75 years of F- Series trucks, from street trucks to workhorses to the all-new electric F-150 Lightning."

In addition to the latest Ford F-150, Ford F-150 Lightning, and vintage Ford F-Series trucks, FoMoCo will bring a host of vehicles to this year's Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, August 20th, 2022, including the Ford Bronco Raptor, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Heritage Edition, and a host of other models and digital experiences for fans to enjoy. In addition to a special display and parking for Bronco at the cruise, Ford fans always flock to Mustang Alley, where hundreds of Stangs of every vintage dominate the Ford display along 9 Mile Road at Woodward every summer.

"The Woodward Dream Cruise brings people together in a positive way and celebrates the auto industry's past, present, and future," said Michael Lary, president, Woodward Dream Cruise. "Thanks to our relationship with Ford we can keep this automotive event rolling as a tradition that is beloved by enthusiasts of all ages and that supports our community in myriad ways. We are extremely excited to build on the partnership in the coming years." See the Woodward Dream Cruise website for more info.

But Wait, There’s More: The Day After Woodward, Don’t Miss MOCSEM’s Massive Mustang Memories All-Ford Show in Dearborn

If you've been waiting for that one, extra-special enthusiast event to attend this summer, this is it: The annual "Mustang Memories All-Ford Show & Swap" held on Sunday, August 22nd. It’s one of the biggest Mustang & Ford shows in the country (500 vehicles are expected this year, and more than 800 next year when the show returns to Ford World Headquarters), and it’s hosted by MOCSEM, one of the biggest Mustang clubs in the USA – all in Ford's own backyard. For 2022 Mustang Memories is being held the AAA Administrative Offices in Dearborn, Michigan, and includes goodie bags, Mustang celebrities, special feature vehicles, a huge vendors midway, food trucks, a product raffle and a 50/50 drawing, plus Women’s Row and kids’ activities. Space is strictly limited to 500 vehicles so pre-registration will be required (all vehicles must be Ford-powered). Spectator admission is $5 and kids 12-and-under are free. Get all the details on the club website. The show will also host the final stop for the “Team Shelby Dearborn Invasion,” where Shelby fans and owners have a variety of events planned in during Woodward week leading up to the big Mustang Memories show. We hope all Ford and Mustang fans stick around the day after the Dream Cruise to experience Mustang Memories!

Time to Register your Club or Ford Fan Facebook Group with Ford Performance Club Connect 

By now you should have heard about a 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 some 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? 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 right now and click on the “Find Your Club” link to see if you are on the map. If not, then register your Ford-based club or Facebook Group today so that you can join this special program -- all backed and supported by a real enthusiasts at 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 ‘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 online every three weeks. 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 119 years ago. 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!

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