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OCT 6, 2022 | By John M. Clor

Catch Ford CEO Jim Farley, Archivist Ted Ryan Talk Mustangs On Special ‘Drive’ Podcast

Drive podcast flyer with Jim Farley and Ted Ryan

Ford CEO Jim Farley is a true car guy and he hosts a podcast on Spotify called DRIVE where he talks with leaders, comedians, celebrities, and people in the automotive space about what they drive and what drives them. This week, to celebrate the new 7th generation Ford Mustang, Jim released a new bonus episode with Ford archivist Ted Ryan where they talk about the Mustang’s role in culture and automotive history as one of the most iconic American cars of all time. Jim and Ted take listener questions and share their personal experiences with Mustang.

Listen to DRIVE on Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts to find out what Mustang was almost called, how Ford got the iconic Mustang on top of the Empire State Building, and other little known Mustang stories. Check out this special bonus episode HERE.

No Need to Hunt Down a Top Mustang Event This Month: ‘Foxtoberfest’ in Charlotte, NC, October 12-15 is the Smart Choice

Looking for the smart choice for the biggest and best Mustang event this month? Then forget about taking a road trip to a cider mill or for a fall color tour, and head to Charlotte, North Carolina, for Foxtoberfest, a show consisting entirely of cars that ride on the 1978-93 Ford Fox-Body platform. This October marks the show’s 11th year, and organizers expect it will be the biggest and best yet, appealing not only to a large portion of the Fox-Body owner base, but to all Mustang fans as well.

Spanning four days, Fox fans can enjoy a large variety of activities such as an open house at Fox Mustang Restoration and Prestige Motorsports, a cruise, poker run, Fox-Body YouTuber meet & greet, Mustang Owners Museum Meet, a hotel kick-off party, and of course the main event of some 700 Fox Bodies on display at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. This show is unique not only because of the niche that it serves, but also because every Fox Body Ford is welcome, regardless of condition. You’ll see low-mileage originals next to multi-colored projects. There are typical trophies for class winners and the show also awards Fox restoration supplies to those deemed most in need.

So head over to the event website to get all the details, then book a stay in Concord, North Carolina, from October 12-15 to experience the pride of Fox Body ownership and share the passion that continues to grow in the Fox community. It’s this month’s smart choice . . . smart like a Fox!

Here’s Why You Need 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!

Would You Like to Be Noticed on Ford Performance.com? It’s Easy 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!


Miss ‘Fast News’ in Your Email Inbox? Now You Can Read Our Enthusiasts News Each Week on Ford Performance Club Connect.com 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!