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MAY 2, 2024 | Compiled by Ford Performance Staff

Get Out To The ‘Ford Enthusiast Nationals And Shelbyfest’ This Weekend In Jefferson City, MO

Ford Enthusiast Nationals promotion flyer

With Mustang’s birthday celebrations slowly fading in our rearview mirror, it’s now time to get you Mustang out of the barn and saddle up for the big spring gathering known as the Ford Enthusiast Nationals and 17th Annual Shelbyfest that’s taking over Jefferson City, Missouri, this weekend – May 2-3-4. This all-Ford and -Mustang Rally in historic Downtown Jefferson City, the state capital of Missouri, offers you the chance to explore the city and cruise the scenic Missouri River Valley on Thursday and Friday. Or if you’d rather go fast, you can sign up for Track Attack sessions and Driver Education Training (plus Parade Laps!) by Gateway Classic Mustang on both days at nearby Ozarks International Raceway in Gravois Mills, MO. Friday night there’s the Welcome Reception and Charity Cruise In at the host hotel, including food, drink and live music. Of course, the big attraction is all of the great cars and vendors at the Saturday Show & Shine along the dogwood-lined streets of Downtown Jefferson City beginning at 8:30 a.m. until the awards ceremony at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the Ford Performance Club Connect display and get a free commemorative Mustang 60 Years mini-poster just for stopping by and saying “Hi.” The Saturday night banquet at the host hotel promises many surprises, with guest speakers including Dan Neve of Cruise For a Cause, Shelby American Vice-President Vince LaViolette, and a special ‘Mustang 60 Years’ presentation by author/columnist John Clor, who is Enthusiast Communications Manager for Ford Performance. All in all, this is one fun-filled Mustang weekend you won’t want to miss. All Mustangs and Fords are welcome, so forget about yard work and check out the Shelbyfest website for full details.

Experience Ford’s Mustang GT3 Program with the Dream Package to Attend the 24 Hours of LeMansLeMans promotion for Mustang Owners

As any racing fan can tell you, Ford’s return to Le Mans is set for June 12th through the 16th and with this bucket-list motorsports event coming up fast, Ford Performance has pulled together a special program for Mustang owners across the globe. You can now sign up for a very compelling package to attend Le Mans with Ford and to get up close and personal to the exciting Mustang GT3 program.

The program gives Mustang owners and fans a fantastic package deal that includes:

·         General entrance: valid from Wednesday to Sunday – bear in mind that tickets to Le Mans sold out months ago so this is their only access to the race!

·         Parking (1 per 3 participants): The Parking Expo is ideally located across the road from the main entrance.

·         Grandstand ticket: Enjoy the best views of the action with access to the T23 Grandstand, overlooking the legendary Ford chicane.

·         Access to the Mustang Garden: Take time out from the crowds in a tranquil private hospitality area in the heart of the Village, featuring live TV, delicious meals and an open bar. You might even rub shoulders with racing drivers and Ford leaders during our Meet & Greet sessions. Access from Saturday June 15th @ 8 a.m. to Sunday June 16th @ 4:30 p.m.

·         Garage tour & Tyre Compound tour: Get unbeatable behind-the-scenes access with exclusive tours of a Proton Competition garage & Goodyear tyre compound.

·         Precision Driving experience: For the ultimate adrenaline rush, buckle-up for a precision driving experience with none other than Paul Swift himself.

·         Shuttle: Navigate the circuit with a private shuttle service to an ACO hospitality with open bar to enjoy some track action from a different viewing point.

·         Goodie bag: Show your Mustang pride with a goodie bag filled with exclusive, limited-edition merchandise to commemorate your Le Mans adventure.

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Sign up for this exclusive program package HERE – and make you travel plans NOW to attend one of the most famous motorsports events in the world and witness the Mustang GT3 make racing history!


Ford: The Collector’s Edition’ Book & Memorabilia Set Voted Top Collectible of 2024 by the Mustang Owners PodcastTreasured Collectibles

 

With Mustang’s 60th anniversary being celebrated throughout 2024, Ford fans are looking for ways to commemorate the rich history of legendary Blue Oval vehicles. One of the best ways to do just that is via the purchase of “Ford: The Collector’s Edition” history book and memorabilia set -- a true treasure for Ford fans. In fact, it was recently named the “No. 1 Ford Collectible of The Year” by the top-rated Mustang Owners Podcast! After taking the media spotlight with its official introduction at the Carlisle Ford Nationals last June, the centerpiece of “Ford: The Collector’s Edition Set” is easily its massive, 410-page hardbound history book, taking you through Ford’s storied heritage. From Henry Ford’s humble beginnings to Ford’s iconic product lines, contributions to America’s middle class, its war effort and its motorsports triumphs and beyond, this book – penned by a team of authors and editors – is a comprehensive chronicle of Ford’s motorized legacy. Besides the book that features many historical and owner-submitted photos, another popular part of the collector’s set is the storage box of some 25 replica inserts of Ford memorabilia and rarely seen historical documents, from letters written by Thomas Edison to Henry Ford and telegrams to company business docs and promotional literature – even several replica vehicle brochures. But the fan-favorite part is easily the bonus set of 10 finely crafted replica Ford vehicle badges mounted on black velvet in the lid of the superb presentation case. They are stunning and really bring Ford’s heritage to life!

Nothing like this has ever been done before for any American automaker and will likely never be done again. Ford fans everywhere can experience the unparalleled history, beauty, and excitement of 121 years of Ford Motor Company with this truly one-of-a-kind book, badges & memorabilia set. Don’t miss this extraordinary opportunity to secure your own “Ford: The Collector’s Edition” set, or to gift one to the Ford fan who thinks they “has everything” Ford – because they don’t have this, and they’ll surely cherish this limited-run mega Ford collectible forever. Simply visit https://IconicGlobalSports.com to order yours right now and have it shipped directly to your door via UPS.

Celebrating the Mustang? Find Some Inspiration with an Insightful Book by Emeline King, Ford’s 1st Black Female DesignerEmeline King book cover

Some well-read Mustang enthusiasts may have heard of Emeline King, as she was the primary designer on the fourth-generation SN-95 Mustang’s swoopy dual-cockpit interior. But what most people likely do not know is that Emeline was the first black female Transportation Designer in Ford Motor Company’s history. She went on to design a variety of components on other Fords, including the Thunderbird, during her nearly 25 years at the Blue Oval. And now she’s written an inspirational 366-page softcover book entitled. “What Do You Mean A Black Girl Can’t Design Cars? Emeline King, She Did It!” It’s on sale now across the book world, but we recommend you order your copy via her website, It’s an insightful read and would make a great gift for any Mustang or car enthusiast – young or old – or for anyone who’s ever dreamed about designing cars but thought it could ever happen.

Here’s Why You Need to Register your Club or Facebook Group with Ford Performance Club ConnectFord Club Connect homepage

By now you must have heard about a Ford Performance program 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 we want to include 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 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!

Want to Be Noticed on Ford Performance.com? Get You and Your Car(s) in Our ‘Ford Fan Spotlight’Two Mustangs in a parking lot for the Ford Fan Spotlight

For more than a decade now, 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 Inbox? Get Weekly Enthusiast News on Ford Performance Club Connect.comClub connect enthusiast news

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 now 120 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. Read it and share it with your club or group or even include it in your newsletters. 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!