Despite record gas prices, over 200 Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world have registered to participate in the landmark cross-country Mustang road trip for 2009. Hailing from over 30 states and 6 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Africa, and Canada, the caravan is setting records for international participation.
"We have always had participants from around the world, but this year is shattering all previous records," says Event Coordinator Sam Haymart. "Over 50 parties have registered from abroad including over 30 from Australia alone." Most of the participants coming from overseas are planning to rent Shelby Hertz and other Mustangs for the drive, while some are planning to transport their cars to America for the adventure.
The planned caravan drive kicks off in Las Vegas on April 11 at the Shelby Automobiles Factory. Participants will celebrate at an evening reception the night before and will start the drive at the front door of Carroll Shelby's shop. From there, the five-day road trip to Birmingham, Alabama, for Mustang Club of America's big Mustang 45th Anniversary Show at Barber Motorsports Park continues a Mustang tradition.
The '09 Mustangs Across America drive has some new routes and byways planned along old sections of Route 66 as well as off-shoot trips to places like Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Clinton, Oklahoma, for some sightseeing.
Mustangs Across America organizes the convoy drive with a schedule of about 400 miles a day with planned staging areas, lunch stops, and overnight accommodations. The group works with local chambers of commerce, clubs, and sponsors to add local events, tours, and gatherings along the five-day road trip. Enthusiasts are welcome to join in the adventure for the entire trip or just for a short segment or two.
"The 45th Anniversary Drive is shaping up to be the biggest Mustangs Across America drive ever," says Haymart. "Hotels are already filling up in many overnight stops and we are adding third and fourth properties to keep up." The Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary drive is expected to garner over 500 Mustangs in the group to make their way to the MCA Show in Birmingham. More information can be found at www.mustangsacrossamerica.com.
Mustangs Across America 45th Anniversary Drive Schedule: Friday, 4/10/2009: Kick-off and Welcome Reception - Las Vegas Saturday, 4/11/2009: Las Vegas to Holbrook, AZ Sunday, 4/12/2009: Holbrook to Santa Rosa, NM Monday, 4/13/2009: Santa Rosa to Mustang, OK Tuesday, 4/14/2009: Mustang to Shreveport/Bossier City, LA Wednesday, 4/15/2009: Shreveport/Bossier City to Birmingham, AL Thursday - Sunday 4/16 - 4/19, 2009: Attend the MCA 45th Mustang Anniversary Celebration (separate registration required with Mustang Club of America Event) Sunday, 4/19/2009: Mustangs Across America Dinner Banquet
About Mustangs Across America
Mustangs Across America Inc. is an event promotion group that has been organizing cross-country drives for large Mustang Club of America anniversary events since 1994. Led by a close-knit group of enthusiasts, the events have been organized over the years in concert with the volunteer teamwork of several Mustang Clubs and sponsors across the country to bring enthusiasts an adventure of a lifetime.
Mustangs Across America events have attracted hundreds of participants of all ages and walks of life from all over the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Europe to join together in the adventure. Mustangs Across America has become an institution in the Mustang hobby, having organized many cross-country drives, including the '94 30th Anniversary and '04 40th Anniversary drives. The latter was the basis for the Discovery/Travel Channel Documentary Kings Of The Road - Mustangs Across America that still airs on TV today. In 2004, over 300 Mustangs took part in the MAA Drive.
Interested parties can log onto the Mustangs Across America Web site, www.MustangsAcrossAmerica.com or send a SASE to the address below for entry forms.