Mustang Memories - Thanks For The Memories
The Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan topped 1,000 cars for their annual Mustang Memories show at Ford World Headquarters
Standing in the shadows of Ford’s World Headquarters, Mike Rey was ecstatic when he got the news. As president of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan, Rey had set a milestone attendance of 1,000 cars for the club’s annual Mustang Memories show. By mid morning, someone relayed the report that 1,020 Mustangs and Fords had entered the parking lots at WHQ.
“And they were still coming in after registration closed,” Rey exclaimed. “That makes Mustang Memories one of the largest single-day Mustang and Ford shows, possibly number two behind Fabulous Fords Forever in California.”
Held at Ford’s iconic “Glass House” since 2010, Mustang Memories has grown each year since, mostly due to the dedication of MOCSEM members and no doubt also attributable to the hard work put in by the personable Rey, who was presented with the Lee Iacocca Award during this year’s show as recognition of his tireless contributions.
Of course, for the 2013 show, held on Sunday, August 11, it didn’t hurt that the weather cooperated to the tune of a gorgeous, sunny Michigan summer day. There was no excuse for Mustang and Ford owners not to attend.
Thanks to its location in the heart of Ford country, Mustang Memories not only attracts special vehicles, like Henry Ford II’s special ’64½ Mustang hardtop and the “Boss 429” ’94 Mustang concept, you can also expect to find current and retired Ford employees roaming the aisles. As MOCSEM members, Ford Racing’s John Clor and Mike Laney were both involved with the show. We had a chance to talk with Gale Halderman, who was part of the team that won Lee Iacocca’s design competition for the ’65 Mustang, and ran into Nick Terzes and Sean Carney, current engineers who have been heavily involved in the creation of today’s Mustangs.
Other events were wrapped around Mustang Memories, including an SVT Homecoming hosted by the SVT Owners Association that incorporated a Friday night dinner attended by SVT engineers. Also, over 40 Ford GTs roared into Dearborn for a Ford GT Reunion at the Automotive Hall of Fame adjacent to The Henry Ford.
And speaking of other events held in conjunction with Mustang Memories, we’re hearing rumors that Ford may be making plans for a hometown Mustang 50th anniversary party in 2014, with activities taking place in the days prior to and during Mustang Memories. We can’t think of a better venue, event, or club for such a memorable occasion.