Eric English
February 4, 2014

Horse Sense: Next year will be a giant one for Mustang shows across the country as the Mustang celebrates its 50th birthday on April 17, 2014.

We've finally decompressed from a four-day Mustang-fest held outside of Seattle, which has to rank as one of the longest-running Mustang events anywhere—not to mention being one of the largest. Held annually in the 'burb of Bellevue, Washington, the big event is admirably run by local club Mustangs Northwest, whose army of volunteers really deserves kudos for a job well done.

The four days lay out like this: Day 1 (Thursday) is the Ride and Drive, or open-track by another name. Day 2 (Friday) is a Pony Trails car caravan that takes in some of the back roads and natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Day 3 (Saturday) is a Mustang Club of America sanctioned judged show, followed by a banquet/casino night with noteworthy guest speakers, and Day 4 (Sunday) is a massive People's Choice show that welcomes anything Ford-powered.

The final car tally for this year's People's Choice show exceeded 800 cars. It's an interesting mix of old and new, perhaps in the 50/50 range, and enthusiasm for each seems never-ending. Got a favorite? You're likely to see it at the Sunday show, which also consists of manufacturers, vendors, and a chassis dyno for those inclined to “run what you brung.”

Highlights for this year's show? Well, in the MCA-judged show, it was hard to overlook Arild Thu's just-finished '70 Boss 429, while in the People's Choice ranks, there were about eight times as many cars to draw favorites from. All in all though, it would be hard to trump the appearance of the all-out custom Mach Forty, a stunning work of craftsmanship, to put it mildly

The mix of old and new is quite a bit different at the track day, with late-model cars substantially outnumbering the vintage iron. No matter though—everyone had plenty of fun on the historic road course at Pacific Raceways, where Parnelli Jones actually clenched the 1970 Trans Am season championship for Ford in a School Bus Yellow Boss 302. Best of all, there was no significant damage to any of the participants or their vehicles!

With next year being the Mustang's 50th birthday, we're already looking forward to Roundup 2014. Maybe it's the year you should check it out!

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The mix of old and new is quite a bit different at the track day, with late-model cars substantially outnumbering the vintage iron

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