Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
April 20, 2014

Charlotte Motor Speedway was home to thousands of Ford Mustangs this weekend as Ford enthusiasts from all over the world poured into the area to celebrate the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration. With a dual celebration in Las Vegas, the event was bound to be a huge hit with enthusiasts from all over.

Brian's 2010 supercharged GT that I had the pleasure to ride in.

One of the feats to be conquered was the Friday Night Cruise, a Guinness Book of World Records attempt to pack as many Ford Mustangs as possible into a cruise from ZMax Dragway near the Charlotte Motor Speedway to Kannapolis in a 35 minute trip.

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With menacing rain clouds threatening overhead, I headed to the drag strip to see if I could hitch for the cruise. With many people bringing their family and friends along for the ride, I was on a mission to find someone who was riding solo. That’s when I came across Brian Longstreth, from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, in his black supercharged 2010 Ford Mustang GT.

Brian welcomed me into the Mustang and introduced me to his daughter, Lindsey, and wife, Melody, riding ahead in Lindsey's '07 Ford Mustang. As soon as we started to get into the cars and start the engines, rain started to sprinkle the windshields. We jumped in and before we knew it, we were rolling through the hilly back roads.

Despite the dreary weather, enthusiasts lined the roads the whole way to downtown Kannapolis under umbrellas and car hatches to wave and cheer on the passing parade of Stangs. Once we arrived to the quaint, pretty town of Kannapolis, we all parked and met up with our umbrellas to listen to the live band and half a piece of Mustang birthday cake.

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After hanging out on the town, it was time to grab some grub with my new adopted Mustang family and their club -- Mason Dixon Mustang Club -- before hitting the sack to start another day here at the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration.

We don't know for sure yet how many Mustangs were on the cruise, but it was said that it was close to 1,100 which would indeed shatter the old record of 620. We can't wait to get the final tally!

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