Mustangs By the Sea in Ventura, California
Ponies by the Sea 2015
With at least a half-dozen Mustang clubs within a 100-mile radius of the Los Angeles area, we’ve been making the rounds quite a bit in the last month or two when it comes to covering the numerous Mustang shows that take place this time of year. Beginning with the Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club (LASAAC) show on Santa Monica pier last September, we were at Galpin Ford the very next day looking in at that dealership’s now annual event. Soon after that, we were down in Long Beach for the Beach Cities Mustang Club’s Ponies at the Pike event where more than 300 Mustangs and other Ford cars were on hand.
Heading north this time, we rode up the cost to the beautiful Ventura Marina where the Tri-County Mustang Club held its 28th Annual Ponies by the Sea show this past October 11, 2015. As with the other shows, an extensive selection of vintage Mustangs as well as other Ford classics were on display to check out at an ideally temperate and breezy coastal location.
Brought by TCMC members residing in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties, some of the cars included a Grabber Blue ’70 Boss 429, several nice ’70 Boss 302s in bright grabber colors, and a rare ’70 Twister Special with R-code 428 Cobra Jet power.
Also at the show was our friend Charlie Richards, who we see often at shows and cruise nights around the SoCal area. His Dark Moss Green ’67 fastback is always a standout and he collected the best-engine award at this event due to its incredible attention-to-detail under the hood. The S-code 390 car originally equipped with a four-speed and now a five-speed, is also a non-GT version adding to its unusual pedigree. It was featured in our November 2012 issue as well as the July 2010 issue of our sister magazine Car Craft. Charlie bought the car from his uncle in 1972, who was the original owner. Proof of Charlie’s 43-year ownership of this super-cool Mustang is evident in the period photo he had on display that shows a definite late-’70s or early-’80s vibe. The car’s styled-steel wheels and Charlie’s chick-magnet sunglasses were too groovy for our camera to pass up.
All in all a great day was enjoyed by everyone, and TriCountyMustangClub.com has club info as well as next year’s show date, which is usually set for the second Sunday in October.