The Ancient City National Mustang Show
Presented by the Jacksonville Mustang Club
The oldest city in the nation and one of the oldest schools in the Sunshine State teamed up to create the perfect venue for the Ancient City National Mustang Show, presented by the Jacksonville Mustang Club. St. Augustine, Florida was the location, boasting 450 years of colorful history to draw upon with more than 60 historically themed attractions that bring to life the rich legacy of the nation’s oldest city. After admiring a great collection of cars during the day, Mustang drivers had the opportunity in the evening to sample dozens of fine restaurants, attractions, museums, and shops. The Old Town Trolley, parked at the show, was available for tours of the historic district.
The event location itself was the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, (FSDB) established back in 1855. Its mission is the education of deaf or hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired students from preschool through 12th grade. Singer Ray Charles is one of their most famous former students. Their beautifully manicured, 80-acre campus was the perfect place for a car show, with shady Southern Oakes draped with Spanish Moss and room to display the more than 350 vehicles at the event.
Although Mother Nature provided a soft water car wash on Friday, Saturday dawned bright and sunny, showcasing the collection of cars in every color of the rainbow. Yesteryear DJ Services entertained the crowd with golden oldies throughout the day, vendor booths had the latest upgrades for your ride, and food trucks kept your tank from running on empty. The Saturday evening cruise treated drivers to a combination of camaraderie and a Low Country Boil at Aunt Kate’s restaurant in town. The Sunday morning awards ceremony saw a packed house in the FSDB auditorium where drivers and spectators gathered to applaud as their friends advanced to the stage for their trophies. More than 350 registered vehicles competed for 250 awards so the odds were good that you would come home with a new addition for your mantelpiece. The timing of this year’s show could not have been better. It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate National Mustang Day, Sunday, April 17 with several hundred close friends.
For many years, the Jacksonville Mustang host club has been a supporter of the DLC Nurse and Learn Child Care Center in Jacksonville for children with serious disabilities. Proceeds from this year’s show will assist both the Center and FSDB.