Rob Kinnan
Brand Manager, Mustang Monthly
May 23, 2016

The club dedicated to six-cylinder Mustangs, the Mustang 6 Association just wrapped up its Mustangs at Manassas (Virginia) cruise and show, and it had members show up from Canada, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Florida, and more states. We’ll let club president Terry Reinhart tell you about it:

“Our first stop on Friday morning (May 6) was at the Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle, Virginia, where we were met by Dan the guide for the National Cemetery and Marie Vayer, a representative for the Missing in America Project (MIAP). MIAP is an organization that looks for the cremated remains of American veterans that have been forgotten and remain in funeral homes, hospitals, and other places. One they’re found and verified by the Veterans Administration as qualified for burial in a National Cemetery, M.I.A.P. conducts funerals with full military honors for them at National Cemeteries around the country.

On the Tuesday prior to our visiting the National Cemetery the cremains of 12 veterans had been buried, some had been in a funeral home since 1986. They were veterans of WW II, Korea, and Vietnam. We went to the site they had been buried to place flags and pay our respects to them and the thousands of other veterans buried at the Cemetery. Each one of us who were there were affected deeply emotionally. MIAP is run totally by donations so M6A made a donation to this worthy cause as did many of the other M6A members. For more information about the Missing In America Project, check out their website at miap.us.

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After leaving the National Cemetery, the M6A members took a short drive to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. In the museum the history of the Marine Corps was shown through all different kinds of displays. The museum is currently in the process of adding an addition that is to be completed next year. It will have displays showing the Marine Corps’ role in conflicts of the 21st century. The museum is one of those places where having just a few hours to visit will not allow a person to see all it has to offer. For me, still having the emotions from the National Cemetery, seeing the displays even further deepened the respect I already had for all those who serve and have served our country.

On Friday evening we had our Hospitality Banquet at the Juke Box Diner in Manassas. The food was great but everyone getting together and seeing old friends and getting to meet new ones was even better. For most it was the first time we had seen each other since October of last year at our first National Show. It was also the first time that the three Terry's of M6A got together: Terry Reinhart, Terry Woods, and Terry Walker. We also had our two Ellens—Ellen Reinhart ("the boss") and Ellen Divan. We enjoyed a wonderful buffet dinner and then everyone went back to their hotel rooms to get ready for the show the following day.

It had been raining most of the week, but on Saturday the rain held off and the day was mostly cloudy, with the sun popping out several times during the day. The show was held at the Manassas Museum in Manassas, VA The original plans had called for us to park off the grounds of the museum, but because of all the rain, parking on the grass would not have been a good idea, so instead the show was held in the parking lot of the museum. The museum director Doug Horhota and his helper Matthew went way above and beyond to accommodate u and help us set up. At the show also was Army recruiter SSG Michael Kasuba and other members of his recruiting staff. The show was sponsored by National Parts Depot, Ford Performance, and Resurrections from Rust (specializing in restorations of first generation Mustangs).

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The show started at 8:00 AM and music was supplied by M6A member and DJ Dwight Hutton and his wife Mary. There were many great door prizes given away that were donated by each of the sponsors as well as a 50/50 drawing. The awards were the Top 25 cars—all the visitors to the show were given a ballot to pick their favorite five cars. At 3:00 the award ceremony was held and the winners awarded their trophies. This was M6A's first Regional Show and the first show that was hosted by M6A alone. We had M6A members traveling from as far away as Canada, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and Nebraska to attend the show.

Though the show may not have had a large turnout compared to other shows, it was a huge success. Everybody had a wonderful time and talked about looking forward to going to our 2nd Annual National Show being held Oct. 1st in Mustang OK, and sponsored by the Oklahoma Mustang Club. Plans are also already being made for next years Regional Show which will be held in Nashville TN.

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