Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
June 1, 2016

The Mustang Club of America has been an integral part of the Mustang hobby for four decades. From the early years of vintage-only membership, to the current MCA—one that promotes driving and enjoying Mustangs as much as preserving and restoring them—it is an organization that takes Mustang ownership to the next level. Over the last ten years the MCA, while steadfastly creating and maintaining a high-level of education and judging standards for all generations of Mustangs, has also branched out to feature more driving events, cruises, track functions, and such to celebrate what the Mustang was built to do in the first place—be driven and enjoyed.

The MCA, working with its marketing partner Down the Road Marketing (who is also responsible for the upcoming MCA 40th Celebration this coming September 2016 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway), has created an inaugural event series of two Mustang Expos. These expos are to feature MCA sponsors such as Ford Motor Company, BFGoodrich, and more, holding tech and historical seminars in conjunction with an open track high performance driving event, autocross layout, and a static non-judged car show. Additionally, unlike a large MCA National show, which features static judging in multiple classes, you do not need to be an MCA club member to attend these expos (however a discount is provided to MCA members for the open track high performance driving event).

The first expo, dubbed the MCA Spring Mustang Expo, took place this past weekend in Georgia, with the event dates of May 27th and 28th, 2016. We decided to head up to Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, GA to see what the MCA had in store. The event was what some would call “intimate,” allowing the host club, the Music City Mustang Club and the MCA to put on a top notch event without any real issues. We’d estimate there were about 30 cars enjoying the track event and about 50-75 cars on the opposite side of the catch fence in the display-only car show area. Expo seminars were well attended and featured John Clor from Ford Performance, Lonnie and Jason Childress from Gateway Mustang (representing BFGoodrich), Lyle Sturgis from Roush Performance, and more. Everywhere we looked people were enjoying themselves and the MCA and Down the Road Marketing took plenty of notes to improve upon the expo event series. The MCA’s Fall Mustang Expo will be at the Autobahn Circuit in Joliet, IL October 1st and 2nd, 2016. To register for the fall event check out the details at

The MCA expo concept includes seminars from key MCA sponsors. This first event had six one-hour seminars that were well attended. Here, Lonnie Childress of Gateway Mustang provides attendees a no-stress basic course in performance track driving for those that have never been on track before.
Additional seminars included John Clor from Ford Performance discussing the six Mustang secrets (one for each generation). Attendees were given a nice parting gift at the end of John’s discussion—an ultra-rare and hard to find Ford Shelby G.T.350 dealer sales brochure!
The MCA Expo included a display-only car show. The mix of cars was great and though it leaned towards late-model, there were several really nice Fox-era Mustangs and plenty of vintage Mustang iron we would be proud to call our own. See the photo gallery for them all!
Track action was constant all weekend with several run groups from novice to expert so everyone would feel comfortable on track. Here Liz Hensley is stretching her Mustang’s legs, though that’s not just any Mustang—that’s one of 1,964 50th Anniversary package 2015 Mustang GTs she’s taken to tracks all over the Southeast.
There were several built GTs and 2012-2013 Boss 302s, but the most fun on track seemed to be coming from the new Ford Shelby GT350 owners. This GT350R had the right idea.

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