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The 35th Mustang Anniversary Celebration
Needless To Say, We Didn't See Many F-Bodies On The Streets Of Charlotte
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The 35th Mustang Anniversary Celebration proved you can never have too many Mustangs in one city. Shelby Mustangs, Saleens, Cobraseverywhere you turned a kickin Mustang wasnt too far away. If its Mustang-related, it was in Charlotte, North Carolina, April 14-18. The best thing about this event was that you actually saw a bunch of specialty Mustangs on the street. Once in a blue moon you might spot a Saleen where you live; in Charlotte it was commonplace to see a Saleen on the road, not to mention Shelby GT-350s and other killer Mustang hardware.
Being a Mustang Club of America (MCA) function, the show field was filled with bone-stock 5.0 and SN-95 Mustangs (imagine that, stock). Were used to seeing Mustangs with blowers, aftermarket wheels, custom paint, nitrous, and the like. We thought stock Mustangs were few and far between until we attended this show. But we found plenty to get stoked over.
The open track sessions were cool to watch. Any Mustang owner could put their pony on the track for hot laps. Editor Rob Kinnan was able to tag along with Dario Orlando from Steeda during an open track session in the 120 mph class. But the highlight of Robs weekend came when he was able to ride with Paul Brown of HP Motorsports in his World Challenge car. Paul gave Rob an E-ticket ride with speeds reaching in the neighborhood of 165 mph. Passing was allowed, and although there was a limit to how fast you could go according to what class you were in, it didnt appear that anyone was being hassled for exceeding that limit.
If you needed parts or performance components for a Mustang, your VISA card could have easily been given a workout by the large number of vendors at the show. Mustang Parts Specialties, HP Motorsports, Sanja Performance, Daniel Carpenter Reproductions, and others, were there in force peddling the latest in performance components.
Ford displayed a prototype Cobra R and even took it for some hot laps around Charlottes tri-oval, while Saleen unveiled a 99 wide-body convertible wearing BASF Extreme Rainbow paint. Not to be outdone, Steeda and Roush each had their latest Mustang hotties in attendance. One Roush Mustang still had the factory Ford window sticker on it. We would have given them the full $22,000, but they didnt seem to want to deal. Classic Design Concepts 99 was in attendance and all decked out with the companys latest additions. Paul Svinicki also had Inform Designs 99 blown droptop for everyone to drool over (Click Here To See The Inform Designs Mustang).
Even if youre not into the date-codedhoses Mustang scene, the 35th Mustang Anniversary Celebration had a lot to offer. Where else can you see a ton of cool Mustangsvintage and late-modelheating up the track and show area?
If you didnt make it to the 35th, make plans now to attend the 40th. Its bound to happen, probably at the same location. Every Mustang owner must attend a show of this magnitude at least once in their life. Except next time we would like to see Les Baer or Billy Glidden or Jimmy Keen bring their car to the event to get some open track time. Their cars may not handle very well, but it sure would be cool to see one of them blast down the front straight at over 170 mph. That would rock!
Hope to see you there in five years. It will be well worth the trip.