Steve Turner
Former Editor, 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
September 1, 2009
Photos By: John Moore
Though the show was spread out and required transport around the big, beautiful Barber facility to see it all, you would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful backdrop for the Mustang's 45th birthday party. There were horses of every year, and nearly every variation to behold. If you love Mustangs, this celebration was a feast for the eyes. Where else would there be a Mustang statue rearing up over the judged show field? Seriously.

Most of us aren't too excited about the idea of blowing out 45 candles on a birthday cake, but when it comes to celebrating 45 years of Mustangs, it's easy to get hyped up. Fortunately the Mustang Club of America provided the perfect venue to bust out that celebratory spirit-a 45th Anniversary show at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. This fittingly gorgeous facility provided a picturesque backdrop that brought Mustang fans from all over the globe together with their favorite cars and the company that produced them.

Some 2,300 Mustangs and 52,000 enthusiasts filled the Barber facility reaching a fitting crescendo on Friday April 17, the day the Mustang debuted 45 years ago. From the touching display of original Mustang owners, to the massive vendor area, to the flowing show fields, the 45th delivered a static show to behold. Moreover, the open-tracking, Mustang Challenge racing, and drifting exhibitions provided a welcome energy.

Overall, it was a Mustang event you'll regret missing. If you were there, you likely had the same trouble we did. Every few steps we had to stop and take a picture because we saw another cool, rare, or unusual Mustang. We can only give you a glimpse of the massive event here, but after you check these highlights, jump over to our website, and check out the hundreds of pictures in our photo gallery.