Jeff Ford
April 1, 2004
Photos By: The Mustang & Fords Archives

We're definitely excited about this run, since we are tagging along with the folks from the Great American Pony Drive on a small portion of their adventures in America. Though Primedia and Mustang & Fords are not affiliated with the Great American Pony Drive II, we are planning to pony up our $15 and join the drive. Their whole drive (should you choose to accept the challenge) will encompass 10,450 some odd miles, and a schedule that will cover this country from sea to shining sea, and from the gulf to the great lakes. If you do their whole trip we recommend you have a lot of vacation time and plenty of expendable cash, as you'll be on the road for two solid months-sounds like a good PBS special to us. There are already 163 people signed up on the official site (http://www.ponydrive.us) to do at least one part of the trip; of those, 18 are planning to do the entire trip!

Well, there is a first time for everything. We've never done a trail this long before. We'll travel an estimated 615 miles of interstate to get to the final destination, then, crazy whack jobs that we are, we'll join the Mustang Club of America folks for their Thursday evening jaunt to downtown Nashville. when it's all said and done, we'll head back to Florida on the Monday after the 40th, probably taking two days to return. needless to say, you'll want to slot a good portion of time for the trip.

So plan on coming to the Mustang 40th with us-we'll only get to do this once. Obviously, since this show is the Mustang 40th anniversary we'll be going to, well, a Mustang-only show. we're not saying you can't bring your Falcon, Fairlane, Comet, Galaxie (you get the idea) along for the trail, just that you won't have a place to show at the end. Now, if you just want to drive your Ford on a nice vacation trip that happens to encompass Nashville, then sail on brother (or sister), and we'll welcome you with open arms. Look for more info next month!

The Trail-ERRR Drive
Pony Drive II: Tuesday, April 13, 2004 (overnight stay, leaving Wednesday morning. We recommend you arrive in Ocala after lunch onTuesday.)
Pony Drive II Cost: $15. See the info packet section for details.Departure time: 8:00 a.m. (estimated) from Ocala, Wednesday,April 14.
Start Location: We join at NationalParts Depot, 900 SW 38th Ave.,Ocala, FL on the 13th.
End Location: Nashville, TN.

Up Coming
Next month we have two trails-one at the beginning, and one near the end of the month. The first is set in the beautiful Maryland countryside; the other is at our nearly-annual trek to the Shelby Spring Fling in Nashville, Indiana. This will be our fifth trail at the Spring Fling, and for this one we're heading back to Monroe, Indiana. Hopefully, this year it won't rain.

The first trail will be set in Rockville, Maryland, and will have Montgomery college as our starting point. next month we'll give more precise directions to the site. The fine folks of the National Capitol Region Mustang Club (NCRMC) are planning a show for the Sunday after our trail, so we urge you to stay to enjoy it and the campus setting.

The Trail

  • Pony Trails: Saturday, May 2, 2004
  • NCRMC Show: Sunday, May 3, 2004
  • Pony Trails Cost: Free
  • Departure time: 9:00 a.m.,
  • Drivers' meeting: 8:30 a.m.
  • Start Location: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
  • End location: Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, MD 20850
  • Trail Boss: Jeff Ford (863) 644-0449, jeff.ford@primedia.com
  • Show Contact: Rachel A. Emmons (703) 768-3984, rachel_a_emmons@yahoo.com; Rex Turner (703) 319-3338, rexjturner@netzero.net.