Donald Farr
Former Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 1, 2003

Historic Racing Displays: We've never seen so many historic Ford race cars in one place. Here's a sampling: The Jerry Titus '68 Shelby Trans Am Mustang, all three of the '66 Le Mans-winning GT-40s, the Roush '92 IMSA GTS Mustang (Daytona 24-Hour winner), the Al Joniec '65 A/FX "Batcar" Mustang, the Gas Ronda '6811/42 Cobra Jet Mustang, and the Tasca Ford '69 Super Boss 429. And that's just a fraction of the cars displayed.

Dap Tour: On Saturday, the Mustang Club of America, Team Mustang, and the local UAW hosted a barbecue at the Dearborn Assembly Plant, where participants also received a rare, and what may have been the final, Mustang assembly-line tour at DAP. One hundred preselected Mustang owners were also chosen to have their cars photographed at the end of the line.

100 Icons That Moved The World: One significant vehicle from each year that Ford has been in business was displayed in front of World Headquarters. It was amazing how many milestone Fords were found for this exhibit. Mustangs included Vaughan Wyant's '6411/42 Indy Pace Car hardtop, Joseph Errante's original-owner '65 GT hardtop, John Regan's '70 Boss 429, and Jim and Rick Schmidt's 150-millionth Ford '79 hatchback.

Heart And Soul: Selected by journalists, the 25 Heart and Soul vehicles included a 1914 Model T, '49 Ford, '55 Thunderbird, and Bob Fria's (first hardtop) '6411/42 Mustang.

Model T Journey: They weren't Mustangs, but it was great to see original Model Ts used to ferry attendees around a closed course.

Celebrities: Ford racing celebrities on hand included Carroll Shelby, Parnelli Jones, Don Nicholson, John Force, Steve Saleen, Ned Jarrett, and a number of Winston Cup drivers who were conveniently in town for the weekend's race at Michigan International. Parnelli Jones even joined a group of Boss 302 owners for an impromptu photo session. William Clay Ford and Edsel Ford were also spotted on several occasions as they wandered through the festivities.

Concept Cars: They were all there, including the Concept GT coupe and convertible, all three existing Ford GTs, the Forty-Niner, and the Ford 427.

Driving The Proving Grounds: On Friday, participants had a chance to drive their cars on the famous Ford Proving Grounds, located near World Headquarters.