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Cruising to Florida’s Gulf Coast With 100-Plus Mustang Friends
2016 Silver Springs Pony Trails: Taking to the Florida back roads with National Parts Depot and over a 100 Mustangs and Fords
Sometimes in life it’s not about the destination, but the journey. While car shows are often a polarizing experience, with some people loving the idea of hanging out and chatting about their Mustangs and other people despising the idea of sitting in lawn chairs in a parking lot, what just about any Mustang enthusiast can agree upon is we all enjoy driving our Mustangs. Getting together with club members and friends and caravanning to said shows is quite fun. We know of a lot of Mustang clubs that have regular monthly cruises to obscure and off-beat destinations—museums, car collections, mom and pop diners, and so forth—that often have higher participation than their monthly club meeting!
Every year, on the Friday before the big National Parts Depot Ford & Mustang Roundup at the Silver Springs state park in Silver Springs, Florida, the crew from NPD plans a “Pony Trails” from their Ocala, Florida location to Cedar Key on the Gulf coast of Florida. The ride is just over an hour long and goes through some of Ocala’s beautiful back country (the Ocala area is known for its huge horse farms/stables) and ends in the quaint downtown area of Cedar Key, itself known for its fresh seafood and great fishing. It is also one of the oldest ports in the state and features several great annual events. NPD often sees over 100 cars, dependent on the weather, and everyone heads out for Cedar Key after a brief driver’s meeting at NPD. Arrival is timed to take in the local Cedar Key sights and have lunch at one its famous seafood restaurants, such as Steamers Clam Bar & Grill or Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. Be sure to keep a lookout for NPD’s show in 2017 and join us for a great drive to Florida’s Gulf coast and a beautiful day in Silver Springs state park. You won’t want to miss it!