Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
May 8, 2017
Photos By: Mustang Owner Museum

At the National Mustang Day event held this past April in Charlotte, North Carolina the Mustang Owners Museum principals announced not only the official grand opening dates and activities, but that a new, more accessible location had been sourced. The original location at Pitt School Rd. had sidewalk and road restrictions that would have made the building smaller than they would have liked. The new location is one mile north of Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Carpenter Industrial Complex, home to both Dennis Carpenter and Daniel Carpenter Ford/Mustang restoration products companies. The new location will provide for a larger facility and ample parking for events such as Mustang shows, cars & coffee type events, and more.

Designed as a two story facility, the Mustang Owners Museum will encompass 42,000 square feet per floor. Parking for up to 800 vehicles in lots across the street and east of the facility (in addition to the museum’s main parking lot) will allow for events to be hosted all year long. Inside, museum officials are planning several different display areas, including Mustang history, racing, specialty builds, and a section for each generation of Mustang, an area for “Mustang kids” and much, much more. A theater at the main entrance will provide an introduction to the Mustang and the museum itself. The museum’s displays are meant to be a fluid and ever changing scenario, as vehicles and displays will rotate in and out to coincide with major events, historical dates, and the like. Additionally, the Dennis Carpenter Ford Museum has agreed to be open during Mustang Owners Museum official events.

The official grand opening dates are April 19-22, 2018. During the grand opening days several events will be scheduled, including a welcome party, open track racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a banquet, and more. Due to occupancy limitations (the museum will only be allowed to have no more than 600 people inside at any one time) the museum will require registration and choosing of a time slot to visit the museum during the grand opening celebration weekend. The museum has also decided to hold multiple events, including a private member’s only reveal on April 12-15, 2018 and a National Mustang Day event on April 17, 2018. These additional events will also help alleviate any potential issues with exceeding the occupancy limit. The private member’s reveal will include a welcome party, a Hall of Fame induction ceremony/dinner, and more, while the National Mustang Day event will feature a mid-day opening of the museum for registered entrants of the grand opening events with a cruise to Kannapolis, North Carolina to celebrate National Mustang Day where live music and food will be found at the destination.

For more details on these events as they firm up, to register for the grand opening events, or to become a member of the Mustang Owners Museum, visit www.mustangownersmuseum.com.