The Mustang Club of America (MCA) revealed their plans to celebrate the Ford Mustang’s 50th anniversary on the original pony car’s birthday April 17th. The celebration will take plan at two locations from April 16-20, 2014, with Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway playing hosts to the east coast / west coast events. Ford Motor Company, whom is among the sponsors of the event(s) will also play host to its own Mustang birthday bash to be held over July 4th in Dearborn.
All American Pony Car first debuted at the World’s Fair in New York on April 17th, 1964. Ford projected annual sales of 100,000 units of the coupe and convertible sports car, but sold through that amount in the first 90 days alone. The Mustang went on to set records sales of over 500,000 units in its first 12 months and topped a million units sold before the end of the 1966 model year. Ford quickly added three assembly line to keep up with production and added the fastback 2+2 and GT variants on the Mustang’s 1st anniversary.
The MCA is the result of Stan Jones placing a classified ad in the Atlanta Journal Constitution suggesting that classic Mustang owners meet for a car show at Stone Mountain Park on April 11, 1976. Thirty enthusiasts replied and attended that first event. By 1978 more than 100 were attending the bi-annual car show and the club was formed by Stan Jones, George White, Gary Goddard, Tom Taylor and 10 other s who attended the first business meeting. The club originally focused on the classic 1965-1973 Mustangs, but expanded in 1986 to include all Mustangs. Today the club has more than 11,000 members and almost 200 regional chapters throughout the world, and more than 7 million Mustangs have been sold.
The Mustang Club of America has gone on to host the 30th, 35th, 40th, and 45th Anniversaries of the Mustang in cooperation with Ford Motor Company and other sponsors. Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte has was host to the first two events including the 30th Anniversary Show which President Bill Clinton attended along with his ’67 convertible flown in from Arkansas on a USAF C-141 jet transport.
The 50th Anniversary will mark the first time the MCA has held the Anniversary Show in two locations with the East Coast / West Coast format. The July 4th celebration at Ford’s Corporate Headquarters will most likely be the largest single gathering of Mustangs ever. We expect that show to follow the format of Ford’s recent 100th Anniversary Celebration.