At one of our previous meetings, I mentioned that the Mustang 55th birthday comes up in 2019 and that a big event was being planned in Charlotte, NC. At that time, there was some question if this was an official MCA sanctioned 55th Celebration or if this was something being promoted by the Mustang Owner’s Museum. I have searched the forums on the MCA website and the following describes what I have learned as of now.
The event in Charlotte is being promoted by the group associated with the Mustang Owner’s Museum. This event will celebrate the Mustang’s 55th birthday (April 17, 2019) and it will also celebrate the official opening of the Mustang Owner’s Museum. At this time, neither MCA or Ford is involved with this event not that either entity is against supporting it. MCA was “burned” in the early 90’s by the first attempt at establishing a Mustang museum so MCA has not been involved with the Mustang Owner’s Museum. I have not found anything concerning Ford’s official position on the Mustang Owner’s Museum but they must have at least given consent to use “Mustang” in their name.
MCA has not done any planning for a 55th Celebration similar to the events put on for the 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th. You may remember that MCA was heavily criticized for the dual locations (Las Vegas and Charlotte) utilized for the 50th Celebration and I think attendance at that event was not up to expectations. Maybe due to that experience or maybe just because a 55th is not as significant as a 50th, MCA decided that it would not plan any event in the April timeframe to mark the birthday. Instead, MCA plans to “celebrate” the birthday at all of the national shows during 2019 and is adding an additional show/track event in July 2019 in Topeka, KS. Location has not been announced but could be Heartland Motorsports Park.
So, what things boil down to seems to be this. If you want to attend an event that encompasses the true Mustang birth date (April 17th), than you should plan to attend the “55 Years of Mustang” and Mustang Owner’s Museum Grand Opening in Charlotte, NC on April 17-20, 2019. The Grand Opening activities will be at the museum building location and the “55 Years of Mustang” show will be located at Charlotte Motor Speedway. A “MOM’s Mustang Drive to 55” is also being planned. It will start in Stockton, CA at Mustangs Plus on April 8th and arrive in Charlotte, NC on April 15th. Preliminary plans seem to have the Drive go through Mustang, OK; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; run the Tail of the Dragon (TN/NC border by the Smokies); and then on to Charlotte. There is information about the Drive on the MOM website (https://www.mustangownersmuseum.com) or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will update this post as I learn more about this event.