A highly regarded pony car that helped to start the pony car craze, the Mustang was officially born on April 17, 1964 when first introduced to the American public. The car evolved through many incarnations -- some with high approval -- and some with a lukewarm welcome at best. Many classic Mustangs achieved fame because of well-known movie roles. Think "Bullitt" with Steve McQueen driving a 1968 GT in Highland Green, and Eleanor, a '67 Shelby GT500, from "Gone in 60 Seconds," driven by Nicholas Cage. In Michigan, the home of the Mustang, visit one of these shows in your local area to see these classic cars or put your own Mustang on display.
Mustang Memories - Dearborn
Held for one day only, Sunday, August 7, 2011, this show takes place at Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. It begins at eight in the morning when the gates open. If you plan to enter your car for judging, register early, as there are only 500 show slots available. Judging criteria includes paint, trim, glass, wheels, interior and engine. In 2011, this show is also a "Bullitt" reunion, and is the culminating event of a three-day show put on by the International Mustang Bullitt Owners Club. Mustang Memories show producers expect about 800 Ford vehicles to be in attendance.
ROUSH Collection Open House - Livonia
Thursday, June 16th marks the date of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan's ROUSH Collection Open House and Cruise-In at the Roush facility held at Livonia, Michigan. The event is free to the public and showcases the connection between Roush Enterprises and Mustang. The performance division of Roush offers a variety of packages to make your pony run better and faster. Expect to see a variety of Roush Mustangs and possibly a Roush-enhanced Ford truck or two.
Onstead Show Car Nationals - Brooklyn
Saturday, July 16, 2011, Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, is home to the Onstead Car Nationals. Judging is limited to 700 entries for this Mustang event, and pre-registration is highly recommended. A charity event hosted by the Onstead Kiwanis, it kicks off with a Pancake Breakfast put on by the Boy Scouts. Also a Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan-sanctioned event, there will be plenty of Ford muscle at the show and in the cruise.
All Ford and Mustang Car Show - Birch Run
Going strong for eighteen years, the All Ford and Mustang Car Show has a new home in 2011. Registration starts at the Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan at 8:00 am and lasts until noon on Sunday, September 21st. All entries have to be Ford-based and powered. Specialty Mustangs, such as those made by Shelby, Roush or Saleen have their own categories for judging, although there will be many other Mustang variations found at the show.
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