Barber Motorsports hosts Mustang’s 45th Anniversary this weekend

Thousands of Mustang enthusiasts from all over the world will converge in Birmingham on April 17, 2009 – officially declared “Mustang Day” by the state of Alabama – to celebrate the 45th anniversary of an American icon: the Ford Mustang.  Ford Motor Company and the Mustang Club of America will mark the 45th anniversary of America’s favorite pony car with a four-day celebration at the Barber Motorsports Park. The event is expected to draw more than 2,500 Mustang enthusiasts and their beloved steeds, as well as hundreds of thousands of spectators.
Adding to the 45th anniversary celebration will be an epic Mustang convoy road-trip from the west that will travel across America’s heartland bringing Mustangs from all over the United States to attend the big event in Birmingham. The convoy – which began in Las Vegas on Saturday, April 11 – is expected to grow to 500 cars from all over the country. The final day’s drive is expected to nearly double in size with people from the entire eastern seaboard joining. Steven McCarley, president of the 11,000-member Mustang Club of America, says the 45th anniversary festivities are expected to draw Mustang fans from all over the world. “We have people coming in from 15 foreign countries, including Australia, Denmark and France,” he said. “And some of them may be bringing their cars with them.” Also in attendance will be nine original owners of the 1964 ½ Mustang and their historic pony cars. On Thursday night, 650 Mustangs will cruise in line from the Barber Motorsports Park to Homewood, a small city 10 to 15 miles outside of Birmingham, for a street party complete with food and live entertainment.
Hundreds of Mustang owners also will be given the opportunity to experience firsthand the excitement of driving their own cars around the racetrack in organized open track run sessions. “Many people are curious to see what it’s like on the other side of the fence,” said McCarley. “The racetrack makes a great background for pictures, so we’ll have photographers capturing the cars as they’re on the track.”  McCarley says it promises to be a weekend to remember. “Mustang is the glue that bonds all of us together,” he said. “Whether you’re a casual observer interested in seeing the latest model Mustang or a true fanatic who eats, sleeps and breathes Mustang, this is where you want to be to celebrate the 45th anniversary.”
 
For more information about the Ford Mustang 45th anniversary celebration at Barber Motorsports visit www.mustangevents.org 

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