The events for the
"Mustang 50th" had been talked about for quite some time already,
with the passion many AMAC members have for their favourite pony
car. There would be two events of note that some members wanted to
be a part of; one in Charlotte, NC, and this one in Las Vegas, NV,
around the April 15-20, 2014 timeframe.
Look elsewhere for
some detail on the Charlotte, NC event. Some AMAC members took 3
weeks and attended the "Mustangs Across America" drive and that
event. They certainly will have some stories to tell.
For Las Vegas, some
members drove their Mustangs down and back, and some members flew in
for several days.
morning, April 16th, Team Shelby had their 7th Annual Vegas Bash
Show and Shine at Shelby American HQ, at 6405 Ensworth St, at the
south end of The Strip, and just west of the airport. It was a nice
sunny day, with a large number of Shelbys and other Mustangs in
attendance. One of our members brought his GT-500 to this event.
This show included several rare and special edition cars.
Wednesday night a
total of 20 AMAC members convened in Henderson, NV at a great BBQ
place for supper.
On Thursday, Friday
and Saturday, there were lots of activities at Las Vegas Motor
The special Mustangs
on display included the Mustang I and II prototype cars; Mustang #2
(the first pre-production Mustang coupe), a 6-cylinder coupe sold
new in the Yukon, that also spent some time in Edmonton. Also on
hand was a silver 2015 Mustang coupe, along with the 2015 50th
Anniversay Edition Coupe in Kona Blue with all of its unique
features. Many vendors were in the infield including Scott Drake,
Roush, Saleen, and many more. Performance parts, T-shirts,
memorabilia, and even a Mustang pinball machine were available to be
was for a fellow Mustanger, Wayne, from Spuce Grove, AB. The
organizers of the event were so impressed with how his special
edition 2011 Coupe looked, that they invited him to park his car in
the History Timeline tent as part of the display highlighting the 5
decades of Mustangs. Those were a couple of special days for him;
and it was great to see an Alberta car get that kind of honour.
There were many
Mustangs, new and old in the parking lots outside of the Speedway.
Lots of modified cars, of all designs and colours. Also of interest
was the Mustang Club of France who had rented 200 V6 Mustang
convertibles from Hertz in Los Angeles, and parked rows of these
cars at the Speedway. There was representation from many different
countries around the world at this event.
events some AMAC members participated in included some ride-alongs
in NASCAR-equipped cars as part of the Richard Petty Driving
Experience. Being "at speed" on the straightaway was an absolute
blast, and we have video to prove it. Having lunch at a
"Diners and Dives" restaurant was also great, with an amazing
Stromboli sandwich and deep-fried mac-n-cheese wedges. Check out the
Four Kegs next time you are in Vegas. We also did a tour of
Count's Kustoms and Rick's Restorations shops.
included the Mustang birthday party on Thursday night at New York
New York, the Shelby Gala at Shelby HQ on Friday night and the
Banquet at Mandalay Bay on Saturday night.
I am sure that
everyone who participated at some events in Vegas this week had fun,
and they have some good memories. Here are just a few of the
photos taken that weekend.