The Ford Mustang was conceived as a "working man's Thunderbird", according to the engineers at Ford. A sporty ride that the every-man could own. Fast forward fifty plus years into the future, and Ford's dreamers have made that into a robust reality, with nearly nine million Mustangs sold to date.
And that number keeps growing substantially, having been in uninterrupted production since it's inception.
When the Mustang was first sold back in 1964, there was no such thing as a "pony car" or anything about a "sports" class. The Ford Mustang was introduced and iconized a whole new class of automobile, drawing the likes of the Pontiac Firebird, Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro, and the Plymouth Barracuda. The Mustang even brought back excitement and renovation to the Challenger and Camaro in the 2000's with the "retro" look of the 2005 Mustang. Quite the revolutionary vehicle over the past fifty years!
The Mustang has also inspired the need for speed in racing events across the world, making a first appearance as a pace car for the 1964 Indy 500. This, with the sporty lines of the pony car and increasing power under the hood led to many events such as drag racing and the National Hot Rod Associations' own events, NASCAR, and drifting at the Formula Drift and D1 Grand Prix series.
This weekend, however, the Mustang has stirred the car enthusiasts with Strictly Stangs to host their annual one-night car show—MAD Mustangs After Dark right here at Raceway Ford. A small community event which started out in 2009, Mustangs After Dark has developed into a full-on Mustang event, with estimation of over 100 Mustangs in the club, and over 600 aficionados at the event alone! This has become a traditional Southern California event which gathers Mustangs from all over California and the outlying states.
MAD Mustangs After Dark and Strictly Stangs congregate all types of the steel equine. From your entry-level, to the BOSS 302, down to the GT350 Shelby and Bullitt and ROUSH, it’s all going to be here at Raceway Ford. Food and drinks and even a raffle or two. Don’t miss out on the biggest Ford pony show of the Inland Empire!
When one reflects upon the Fourth of July, America’s Independence from the British, they commonly associate the holiday with freedom, fireworks, parades, barbecues, baseball games, and political ceremonies held throughout, mostly enjoyed by the middle class. Independence Day isn’t known for the automobile. But it is all about celebrating America and the vast heritage that the USA is known for, and the automobile is a revolutionary cornerstone of America.
"I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the
individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials, by the best men to be hired, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it will be so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one."
Even though Henry Ford didn’t create the automobile, he was the inventor of the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution, catapulting the United States intothe lead of an industry that dated back decades before his time. This in turn provided affordable access for every American to own a motor car, and thus the Model T was born. The Ford Model T made way for the American way of life as the first affordable automobile and it opened travel on a massive scale to the middle-class. The Model T was then positioned as a reliable, easily maintained mode of mass transportation, totaling up to over 15 million models rolling off the assembly line.
The Model T became a powerful icon for American heritage and signified innovation for the rising middle class. The freedom to own an automobile at an affordable price was Henry Ford’s mission, and he thus succeeded, and the Ford Motor Company holds those values true to this day and continuing on Ford’s legacy.
Tomorrow, as you enjoy the red, white, and blue celebration of American freedom and traditions, and honor those who continue to protect those freedoms to this day, take a gander over at your vehicle, no matter if it’s a Ford in your driveway or another fine craftsmanship worthy of Henry Ford’s assembly line. The freedom to own has been epitomized by affordability for the middle class nearly a century ago by an analyst who wanted the best for the American people.
From all of us here at Raceway Ford, we wish you a safe and Happy Independence Day.