North Carolina Set to Celebrate 55 Years of Mustang in Style

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55 Years of Mustang

April 17 is National Mustang Day, and fans near Charlotte can enjoy one of the biggest celebrations in the U.S. this weekend.

For Mustang fans, April 17 is a very special day. Because back in 1964, that’s the very date that Ford introduced its legendary pony car to the world. This date has since become known as National Mustang Day. And fans around the world celebrate by attending various events all over the country. But this year,  fans in Charlotte, North Carolina are being treated to something extra special.

55 Years of Mustang takes place April 16-20, and of course celebrates this historic holiday. But it’s also celebrating the grand opening of the Mustang Owners Museum in Concord, North Carolina, right near Charlotte Motor Speedway. And that’s exactly where you’ll want to be on this newly appointed holiday. The speedway will be hosting a birthday party for Ford’s pony car, Hall of Fame induction, and Museum Grand Opening dinners. You can expect plenty of special guest appearances, too.

55 Years of Mustang

Of course, no celebration would be complete without a car show, open track events, drifting exhibition, and parade laps. Ford will be on hand with its own special display that figures to contain plenty of special Mustangs. And while they’re at it, event organizers will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for longest parade of Mustangs.

And while you’re in town, you’ll also want to make plans to be in nearby Kershaw, South Carolina on April 20. The SVT Cobra Mustang Club (SCMC) will be at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) for its On-Track Event. You must be a member of the SCMC or TCUSA in order to participate, however. Cobra and Boss 302 owners can sign up here, while other Mustang owners can join by heading over here.

55 Years of Mustang

One thing’s for sure – Charlotte looks like the place to be this national celebration. But even if you can’t make it, at least get out and stretch your pony car’s legs to celebrate.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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