North Carolina Is the Perfect Place to Kick off National Mustang Day

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Mustang Owners Museum

Mustang Owners Museum will unveil its ’55 Years of Mustangs’ exhibit to celebrate its grand opening, as well as a slew of pony car events. 

Each year on April 17, we celebrate our favorite new holiday: National Mustang Day. While there are a number of nationwide events, the Mustang Owners Museum is throwing a major party that is not to be missed. The museum is located in Concord, NC, a hop, skip, and a lap, from the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They will commemorate their grand opening to coincide with the day we celebrate all things ‘Stang.

The Mustang made its first appearance April 17, 1964 at the New York World’s Fair. The car became an instant classic, and embodied automotive excellence. So, to celebrate 55 years of the car that has no equal, the Mustang Owners Museum has a week-long party in the works.

Mustang Owners Museum

Activities include the 55th Mustang birthday party, as well as the “55 Years of Mustangs” exhibit. There will be a Hall of Fame induction and Museum Grand Opening dinners with special guest speakers; a car show, drifting exhibitions, parade laps, and open track events at the Speedway; a special Ford display, seminars and a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new museum, and even a “longest parade of Mustangs” attempt to make the Guinness Book of World Records record.

Mustang Shelby GT350s On Track

If you’d rather tear it up, the SVT Cobra Mustang Club (SCMC) at Carolina Motorsports Park (CMP) in Kershaw, South Carolina, has an On-Track Event Saturday, April 20. This event, held in conjunction with Track Club USA (TCUSA), is a true High Performance Driving Event (HPDE). Just plain ol’ wide-open, full-throttle, full-course laps at CMP for one full day. For less than $200 you can spend a whole Saturday making sweet music with your car out on the track.

For more information about the museum’s festivities, check out their website. And for more information about how to celebrate National Mustang Day, check out their list of events.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive while riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications. The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected].

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