We had great weather every day up until Sunday. On Sunday rain had moved in but everyone was going to be inside anyway for the closing and awards. Things started off on Thursday evening August 24th with Weld Racing Wheel hosting a BBQ and plant tours at their facility in Kansas City. I didn't attend any of the show sponsored events until Sunday morning's brunch. It was the best attended MCA National of the year. I understand that of the no show cars most were from Texas. I guess with hurricane Harvey making landfall had a little to do with that. Most closing ceremonies are somewhat dry to sit thru, but this one was different for me. It started with the Overland Park police departments' presentation of colors. Then Ayden Ethridge a 16 yr old heart transplant recipient and his mother were introduced. He has a unique tie to his 65 Mustang which I'm sure will be covered in the next tissue of Mustang Times. Then Children's Mercy Hospital was presented with donations from Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City, MCA and Shelby America. This was the hospital that helped Ayden. Then Mark Schuler, Ford Mustang Marketing Manager gave a very informative presentation on the 2018 Mustang. After 4 attempts with my black 2014 GT, I finally broke thru to take a Gold award!!..........Kamos
A large group of FCMC members traveled together to Somerset KY for the annual Mustang Alley at the Somernites Cruise on Aug. 25th. After checking into our hotel we went to the Friday night cruise-in at the mall, we had dinner at the Old Town Grill inside the mall. Then came Saturday morning we were up and ready, leaving at 7:45 to get line for Mustang Alley, we had more members who came down Saturday morning to join us, we were able to be the very first cars in Mustang Alley. That evening we lined up as usually to watch all the cars, trucks and motorcycles cruise up and down the highway. The police were very lenient this year letting people do a lot of burnouts and racing on the highways, made for a very fun and exciting night. Sunday morning we traveled back home together as a group.
An awesome day for a car show, on Aug 12 FCMC traveled to Columbus IN for the Hoosier Summer Slam, with temps in the 80's and low humidity and sunny skies. Out of over 100 cars FCMC took 12 Mustangs to the show. Several members came home with Top 40 trophies, Garry Bushau, Scott McGloshen, Bill Grant, Tim & Sam Livingston, Phil Schieber. Steve & Nancy Merritt won the 1990's era trophy with his 2004 Mach 1. Kamos won the 2010-17 era trophy. Marty & Brenda Clegg won a 32" TV. Congrats to all winners.
Bill Grant and I went to the Showin For Eli car show at Central Hardin H.S. in Cecilia KY on Saturday August 5th. The weather was great and they may have had about 100 cars, trucks and cycles total. They had a small burnout competition, I almost had Bill convinced to enter. But I wouldn't agree to clean his car afterwards. They also had a motorcycle precision riding group perform on the school parking lot, sorry no pictures of the bikes. Bill brought home a Top 25 and I managed a 1st place. The thing weighs 15 lbs, no plastic!...................Kamos
July 8th FCMC went to New Washington IN for the Mustang Street Machines Car Show. Phil Schieber won the Team's Choice trophy and Marty & Brenda won the Team Captains trophy. Our club donated $150.00 to the wrestling team. All the proceeds go to the wrestling team. Beautiful weather made for a great day to sit back watch the parade and enjoy the car show.
June 23rd & 24th a group traveled to West Chester OH to the Queen City Mustangers Show. Starting on Friday we went on their Pony Trail to Clifton Mills Restaurant for lunch then to the Gale Halderman Museum where we were greeted by Gale Halderman and told some interesting stories behind the concept of the Mustang. Later we went to the Welcome bash for dinner. Though it rained ALL day we had a good time. On Saturday we went to the show at Lakota High School. We had great weather with plenty of sunshine and temps in the low 80's. Everyone came home a winner. On the way home stopped at Maverick's in Lawrenceburg for dinner.
Saturday June 17th started early at Jim O'Neal Ford with setting up the Show Site. We had a rain free hot day and the show atmosphere was great. There was lots of good food provided by the Boy Scouts, great music, and best of all GREAT CARS by you.....THANK YOU and see you next year and THANK all that work so hard to make the Show a success........STEVE
We had great weather for a change for our Pony Trail and Car Show. we started off on Friday with 40 cars Traveling to Salem Speedway for some hot laps. After our hot laps we ended up at Porky's BBQ in Paoli for a fine lunch then traveling to West Baden to check out the restoration of the old Hotel. A BIG THANK-YOU Tim for organizing such a fine event......STEVE
FCMC traveled to Starlight to the Cops For Kids Car Show on June 10th. We were well represented with 12 club cars out of the record total of 538 vehicles making this year's show a big success. Weather was wonderful low humidity and temps in the 80's. After the show we went to the Chicken House for dinner.
Headed to Tucson AZ for the MCA show in May. For those that don't like windy roads like the Tail of the Dragon. Just head out west, no shortage of straight roads. Had to stop in at the Cadillac Ranch outside of Amarillo TX. The 1800 mile drive to Tucson ended up being a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. Guess the same someone has to now clean the car. No rest for the retired. The Pony Trail started out by going to the Pima Air & Space Museum. With a second stop at the San Xavier Mission, on the way back to the show. I stayed at Pima for 6.5 hours and didn't get to see every plane. The show was held at the Casino Del Sol. With lots of space and cool places inside to cool off in. I found that between the heat and low humidity, it was very difficult to detail the car without getting streaks. I came away with a Silver Award and glad to get that.......Kamos
On May 27th FCMC had a great showing at the Riverfront Car Show, along the river in downtown Madison. Steve & Nancy, Tim & Sam brought home trophies. After the show we stopped at Jendy's in Hanover for pizza. It was a great show, honoring all our Veterans who have served and are still serving in our military.
Saturday April 29th several of the club members braved the unsettling weather to take a drive thru the back roads of Kentucky led by Kamos to the Moonlight BBQ in Owensboro KY. We had some showers along the way but the drive was still very pleasurable. After getting our bellies full, we started back home crossing over the bridge, driving along the river on the Indiana side.
Beautiful weather made for a great Mustang Birthday Bash. FCMC hosted the bash to celebrate Mustang's 53 years in production with around 100 vehicles coming to join in the fun. Participants voted for their favorite cars, trophies were presented to the Top 25. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks and cake were served to all. Thanks to Jim O'Neal Ford for providing the venue and the food.
I didn't get a count on number of cars, but would guess it to have been around 300. The weather was much warmer than my last trip to Fl., typical Fl. weather dodging thunderstorms. The 04 painted like a jet was with a group from Alabama. The blue Cobra like Bill Grant's was modified and drove from New Mexico. The best part of what I did with my time was going to the Naval Aviation Museum, seeing the Blue Angels practice and getting solo pilots # 5 & 6 to sign my show picture. And it never fails, you park way away from everybody and someone has to park a B-52 next to you......Kamos
Fridays (Jan. 6th) cruise to Cedar Keys started at the NPD retail/showroom in Ocala Fl with temps in the upper 50's. During the drivers meeting Rick Schmidt of NPD said that this was the best turnout for the cruise that they have had in years. I didn't get any pictures of the cars in the showroom. I left my camera in the car because I had to park out in the boon docks because of all the cars. Not to mention I was running a little later than I wanted to be. The cruise stayed on back roads which took us thru a lot of horse country. Looked like a lot of them trained jumpers from the gates and obstacles that they had. Cedar Keys is just a little fishing/tourist town of which the number of Mustangs quickly filled or reserved parking spots. Myself and one other Mustang parked in a posted "No Parking" spot. I did have permission of the property owner. real friendly gentleman. Had lunch at Steamers Restaurant, very good fish and oysters. I learned the two steps for Hurricane Evacuation, see pic. By this time temp was in the 70's and short sleeves and shorts were feeling great. A cold front came thru over night and the temp for Sat. (Jan. 7th) show started out at 60 and dropped all day. It was 45 deg by the end of the show, that was low enough to give us "Smoke on the Water". The rain and temp kept the attendance down for the show, but they did manage over 300 cars still. I meet up with a fellow Hertz Penske owner from southern Florida #137. We had a great time comparing or notes about the cars.