1000 Mustangs*

The Mustang turned 50 this year.  An American Classic that has been loved by millions, including me and hubby.  And my Dad in his time, too.  He owned an original Pony car, the 1964 1/2.  I remember seeing photos of it, though I was too young to remember the actual car.  His was white with a red interior.

parade poster

 

We have owned a 1965, 1978, 1995 convertible and now a brand new 2014 convertible. So you could say that Pony Car is in our blood!  Shopping for our new car last weekend we heard about the Northwest Celebration happening in Woodburn, we decided to check it out!  One of the goals of this Parade was to break the worlds record for the largest parade of Mustangs. I am pretty sure they broke this record easily! (the previous record was 621)

It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Enjoy the following photos with captions telling the story of the cars we saw.

 

 

 

1404 Mustangs_004 1st shot

We arrived about mid-morning.  The Woodburn Drag Strip was already teaming with Mustang enthusiasts; the lanes of the drag strip lined up with 4 rows of cars sparkling in the sunshine.

 

1404 Mustangs_012 50 years grilles

It was fun to see the similarities and the differences side by side.  These two blue beauties represent the original generation Mustang along side the 2014 Pony Car.  50 years, side by side.

 

1404 Mustangs_013 Pony gascap

It was fun to get up close and take a look at the details of the cars assembled here.  We are all so familiar with the Mustang Icons: the Pony logos, the Ford insignia and the lines of these cars. Remember when the gas caps were on the rear of cars?

 

1404 Mustangs_041 Rusty Blue emblem

There were a lot of pristine automobiles at the is get-together, but who doesn’t have a memory of that rusty, faded icon on the side of the car. Even though these cars were less than perfect, they were more than worthy of being part of this amazing group of cars.

 

1404 Mustangs_054 reflection on black

This car’s mirror-like paint did a good job reflecting me kneeling down to photograph the Pony emblem.

 

1404 Mustangs_074 rusty red pony

Another imperfect beauty.

 

1404 Mustangs_052_ 1st gen white tail lights

This familiar tail light is from the same generation of the first Mustang that we owned, a 1965 model, white with red interior.

 

1404 Mustangs_068 90s taillight

And this tail light is the same as the 1995 Lazer Red convertible we owned.  Ours had a white leather interior.

 

1404 Mustangs_048 1st gen white grill

I love the way the grille of the Mustangs has evolved. But there is just something about those early models, I can’t resist capturing.

 

1404 Mustangs_045 Black grill

Love the way the sunshine sparkled on the chrome.

 

1404 Mustangs_044 Rusty blue

Even the rust can’t take away from the authentic look of this American classic.

 

1404 Mustangs_020 70s gen grille

The 70’s grille, still features that classic Pony.

 

1404 Mustangs_021 Lindas Turquoise Mustang Grille

As I was bending down to take photos of this Turquoise 1964 the original owner walked up and began to talk to me.

 

1404 Mustangs_032  Lindas Turquiose Emblem

Her name was Linda; she had purchased the car in Lake Havasu, Arizona.

 

1404 Mustangs_034 Lindas turquoise

She told the story of how she had the car painted by Earl Sheib at one time.

 

1404 Mustangs_029 Lindas Turquoise Mustang Steering Wheel

And she added the air conditioning, which froze her out, but was better than driving in the heat.

 

1404 Mustangs_035 Lindas Mustang steering wheel

Thank you Linda, for sharing your beautiful Mustang with us.

 

1404 Mustangs_057 Blue Pony under hood

There was lots of fancy paint and striping to admire.

 

1404 Mustangs_064 Roberts Mustang

We ran into Robert with his 2007 Mustang.

 

1404 Mustangs_067 Happy 50th

Everyone there was enthusiastic about the cars and the reason for the parade, Mustang Turns 50!!

 

1404 Mustangs_078 parade begins

This shot was taken just as the parade began.  It took a while for the rows to file out.

 

1404 Mustangs_085 red and white x 3

These beauties caught our eye, red and white all in a row.

 

1404 Mustangs_088 line of Pony Cars

Something I am sure I will never see again, a rainbow of Mustangs in all styles and colors.

 

1404 Mustangs_096 driving out

Cars filing out, on the right of the photo and the 3 rows waiting to begin the parade.

 

1404 Mustangs_123 1st gen white

Classic White Mustang speeds by.

 

1404 Mustangs_080 American Classic

For me, it’s like looking a memory when I see a classic white Mustang.

 

1404 Mustangs_103 taillights

Here you can see the way they style has kept true to it’s roots:  Classic 60’s in the foreground with the 2000’s generation on the road ahead.

 

1404 Mustangs_135 racing Robert

Mustang isn’t just about looks and styling, it’s about the way they drive!  That’s Robert racing by with a wave.

 

1404 Mustangs_164 10 miles of mustangs

It was rumored that the cars lined up for 10 miles, twisting through the Oregon country roads.  Here you can see them shining in the distance, the chrome and paint reflecting the springtime sunshine.

 

1404 Mustangs_185 return line

And when they returned to the Woodburn Drag Strip we had the chance to see them all one more time.

 

 

1404 Mustangs_200 Robert

Here comes Robert, racing in with the rest of them.

 

1404 Mustangs_210 Robert

 

 

1404 Mustangs_211 Linda

And this is Linda, in her sharp ’64.

See you out on the road this summer. We will be in that Race Red Mustang, top down and hair flying in the wind!

 

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3 comments on “1000 Mustangs*

  1. acclack says:

    Our neighbor, Joby, just sent me the link to this. Awesome pictures of the event that we put on!!

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  2. Linda Saroni says:

    Thanks Sharon for sharing all the wonderful photo’s of the Fun 50th Anniversary Mustang Parade; it was a fun event and boy didn’t the weather co-operate for us. Thanks to all who worked so hard to hold this event. Great to see the pictures of my car, thanks again. Linda

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